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

  • 94 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 (99 percent) for student-athletes, among NCAA Division I schools
  • No. 12 among "The 50 Best Private Colleges for Earning Your Degree On Time," according to Money.com 

Success After Graduation

Alumni Engagement


  • 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