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Saints & Scholars

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Registration for Saints & Scholars 2023 is now closed!

Saints & Scholars: One week that will change the way you see the world

The Saints & Scholars Summer Theology Institute is a one-week, pre-college program that provides 80 high school students each year the opportunity to:

  • Live on a college campus—and benefit from the peer mentorship of select Holy Cross College students
  • Participate in lively seminar discussions that are rooted in the Catholic intellectual tradition and guided by faculty from Holy Cross College and the University of Notre Dame
  • Serve community organizations related to your area of interest
  • Share community-building experiences with students from around the country

Choose your own spiritual adventure

Saints & Scholars participants choose one of five distinctive tracks that enable you to investigate how faith intersects with a wide range of subjects, including:

  • Public Health
  • Media
  • Ecology
  • Education
  • Visual Arts

Regardless of which track you choose, you will explore the Institute’s fundamental question: What kind of saint is God calling me to be?

How much does Saints & Scholars cost?

The full Saints & Scholars week-long experience costs $425. This program fee covers:

  • Classroom materials
  • Accommodations in a campus residence hall for five nights
  • Meals

Those who attend a Congregation of Holy Cross school or parish or those whose parish is in the Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend may attend for $325. Financial assistance may also be available upon inquiry.

Saints & Scholars Partners with Cross & Anchor

For the first time ever, Saints & Scholars is partnering with Cross & Anchor – a new leadership summit at Holy Cross College. Cross & Anchor is a one week program that educates both hearts and minds in the classical program of the natural virtues leading one to become a virtuous leader. Those attending Cross & Anchor will learn how virtuous leadership impacts a variety of disciplines including:

  • Business
  • Education
  • Sports
  • Visual Arts

If you are interested in registering for Cross & Anchor during Saints & Scholars, register now!

Saints & Scholars + Notre Dame Vision

Saints & Scholars offers an additional week of formation for high school students with Notre Dame Vision. In partnership with the University of Notre Dame’s McGrath Institute for Church Life, students spend one week at Notre Dame Vision followed by a second week at Saints & Scholars.

Find out more about Notre Dame Vision by visiting the program website found here.


Session #1: July 10th-July 21st

  • July 10th-14th: Notre Dame Vision
  • July 16th-21st: Holy Cross College Saints and Scholars

Session #2: July 17th-July 28th

  • July 17-21st: Notre Dame Vision
  • July 23-28th: Holy Cross College Saints and Scholars


A $850 registration fee covers both weeks ($425 Vision and $425 Saints & Scholars)

How to apply

When applying to a particular week of Saints & Scholars, be sure to fill out the section titled “Notre Dame Vision + Saints and Scholars” if you would like to take part in the joint experience!

ND + SSI Weekend Experience Details

Those participating in the joint Notre Dame Vision + Saints & Scholars experience will have a weekend opportunity between the two programs for rest, relaxation, and the deepening of friendships made at Notre Dame Vision. On the afternoon of your last day at Notre Dame Vision (either July 14th or July 21st, 2023), you will take your luggage and all belongings, and exit DeBartolo Hall to meet with our Saints & Scholars mentors across the quad outside the Notre Dame Law school. These locations are marked on the following map.

Once all participants have been accounted for, our mentor team will walk you to the Main Circle where mentors in Saints & Scholars will load your luggage and drive it to Holy Cross College. You and the rest of your peers, guided by our Saints & Scholars mentors, will walk from Main Circle to Holy Cross College. Your path is shown in the following map.

It is important for good communication and for your safety that both you and your parent/guardian are informed of this transition process. One you have arrived at Holy Cross College, you will have time to unpack and eat lunch in our Dining Hall. Following a brief orientation, your weekend will be filled with plenty of rest, the chance to enjoy our beautiful campus, do laundry, and a Saturday excursion to the Indiana Dunes National Park. Note: Those participating in the ND Vision + Saints & Scholars experience are asked to bring modest swim wear and sun safety gear for the Indiana Dunes, and additional clothing for the extra days your are in South Bend, Indiana. Your first full day of Saints & Scholars begins either Sunday July 16th or Sunday July 23rd.


If you have any questions, please contact [email protected] or call 574-239-8305.