Holy Cross is a founding member of the Patriot League, an NCAA Division 1 league that stresses academics as well as athletic achievement. The League's full-member institutions consistently rank first among all Division I conferences in student-athlete graduation rates. By balancing rigorous academics and athletics, and keeping economics under control, the Patriot League has been celebrated in the media as a refreshing approach to collegiate varsity sports.
At Holy Cross, a varsity athlete is able to succeed in a demanding academic program, develop socially and spiritually, compete in high-level athletics, and graduate in four years. In fact, Holy Cross itself is renowned for its consistently high student-athlete graduation rates—among the best in the nation.