First Year Applicants


    • The Common Application
      • The Common Application essay is required.
      • Two short-answer responses are required on the writing portion of the Holy Cross College questions section.
        • Responses must have a minimum of 50 words. We recommend 100-150 words.
      • You will have to designate at least one school official (e.g. school counselor) to submit the Common Application School Report with transcript. The School Report often includes a letter of recommendation.
      • You will have the option to designate teachers who can submit letters of recommendation on your behalf. Letters of recommendation are not required, but they are helpful in the evaluation process.
      • There is no fee to submit the Common Application.
      • Common Application en Español.
    • Official High School Transcript
      • It is preferred that official transcripts be submitted via the Common Application School Report.
      • Alternatively, official transcripts can be sent directly to the Office of Admissions.
      • Updated transcripts via the Common Application Optional Report and/or Mid-Year Report are welcome.
      • A final transcript showing successful high school graduation must be submitted prior to enrollment. An offer of admission is contingent upon receipt of a final transcript and review of final grades. It is preferred that final transcripts be submitted via the Common Application Final Report.
    • Official SAT and/or ACT Scores
      • Holy Cross College requires at least one standardized test score and accepts both the SAT and ACT.
      • SAT and ACT scores reported on the high school transcript are considered official.
      • Neither the SAT Writing Section nor the ACT Writing Section are required.
      • Holy Cross College superscores 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)


Spring 2020 Enrollment

  • August 1, 2019: Common Application is available
  • December 1, 2019: Application deadline
  • Mid-December 2019: Decisions released
  • December 20, 2019: Enrollment confirmation deadline

Fall 2020 Enrollment

  • August 1, 2019: Common Application is available
  • November 1, 2019: Early Action Deadline/Rolling Admission begins
  • Late-November 2019: Early Action decisions released
  • February 15, 2020: Regular Decision Deadline/Rolling Admission continues
  • July 28, 2020: Common Application closes
  • May 1, 2020: Priority enrollment confirmation deadline

Application Deadlines

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 decision before the end of November. There are three possible decision outcomes: admitted, deferred, or not admitted. Students who are 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. Students who are deferred are encouraged to supplement application file prior to a second review by the Committee on Admissions. Applications can be supplemented with new test scores, updated transcripts, letters of recommendation, updated resume, etc. All updates for deferred applications must be submitted by February 15. Final decisions for those who were deferred will be released in March.

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 deadline is February 15. Applications submitted on or before this deadline are eligible for maximum merit scholarship consideration.

Applications submitted after February 15 will be reviewed on a rolling basis with decisions released two-to-three weeks after the application is completed.

All applications submitted after November 1, including Regular Decision applications, are reviewed on a rolling basis. Typically, decisions are released within two-to-three weeks of the application being completed. There are two possible decision outcomes: admitted or not admitted. Although unlikely, it is 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.

Financial Aid

All First Year applicants are encouraged to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for state (Indiana residents), federal, and institutional need-based financial assistance. The FAFSA becomes available on October 1 and can even be submitted before completing the Common Application. To ensure the FAFSA is received by Holy Cross College, use Federal School Code 007263. Click here to learn how to add a college to your FAFSA if you have 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 a merit scholarship, you will be notified in your admissions decision packet. Select admitted students will be nominated for a Signature Scholarship. To be considered for a Signature Scholarship, the Common Application and other required documents must be submitted on or before February 15.


Holy Cross College practices a holistic application review practice. This means all parts of the application are considered when making an admissions decision, and there will not be just one reason why a student is or is not offered admission. Academic performance and potential hold significant weight during the review process. The high school transcript (rigor of curriculum, GPA, performance trends, rank in class) and standardized test scores help us determine if you are prepared to tackle the rigors of the Holy Cross College liberal arts curriculum. That being said, there is no minimum GPA or test score required for admission. Letters of recommendation (if provided) offer additional insight into classroom performance.

Holy Cross College also values the gifts and talents a student can bring to campus. The activities section of the Common Application is the place for you to describe your extracurricular participation, leadership, and accomplishments. We also get to know you better by reading your essays. Ultimately, all parts of the application help us evaluate whether or not Holy Cross College is a good fit for you.