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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: 530
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 & Fees (2016-2017): $28,760 annual
Room & Board (2016-2017): $10,500 annual
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-Med, and Spanish
Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA): Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Golf, and Soccer.
Club Athletics: Cheerleading, Men’s Ice Hockey, Men’s Lacrosse

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Men’s Basketball Makes CCAC Tournament

Men’s Basketball Makes CCAC Tournament

The Holy Cross men’s basketball team has made the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament, as made official by league offices Sunday evening. The Saints will take on #8 and top seed Robert Morris University on Tuesday, February 21, at 8:00 p.m. The men’s basketball team was one of eight teams to make the conference tournament in the NAIA’s largest conference of 15 teams. Holy Cross posted a 14-16 regular season overall record and a conference record of 10-11.

The Saints and Eagles played earlier this year on January 7, when Robert Morris pulled out a 89-87 victory in overtime after the Saints rallied back from a 22-2 deficit to start the game. Holy Cross has been led by Ryan Lutz this year who is averaging a team-best 17.2 points per game, while shooting 41.4% from behind the arc. 6’3″ center Ja’Mare Washington has dominated the paint, scoring 13 points and grabbing 10 rebounds per game. Washington ranks second nationally pulling down 3.96 offensive rebounds per game. The undersized big man also ranks top ten nationally in field goal percentage (4th), total rebounds (7th), and rebounds per game (9th). O’Brien Hobbs is the only other Saints to average double-figures for the season scoring 12.9 points per contest. Junior transfer Travon Brackett has performed well in CCAC play averaging 11.3 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 3 assists per game.

To follow the Saints Tuesday evening please visit for live video and stats. Also, Regional Radio Sports Network will be traveling to the game to provide an audio broadcast available at

For anyone interested in traveling, the game will be located at the Robert Morris University Athletics and Convocation Center located at 2121 S. Goebbert Road in Arlington Heights, IL.

Follow @HOCROSAINTS on Twitter for pregame graphics and updates on all Holy Cross Athletics.

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Welcome Saint Joseph’s College Students!

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Become a Saint: Forever a Puma

Holy Cross College extends an invitation for you to bring your Puma Pride with you to our campus to continue your education. During this difficult time our staff is committed to providing you with the support you need to explore completing your degree with us and graduate on time. As partners in Catholic education, Holy Cross College offers you the ability to stay involved with your faith for life as you continue your holistic education in the tradition of the Congregation of Holy Cross.

You’ll work closely with our Associate Director of Admissions, Adam DeBeck, a 2006 Saint Joseph’s College graduate, to navigate your next steps. Interested Pumas are encouraged to submit their free transfer application to get started.

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Our Promises

For Pumas Interested in Becoming Saints

Holy Cross is proud to be able to offer the following promises to Saint Joseph’s College students:

  • Freshman Scholarship Consideration: Scholarships that recognize your unique situation to ensure you are treated as if you started your education at Holy Cross. Scholarship amounts range from $6,000 – $16,000 for students based on your cumulative college GPA (see All About Transferring for scholarship details).
  • Generous Transfer Credit Acceptance: Students with above a 2.0 cumulative GPA can be assured if their credits earned counted towards your Saint Joseph’s graduation requirements, Holy Cross will accept them as transfer credits for your Holy Cross bachelor’s degree (pending HLC approval).
  • Core Courses Accepted for HC Equivalencies: Your work in Core I through Core IX will exempt you from comparable Holy Cross core coursework. Students will still have access to enroll in experiential courses that provide opportunities for international travel and professional internships using the Holy Cross College network.
  • Immediate Access to Tri-Campus Community: Holy Cross students are eligible to access the academic, social, and spiritual resources on our neighboring campuses of the University of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College.

*These promises require enrollment in one semester of enrollment in at least 12 academic credit hours. Individual circumstances can be reviewed by the Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Justin Watson, or the Registrar, Hiroko Harrison, for personal advising on how Holy Cross can play a part in completing your bachelor’s degree.

