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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.

College Excellence

Student Achievement

  • 95 percent first-year retention rate
  • 93 percent graduation rate
  • No. 7 on Moneywatch's list of 25 private colleges with the happiest freshmen
  • No. 5 for four-year graduation rates among all colleges and universities in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report
  • One of the highest graduation rates (98 percent) for student-athletes, among NCAA Division I schools

Success After Graduation

Alumni Engagement

Faculty

  • All courses are taught by faculty members; none by teaching assistants
  • 97 percent hold doctoral degrees
  • 10:1 student to faculty ratio
  • No. 9 on Princeton Review's list of schools that have the most accessible professors
  • 4 faculty members have won Guggenheim fellowships: Todd Lewis, professor of religious studies (2011); Sarah Stanbury, professor of English (2010); Leila Phillip, associate professor of English (2007); and Osvaldo Golijov, Loyola Professor of Music (1995)

Service and Social Justice

Sustainability and Stewardship