International Applicants

International applicants who have enrolled either full-time or as a degree-seeking student after graduating from high school at college or university 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 following information is for international 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.
    • 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 (Secondary) 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. If you school will be sending the final transcript directly to Holy Cross College, we recommend that the Final Report accompanies it.
    • All transcripts and records must be accompanied by certified English translations when applicable. Some students have used InCred or WES credential translation services.
  • Optional: Official SAT and/or ACT Scores
    • Holy Cross has a test-optional policy for first year students applying for fall 2021 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 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)
    • Find international SAT testing sitesFind international ACT testing sites.
  • 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
    • 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 College 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 to
    • The 2020-2021 Certification of Finances for fall 2020 and/or spring 2021 enrollment can be downloaded here.
    • The 2021-2022 Certification of Finances for fall 2021 and/or spring 2022 will be available here by mid-October.


Spring 2021 Enrollment

  • August 1, 2020: Common Application is available
  • December 1, 2020: Application deadline
  • Mid-December 2020: Decisions released via Holy Cross Applicant Portal
  • December 21, 2020: Enrollment confirmation deadline

Fall 2021 Enrollment

  • August 1, 2020: Common Application is available
  • November 1, 2020: Early Action Deadline/Rolling Admission begins
  • Late-November 2020: Early Action decisions released via Holy Cross Applicant Portal
  • February 15, 2021: Regular Decision Deadline/Rolling Admission continues
  • May 1, 2021: Priority enrollment confirmation deadline
  • July 28, 2021: Common Application closes

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: admitteddeferred, 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

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.

2021 Testing Policy

Holy Cross College has announced that first year admissions for 2021 will be test-optional.

Applicants who have taken 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 review

Historically, many applicants have submitted multiple test scores for consideration, but given the current testing challenges, students may be unable to sit for a single test before the November 1 early action deadline. We will do our part to ensure these students do not fall behind in the college admissions process.

For those who are unable to submit a standardized test score, a more rigorous review of high school curriculum, GPA, and class rank will be completed. There will be no additional requirements in lieu of the test score, but applicants are welcome to supplement applications with resumes and teacher recommendations. Students who do not submit scores may be invited to participate in an admissions interview. Prospective student athletes should defer to eligibility requirements issued by the NAIA.

Holy Cross College will continue to use self-reported test scores in the review process. If a student submits self-reported test scores for review, it will be expected that official scores are later provided if the student enrolls at Holy Cross College. Self-reported test scores should be reported on the Common Application. Otherwise, students can email self-reported scores to the Office of Admissions or upload them to the Holy Cross Applicant Portal as soon as they become available. We will continue to superscore the ACT and SAT, taking into account the highest subscores from all test sittings.

To help us understand a student’s situation and preference, new questions will be added to the Common Application section specific to Holy Cross College. Students can indicate if they will not be submitting test scores, self-reported or otherwise. Similarly, students will be able to indicate if Holy Cross College can use self-reported test scores on the Common Application for review prior to the receipt of official scores.

Holy Cross College recognizes that research has revealed inequalities in testing access and preparation, particularly for those from lower socioeconomic backgrounds. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated these inequalities, causing undue anxiety on what can already be a stressful process.

Holy Cross College will review its policies for fall 2022 and beyond after the 2021 application cycle is completed. It has been Holy Cross College’s practice to use standardized test scores, coupled with a review of the transcript, to determine an applicant’s level of preparation for college-level work, particularly the rigorous, liberal arts curriculum offered at Holy Cross College rather than creating an unnecessarily competitive admissions practice.