First Year Applicants

Preparing for Success at Holy Cross

What classes should I take at my high school to prepare myself for a bachelors degree at Holy Cross College? Your future doesn’t start when you leave high school. It starts right now. To make your transition into college easier, we recommend you take the college preparatory curriculum offered at your high school. This typically consists of:

4 years of English
3 years of mathematics (including algebra and geometry)
3 years of science (including 2 years of labs sciences)
3 years of social sciences
Multiple years of the same foreign language are strongly recommended.

Students who have taken AP, IB, and dual-credit courses may be eligible for Holy Cross credit. Learn more by reading our Academic Catalog.

First Year Applicants — Apply Now

Current high school students or first time college attendees

Applications for Fall Semester 2018 can now be submitted. We will begin reviewing applications on November 1. We then continue to accept applications on a rolling basis.

As an incoming first year student, we’d like to get to know you.  Below are the items we will need to determine if you are a good fit for Holy Cross College:

  • The Common Application or the Holy Cross Application for Admission
    • There is no fee to submit either the Common Application or the Holy Cross Application for Admission
    • A completed application requires an essay with a minimum of 250 words and no more than 650 words
  • An official high school transcript
  • Official results of SAT or ACT test scores
    • Please note the Holy Cross Institution Codes:
      • ACT code is 1203
      • SAT code is 1309
    • Holy Cross College superscores the SAT and the ACT if multiple tests are submitted
    • Holy Cross College accepts SAT and ACT scores that are reported on an official high school transcript

Other Information

  • Holy Cross has a rolling admission policy. That means we accept qualified applicants in the order in which they apply, with admission decisions generally made two to three weeks after all required documents are received.
  • While your academic ability and high school record are at the forefront of admission decisions, we also consider activities, community involvement, leadership and recommendations.
  • There is no fee for our application.