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Overall Score: 78.07

College of the Holy Cross

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. Though it recently backed away from its need-blind admissions policy, Holy Cross still vows to meet 100% of demonstrated financial need for accepted students. Students go on to earn impressive salaries in their first several years after college, averaging nearly $85,000 a year. The school has an active and engaged alumni base, and counts among its famous graduates Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Edward P. Jones, former Hardball host Chris Matthews, and Anthony Fauci, who is director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and chief medical advisor to the President of the United States. 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 2022-2023
$74,300
% of students who get any grants
64%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$33,900
Average price for low-income students
$14,540

Admissions

Acceptance rate
34%
Median SAT/ACT score
1350/30
SAT/ACT required?
No
Undergraduate enrollment
2,930

Financial Aid

% of students with need who get grants
80%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit grants
5%
Average merit grant
$20,390

Student Success

Graduation rate
92%
Average time to a degree
4 years
Median student debt
$27,000
Early career earnings
$84,650
% earning more than a high school grad
83%

Notes: Students who get merit grants are full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants. Graduation rate measures degree completion within six years for both transfer students and first-time students. Early career earnings are the median earnings for both graduates and non-completers, 10 years after they first enrolled.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson’s, Money/Witlytic calculations.

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