Please see the Contact Info section if you have questions for Adam, Hiroko, or Dr. Watson.

These offers are available only to Saint Joseph’s students who apply to begin study at Holy Cross College in the 2017-2018 academic year.

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Why Holy Cross?

Why Should You Transfer to Holy Cross?

You’ll always be a Puma, but there’s a place for you at Holy Cross. We’re a small, residential, Catholic campus similar in many ways to Saint Joseph’s College. Like Saint Joseph’s, it’s the people who make Holy Cross unlike most other college campuses. We hope you’ll bring your Puma Pride to Notre Dame, IN, where you’ll find many comparable academic programs, student life clubs, and a focus on holistic, faith-based education.

Students in the fall

Not only will Holy Cross welcome your gifts and talents to our community, but the entire zip code of 46556 – Notre Dame, IN – is excited to have you join students from across the country and world to make our community your new home. Full time students with a Holy Cross student ID will have access to activities on all three campuses including: Notre Dame Season football/basketball ticket purchase opportunity, membership in the University of Notre Dame marching band and/or the HC Dawgpound pep band, vibrant campus ministry programs on all three campuses, and leadership in a variety of clubs and student organizations.

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Let Us Help You!

Acceptance to Holy Cross is contingent upon application via the free transfer application. If you have questions, call Admissions at (574) 239-8400, and an admission representative can help guide you through our expedited transfer process.

There are a number of merit scholarships available for students transferring from Saint Joseph’s College:

Scholarship SJC GPA Annual Award
Driscoll Society Trustee Scholarship 3.5+ $15,000 – $16,000
Driscoll Society Presidential Scholarship 3.0 – 3.49 $14,000
Driscoll Society Scholarship 2.5– 2.99 $12,00 – $13,000
Holy Cross Annual Fund Achievement Award > 2.5 $6,500

Add the Holy Cross College school code to your FAFSA – 007263 for immediate review of your financial aid upon acceptance to Holy Cross.

Saints Athletics

Would You Like To Play Sports at Holy Cross College?

We are always looking to add individuals of high character and athletic ability to our NAIA teams. Our athletic department endorses and supports the college’s mission to transform lives by developing students in mind, body and spirit. We strive for excellence in our programs and focus on athletic success, while encouraging academic achievement, spiritual maturity and social growth.

Contact Saints Athletics to get started.

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Learn more about our eight NAIA teams:
Men’s Golf
Women’s Golf
Men’s Soccer
Women’s Soccer
Men’s Basketball
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Men’s Tennis
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Contact Info

Adam DeBeck, Senior Associate Director of Admissions

Adam DeBeck
Phone: 574-239-8338
Holy Cross College
54515 Indiana State Road 933 N.
P.O. Box 308
Notre Dame, IN 46556

Hiroko Harrison, Registrar

Justin Watson, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs

English Department Hosts Literary Fest

English Department Hosts Literary Fest

The Holy Cross College English Department will host a Literary Festival week February 20-23, 2017, on the Holy Cross College and University of Notre Dame campuses. Events will include readings by Holy Cross faculty members, local authors, and students. All events are free and open to the public.

The Literary Festival will kick off at Holy Cross College on Monday, February 20, at 7 p.m. Professors Melanie Page, Joshua Hamilton, Ph.D., and Brother George Klawitter, CSC, will read selections from their published books. Page is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame MFA program and teaches literature and writing courses in the English and First Year Seminar programs at Holy Cross. She is the creator of the online book review blog Grab the Lapels and has had fiction published in sundry venues, most notably Mutilations on a Theme: An Anthology of the Best Innovative College Writing. Dr. Hamilton earned his Ph.D. in Spanish with a minor in American Literature at Indiana University. He currently teaches in the Spanish department at Holy Cross and has recently released a poetry collection, Slow Wind. Br. George taught English and served for many years as Chair of English at St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX. He teaches literature and creative writing courses at Holy Cross College and has published numerous books of poetry include Let Orpheus Take Your Hand, Country Matters, and Gareth. His most recent book is Early Men of Holy Cross, one of several books he has written about early Holy Cross Brothers in Indiana and in Algeria.

