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Earning your degree in the U.S. will be full of exciting challenges

Students being welcomed to campus in 2019Applying for admission shouldn’t be one of them. We’ve tried to make it as easy as possible to navigate the application process. If you need any help, please contact us.

If you’ve enrolled either full-time or as a degree-seeking student after graduating from high school, apply for transfer admission. U.S. citizens and permanent residents living overseas and undocumented students (with or without DACA status) living in the U.S. will follow traditional First Year application directions. Admission for international students is need-aware.



In addition to the requirements for the first year application or the transfer applications, international applicants must also submit:

  •  A score report from an English Language Proficiency Exam is required from all international applicants for whom English is not their first language. International applicants may also be exempt from an English proficiency exam score if their last three years of education were conducted primarily in English.
  • Holy Cross College accepts score reports from the TOEFL, IELTS, PTE Academic, or Duolingo English Test.
  • Minimum scores for admission consideration:
    *   71 TOEFL iBT (530 TOEFL Paper-Delivered)
    *   6.0 IELTS
    *   53 PTE Academic
    *   95 Duolingo English Test

A photocopy of your passport identification page must be submitted if you will be studying at Holy Cross College on a student visa. It can be uploaded as an “Other” type document on the Common Application for Transfer, sent directly to Holy Cross, or uploaded to your Holy Cross Applicant Portal.

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 may be nominated for a Signature Scholarship.

There is limited need-based aid for international students. International applicants seeking consideration for need-based aid should submit a letter requesting review for need-based aid with the Certification of Finances. A request for review does not guarantee the awarding of funds.

  • All international applicants are required to submit a Certification of Finances with supporting documentation confirming the reported sources of funding for one year of enrollment at Holy Cross College.
  • Supporting documentation should be signed, in English, and include amounts converted to U.S. dollars.
  • Applicants should be prepared to show proof of full funding before any Holy Cross scholarship (merit aid, athletic scholarship) is applied. The Certification of Finances, therefore, does not necessarily represent a student’s out-of-pocket expenses.
  • The Certification of Finances and supporting documentation can be uploaded via the Holy Cross Applicant Portal (preferred) or submitted as a PDF document via email.
  • Download the 2021-2022 Certification of Finances for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 enrollment