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First Year Applicants

Your first year away from home will be full of exciting challenges

Female student checking into welcome weekend 2019As you prepare for college, we’re making it as easy as possible for you to navigate the application process. For any assistance, please contact us.

Holy Cross College offers a test-optional admissions policy for students applying. Applicants who take the ACT and/or SAT are welcome to submit scores to supplement their applications, but scores will not be required for an application to be considered for admission to Holy Cross College or for a merit scholarship from the College.

For all applicants, the College performs a rigorous review of the high school curriculum, grade point average (GPA), and class rank. No additional requirements are needed in lieu of a test score, but applicants are welcome to supplement applications with teacher recommendations. Applicants may be invited to participate in an admissions interview. Prospective student-athletes should defer to eligibility requirements issued by the NAIA.

Apply to Holy Cross College either through the Scholars to Saints Application or through the Common Application.

Only one application per student is needed, and there is no fee to submit either application to Holy Cross College.

La Common Application también está disponible en Español.

For more information, contact the Holy Cross College Office of Admissions at 574.239.8400 or email [email protected].

Official High School Transcript

  • You will have to designate at least one school official (e.g. school counselor) on the application who will submit your official transcript (and potentially a School Report and letter of recommendation, though not required).
  • If applying through the Common Application, it is preferred that official transcripts be submitted via the Common Application School Report.
  • Alternatively, official transcripts can be sent to the Office of Admissions at [email protected] directly from a school administrator.
  • Updated transcripts after each term are welcome.
  • A final transcript showing successful high school graduation (and date of degree conferral) must be submitted prior to enrollment. An offer of admission is contingent upon receipt of a final transcript and review of final grades. We prefer final transcripts be submitted via the Common Application Final Report.


Letters of Recommendation (optional)

  • You’ll have the option to designate teachers who can submit letters of recommendation on your behalf. Letters of recommendation are not required, but can be helpful in the evaluation process.


SAT and/or ACT Scores (optional)

  • Holy Cross has a test-optional policy for first-year students applying for Fall 2022 enrollment.
  • For students who have taken the ACT and/or SAT, scores can be submitted to supplement the application.
  • SAT and ACT scores reported on the high school transcript are considered official.
  • Holy Cross College will consider self-reported test scores from the Common Application or if submitted via the Holy Cross Applicant Portal.
  • Holy Cross College super scores the SAT and ACT if multiple tests are submitted. Therefore, it is recommended to send all tests you have taken.
  • How to send SAT scores (our SAT code is 1309)
  • How to send ACT scores (our ACT code is 1203)


International Student Documents

  • Additional materials are required for students who will be applying for a student visa and/or who have attended secondary school outside the United States. Please see our International Applicants page for details.

Fall Enrollment

  • August 2023: Common Application and Scholars to Saints Application are available
  • November 1: Early Action Deadline/Rolling Admission begins
  • Late-November: Early Action decisions are released
  • February 15: Regular Decision Deadline/Rolling Admission continues
  • May 1: Priority enrollment confirmation deadline
  • July 28: Common Application and Scholars to Saints Application closes

Spring Enrollment

  • August 2023: Common Application and Scholars to Saints Application are available
  • December 1: Application deadline
  • Mid-December: Decisions released
  • December 15: Enrollment confirmation deadline

Final decisions for deferred students will be released on a rolling basis by March at the latest. 

All applications submitted on or before November 1, will be considered for Early Action admission and will receive earliest notification of admission and merit scholarship status.

Early Action applicants will be notified of admissions decisions before the end of November. There are three possible decision outcomes:

  • Admitted. Students admitted in Early Action are asked to reply with an enrollment decision (deposit) on or before May 1, the national confirmation deadline. Deposits will be accepted after May 1, as space allows.
  • The admissions staff may defer the decision to Regular Action. These students are encouraged to supplement their application file with updated transcripts or resumé, letters of recommendations, etc., prior to a second review by the Committee on Admissions. All updates must be submitted by February 15. Final decisions for deferred students will be released in March.
  • Denied. Students may reapply in the next admissions cycle as first-year or transfer applicants, and we encourage them to strengthen their application before doing so.

Applications submitted after November 1 will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with decisions released two-to-three weeks after the application is completed. The Regular Decision application priority deadline is February 15.

Applications submitted on, or before this deadline are eligible for, maximum merit scholarship consideration. 

There are two possible decision outcomes: admitted or not admitted. Although unlikely, it’s possible for applicants to be offered a space on the waiting list if enrollment limits are reached. Admitted students are asked to reply with an enrollment decision (deposit) on or before May 1, the national confirmation deadline. Deposits will be accepted after May 1, as space allows.

Students who are not admitted cannot reapply for admission for the same entry semester.

All First-Year applicants are encouraged to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for the state (Indiana residents), federal, and institutional need-based financial assistance. The FAFSA becomes available on October 1, and can be submitted before completing the Common Application and the Scholars to Saints Application.  

To ensure Holy Cross College receives the FAFSA, use Federal School Code 007263. (Learn how to add a college to your FAFSA if you’ve already submitted it.)  The FAFSA priority submission deadline is February 15, for financial aid notification, well in advance of the May 1 confirmation enrollment deadline. More information can be found here.

There are no additional applications necessary to be considered for merit scholarships; if you qualify for one, you’ll be notified in your admissions decision packet.