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Admitted Students

⚠️ Notice: The fall semester will begin the week of August 10, two weeks earlier than previously scheduled. Read more about Holy Cross College’s response to COVID-19.

Holy Cross Live
Financial Aid Phone Calls
Contact Information
Residential Life
Financial Aid
Enrollment Confirmation and Deposits UPDATED
SOAR – Summer Orientation UPDATED
Welcome Weekend UPDATED

Important Update

Holy Cross College, along with the University of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College, announced its decision to cancel all on-campus classes and events for the remainder of the semester. We believe this is in the best interest of our students, staff, and visitors as the health and well-being of our campus community is our highest priority. Know of our prayers for your health and safety as well as wisdom and understanding as you navigate the college journey in the weeks ahead.

In the midst of the pain and uncertainty our world is facing, we continue to celebrate your accomplishments and anticipate the many ways your gifts will transform our tri-campus community at Notre Dame. We eagerly look forward to the return of our students, and we hope that includes you!

We understand that the current circumstances create a new challenge in your college search process. In an attempt to assist you make the most informed decision during this time of discernment, we’re providing these resources and updates.

Welcome to Holy Cross College!

Congratulations on your admission to Holy Cross! We believe that your academic achievements, extracurricular involvement, and diverse experiences make you a great fit for our campus community. We know you have a lot to consider, so we are here to help you discern your journey with Holy Cross by providing all the information you need to make the best decision for your future! We are excited for you and hope you will be joining us as a Holy Cross Saint. We are confident that you will make a significant contribution to our campus and be transformed by your Holy Cross experience.

The information below will help you take the next steps to officially join the Holy Cross family.

Holy Cross Live

Holy Cross Live is a series of online events introducing you to the academic, social, and faith life at Holy Cross College. Events will be interactive with the opportunity for viewers to submit questions in real time from the comfort of home.

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Financial Aid Phone Calls

We remain committed to continuing timely delivery of financial aid notifications via email and postal mail. Additionally, we know that understanding your notification, expected out-of-pocket expenses, and additional financing options is important. To reduce the chances of missed calls and voicemails, we’ve created a calendar for scheduling phone calls between families with questions and financial aid staff with answers.

Schedule a financial aid phone call

Contact Information

As much as possible, we will be working remotely until classes begin in August. To best serve you, we have forwarded our office phones to our personal phones, and we can, of course, be reached via email.

Get to know your admissions counselor at Holy Cross. Your admissions counselor is your personal guide and connection to all things Holy Cross. You are encouraged to email and call your counselor with any questions or requests that you have. We are here to help!

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Other important contacts at Holy Cross College:

Office of Admissions 574.239.8400
Office of Financial Aid
Website 574.239.8400
Office of Student Accounts
Website 574.239.8413
Autumn Ganser
Assistant Director of Financial Aid 574.239.8408
Dorene Muszer
Student Accounts Manager 574.239.8403
Stephanie White
Academic Advising
Schedule an appointment 574.239.8336
Emily David
Academic Advising, Special Programs
Schedule an appointment 574.239.8306
Andrew Polaniecki
Dean of Students
Director of Residence Life and Housing
Residence Life 574.239.8315
Tom DeHorn
Director of Counseling and Health
Student Wellness 574.239.8383
Carlos Centellas
First Generation Student Coordinator
Hablo Español 810.494.3794
Andrew Ouellette
Director of Campus Ministry
Campus Ministry 574.239.8350

Campus Housing

At Holy Cross College, we take pride in building a vibrant academic, faith, and social community. To that end, we require all first year and sophomore students to live on campus in our single-sex residence halls. We offer an array of housing options for students, from single rooms to shared apartments. Living on campus provides an amazing opportunity to form close-knit friendships that will last a lifetime.

To secure your room on campus, you must complete the 2020-2021 online housing contract. The contract gives you the option of requesting a specific roommate and/or ranking your preferred residence hall placement. Those who indicate roommate requests and/or hall preferences and meet the May 1, 2020 confirmation deadline, which requires paying a housing deposit, will be entered in a housing lottery. Housing requests will be honored based on lottery results and availability of preferred rooms. Those who submit the housing deposit after May 1 will have requests honored as space allows and after the housing lottery placement is complete.

The housing application is due on or before July 1, 2020. For those who do not request a specific roommate, assignments will be made using compatibility questions on the housing application. Click to learn more about residence life and our six on-campus residence halls

Some students may qualify for an exemption and be released from the two-year, on-campus living requirement. For example, those students who will live at home with parents or guardians and commute daily to campus are encouraged, but not required, to live on campus. Contact us to discuss if you qualify for an exemption.

The 2020-2021 online housing contract will be available on your Holy Cross Applicant Portal after you have completed the online confirmation form.

Apply for Need-Based Financial Aid 

All admitted students are encouraged to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for federal, state, and/or Holy Cross need-based assistance. After your FAFSA has been received and reviewed, a Holy Cross financial aid award will be mailed to your home and sent via email.

