Driscoll Scholars

Holy Cross College-Notre Dame Driscoll Scholars Program

Holy Cross College and the University of Notre Dame have partnered to create a program that allows select students the opportunity to earn an undergraduate degree in a STEM major from Notre Dame after completing a 2+3 or 2+2 curriculum. Students selected for this program will complete two years of study at Holy Cross College as Driscoll Scholars, and if minimum requirements are fulfilled, will transfer to Notre Dame to complete remaining coursework.

Driscoll Scholars will receive a world-class liberal arts and STEM education. The pedagogical tradition of the Program is informed by the teachings of the Congregation of Holy Cross, whose priests founded Notre Dame and whose Brothers founded Holy Cross College. Driscoll Scholars will be immersed in this 177-year-old tradition from day one. Guided by the same mission to educate “hearts and minds,” Holy Cross College and Notre Dame, which are neighboring institutions in the tri-campus community, will work together to ensure your undergraduate experience is nothing less than transformative while preparing students for a successful career in a STEM field.


Students in the Driscoll Scholars Program will be able to indicate an intended major in one of the following programs prior to transferring to Notre Dame:

College of Engineering (2+3 Curriculum)

  • 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)

  • Economics
  • Neuroscience and Behavior
  • Pre-Health

Selection Process

All admitted students to Holy Cross College who indicated an interest in the Driscoll Scholars Program (if application was submitted on or before February 15) and all applicants to Notre Dame whose intended majors are included in the Program are eligible for consideration. A committee comprised of members of Holy Cross Admissions, Notre Dame Admissions, and the Colleges of Engineering and Arts and Letters will select students based on a number of factors including classroom preparedness, academic and career goals, institutional fit, and enrollment goals. The program size is purposefully small (fewer than 20 students) to ensure personal attention in the classroom and one-on-one advising.


Holy Cross College 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 a Common Application, official high school transcript, and ACT and/or SAT scores to Holy Cross. Admitted students are encouraged to schedule a visit to Holy Cross College and Notre Dame to tour campuses and learn more about the Program.

Financial Aid

Holy Cross College is committed to meeting 100% of demonstrated financial need (cost of attendance) of Driscoll Scholars while 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.

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 using the MyinTuition quick college cost calculator for Notre Dame which will provide three likely scenarios of the financial aid the student 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.

2020-2021 Program Costs

Tuition $32,000
Holy Cross Comprehensive Student Fee $1,250
Room and Meals $11,650
Total Direct Costs $44,900
Books and Supplies (estimated, indirect cost) $1,100*
Transportation (estimated, indirect cost) $700*
Personal Expenses (estimated, indirect cost) $700*
Total Cost of Attendance (estimated) $47,400

*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 College and Notre Dame must be a “B” or better with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better. 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: For success in higher-level engineering courses, a solid foundation in mathematics and general sciences is a must. Personal attention and small classes at Holy Cross along with the extended curriculum (five years instead of the traditional four) ensures a deliberate discernment of major, a 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 academically prepared to excel in a traditional four-year STEM program.

Q: Why start at Holy Cross College?
A: For some students, beginning college coursework within a smaller campus environment is the best transition from high school to a large school like Notre Dame. Holy Cross College is known for its small, personal classes and collaborative atmosphere. Students at Holy Cross have access to the libraries, athletic facilities, clubs, and club sports at Notre Dame. They even attend Fighting Irish athletic events! Being at Holy Cross has its advantages!

Q: How does housing work?
A: Driscoll Scholars are required to live in Holy Cross residence halls while enrolled at Holy Cross College. Information on Holy Cross residence halls can be found HERE. After transferring, students will be subject to the Notre Dame housing policy, which does not guarantee on-campus housing for transfer students. Transfer students are currently placed on a waiting list for housing and are placed as space becomes available.

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


General questions about the Driscoll Scholars Program: Jordan Schank, Holy Cross College, Director of Enrollment

Questions about the Holy Cross College curriculum: Ms. Emily David Holy Cross College, Academic Advisor

Questions about the College of Engineering: Mr. Michael Ryan, Notre Dame, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs