On-Campus Residency Requirement

Blessed Basil Moreau, the founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross, emphasized the importance of educating both the mind and the heart. Here at Holy Cross College, we recognize that such an education does not solely occur in the classroom. Living in our on-campus residence hall community is seen as a valuable opportunity for personal growth in mind, body, and spirit. This is accomplished through providing an environment where one achieves an examined life through challenge, responsibility, academic inquiry, and service.

In accordance with our mission the college requires that all full-time, first year and sophomore students live on campus, unless exempted from this requirement.

The following first year and sophomore Holy Cross students may request an exemption from this requirement, provided they submit an exemption form no later than July 1 for those entering the fall semester and January 1 if entering Holy Cross in the spring semester.

  • Students who have earned 60 or more credit hours
  • Students who have earned 54 or more credit hours and have lived four semesters in on-campus housing
  • Students who are 21 years of age prior to the first day of classes
  • Married students
  • Documented Veterans
  • Students who are living locally with their parents or legal guardians

New first year and transfer students who have indicated that they will not be living on campus will complete a housing exemption form on their Holy Cross Applicant Portal. Requests are subject to approval.

Continuing students may click here to submit their exemption form to request to be released from this on-campus housing requirement.

All first year and sophomore students who are not approved for an exemption must apply for housing and will be charged full room and meal expenses. Some students may qualify for additional need-based financial aid if they were originally packaged as an off-campus student and the exemption request is denied.