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About Holy Cross

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Holy Cross College is a Catholic, residential, coed, four-year institution of higher learning, offering an applied liberal arts curriculum.  It was founded in 1966 and continues to be conducted by the Brothers of Holy Cross a society of lay religious men within the Congregation of Holy Cross (CSC) who take vows of poverty, celibacy and obedience as a way to more creatively and intimately serve the mission of our Savior Jesus Christ, His Body - the Church, and the needs of the world. Brothers of Holy Cross serve through ministries which educate and sensitize persons to the need of the world for justice and peace.

At a Glance

Holy Cross College is a Catholic, co-ed, residential college offering Bachelor of Arts degrees
Location: 150 acre wooded campus in Notre Dame, Indiana
Founded: 1966
Mascot: "Saints"
Undergraduate Enrollment: 500 - 550
Student Body: Holy Cross students are a diverse group representing more than 30 states and a dozen countries. Enrollment is approximately 60% male and 40% female. Racial mix varies in any given year but roughly mirrors the US population.
Affiliation: Congregation of Holy Cross (C.S.C.)
Tuition (2013-2014): $24,500 annual
Room and Board (2013-2014): $9,244 (average)
Degree Programs: Majors and Minors
in Business, Communications, Elementary Education, English, History, Liberal Studies, Psychology, Theology, Visual Arts, and Gerontology. Also offer minors in Global Perspectives, Political Studies, Pre-Professional Science, Spanish, and Sociology
Intercollegiate Athletics: Men's and Women's Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, and Golf. Men's Ice Hockey, Lacrosse and Baseball
Club Athletics: Cheerleading

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Brother John Driscoll, CSC served as president and dean for the first two decades of the college's history from 1966 until June 1987. Then after two interim presidents, Br. Richard Gilman, CSC, PhD, presided over the next two decades of growth and change from 1992 until 2010.  Under Br. Richard's supervision, the college was transformed from a two-year community college into a residential four-year liberal arts college.  Today the college is led by Br. John Paige, CSC, PhD, former Vicar General of the Congregation of Holy Cross.

In 1993, the college reached world-wide fame in the movie Rudy the story of a young man who attends Holy Cross College and through diligence and hard work overcomes great odds to achieve his dream of attending the University of Notre Dame and playing football for the Fighting Irish. In those days, Holy Cross was a two-year junior college with a reputation for helping transform good students into excellent students capable of admissions into the nation's finest universities. 

Today, Holy Cross's reputation for producing excellent students is even stronger as a destination school in its own right.  Local, national, and international students enroll to earn their four-year BA degrees from Holy Cross College.  The College has welcomed students from all 50 states and 30 foreign countries.  Currently, we are one of only a handful of colleges in the US accepting Iraqi students as an act of goodwill to help foster peace and understanding between our two countries (To learn more about this program, visit the Iraqi Student Project website http://iraqistudentproject.org/).

College athletes come to Holy Cross College to try out for an opportunity to play on one of the Saints intercollegiate athletic teams of basketball, soccer, hockey, baseball, lacrosse, golf, and cheerleading. 

Students of many faiths and beliefs call Holy Cross College home.  Catholic students will appreciate the convenience of daily mass and weekly confession in St. Joseph Chapel. Those who are open to spiritual growth and development are invited to get involved in Holy Cross College's Campus Ministry.   To learn what others are saying about our Catholic traditions see recent Endorsements.

Located just north of the city limits of South Bend, Indiana, Holy Cross College's 150-acre wooded campus along the beautiful St. Joseph River is adjacent to the campuses of the University of Notre Dame and Saint Mary's College. This geographical proximity gives Holy Cross a unique "best of both worlds" setting in that it offers the intimacy and one-to-one academic attention of a small college with the social and cultural resources of a major university.

Academic Accreditation

Accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Holy Cross College is incorporated in the state of Indiana and chartered to grant the Bachelor of Arts and Associate of Arts degrees. Holy Cross College has been approved for attendance of veterans under provisions of the G.I. Bill, is authorized to enroll non-immigrant alien students and is eligible to participate in various federal and state financial aid programs.

Holy Cross College is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the Northern Indiana Consortium for Education and numerous other academic and professional organizations.