Points of Distinction

We are proud to be recognized by publications and organizations that cover higher education for our exceptional academic programs, top professors, and great campus experiences. Here are a few of the factors that set Holy Cross apart.

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#5 on Newsweek's "Return On Investment" List

Newsweek calculated colleges’ return on investment. The top five schools in the country? Princeton, Amherst, Dartmouth, Williams … and Holy Cross.
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Healthy Medical School Acceptance Rate

81% of Holy Cross students and alumni who applied to medical school in 2012 were accepted, significantly more than the national rate of about 45%.
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Exceptionally Strong Financial Aid Policies

Admissions decisions are made without regard to financial need. Holy Cross meets the full demonstrated need of all students.
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#22 on Newsweek's "Most Rigorous" Colleges List

Holy Cross boasts a 95% first-year retention rate, among the best in the country. The national average is 77%.
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#25 on U.S. News & World Report's List of Best Liberal Arts Colleges

Among the 248 liberal arts colleges in the country, U.S. News & World Report ranked Holy Cross at No. 25.
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#12 on PayScale's List of Graduates' Salary Potential

In PayScale’s analysis of starting and mid-career salaries of bachelor degree graduates, Holy Cross ranked No. 12 nationally among liberal arts colleges.
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#21 on Kiplinger's List of Liberal Arts Colleges

Kiplinger ranked Holy Cross No. 21 in its list of liberal arts colleges that combine "excellent academics while keeping costs to a minimum."
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#2 for alumni satisfaction according to The Alumni Factor

In a new list that surveys alumni, Holy Cross is No. 2 among liberal arts colleges based on career success, financial success and happiness.
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Princeton Review: Holy Cross Among Nation's Best Colleges

The publication highlights the College's "rigorous" academics, "fantastic alumni network," "strong student life," and "exceptionally beautiful campus," among others.
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Student/Faculty Ratio:10:1

Professors — not graduate assistants — teach all classes at Holy Cross, hold regular office hours and pride themselves on mentoring beyond the classroom.
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#8 on U.S. News & World Report's "Alumni's Top 10 Most Loved Schools"

More than 52 percent of graduates made a gift to the College, significantly exceeding the national average of 12.8 percent.
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Roll Call Reports on Holy Cross in Washington

With three current members in the House and a U.S. Senator among its graduates, Holy Cross has one of the highest ratios of Congress members to student enrollment.
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A Prestigious History of Fulbright Recipients

Holy Cross has long been a top producer of Fulbright students: 9 graduates received Fulbright grants to work and teach abroad in 2014-15.
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5 Faculty Members Have Won Guggenheim Fellowships

Five faculty members (Professors Lewis, Stanbury, Phillip, ParkeHarrison, and Golijov) have been honored for "demonstrating exceptional scholarship or creative ability in the arts." Read more »