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Student Life

Jump in Feet First! Experience College Life at its Fullest.

College is a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience everything under the sun. Whether you’re involved in a Holy Cross club or activity, contributing a video to the website, playing beach volleyball, tennis or flag football, working out, or playing basketball in our Pfeil Center, or just gathering a group of friends to share a coffee … you’ll have numerous opportunities to get involved. These are the kinds of opportunities that will enhance your learning experience in an entirely new way.

Cheer on the Saints in basketball, soccer, hockey, lacrosse and more and attend the Fighting Irish football games in the Holy Cross cheering section to experience big time college football at its best.  You’ll find clubs, events, student organizations, special programs throughout the semester.  There’s billiards, table tennis, even bowling at off-campus venues! Snowboarding, skiing, skating trips are the highlights of winter, while scavenger hunts, Las Vegas nights, dances, plays, performances and more will keep your social life humming.

Lifelong memories await.

National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month! Safely and securely using College resources is a responsibility that we all have on campus. Take the quiz below to test your knowledge.

Do you have any questions about this quiz, or cyber security best practices? Contact IT staff. We’re happy to help.

Health Insurance

Adequate health insurance is required of all students. Holy Cross College has partnered with United Healthcare to provide an affordable insurance plan. Therefore, all students will see the annual cost of the health insurance of 1,692.00 included in their initial student bill as part of the cost of attendance. Students who already have adequate health insurance must fill out the online waiver form to opt out of this coverage, and once completed this charge will be removed from his/her student account. The deadline by which this action must be completed is August 1st.

CLICK HERE to find the waiver and all the information about the health insurance offered by United Healthcare.

Students who do not opt out of the coverage by the deadline will automatically be enrolled into the “Holy Cross College of Notre Dame Student Health Insurance Plan” for a full twelve-month period and will be responsible for paying the $1,692.00 for the annual health insurance premium.

To opt out of this coverage, students must show proof of valid insurance coverage and fill out the online waiver. Following the submission of a valid waiver form, and upon determining that the student’s existing coverage is adequate, the charge for health insurance will be removed from the student’s account.

Please note that to be considered “adequate,” the student’s plan must be based in the United States, be fully compliant with the Affordable Care Act (ACA/PPACA), and offer access to emergency and non-emergency services in and around the South Bend, IN area. As a religious institution, we have arranged for our plan to contain a religious exemption allowing it to support our Catholic faith tradition.

If you have questions about health insurance and need assistance in enrolling in a separate plan, Saint Joseph Health System Health Insurance Services provides our community with three convenient resource centers staffed with licensed insurance specialists where individuals and families can learn about and enroll in health insurance plans. Call them at 1.855.88.SJMED (1-855-887-5633) to make an appointment or email at There is no fee for their services.

Report an Incident

General Information

First Name*

Last Name*


Email Address*

Nature of this report

Date/Time of incident

Location of incident

Involved Parties

Please list the individuals involved, excluding yourself. Include as many details as possible.

Involved Parties  

Description / Narrative

Provide a narrative summary of the incident, which clearly states specific factual details of the incident.


Check all College/Residence Hall policies allegedly involved in the incident.

AlcoholFire SafetyHarassmentProperty DamageUnauthorized entryMedical ReportBuilding SecurityFighting/physical abuseHazingVerbal abuseDrugsGuestsNoiseSafety hazardVisitationFalse InformationHall sportsTheftWeapons/fireworksFailure to comply/respondSexual assaultOther

Check all College Residence Hall Directors or personnel who require a copy of this report.

AnselmBasilJamesPulteSouthNorthUniversity EdgeSecurityHealth Services

Academic Accommodations

Holy Cross College recognizes and values a diversity of backgrounds among its students. We accommodate a broad spectrum of needs, interests and backgrounds with a challenging and supportive environment. Holy Cross College affirms that all students are valued members of the college community, and we strive to provide the same access to programs and activities to students with disabilities.

Many students with diagnosed disabilities, such as physical or learning disabilities, or attention disorders, may need academic accommodations in order to increase the likelihood of academic success. To obtain accommodations, students must specify the kinds of accommodations they are requesting and provide documentation to verify disabilities and their severities. If submitting a prior evaluation, full documentation completed within the past three years is required. This material will be kept confidential and will only be utilized in determining students’ eligibility for services and the level of services required.

Please refer to the Guidebook and the Request for Accommodations Form below to learn more about academic accommodations.