Click to visit the Office of Financial Aid website

Confirm Your Enrollment

Although May 1 will remain our priority confirmation deadline, we’ve extended our refund date to June 1. This means if you pay your deposit and then decide, for whatever reason, that you will not be able to enroll at Holy Cross, you can request a refund of your deposit prior to June 1.

To accept our offer of admission and confirm your intention of enrolling at Holy Cross College, submit the online confirmation form on or before May 1, 2020, which is the priority confirmation deadline. Holy Cross College will accept your enrollment confirmation after May 1 as space allows. The form can be found on your Holy Cross Applicant Portal. If you have forgotten how to access your Applicant Portal, contact us, and we can help!

After completing the online confirmation form, you will be prompted to pay your confirmation deposit, which consist of two components:

  • A $200 enrollment deposit that serves as a confirmation of your intent to enroll at Holy Cross and ensures that we hold a place for you in our incoming class.
  • A $200 housing deposit that serves as a confirmation of your intent to live on campus and ensures we reserve a room for you in a residence hall. Those who submit the housing deposit on or before May 1 are eligible to be entered in the housing lottery for preferred roommate and hall placement. If a housing exemption to live off campus has been approved, the housing deposit is not required.

Deposits are non-refundable after June 1.

SOAR—Summer Orientation

All new students will be invited to participate in a series of virtual Saints Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR) sessions throughout June. SOAR will not be held on the campus of Holy Cross College summer 2020 as previously scheduled. More information can be found here.

Welcome Weekend

Welcome Weekend is both an extension of orientation and a celebration marking the beginning of your academic journey. Holy Cross College has announced a staged move-in to on-campus residence halls with welcome sessions on Friday, August 7, and Saturday, August 8, 2020. A morning and afternoon move-in and welcome session will be offered each day

More information can be found here.

Holy Cross College Information

Holy Cross College is a Catholic, residential, coed, four-year institution of higher learning, offering an applied liberal arts curriculum. It was founded in 1966 and continues to be conducted by the Brothers of Holy Cross a society of lay religious men within the Congregation of Holy Cross (CSC) who take vows of poverty, celibacy and obedience as a way to more creatively and intimately serve the mission of our Savior Jesus Christ, His Body – the Church, and the needs of the world. Brothers of Holy Cross serve through ministries which educate and sensitize persons to the need of the world for justice and peace.

Notre Dame Portable Tuition Benefit

Holy Cross College has always been grateful for the ways that children and dependents of employees of the University of Notre Dame have contributed to our campus. In order to recognize the importance of this community, Holy Cross College has adopted the following policy for children and eligible dependents of Notre Dame faculty and staff who are eligible for Notre Dame’s portable tuition benefit:

For each semester the portable tuition benefit is applied to Holy Cross College, children and dependents of eligible Notre Dame employees who are enrolled full-time will be awarded a financial aid package that covers the full cost of tuition and the comprehensive student fees. Thus, those who are eligible for the portable tuition benefit would pay $0 for tuition and fees. This benefit offered by Holy Cross College does not cover other costs such as room and board, books, travel, or any fees specific to a course, event, or program. Children and dependents may qualify for other sources of financial aid to cover these additional charges, however.

In order to cover the full cost of tuition and fees, financial aid packages may include Indiana, federal, and/or institutional aid for which the student is eligible. Holy Cross College will work to ensure that each student’s aid package is optimally awarded so that any remaining tuition and comprehensive fees are covered after the Notre Dame portable tuition benefit is applied. For maximum need-based financial aid consideration, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) should be submitted to Holy Cross College.

Holy Cross College requires its first year and sophomore students to live on campus in residence halls. Students who will live at home with parents and commute to campus are exempt from this requirement. Holy Cross College has limited, need-based scholarships available for Notre Dame employee children and dependents who want to live in on-campus residence halls. For information about this residence scholarship, please contact the Office of Admissions.

Notre Dame employees should contact the Notre Dame Office of Human Resources to inquire about eligibility for the portable tuition benefit for children and dependents.

Questions about this policy can be directed to the Holy Cross College Office of Financial Aid.

This policy, officially articulated in 2018, will be applied to students enrolling academic year 2018-2019 and will be applied retroactively to ensure that current Holy Cross students who are eligible children or other eligible dependents of Notre Dame employees will be covered.

Welcome Weekend

⚠️ Notice: The fall semester will begin the week of August 10, two weeks earlier than previously scheduled. Read more about Holy Cross College’s response to COVID-19.

Move-In for New Students

Holy Cross College has announced a staged move-in to on-campus residence halls for new first year and transfer students to take place Friday, August 7, and Saturday, August 8, 2020. A morning and afternoon move-in and meal will be offered each day, and students will register for one session on one day. Students are asked to limit the number of guests traveling to campus with them; we recommend one or two guests per student.

