Transfer Applicants

Students who have enrolled either full-time or as a degree-seeking student after graduating from high school must apply for transfer admission. Students who are dual-enrolled in both high school and college programs should complete First Year application requirements.


    • The Common Application for Transfer
      • A personal statement (essay) is required and must be uploaded on the Holy Cross College documents tab within the Program Materials section.
        • Although there is not a designated prompt for the personal statement, the essay should help us get to know you better as we evaluate your writing skills.
        • Essay must have a minimum of 250 words. We recommend 400-500 words.
      • Two short-answer responses are required on the Questions tab within the Program Materials section.
        • These responses help us understand your reasons for wanting to transfer to Holy Cross College.
        • Responses should have a minimum of 50 words. We recommend 100-150 words.
      • You will have the option to designate teachers, employers, and other individuals 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 for Transfer.
    • Official High School Transcript
      • An official, final high school transcript must be sent by your high school directly to the Office of Admissions at Holy Cross College.
      • It is highly recommended that the Secondary School Final Report be submitted with the official transcript.
      • It is not necessary to upload an unofficial high school transcript via the Common Application for Transfer.
      • A final transcript shows successful high school graduation and displays a graduation or completion date.
      • All transcripts and records must be accompanied by certified English translations when applicable.
    • Official College Transcript(s)
      • You will be asked to list each college and university you have attended within the Academic History section of the Common Application for Transfer.
      • For each college and university listed, download the Transcript Request Form and follow the directions to have your transcripts mailed directly to the Common Application. The Common Application also accepts transcripts via Parchment and the National Student Clearinghouse. More information can be found here.
      • Upon submission, the Common Application will share your college transcript(s) with Holy Cross College.
      • It is not necessary to upload an unofficial college transcript via the Common Application for Transfer.
      • If you are currently enrolled in college courses, it is highly recommended that you complete and submit a Mid-Term Report. The Mid-Term Report can be uploaded as an “Other” type document on the Common Application for Transfer or sent directly to Holy Cross College.
    • Official SAT and/or ACT Scores
      • Holy Cross College requires at least one standardized test score report if you will be transferring 24 or fewer college credits.
      • Holy Cross College accepts both the SAT and ACT.
      • SAT and ACT scores must be sent directly to Holy Cross College. Scores submitted via the Common Application for Transfer will not be considered official.
      • SAT and ACT scores reported on the high school transcript are considered official if the transcript is sent directly to Holy Cross College by the school.
      • Neither the SAT Writing Section nor the ACT Writing Section are required.
      • 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)
    • College Report
      • The College Report collects information about your standing at your current or most recently attended institution. You may need to gather this information from more than one official at your institution, such as the advisor, dean, or registrar.
      • The College Report can be uploaded as an “Other” type document on the Common Application for Transfer or sent directly to Holy Cross College.


International Student Requirements

  • Passport
    • A photo copy of your passport identification page must be submitted if you will be studying at Holy Cross College on a student visa. It can be uploaded as an “Other” type document on the Common Application for Transfer or sent directly to Holy Cross College.
  • 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 submitted as a PDF document via email to
    • The 2019-2020 Certification of Finances for fall 2019 and/or spring 2020 enrollment can be downloaded here.


Spring 2020 Enrollment

  • August 1, 2019: Common Application for Transfer is available
  • December 1, 2019: Application deadline
  • Mid-December 2019: Decisions released via postal mail
  • December 20, 2019: Enrollment confirmation deadline

Fall 2020 Enrollment

  • August 1, 2019: Common Application for Transfer is available
  • Decisions released 3-4 weeks after application is completed
  • July 28, 2020: Common Application for Transfer closes

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. All domestic transfer applicants are encouraged to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid(FAFSA) to be considered for state (Indiana residents), federal, and institutional need-based financial assistance. The FAFSA becomes available on October 1 and can even be submitted before completing the Common Application for Transfer. To ensure the FAFSA is received by Holy Cross College, use Federal School Code 007263. Click here to learn how to add a college to your FAFSA if you have already submitted it.

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. Your college transcripts 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 (if submitted) 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 Experiences and Achievements sections of the Common Application for Transfer is the place for you to describe your extracurricular participation, employment history, service, leadership, accomplishments, and other background information that help us get to know you better. We also get to know you better by reading your Personal Statement. Ultimately, all parts of the application help us evaluate whether or not Holy Cross College is a good fit for you.

Admission for international transfer students is need-aware.

Course Evaluation

The Office of the Registrar will review all official college transcripts to determine which courses are eligible for transfer to Holy Cross College and which courses meet core curriculum/major requirements. If admitted, you will receive a credit transfer report that you can use to determine remaining course requirements to complete a Holy Cross College degree. This credit transfer report can also be used to help determine if you are exempt from on-campus housing requirements. A maximum of 60 transferable credits can be used to meet Holy Cross College degree requirements.