Guidebook for Students with Disabilities
Request for Accommodations Form

Counseling Services

College life puts a number of demands on students that can be/become quite stressful: academic difficulties; relationships; depression; anxiety; substance abuse; and other issues can be/become overwhelming. Student counseling and Health Services has a licensed mental health counselor, who is also a licensed clinical addiction counselor, available to assist students in addressing any problems in a confidential manner. This counselor can also aid students identify and obtain academic accommodations.

Students may seek counseling services on campus by contacting:

Tom DeHorn
Director of Student Counseling and Health Services

You may also send a confidential email to schedule an appointment by emailing Students may receive four to six counseling sessions with a Master’s level therapist free of charge. Students seeking the services of a psychiatrist or psychologist may be done at their own expense. Professional confidentiality will be maintained under the laws of the State of Indiana. Counseling information is considered confidential and will not be shared without the student’s written permission.

Bibliography of Mental Health Resources (coming soon)

Health Services

Student Health Clinic

The student health clinic is located in the Pfeil Center, Room 116, and is run by the Saint Joseph Health System.

On-site RN: Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. every day.
Physician: Tuesdays 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The clinic will be closed:
Labor Day, September 4
Fall Break, October 16 – 22
Thanksgiving Break, November 22-26
Winter Break, December 18 – January 15
Spring Break, March 10-18
Good Friday, March 30
Easter Break, April 2

To make an appointment, call 574-239-1067, or email the office at All Holy Cross College students can get free routine medical care on-site at the clinic. Students must complete the Health & Emergency Contact forms to be seen.

Off-Hours Emergency Options for Medical Treatment

Family Medicine Center (click link for hours)
611 E. Douglas Road, Suite 407
Mishawaka, IN 46544

Saint Joseph Medical Center Emergency Room(Open 24 hours/day, 7 days a week)
5215 Holy Cross Pkwy.
Mishawaka, IN 46545

Med-Point (Open 24 hours/day, 7 days a week)
6913 N. Main Street
Granger, IN 46544

Health Form

The Student Comprehensive Health Form must be completed by all students. Because of its importance, those students who have not completed their Student Health Form by the end of the first week of classes will have an administrative hold placed on their academic records and face possible disciplinary sanctions.

New students are granted access to the Student Health Forms via the HCC Portal after meeting with their academic advisor or having attended a Saints Orientation, Advising and Registration (SOAR) Day. To make filling out this form simple, please have your immunization records available when working on this form. In addition, Holy Cross College requires a copy of your immunization records and this can be given to the nurse or Tom DeHorn at SOAR, or during the first week of classes.

If you need assistance accessing this form, please contact your academic advisor.

The required immunizations are:
1. MMR Dose 1
2. MMR Dose 2
3. Tetanus-Diphtheria DTaP or Tdap (must have been in the last 10 years)
4. Meningococcal- Dose 1
5. Meningococcal- Dose 2
6. Tuberculosis Test (International Students Only)

Recommended immunizations are:
1. Hepatitus A Series 1 and 2
2. Hepatitus B Series 1, 2 and 3
3. Hepatitus A & B Series 1, 2, and 3
4. Polio
5. Varicella (Chicken Pox) Dose 1
6. Varicella (Chicken Pox) Dose 2
7. Gardasil (HPV)- Series 1, 2, and 3
8. Serogroup B Meningococcal

Please direct any and all inquiries regarding this message to Tom DeHorn, at 574-239-8383 or at

Microsoft Office 365

Holy Cross College provides all students, faculty, and staff with an Office 365 for Education account. Office 365 is a cloud-based software package from Microsoft that contains a number of productivity and communication tools.

Office 365 navigation
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Login to Office 365 at using your HC credentials. Click here for information about your IT accounts at Holy Cross. Once logged in, use the button in the far upper-left corner to navigate between the different Office 365 offerings, as seen in the image to the right.


Webmail and Calendar

Email is the main tool in the Office 365 suite and is the preferred communication method on campus. You’ll be presented with your email inbox immediately upon logging in. Click here for information on how to use the webmail and calendaring. Want to check your email on a cell phone or other device? Click here for instructions.

OneDrive for Business

OneDrive for Business provides a huge 1TB of online storage for your files. Share your documents with others and edit them collaboratively. Sync your documents between your desktop and your OneDrive account. Click here for details on how to get started.

Office Online

Office Online is cloud-based basic versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote that work right in your internet browser. Nothing needs to be installed, so you can view and edit documents from anywhere that you have an internet connection. Click here for more information.