Morning Session Schedule

8:00 a.m. ET: Campus and residence halls open for move-in
Check-in takes place in the Pfeil Athletic Center Lobby
11:30 a.m. ET: Lunch
12:30 p.m. ET: Morning session ends

Afternoon Session Schedule

2:00 p.m. ET: Campus and residence halls reopen for move-in
Check-in takes place in the Pfeil Athletic Center Lobby
5:30 p.m. ET: Dinner
6:30 p.m. ET: Afternoon session ends

A break between the sessions will allow for the cleaning of public spaces prior to the arrival of the next group of students and guests. Half-day sessions allow for guests to travel to and from campus on the same day.

After move-in is complete, students may begin residing in the residence halls overnight and on-campus dining will be available. Although there will be no formal programming for parents or guests during Welcome Weekend, they are welcome to remain or return on campus if more time is needed to assist with move-in. Above all, we ask our guests to use good judgment and observe social distancing within the residence halls during and after the assigned move-in session. Additional required Welcome Weekend events, beginning Saturday evening, are scheduled for students only.

Students Not Living On Campus

Students who will not be moving in to an on-campus residence hall are welcome to register for and attend one of the Friday or Saturday meals. One or two guests are welcome to join. There will be additional Welcome Weekend activities, beginning Saturday evening, that will be required for all students, including those who will not be living in a residence hall.

Welcome Weekend Itinerary for New Students

This schedule is tentative and subject to change. A final itinerary will be made available upon check-on on Friday or Saturday.

Saturday, August 8

4:45-7:00 p.m.: Dinner available Siegfried Dining Hall
    No meal plan needed
7:00-7:25 p.m.: Campus Culture and Overview Session I

Men meet in McKenna Arena
Women meet in Pfeil Tent
7:35-8:00 p.m.: Campus Culture and Overview Session II
Men meet in Pfeil Tent
Women meet in McKenna Arena
7:00-8:15 p.m. ET: New Student Orientation Sessions
8:15 p.m. ET: Arch Rivals Competition O’Connor Commons
9:30 p.m. ET: Outdoor Movie O’Connor Commons

Sunday, August 9

10:30-10:45 a.m.: Class Photo O’Connor Commons
Please wear your Holy Cross Welcome Weekend shirt!
10:45-11:15 a.m.: Small Group Programming O’Connor Commons
11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.: Brunch available Siegfried Dining Hall
    No meal plan needed
1:00-3:00 p.m.: HCC 101 and Campus Safety Summit Session I
3:30-5:30 p.m.: HCC 101 and Campus Safety Summit Session II
5:30-7:30 p.m.: Dinner available Siegfried Dining Hall
    Meal plan required for this meal
7:30 p.m. ET: Mass Saint Joseph Chapel
8:30 p.m. ET: Dorm Programming for On-Campus Students and Athlete Orientation


New students can select a preferred date and session on the Campus Arrival form found on the Holy Cross Applicant Portal. Registration for a particular session will close if capacity is reached to allow for social distancing and reduce the total number of visitors on campus at the same time. Students can indicate the number of guests who will be joining them and list any dietary restrictions for meals.

Our Shared Responsibility for Health and Safety

All students and guests entering campus will be required to wear a face covering indoors and also outdoors when social distancing is not possible. To assist with social distancing, each student and his/her guests will be assigned a table to themselves for the meal and welcome session.

Holy Cross College has shared with all new students important information about campus protocols, expectations, and procedures that have been developed to help ensure the safety of our community. Additionally, new students have been instructed to receive a COVID-19 test and have test results send to Holy Cross College prior to their arrival. COVID-19 testing instructions and a lab order have been sent via email to each new student’s Holy Cross email account. It will be more important than ever to realize that our community is bound together in an effort to live as Scholars, Citizens, Leaders, and Disciples and we will all have a part to play in the living out of our common mission.

Planning Your Visit

⚠️ Please note that there is a mask mandate for the state of Indiana beginning July 27.

If your family or guests will be in need of a local hotel during Welcome Weekend, we highly recommend that you make a reservation as soon as possible. Hotels in and near South Bend will fill quickly as Welcome Weekend approaches.

Click here to view Holy Cross College on Google Maps. In addition to generating driving directions, Google Maps allows you to “search nearby” for hotel accommodations, restaurants, and attractions. If you are looking to explore the local area, visit the Visit South Bend website for tips and local attractions.

Traveling by plane or taking the South Shore Line from Chicago? The South Bend International Airport is your easy, local connection. The South Shore rail line is operated by NICTD and connects South Bend Airport with cities throughout Northwestern Indiana, with a final destination of downtown Chicago. Click here for the South Shore schedule. Need help getting from there to here? The SBN website links to car rental agencies, taxi services, and local buses. You’ll also find Uber and Lyft services available around South Bend.

Additional Information

As a reminder, the On-Campus Residency Application is due on or before July 1. We anticipate releasing housing assignments on or around July 10. Additional information about our residence halls and what you should and should not bring with you can be found here. Questions about the residence halls and move-in should be directed to