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On Tuesday, February 21, at 7 p.m., Holy Cross College will host two local writers. Asali Kelly is a community activist and writer interested in breaking racial stereotypes. Committed to exploring race and gender, she leads regional writing support groups for at-risk populations. Steve Carlsen is an Army combat veteran with multiple overseas tours. He served in the 82nd Airborne Division and was deployed to Kosovo and Afghanistan. He uses the written word to reflect on life and service to country and recently completed a novel written from the perspective of an Iraqi soldier.

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At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 22, author Michael Collins, Ph.D., will be at the University of Notre Dame Hammes Bookstore. Dr. Collins, who also teaches in the English department at Holy Cross College, will read selections from his most recent novel and work produced under his direction by students from the Westville Education Initiative. An Irish immigrant, Dr. Collins is the author of ten works of fiction translated into 22 languages. His novel The Keepers of Truth was a finalist for The Man Booker Prize. A recipient of numerous New York Times Notable Book of the Year awards, Collins has also won the Irish Novel of the Year and French Novel of the Year. Dr. Collins is also a world-class endurance runner, and he earned a bronze medal at the 2010 World Championships 100K.

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The final event of the week will be a student Open Mic Night on Thursday, February 23, at 7 p.m. at Holy Cross College. All Holy Cross, Notre Dame, and Saint Mary’s College students are invited to read their own original creative work. Readers will also present work by students from the Westville Education Initiative.

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All Holy Cross events will take place at 7 p.m. in Vincent Hall at Jazzman’s Café, which will open at 6:30 p.m. for service. The Notre Dame reading will be at 7:30 p.m. in the Hammes Bookstore on the Notre Dame campus, and a reception will follow.

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Lynn Coleman to Speak at Practical Lessons

Lynn Coleman to Speak at Practical Lessons

Community leader Lynn Coleman will discuss how serving others can transform lives and bring positive change to the community when he speaks at Holy Cross College’s next Practical Lessons in Success on Wednesday, February 8 at 7:00 p.m.

For Coleman, leading through service is a way of life. With over 40 years of experience working for the people of northern Indiana, Coleman has lived an extraordinary life of hard work and public service as a South Bend Police officer, as a special assistant to former South Bend Mayor Steve Luecke, as a volunteer, and as a Violent Injury Community Liaison with Beacon Health Services. Bringing his many years of experience to his speech, Coleman will discuss the impact individuals can have to create a more just and caring community, and looking beyond one’s self to understand the role one can play in their community and country.

Brother John Paige, CSC, president of Holy Cross College, commented on the outstanding quality of speakers for the Practical Lessons in Success series. “We have been fortunate to bring remarkable community leaders to campus who share their experiences with students and the entire Michiana community. The series serves as a valuable extension of what we do at Holy Cross College – helping current and future leaders gain a better understanding and insight into making our world a better place.”

All Practical Lessons in Success presentations are free and open to the public.

Holy Cross College Reaffirms Support of Immigrants and Refugees

Holy Cross College Reaffirms Support of Immigrants and Refugees

On Friday, January 27, 2017, President Donald Trump signed an executive order suspending all refugee admissions for 120 days, indefinitely barring Syrian refugees from entering the United States and blocking citizens of seven countries from entering the United States for 90 days: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.

Today, January 30, 2017, Br. John R. Paige, CSC, president of Holy Cross College, issued this statement in response to the executive order.

“As a Catholic higher education institution, Holy Cross College is opposed to the recent Executive Order signed by President Donald J. Trump concerning U.S. immigration policy.

As an essential and enduring part of its mission, Holy Cross College has always welcomed students from all walks of life – especially immigrants and refugees – with joy, love, and hope. We benefit greatly from their presence, and we believe that the diversity they bring to our community makes us a better and more complete institution. Our Catholic faith calls us to respect the dignity of all people, and Pope Francis calls us to embrace with hospitality those who have been marginalized. In answering these calls, we are committed to sustaining an inclusive campus environment that remains open to people of all faiths and cultures. We recognize our moral obligation to assist those searching for a better life and acknowledge the ability of higher education to serve this need.

