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Rank: 112

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 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 financial need. Recent grads have enjoyed respectable starting salaries in the first years out of college. But where the college really stands out in Money's rankings is its high graduation rate. 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.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
FALL 2020 PLAN: The College of the Holy Cross shifted all learning to a remote model for the fall, and only a very limited number of students are allowed to live on campus.
costs
Est. Full Price 2020-2021
$70,700
% of students who get any grants
56%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$30,300
Average price for low-income students
$14,100
admissions
Acceptance rate
38%
Median SAT/ACT Score
NA/NA
SAT/ACT Required for Fall 2021?
no
Enrollment
2,910
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
85%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit* grants
2%
Average merit grant
$24,690
student success
Graduation rate
92%
Average time to a degree
4 years
Average student debt
$27,000
Average salary within 5 years
$54,000
% earning more than $28,000
92%
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.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

coronavirus update

FALL 2020 PLAN: The College of the Holy Cross shifted all learning to a remote model for the fall, and only a very limited number of students are allowed to live on campus.

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

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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