Office on your personal devices

You can now download and use the full Office suite of products on up to five of your personal Windows or Mac computers. This includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Access, and Publisher. The installation will remain valid for as long as you are a student or are employed at Holy Cross College. Click here for installation information. Note that this feature is only for personal devices. For installation on a HC-owned computer contact IT.


Forms allow you to easily craft a basic online form for respondents to fill out, similar to a low-feature SurveyMonkey or other similar tool. The form is then distributed via a link. Results are aggregated and can be exported easily to Excel.


Upload videos and create your own channels, similar to YouTube.

And More!

Contact IT and we can explain offerings and help find the best solution for you.

Residence Life Contract

Please completely read the form below, and fill out the indicated areas.

Personal Information

First Name*

Last Name*

Home Address*





Student Cell Phone*

Email Address*

Student ID #

Date of Birth



This "Residence Life Contract" must be completed before being considered for housing. To continue the process of housing registration, you must agree to abide by Holy Cross policies and procedures outlined in this contract. You are also required to verify that your $200.00 Housing Deposit has been submitted.

Living in a Holy Cross College residence hall is a privilege accompanied by considerable individual and collective responsibility. Carefully read and become familiar with the contractual information to which you need to accept in order to proceed.

Holy Cross College agrees to provide residence hall accommodations and meals according to the academic year schedule. Students agree to become members of the residence community, to adhere to and support the college rules and regulations as found in the Holy Cross College Student Handbook.

The student also agrees to pay the College the prescribed fees and be subject to the terms and conditions below. By submitting this contract students understand the costs being agreed to and accept financial responsibility.

  1. This housing contract is for the entire academic year. The student shall be entitled occupancy of the residence hall after noon on the opening day announced prior to each semester. A $750 Contract Cancellation Fee will be assessed to the account of any student who moves out of the residence halls prior to the expiration of the contract. Releases from residence life contracts will be granted only in the event of withdrawal from the college, or serious extenuating circumstances beyond the student's control. Requests to be released from this contract must be submitted in writing along with appropriate documentation to the Dean of Students no later than December 1. Students withdrawing from residence halls or who are removed due to student conduct will be subject to the College's refund policy as stated in the student handbook.
  2. This is a residence hall and food service contract. The combined agreement is binding when submitted by the student and assigned by a representative of the College. This contract does not guarantee a specific room or type of assignment, but rather housing accommodation. Every effort will be made to assign rooms, type of accommodation and roommates based on information provided by the student, provided applications have been received in a timely manner. The agreement may not be transferred, sold or re-assigned to another student.
  3. Housing is NOT available during Fall Break, Christmas Vacation, or Spring Break, as determined by the Residence Life Calendar. All residents are responsible for their own housing during these periods. Resident students involved in school sponsored trips/activities will be accommodated. However, the Dining Facility will be closed during these breaks as well as during the extended Thanksgiving and Easter weekends. Closing hours will be posted prior to each break period. Residents with specific needs, may request as much as a 24 hour extension to remain in the residence hall past the posted closing at the end of each semester. The college reserves the right to deny such requests, and if granted, to charge the student $30 per day of approved extension.
  4. The College reserves the right: (a) to change or cancel the room assignment of a student for reasons of health, conduct detrimental to the living group, failure to attend class on a regular basis, or violations of regulations; (b) to enter any room for the purpose of inspection, authorized search, inventory, or repair; (c) to levy and collect charges (individually or collectively) for damages to or unauthorized use of or alterations of rooms, equipment, and hall properties; (d) to approve all guests in the residence hall. The College will make no refund of deposit or fees paid for the semester if the student is suspended or dismissed from the College, or asked to leave College housing by the Director of Residence Life for violating the Housing Contract or College policies or regulations. College housing is available to full-time students. Continued housing for students falling below full-time status (12 hours) will be at the discretion of the Director of Residence Life and the Dean of Students. Students who withdraw from the College or from all of their classes must leave campus housing immediately.
  5. Each student will be billed a $350 Damage Deposit to cover room and common area damages. Damages occurring during the year will be assessed to the student account. Any amount of this deposit not used to repair or replace damaged property will be returned within 90 days of when non-returning students check-out of the residence halls, provided the student has not been dismissed from the residence halls due to conduct or grades, or has not voluntarily withdrawn from the residence halls prior to May.
  6. The College shall have no responsibility for theft, destruction or loss of money, valuables or personal properties belonging to or being in custody of the resident from any cause whatsoever, whether such losses occur from the resident's room, the storage room, or public areas. EACH RESIDENT IS ENCOURAGED TO CARRY HIS/HER OWN PERSONAL PROPERTY INSURANCE, AND RESIDENTS OF UNIVERSITY EDGE WILL BE REQUIRED TO CARRY RENTER'S INSURANCE.
  7. Holy Cross College reserves the right to notify parents of residents who are found to be responsible for violating college policy regarding alcohol, drugs, acts of violence, and residents who have attempted or threatened to cause bodily harm to themselves or others.
  8. The contract is valid when it is accompanied by a $200 Housing Deposit and $200 Enrollment Deposit. Both deposits will be held by the college and applied towards the student's housing/tuition bill. If the student cancels his or her housing contract on or before May 1, 2017 (or December 1, 2017 if moving in at the Spring Semester) the deposit will be refunded. If the cancellation occurs after May 1, 2017 (or December 1, 2017), this deposit is forfeited. Early submittal of contract and reservation deposit will improve the prospect of being assigned a room according to your requested preference, as space is assigned on a first come, first served basis.

