History and Mission

Holy Cross College Mission StatementThe mission of Holy Cross College is to educate and form global citizens with the competence to see and the courage to act.

Holy Cross is a Catholic college that advances the apostolic mission of the Brothers of Holy Cross. Our practical, experiential, liberal arts curriculum applies timeless truths to contemporary life and leads people to wholeness in the image of Christ.


Brother John Driscoll, C.S.C., served as president and dean for the first two decades of the college’s history from 1966 until June 1987. Then after two interim presidents, Br. Richard Gilman, C.S.C., Ph.D., presided over the next two decades of growth and change from 1992 until 2010. Under Br. Richard’s supervision, the college was transformed from a two-year community college into a residential four-year liberal arts college. Today the college is led by Fr. David Tyson, C.S.C.

In 1993, the college reached world-wide fame in the movie Rudy the story of a young man who attends Holy Cross College and through diligence and hard work overcomes great odds to achieve his dream of attending the University of Notre Dame and playing football for the Fighting Irish. In those days, Holy Cross was a two-year junior college with a reputation for helping transform good students into excellent students capable of admissions into the nation’s finest universities.

Today, Holy Cross’s reputation for producing excellent students is even stronger as a destination school in its own right. Local, national, and international students enroll to earn their four-year BA degrees from Holy Cross College. The College has welcomed students from all 50 states and 30 foreign countries. Currently, we are one of only a handful of colleges in the US accepting Iraqi students as an act of goodwill to help foster peace and understanding between our two countries (To learn more about this program, visit the Iraqi Student Project website http://iraqistudentproject.org/).

College athletes come to Holy Cross College to try out for an opportunity to play on one of the Saints intercollegiate athletic teams of basketball, golf, soccer, hockey, lacrosse, and cheerleading.

Students of many faiths and beliefs call Holy Cross College home. Catholic students will appreciate the convenience of daily mass and weekly confession in St. Joseph Chapel. Those who are open to spiritual growth and development are invited to get involved in Holy Cross College’s Campus Ministry.

Located just north of the city limits of South Bend, Indiana, Holy Cross College’s 150-acre wooded campus along the beautiful St. Joseph River is adjacent to the campuses of the University of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College. This geographical proximity gives Holy Cross a unique “best of both worlds” setting in that it offers the intimacy and one-to-one academic attention of a small college with the social and cultural resources of a major university.

Academic Accreditation

Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, Holy Cross College is incorporated in the state of Indiana and chartered to grant the Bachelor of Arts and Associate of Arts degrees. Holy Cross College has been approved for attendance of veterans under provisions of the G.I. Bill, is authorized to enroll non-immigrant alien students and is eligible to participate in various federal and state financial aid programs.

Holy Cross College is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the Northern Indiana Consortium for Education and numerous other academic and professional organizations.

Holy Cross Brothers

The mission is to be “educators in the faith” to men and women everywhere, especially the poor, afflicted and oppressed. The Holy Cross Brothers faithfully fulfill this mission as teachers, administrators, social workers and parish ministers, often in collaboration with the Holy Cross Priests and Sisters.

For more information, please visit the web site for the Holy Cross Brothers.

Sisters of the Holy Cross

Holy Cross Sisters are a Roman Catholic congregation of women religious, part of the international Holy Cross family of sisters, brothers and priests. Sisters of the Holy Cross live out Jesus’ gospel and mission by ministering in many different ways to people around the world. Addressing unmet needs in a variety of cultures and settings, they minister in large hospitals and small outreach clinics; in elementary and secondary schools and universities; in churches and parishes; in the streets of the inner city and remote rural areas of eight countries on four continents.

For more information, please visit the web site for the Holy Cross Sisters

Holy Cross Fathers

With nearly 2000 priests, brothers, sisters, and seminarians in universities, colleges, high schools, foreign missions, parishes, social justice ministries and other apostolic works on five continents, Holy Cross is growing in the 21st century as Educators in the Faith. The community’s seal is the cross and anchors with the motto, Spes Unica: The Cross, Our Only Hope. Its initials (C.S.C.) are Latin for Congregatio a Sancta Cruce.

For more information, please visit the web site for the Holy Cross Fathers