Admissions News

Holy Cross Joins the Common App

By Ashley Denson, ’19

In the fall of 2017, Holy Cross College joined the Common Application, allowing prospective students to apply for Holy Cross along with hundreds of other schools that also use the Common App, as it’s informally referred to. Overall, joining the Common App will save high school students time and make it even easier to apply to Holy Cross College.

The Common App has been specifically tailored by the Holy Cross Admissions Office with questions that will allow admissions counselors get to know prospective Holy Cross students better. In the long run, this will help the Admissions Office make better decisions about admitting new students.
Because it is used by so many schools, and reviewed constantly by the Common App Board of Directors, the application is very user friendly and allows students to personalize it as much as possible. Students are able to include previously attended colleges, extracurricular activities, standardized test scores, awards, recommendations, and more. In addition, it offers significant online assistance, and the Holy Cross admissions counselors are also available to help students complete their application.

This year, November 1 was the priority submission deadline for students who wished to be considered for the first batch of offers of admission. The next significant deadline is March 1, 2018, which is the priority deadline for full scholarship consideration. However, that does not mean that those applying later cannot receive scholarships as well.

To visit Holy Cross, prospective students can either contact the Admissions Office at or 574-239-8400. As well, upcoming visit days are scheduled for Monday, January 29, 2018, and Monday, March 26, 2018, but new dates are added regularly, so check the Admissions Office website,, for details or to apply.

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Strong Strides in Admissions

By Jen Kau, Admissions Counselor
The 2016-2017 academic year is bringing many new and promising changes and developments for Holy Cross College, particularly within the Admissions Office.

Tara SpirouIn September of 2016, the Admissions Office welcomed two new counselors. Tara Eleftheria Spirou began her college experience at Holy Cross College in 2011; however, when her family moved to Georgia, she transferred with them and earned her bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from Georgia College and State University in 2015. She has a background working in radio, with extensive experience in social media and marketing. She is originally from St. Charles, IL, making her very excited to have the suburbs of Chicago as one of her regional territories. In addition to her admissions counselor duties, Tara has taken on responsibilities regarding Holy Cross social media as well as coaching the Holy Cross Dance Team.

Jen KauJen Kau joined the Admissions team after completing her Master of Education degree at the University of Virginia. During that time, she interned as an academic advisor at Piedmont Virginia Community College. Prior to graduate school, she attended the University of Notre Dame, graduating in 2015. While at Notre Dame, Jen was involved with the Notre Dame Band Program, which allowed her to get to know students of Holy Cross and Saint Mary’s. Although originally from Virginia, Jen is excited to have returned to Notre Dame, IN, to contribute to the growing institution that is Holy Cross College. Since coming to Holy Cross College, Jen has also taken the position of director of the Holy Cross Pep Band.

With the welcoming of two new counselors, the office has also had to say farewell to a few esteemed colleagues. After four years of work, Joe Gettinger left last summer to take a position across the street at the University of Notre Dame. In the fall, Rick Gonsiorek parted with the office after working for six years at Holy Cross. He is now a manager at a local Catholic radio station in the South Bend area. Most recently, the office has said goodbye to Terron Phillips after having him as an admissions counselor for nearly three years. He began a job in February as an enrollment coordinator for the University of Notre Dame’s EMBA program.

Looking to the future, the prospects for the 2017-2018 academic year look very bright. The Admissions team is experiencing a record-breaking applicant pool, having received nearly 2,000 applications. The office is on track with its enrollment goals and looks forward to continuing these trends.

In addition to receiving its largest number of applicants, the Admissions Office has been busy with many recruiting events. Throughout the year, the office has hosted many campus preview days as well as visit days that are specific to high school students accepted to Holy Cross.

In January, the office invited admitted high school students, specifically from the Michiana area, to visit campus in the evening to mix and mingle with faculty, staff, alumni, and current students. The prospective students were also able to attend the Holy Cross men’s basketball game that evening. The event was very successful and gave prospective students a great look at the both the academic and social experiences that Holy Cross College offers.

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Admissions also hosted an academic programming day for admitted students on February 20, during which students gathered by intended area of study in order to learn more about the major and department they are interested in. Around 40 students and their families attended this event.

admitted students visit 6The Admissions team is also collaborating with other academic services offices to coordinate Saints Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR). This is a one-day orientation session for new students that will take place in June. During SOAR, students will learn about campus resources, meet other new students, faculty, and staff, and register for fall classes.

The Admissions Office is very excited about both the recent and approaching events. With the continued support of Holy Cross faculty, staff, alumni, and students, the team expects a remarkable incoming freshman class, Holy Cross College Class of 2021!