NOTE: Because of the serious consideration which the college gives to this contractual agreement, each student is urged to read thoroughly the terms and conditions before submission to the college. Notification must be submitted in writing within one week of submission of this contract to disclose any reason that may prevent you from fulfilling this contract. Those who anticipate not being able to fulfill this contract for the entire academic year will be accommodated on a space-available basis.

  • ALL fields must be completed before submitting.
  • Information will not be saved if you cannot complete all fields below in one session.
  • Please do not use the ENTER or RETURN key while filling out this form. Use the TAB key to move between fields.

Describe your student status
First year at Holy Cross CollegeReturning student to Holy Cross College

Select the term(s) for which you are applying for residence
2017-2018 Full Academic Year2018 Spring Semester

Room and Board for 2017-18 (per Semester)


All rooms are equipped with a bed, desk, desk chair, and wardrobe or closet. Price also includes the cost of internet service, basic cable, and laundry facilities.

There are a variety of housing accommodations available on campus. In addition to the apartment style residence hall we also have single, double, and triple occupancy rooms. A small number of double rooms have a private bathroom. Current HCC students will select their rooms for the upcoming school year in late April. In late July Residence Life staff will begin to carefully hand-match new incoming students with their roommates / room requests, based on the selections made on the Residence Life Contract. While sorting through hundreds of contracts and matching individuals by hand is a time-consuming process, there are no guarantees that conflicts will not arise. Please keep in mind that living with people from other cultures and backgrounds is also an integral part of the college experience.

Holy Cross offers housing in select buildings of University Edge, an off-campus apartment complex located 1 mile north of Holy Cross College. These 4 bedroom/4 bathroom apartments are available to upperclassmen at the same rate as living in the residence halls (but are only offered 10 meals per week in the dining hall), and is considered living on campus for Financial Aid Packages. In order to live in at University Edge, residents must complete a separate documentation process, including successful completion of a background check, to qualify for and be accepted into the University Edge Residential Community. Additionally, University Edge residents agree to comply with all non-financial obligations found in the Master-Lease between Holy Cross College and University Edge. University Edge Residents still have the same obligations of any other on campus resident of Holy Cross College and by agreeing to the terms and conditions of the residential contract, each University Edge resident confirms their responsibility to comply with all these obligations outlined within this contract or the Holy Cross College Student Handbook.

University Edge residents will pay an additional fee of $50 for a background check (new University Edge residents only), a $55 electrical setup fee, and a $70 trash pick-up fee. All of these fees will be due with their first semester tuition bill and are non-refundable.

Housing applications will be considered on a 'space-available' basis. As a general rule the sooner you apply and submit all the necessary paperwork the better your chances of getting your preferred housing. All resident students will be able to view their room assignment through the HC Portal (Look inside the "Popular Pages" window at the top of this and every website page. Sign into the portal using the username and password that are assigned from Admissions upon successfully being admitted to the college). The housing roster in the HC-Portal will be updated periodically.

You will NOT have immediate notification of where you will be living as soon as you have completed the Residence Life Contract and sent in your $200 Housing Deposit.

In order to ensure that we best understand our future residents, it is asked that neither parents nor any other proxy answer the following roommate preference questions.

Do you have a physical disability or a medical concern which would affect your room assignment?