In keeping with our mission, we therefore stand in solidarity with other Catholic and higher education organizations in opposing this order.”

Our tri-campus community neighbors have also issued similar statements.
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1/31 Saint Mary's, Holy Cross Presidents Oppose Immigration Order

Saint Mary’s College President Jan Cervelli and Holy Cross College President Brother John Paige have joined other college leaders in speaking out against President Donald J. Trump’s executive order that bans entry to the United States of refugees, migrants and green-card holders from seven mostly Muslim countries.

Paige issued a statement Monday that said Holy Cross “has always welcomed students from all walks of life – especially immigrants and refugees – with joy, love, and hope. We benefit greatly from their presence, and we believe that the diversity they bring to our community makes us a better and more complete institution. Our Catholic faith calls us to respect the dignity of all people, and Pope Francis calls us to embrace with hospitality those who have been marginalized.”

He also wrote that “we are committed to sustaining an inclusive campus environment that remains open to people of all faiths and cultures. We recognize our moral obligation to assist those searching for a better life and acknowledge the ability of higher education to serve this need.”

The Rev. John I Jenkins, president of the University of Notre Dame, and Mitch Daniels, president of Purdue University, have also come out against Trump’s executive order.
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11/16 CCAC explores ND, SMC relationship with city

The Community/Campus Advisory Coalition (CCAC) met Tuesday afternoon at the Holy Cross College St. Joseph Arts and Sciences Building to discuss ways to foster and improve the relationship between South Bend, its residents and local college students.
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11/14 Native justice served in Mass for the Oppressed

Before an audience of 50 inside the Holy Cross Chapel at Holy Cross College, Emerson Eads conducted the Concordia Choir, the Ritornello Orchestra, and soloists Tess Altiveros, Jaunelle Celaire, Toby Newman, Barry Banks and David Miller in his local unveiling of “Mass for the Oppressed.”
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11/09 Cervelli plants Trinity Tree ahead of inauguration

Br. Jesus Alonso, vice president for strategic initiatives at Holy Cross College, said all the branches of Moreau’s religious vision must collaborate for the tri-campus community to reach its full potential.
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11/05 Michiana Orchid Society Fall Show ends Sunday

A variety of vendors are displaying their best blooms and competing for prizes.
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10/01 Young Fort Wayne woman's situation highlights immigrants' obstacles to college

Maria Barrera is the type of applicant every college wants: highly intelligent, hard working and caring toward her family and others.
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09/20 Holy Cross College marks 50th anniversary

Holy Cross College opened 50 years ago this fall as a Catholic two-year junior college founded by the Brothers of Holy Cross.
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09/19 Holy Cross Touts Records, New Programs

Holy Cross College is reporting a record 647 students enrolled for the 2016-2017 academic year, a 7 percent increase over the previous year. The college says it has also added 24 faculty members and advisors with the expansion of its academic programs.
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09/02 Tri-campus community comes together for sustainability class

Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross are united by a shared history, community and strong connection with the Congregation of Holy Cross. For the first time ever, the three schools are coming together in one classroom to learn about sustainability in a new course this fall.
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06/02 Holy Cross Hopes To Expand Prison Education Efforts

Holy Cross College in South Bend wants to give more Indiana inmates the opportunity to pursue a college degree. The college is one of more than 200 vying for federal funding to support prison education.
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05/24 Holy Cross College reveals plans for former St. Joseph's HS property

Holy Cross College is set to breathe new life into the former Saint Joseph’s High School property, which includes a partial demolition.
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09/28 Private colleges offer scholarships to undocumented students

Some area colleges, including Holy Cross, have created scholarships specifically to help undocumented students who otherwise might be shut out of higher education.
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04/21 Holy Cross College Students Offer Friendship at the Margins

