Incorporation and Accreditation

The College of the Holy Cross is a Massachusetts not-for-profit corporation subject to oversight by the Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth and the Massachusetts Attorney General. The College of the Holy Cross is recognized as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) corporation by the Internal Revenue Service.

Financial Information: The College's current audited Financial Statements may be viewed on line here (PDF).


The College is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission of Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.).

Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the Commission indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied through a peer group review process. An accredited college or university is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation. 

Accreditation by the Commission is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.

Inquiries regarding the accreditation status by the Commission should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact:

 NECHE at 3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100, Burlington, MA 01803-4514 or online at