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Rank: 43

College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, MAwww.holycross.edu
Given the beauty of many New England campuses, it can be hard to stand out on looks alone. College of the Holy Cross does it, though. Routinely cited as one of the region's most beautiful colleges, Holy Cross is a Jesuit school that awards undergraduate degrees only. Economics, political science, and psychology are popular majors, and the college also has an outstanding Classics department it claims is the country's largest. Though it recently backed away from its need-blind admissions policy, Holy Cross still vows to meet 100% of demonstrated need. Recent grads have enjoyed respectable starting salaries of about $58,800 in the first three years out of college, according to PayScale. But where the college really stands out in MONEY's rankings is its 92% graduation rate, which is about 34% higher than expected based on its student body. The school has an active and engaged alumni base, and counts among its famous graduates Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Edward P. Jones, Hardball host Chris Matthews, and AIDS researcher Anthony Fauci, who is director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Curious about campus but unable to visit? Check out the college's four webcams, which stream 24/7 from spots like Linden Lane and the Hogan Courtyard.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$69,200
% of students who get any grants
56%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$28,800
Average price for low-income students
$11,180
admissions
Acceptance rate
40%
Median SAT/ACT Score
NA/NA
SAT/ACT required?
No
Enrollment
2,827
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
83%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit* grants
1%
Average merit grant
$33,023
student success
Graduation rate
92%
Average time to a degree
4 years
Average student debt
$28,000
Average salary within 3 years
$58,800
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
49%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Dec 15
Regular application
Jan 15

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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