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Holy Cross promotes leadership and development of students by emphasizing hands-on learning experiences, personal...

Holy Cross College

Notre Dame, Indiana

Holy Cross College offers the best of both worlds: a small college learning environment with a big university feel. The college’s size allows for personal growth and the development of meaningful relationships with professors and peers. At the same time, its location in Notre Dame, Indiana means Holy Cross students are also part of a thriving community of over 20,000 other college and university students. Plus, being 40 minutes from the beaches on Lake Michigan, and 90 minutes from downtown Chicago, students at Holy Cross are in a great location!



Student Profile

Fall 2014 Enrollment
520 undergraduate students
93% of undergrad students are full time
65% male — 35% female
45% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2014-2015 Academic Year
23 full-time faculty
35 part-time faculty
14 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Approximately 42% students live on campus. Holy Cross College is committed to fostering a Catholic living-learning faith community, in which the College strives to provide the highest quality residential experience. This is accomplished through providing an environment where one achieves an examined life through challenge, responsibility, academic inquiry, and service. The goal is to transition students into educational partners who understand that each student is responsible for his/her own experience. Holy Cross students will discover a strong dorm identity in their residence halls.

School Location

Notre Dame, IN

Retention Fall 2014

62% of students began in Fall 2013 and returned in Fall 2014 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2014

31% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 6%
Hispanic/Latino 11%
Black or African American 9%
White 68%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 2%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 1%


Holy Cross is part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics

Men’s sports: hockey, lacrosse, soccer, basketball, golf and cheerleading
Women’s sports: soccer, basketball, golf and cheerleading

Mascot: Saint Bernard

Academic Programs

Majors: Business, Communications, Education, English, History, Liberal Studies, Pre-Professional Sciences, Psychology, Theology, Visual Arts (Graphic Design, Studio Art, Art History)

More Distinctions

  • Indiana College of Distinction

  • Catholic College of Distinction

  • Military Friendly School 2010 – Present

  • Member of the Holy Cross Institute

Holy Cross College prepares students to become knowledgeable, compassionate, and confident leaders in their chosen field. Students develop what the Brothers of Holy Cross call “the competence to see and the courage to act.”

Outstanding Core Curriculum

The four-year program at Holy Cross is unique in US higher education. Each student at Holy Cross, regardless of major, will share a core of exceptional academic experiences and individual accomplishments while earning their BA degree. In fact, the 2010 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) showed that Holy Cross students rate their four-year experience higher than almost any other college or university that participated in the survey (over 600 institutions in the US and Canada).

The core experiential learning program includes four components–service learning in the community; a global experience that explores the complexity of global issues locally and abroad; a professional internship linked to students’ major fields of study and chosen career paths; and a senior year Capstone presentation.

Prepared for the World

The one-of-a-kind core has been developed out of a long tradition of a practical liberal arts education, focused on producing strong graduates who possess five core competencies that employers and graduate schools look for in their candidates. Graduates of Holy Cross are:

  • Critical and Creative Thinkers
  • Effective Communicators-Both Written and Oral
  • Socially Skilled-Works in a Team, Leads, Negotiates, and Manages
  • Technologically Savvy and Computer Literate
  • Able to Reason Quantitatively

These highly transferable competencies are developed and refined through structured assignments, classroom participation, and tested by experience in the real world. They both support and magnify the success of students who graduate from Holy Cross.

Holy Cross College understands that students learn best when they are personally invested and engaged in the learning experience. In a long tradition of the Congregation of Holy Cross, Holy Cross College professors personally invest themselves in their students’ success by developing mentoring relationships with them.

Professors Raring to Help

Small classes in spaces designed to facilitate discussion-based learning allow students to get to know their professors and feel comfortable coming to their offices. Professors bring a wealth of real world experience and talent to the classroom, placing an emphasis on challenge and supporting students throughout their four years. They ensure students are prepared for their career paths or graduate studies.

Regardless of students’ academic disciplines, professors work alongside them to ensure each student personally understands course materials. Professor provide every tool necessary for students to succeed in their courses and beyond.

Extended Learning

Holy Cross College is a member of the Northern Indiana Consortium for Education, which allows students the option to enroll in courses at nearby colleges and universities, including Saint Mary’s College and Indiana University South Bend.

Holy Cross College has it all: a small college community with a great location, university-sized opportunities, and all the amenities of big city life.

The Tri-Campus Clover

The Tri-Campus Clover – a partnership between Holy Cross, Saint Mary’s College, and the University of Notre Dame – allows students to experience the best of college life. Students love to support the Fighting Irish Athletics, participate in ROTC programs, join myriad student clubs, and take advantage of top-notch libraries.

Fostering Friendship with Fun

Students build wonderful friendships through events such as a tri-campus student hip-hop night. They relax in the lounge with their hall-mates and let their inner stars shine in theatre productions and the pep band. Many also take short trips to Chicago, Indianapolis, Toledo, and other close tourist attractions with other tri-campus friends.

Athletics and Activities

Holy Cross is proud to have 11 NAIA athletic teams and state-of-the-art workout facilities. Students can even join one of the intramural groups. It’s always a great day to be a Saint! And, with a minor league baseball team, white water rafting, world-renowned theatre productions, and recreation parks that offer everything from mountain biking to Frisbee golf, South Bend has everything a student could want!

A Holy Cross graduate has more than a typical resume upon entering the job market or applying to graduate school. Students graduate from Holy Cross with real-world experiences and unique perspectives.


Holy Cross graduates are guaranteed to have work experience. The required Professional Internship means students have the opportunity to share their success in the career fields of their choice. Employers appreciate Holy Cross students’ capabilities to transition into their new professional roles.

Strong Character

College is not just about gaining knowledge and skills. It is also about acquiring wisdom and virtue. Holy Cross students learn valuable life lessons while participating in Service Learning and traveling to developing countries as part of the Global Perspectives program. Not only are these unique talking points with employers or graduate schools, but they are the experiences that help students discern their right career paths.


Success for students’ postgraduate careers begins its foundation in their freshman years. From the beginning, students build their own eFolios, profiles on a professional website that develop over students’ four years. The website becomes an online resume to present to employers.


Admissions Fall 2014

585 Total Applicants
545 Total Admissions
134 Total Freshmen Enrollment

93.16% of applicants admitted

Freshmen Profile Fall 2014

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 430 540
SAT Math 410 520
SAT Writing    
ACT Composite 18 24
ACT Math 18 24
ACT English 18 25
ACT Writing    


Net Price Calculator



Tuition $24,471
Fees $900
Total $25,371
Room and Board (on campus) $9,494
Estimated Total On Campus $34,865


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

62% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving any financial aid
42% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving student loan aid

$14,952 Average amount of federal state local or institutional grant aid received
$8,303 Average amount of student loan aid received by full-time first-time undergraduates

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