College of the Holy Cross

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College of the Holy Cross, a liberal arts school, provides students a well rounded foundation in education by having a curriculum with a diverse range of subjects. This college is located in Worcester, MA, a predominately urban area. College of the Holy Cross has an enrollment of about three thousand students.

An ACT or SAT exam may be required before applying to this institution. Scores between 1260 (25th percentile) to 1430 (75th percentile) for the SAT exam and between 28 (25th percentile) to 32 (75th percentile) on the ACT is common among applicants accepted to College of the Holy Cross. Based on sampled GPA data collected and applied, it is estimated that the College of the Holy Cross average GPA range for accepted students is around 3.62 - 3.78. 34% of all those who apply are granted admission to College of the Holy Cross, from which 34% choose to enroll. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall College of the Holy Cross Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for College of the Holy Cross was reported as 34.2% in Fall 2020 with over 7,200 college applications submitted to this school. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • ACT Scores: 28 - 32
  • Average GPA: 3.62 - 3.78

How Hard Is It to Get into College of the Holy Cross?

Applicant Selectivity: High

College of the Holy Cross has a very competitive selection process for applicants, where most students accepted have a higher than average high school GPA and scored in the top percentiles on standardized tests like the SAT or ACT exam.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2023 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2023-2024 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for College of the Holy Cross has been getting lower when compared to averages from previous years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 38.5%
  • 2017-2018: 39.6%
  • 2018-2019: 38.0%
  • 2019-2020: 34.2%
  • Projected Acceptance Rate 2023-2024: 34.3%

How Does College of the Holy Cross Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for College of the Holy Cross is sixty-six percent lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

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Clark University52.8%
Becker College69.9%
Assumption College81.1%
Anna Maria College74.7%
Nichols College79.7%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Recommended
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Recommended
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to College of the Holy Cross (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading630 - 700
Math630 - 730
Total Score1260 - 1430
ACT®Score Range
English28 - 35
Math26 - 30
Composite Score28 - 32
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