Students, faculty and staff of Holy Cross College welcomed Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades to campus on April 16 in celebration of the Pope Francis Challenge, an initiative inspired by a call for authentic embodied evangelization.
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03/24 Notre Dame and Holy Cross Educators Bring Knowledge and Hope to Westville Prisoners

The Westville Education Initiative offers male inmates the opportunity to enroll in college level courses to work towards earning an associate’s degree in liberal studies from Holy Cross.
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09/03 University Based Retirement Communities

Just 1,000 feet from the university, Holy Cross Village residents have access to the college library, fitness center and athletic events, as well as being able to audit classes at Holy Cross College and St. Mary’s College. Residents participate in a quarterly lecture series, help with international student programs and have other close ties to campus life.
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05/09 Holy Cross grad credits mom for his success

Sometimes you’ve got to make difficult choices to provide a future for those you love. That’s what Lavarr Barnett’s mom did, when she chose to send her son from their family home in a rough part of Chicago to Culver Military Academy. But it’s that decision, preceded and followed by a lifetime of love and support, that’s gotten him to where he is now: Graduating from Holy Cross College Saturday and headed to the University of Notre Dame Law School in the fall.
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10/08 High enrollment fills Holy Cross housing

Holy Cross College has an enrollment of 524 students this fall, a 15 percent increase since fall 2012. It’s the second highest enrollment in the college’s history. The highest enrollment was 557 students in fall 2001, when Holy Cross was a two-year college, campus spokesman Jeff Penney said.
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Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Celebration

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Celebration

Students, faculty, staff, and the public are welcome to an event celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement at Holy Cross College on Thursday, January 19, 2017, sponsored by the Holy Cross Student Government Association and Alumni and Parents Programs.

The day will be split up into two main events. From 3:15-5:30 p.m. in the Vincent Building (map available here), there will be five 25-minute rotating sessions by speakers from a variety of backgrounds including recent Holy Cross graduate Juan Constantino, digital program coordinator at La Casa de Amistad; Br. Jony Gregory, CSC, of the Brothers of Holy Cross; Lavarr Barnett, a Holy Cross alum and president of the Black Law Students Association at the University of Notre Dame Law School; George Garner, curator at the South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center (the Natatorium) in South Bend; and G. David Moss, Ph.D., director of the African American Student and Parent Services department for the South Bend Community School Corporation.

After dinner, a keynote address will be given in the Pfeil Athletic Center at 7:00 p.m. by G. David Moss. Moss earned his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Notre Dame in 2001. He is a passionate advocate for civil rights, and has spent his career encouraging excellence in black and African American students.

This day of celebration is free and open to the public.

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Men’s and Women’s Soccer Recognized by CCAC

Men’s and Women’s Soccer Recognized by CCAC

The Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference announced their fall sport award winner this past weekend. The women’s soccer team had two players recognized by the CCAC for Academic All-Conference, while the men received one.

The women’s soccer team received Karl Boeck Champions of Character Team award from the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference for the first time. They shared the award with Trinity Christian College.

Women’s soccer seniors Kaylee Ables and Hayley Deisinger were both named to the CCAC All-Academic team for outstanding performance on the field and in the classroom. Ables ended her career finishing in the top ten in program history in games played, games started, and total minutes played. Ables’ tenacity on defense was her trademark during her career in a Saints uniform.

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Deisinger will leave the program with nearly every record possible as a goalkeeper. Deisinger has led the nation in saves the past two years as well as shots faced. Deisinger will be #1 in games played, minutes logged, total saves, save percentage, and most importantly most overall wins as a goalkeeper.

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Senior goalkeeper Brian Aldrich was named to the CCAC All-Academic Team for the second straight year. Aldrich leaves the Saints men’s program as one of the top goalies in Holy Cross history. Aldrich has the most wins, top save percentage, and goals allowed average in history. Aldrich missed part of his senior year due to injury, but was named CCAC Defensive player of the week three times last season.

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