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Driscoll Scholars

Great things happen when Holy Cross and Notre Dame join forces

Exhibit A: The Driscoll Scholars Program.

Through this innovative and intentionally small program, students interested in STEM majors can spend their first two years in the close-knit Holy Cross College community before finishing their undergraduate degree at Notre Dame.

Driscoll Scholars get the best of both worlds: the small class sizes and world-class liberal arts education of Holy Cross, and the unparalleled STEM-specific training offered at Notre Dame.


Driscoll Scholars can choose from 12 different majors.
Prior to transferring to Notre Dame, Driscoll Scholars indicate one of the following majors:

College of Engineering (2+3 Curriculum, a five-year program)

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Earth Sciences
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

College of Arts and Letters (2+2 Curriculum, a four-year program)

Guided by the same mission to educate “hearts and minds,” Holy Cross and Notre Dame will work together to ensure your undergraduate experience is nothing less than transformative while preparing you for a successful career in a STEM field.

College of Science

  • Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics
  • Mathematics


Selection process
All admitted Holy Cross students who indicated an interest in the Driscoll Scholars Program (and submitted their application on or before February 15) and all Notre Dame applicants whose intended majors are included in the Program are eligible for consideration.

A committee comprised of members of Holy Cross and Notre Dame Admissions Offices and the Colleges of Engineering, Arts and Letters, and Science select students based on several factors, including:

  • Classroom preparedness
  • Academic and career goals
  • Institutional fit
  • Enrollment goals

The program is purposefully small (approximately 10 students) to ensure personal attention in the classroom and one-on-one advising.


Holy Cross applicants who want to be considered for the Driscoll Scholars Program must indicate an interest in the Program on the Common Application and submit it on or before the February 15 Regular Decision deadline.

Selection and release of notification for the Driscoll Scholars Program will take place, at the latest, in March. Those accepting the invitation must confirm their intention of enrolling at Holy Cross College as a Driscoll Scholar by submitting an enrollment deposit on or before May 1.

Notre Dame applicants invited to join the program must submit the following materials to Holy Cross upon invitation to the program from Notre Dame Admissions:

  • Common Application
  • Official high school transcript
  • ACT and/or SAT scores to Holy Cross (not required if invitee applied as test-optional at Notre Dame)

Admitted students are encouraged to schedule a visit to Holy Cross and Notre Dame to tour campuses and learn more about the Program.


We meet 100% of demonstrated financial need for Driscoll Scholars while they are enrolled in the Program at Holy Cross.
To be considered for need-based assistance, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed and sent to Holy Cross each year. Due to the unique nature of this program, Driscoll Scholars are not eligible for Holy Cross scholarship programs including Signature Scholarships and named scholarships.

After transferring to Notre Dame, Driscoll Scholars are eligible for Notre Dame need-based assistance for a maximum of three years. Transfer students are not eligible for Notre Dame merit scholarships.

Driscoll Scholars are encouraged to complete an estimate of their financial aid eligibility at Notre Dame using the MyinTuition quick college cost calculator which will provide three likely scenarios of the financial aid you may receive.

Families also may use the Notre Dame Net Price Calculator. This tool requires more information and provides an estimated family share amount and an estimated financial aid decision.


2021-2022 Program Costs

Tuition $32,800
Holy Cross Comprehensive Student Fee $1,250
Room and Meals $11,650
Total Direct Costs $45,700
Books and Supplies (estimated, indirect cost) $1,100*
Transportation (estimated, indirect cost) $700*
Personal Expenses (estimated, indirect cost) $700*
Total Cost of Attendance (estimated) $48,200

*Indirect costs are estimated educational expenses that are not directly billed to the student.


Transfer Agreement
To guarantee transfer to Notre Dame, all grades earned at Holy Cross and Notre Dame must be a “B” or better, with a final cumulative GPA of at least 3.5. Students must remain in good social/disciplinary standing as well.

After transferring to Notre Dame, students will complete second through fourth-year requirements within their respective majors as well as remaining Notre Dame core curriculum requirements.


Q: Why a 2+3 curriculum for engineering majors? 
A: Success in higher-level engineering courses requires a solid foundation in mathematics and physics. Personal attention and small classes at Holy Cross, along with the extended curriculum of a five-year program, ensures a deliberate discernment of major, successful transfer to Notre Dame, and additional opportunities for research and internships. The Driscoll Scholars Program may not be a good fit for those who are prepared to excel in a traditional four-year STEM program.

Q: Why start at Holy Cross College?
A: Some students benefit from beginning college coursework within a smaller campus environment. Holy Cross is known for its small classes and collaborative atmosphere. Our students have access to Notre Dame libraries, athletic facilities, clubs, and Fighting Irish athletic events.

Q: How does housing work?
A: Driscoll Scholars are required to live in Holy Cross residence halls while enrolled at Holy Cross. After transferring, students will be subject to Notre Dame’s housing policy. Incoming Driscoll Scholars will be guaranteed housing at Notre Dame upon successful transfer.

Q: How does AP credit work?
A: Driscoll Scholars follow Notre Dame’s. AP credit can be applied to your Notre Dame transcript, but the credit will not be used to satisfy Notre Dame core curriculum requirements.


Questions about the Holy Cross College curriculum: Juan Maldonado, Student Success Coordinator, Driscoll Scholars Advisor