For the fourth year in a row, Holy Cross College enrollment has grown to record numbers. This year, the College has a total of 647 students enrolled overall, with 529 enrolled as traditional undergraduates. This represents a seven percent increase over last year’s total enrollment.
While enrollment grew in all areas, the College experienced particularly strong growth in non-traditional students through the Moreau Academic Initiative, an educational initiative administered in partnership with the University of Notre Dame, through which Holy Cross College is able to offer undergraduate courses to enrolled inmates at Westville Correctional Facility and Indiana Women’s Prison. This program gives inmates at these two facilities the opportunity to pursue associate and bachelor’s degrees conferred by Holy Cross College while they are incarcerated. This program was bolstered by the Second Chance Pell Grant program initiated by the U.S. Department of Education this year. Holy Cross College was one of 67 institutions of higher learning in the entire country and the only institution in the state of Indiana selected to take part in this program.
In its second year of implementing a two-year live-on-campus requirement for freshmen and sophomores, Holy Cross is also pleased to report a record number of over 350 students residing in College-sponsored housing this semester. The College has achieved a 100 percent occupancy rate in campus residence halls and the College-sponsored building at University Edge. This is due in large part to an increase in the size of the freshman class and the decision by more returning students to live on campus and continue experiencing the College’s close-knit dorm communities.
Twenty-four new faculty members and advisors were added this year to support the College’s expansion of academic programs, including four full-time faculty members, three advisors, and 17 visiting and adjunct professors. One- and two-year pre-engineering tracks were added to the Division of Science, and two new majors, biology and computer science, are being developed and are awaiting formal accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission this fall. Through enhanced collaboration with Saint Mary’s College, Holy Cross is also offering students new classes and tracks in music, theatre and dance.
Holy Cross College recently hired Steve Bender, previously a tennis coach at St. Joseph High School, to guide its new men’s and women’s tennis programs, scheduled to begin competing in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference during the 2017-2018 academic year. Bender will spend the 2016-2017 year recruiting for these additions to the College’s intercollegiate athletics programs.