If Yes, please describe: 

Have you ever been convicted of a felony?

If Yes, please describe: 

1. What kind of a relationship do you want in a roommate?
Do everything togetherTo be friendsTo be respectful and peacefully coexist

2. How do you feel about your roommate using your belongings?
Never a problem using any of my thingsOk, but only after asking permissionOk with electronics, but not my personal itemsMy roommate should not use any of my belongings

3. How often do you clean your room?
DailyTwice a weekWeeklyMonthlyBefore a family visitWhen I move out

4. When does your average day begin?
Before 8AM8-10AMAfter 10AM

5. When does your average day end?
Before 11PM11PM-1AMAfter 1AM

6. How would you describe your sleeping habit?
Light sleeperHeavy sleeper

7. Please check the three (3) types of music that you listen to and enjoy the most:
AlternativeBroadwayClassicalChristianCountryDanceFolkGospelHeavy MetalJazzLatinNew AgeOldiesOperaPopularPunkR and BRapReggaeHipHop

8. Please check the three (3) ways you most enjoy spending extra time:
ArtsComm. ServiceComputersDancingDiningFamilyMoviesMusicOutdoorsPartyingPhotographyReadingReligionRoad TripsSportsTelevisionTheaterVideo Games

9. Describe your personality

10. You prefer a roommate who is

Social Environment: Each roommate has a primary right to the room to which he/she is assigned. With the permission of one’s roommate, guests may be invited into the room.

11. How social do you prefer your room to be?
Quiet and seriousWelcoming to one or two friends at a timeA lively social center where everyone hangs out

12. With the level of noise in my room when I am studying, I
Require absolute silenceLike low background musicAm able to tune out most noises - even loudLeave the room

Neither smoking nor alcohol is permitted in any Holy Cross Residence Hall. However, as smoking and alcohol consumption manifest themselves in individual behavior, they may impact on roommates.

13. Myself:
I smokeI do not smoke

14. My roommate:
I prefer my roommate smokeI prefer my roommate not smokeI have no preference

15. Myself:
I drink alcoholI do not drink alcohol

16. My roommate:
I prefer a roommate who drinksI prefer a roommate who does not drinkI have no preference

17. Please rank in order of preference, with "1" being most important, the type of room you would like.



Triple (male only)

Apartment On-Campus

Apartment at University Edge *

* Upperclassmen only. You will be required to complete the Application to University Edge and agree to the policies of University Edge. University Edge residents will be subject to the additional fees outlined above.

18. Please rank in order of preference, with "1" being most important, the residence hall you would like to live in. CLICK HERE for more information on each hall.

Anselm (male)

Basil (male)

James (female)

North (female)

Pulte (female)

South (male)

University Edge **

** Upperclassmen only. You will be required to complete the Application to University Edge and agree to the policies of University Edge. New residents at University Edge must pay a $50 fee for a background check.

19. If you have a particular person you want to room with, type their name here.
(NOTE: Roommate requests must be mutual.)

20. Please provide any other important information that should be taken into consideration when placing you in the residence halls. None of the information taken in this survey will be shared outside of the Office of Residence Life.

Important Information: 

The contract is only valid when it is accompanied by a $200 Housing Deposit. Once receipt of housing deposit is made by Residence Life staff your completed housing application will be processed. Please submit your deposit now:

1. Click here
2. Follow the on-screen instructions

By checking this box, I verify that my $200.00 Housing Deposit has been submitted

To continue the process of housing registration, you must agree to abide by Holy Cross policies and procedures outlined in the Student Handbook and included in the contract above. If you so agree, please check "I accept" below (required to proceed).

IMPORTANT: If this contract is being completed by any person other than the student applicant (i.e. parents), STOP. This contract is between the college and the student applicant. While parental involvement is recommended, do not proceed beyond this point until the STUDENT has read this contract.

I AcceptI do not Accept


Campus Changes

New Residence Hall and Quad Finished!

Construction was completed summer 2015 on a new 17,600+ square-foot residence hall, a three-acre quadrangle green space, renovated parking facilities and new outdoor athletic courts. The new building features two floors of residential housing for over 60 students, a sacred space, two vaulted gathering areas at each end of the first floor, a study loft and a fireplace cafe area open to all students.

Click each image to enlarge.

Campus Master Plan     North Hall Floor Plans     Under Construction

     North Hall Fireside Cafe     Yoga in front of North Hall


Holy Cross College Information

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.