International Students

Students who have enrolled either full-time or as a degree-seeking student after graduating from high school must 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. follow traditional First Year application directions.


  • 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.
    • A photo copy of your passport identification page must be submitted via the Common Application.
    • 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.
  • 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.
    • All transcripts and records must be accompanied by certified English translations when applicable.
  • Official SAT and/or ACT Scores
  • TOEFL/iELTS Exam Report
    • A TOEFL/iELTS report is required from all international applicants for whom English is not their first language.
    • Minimum scores for admission consideration:
      • 530 (paper version)
      • 71 (internet version)
      • 6.0 (iELTS)
  • Certification of Finances Form and Supporting Documentation


Spring 2019 Enrollment

  • August 1, 2018: Common Application is available
  • December 1, 2018: Application deadline
  • Mid-December 2018: Decisions released via postal mail and email
  • December 21, 2018: Enrollment confirmation deadline

Fall 2019 Enrollment

  • August 1, 2018: Common Application is available
  • November 1, 2018: Early Action Deadline/Rolling Admission begins
  • Late-November 2018: Early Action decisions released via postal mail
  • February 15, 2019: Priority application deadline for Signature Scholarship consideration
  • May 1, 2019: 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 via postal mail and email if mailing address is international. 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. Students who are not admitted cannot reapply for admission for the same entry semester.

All applications submitted after November 1 will be considered for Rolling Admission. Review of Rolling Admission applications begins after Early Action review. Typically, decisions are released within two-to-three weeks of the application being submitted. There are two possible decision outcomes: admitted or not admitted. Although unlikely, it is possible for Rolling Admission applicants to be offered a space on the waiting list if enrollment limits are reached. Students who are admitted under Rolling Admission 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

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 wanting to be considered 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.


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.

Admission for international students is need-aware.