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There are so many ways to earn a Holy Cross College degree

Three male students on welcome weekend 2019Our students come from all walks of life—and enter Holy Cross at different points in their educational and spiritual journeys. They need options that best fit their schedules and their personal and professional goals.

That’s why we offer a wide range of enrollment programs, including;

  • Traditional 4-year degree
  • Accelerated Bachelor’s degree
  • Transfer preparation
  • Dual degree and graduate program

The one attribute which all of our enrollment programs share is a commitment to a timeless liberal arts education rooted in the Holy Cross tradition of educating the heart and mind.

92% of traditional 4-year degree students at Holy Cross graduated in four years or fewer.

Of the same 2018 class, 13% finished in seven or fewer semesters. In other words, when we say we’re committed to personal attention and student success, we mean it.

As a traditional degree student, you can:

  • Choose from 9 majors and 17 minors
  • Enroll in one course each semester at the University of Notre Dame (as long as you’re a full-time student who’s earned 30 credits and maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA)
  • Become an active global citizen by studying abroad
  • Participate in one of more than 500 student clubs and organizations across Holy Cross College, the University of Notre Dame or Saint Mary’s College
  • Represent the Saints on the field or the court through one of four varsity sports

Accelerated degrees: For those ready to hit the ground running

Holy Cross College offers accelerated bachelor’s degree programs in the following majors:

These rigorous three-year bachelor’s degree programs are ideal for students who:

  • Have a clear vision for what they want to do and where they want to go next
  • Wish to save money and time
  • Are prepared to take upper-level courses immediately

Interested in applying to an accelerated program? First-year applicants can indicate your interest on the application.

We’ve been sending Saints to Notre Dame for over 50 years.

It’s no secret that some students are interested in applying to the University of Notre Dame. Before we were a four-year institution, Notre Dame was a natural next stop for Holy Cross two-year graduates.

If transferring to Notre Dame is your goal, we’ll help you prepare a strong application: from enrolling you in the most rigorous and relevant courses (pay special attention to the required courses for your intended area of study), to affording you opportunities to become an engaged tri-campus community member.

Holy Cross curriculum and GPA are major evaluation factors in the transfer application process, as are demonstrated leadership in extracurricular organizations and athletics, and service experience. As a Saint, you’ll enjoy the added perk of being able to enroll in Notre Dame courses during your sophomore year and get involved on their campus.

Transfer admission to Notre Dame is competitive.

The admittance rate of transfer students from Holy Cross to Notre Dame is higher than the overall transfer admit rate at Notre Dame. We’re proud of this admission rate, as it reflects the historical and trusted relationship between our two institutions.

The average GPA of a Holy Cross student admitted as a transfer student is approximately 3.8. The median SAT test score is 1330. Typically, transfer students are entering the College of Arts and Letters to pursue a liberal arts degree.

When it comes to dual degree and graduate programs, the tri-campus collaboration is strong.

As a Holy Cross College student, you could receive preferred admission to graduate programs at the University of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College.

  • The University of Notre Dame offers admission to select students into its Master of Science in Management, Master of Nonprofit Administration, and coming soon, Master of Science in Business Analytics programs within the Mendoza College of Business. To qualify, Holy Cross students should meet the following requirements:
    • Be a non-business major
    • Overall GPA of 3.4 or better
    • Average GPA of 3.4 or better in all MSM program prerequisites
    • GMAT score of 620 or better
    • Written recommendation by Holy Cross Dean or Provost
  • Saint Mary’s College agrees to accept applications for admission into its Master of Autism Studies, Master of Science in Speech & Language Pathology, and Master of Science in Data Science
    • Holy Cross students apply as juniors and take graduate-level courses during their senior year.
    • Open to both men and women, these 4+1 dual degree programs enable you to complete a bachelors and graduate degree in five years.

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.

Learn more about the Driscoll Scholars program.

Each year, the Notre Dame Office of Undergraduate Admissions invites select students from its applicant pool to enroll at Holy Cross College for their first-year, with a guaranteed transfer to Notre Dame as sophomores.

Gateway Program participants take courses at Holy Cross and Notre Dame, participate in student life on both campuses, and are expected to maintain at least a 3.5 GPA.

Learn more about the Gateway program.