Holy Cross seeks students who are intellectually curious, appreciative of humanity’s creative sense, and committed to the realization of each person’s potential. Admission to Holy Cross is highly selective; therefore, the Admissions Committee gives preferential consideration to those candidates who have demonstrated their ability to perform well in a rigorous intellectual endeavor. Although there are no specific secondary-school subject requirements for admission, candidates are urged to complete the most challenging college-preparatory program available in their schools. A curriculum of this nature should emphasize study in English, mathematics, foreign language (ancient or modern), laboratory sciences, and social sciences. Typically students will have a high school diploma or GED. Variation from this preparation, however, may not necessarily disqualify a candidate for admission. Evidence of superior achievement in analytical reading and writing is of particular importance to the Admissions Committee.

Standardized test scores are an optional part of the Holy Cross admissions process. Students have the option to submit their scores if they believe the results present a fuller picture of their achievements and potential. Students who opt not to submit their scores are at no disadvantage in admissions decisions. International students whose first language is not English are still required to submit the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Since Holy Cross seeks students who will contribute to the College both academically and personally, the Admissions Committee takes specific note of the individual talents and qualities of candidates as well as the extent of extracurricular involvement. Such information is conveyed to the Committee through recommendations from counselors and teachers, through an optional (but highly recommended) personal interview, and through the candidate’s statements on the application.

The deadline for filing an application is January 15. Candidates may submit either the Common Application or the Coalition Application. Applicants will be notified of the Committee’s decision in early April. Application for admission to Holy Cross is encouraged of all academically qualified candidates regardless of religious affiliation, race, sex, or national origin.

The College of the Holy Cross supports the efforts of secondary school officials and governing bodies to have their schools achieve regional accredited status to provide reliable assurance of the quality of the educational preparation of its applicants for admission.

Campus Visits

Holy Cross has suspended all campus visits indefinitely due to the outbreak of COVID-19. While there is nothing like being on campus, we have introduced many opportunities for you to experience our beautiful campus, gain a greater understanding of our dynamic community and connect with us online. 

We will update our website as soon as campus visit opportunities become available again.


Virtual interviews are scheduled Monday through Friday, and select Saturdays, except during January, February and March. While not required, they are used in the evaluation of a candidate and, therefore, are highly recommended. We suggest that they be arranged well in advance. The deadline for students applying Early Decision I is November 15. For Early Decision II and Regular Decision, the deadline is December 11. To arrange for an interview please follow this link:

Alumni interviews are available in most metropolitan areas to applicants unable to interview on campus. To facilitate scheduling, please consult the Admissions section on the Holy Cross website ( The deadline to request an alumni interview is December 1.

Early Decision

For high school seniors who have selected Holy Cross as their first choice, the College offers two Early Decision Programs. The Admissions Committee assumes that all students who apply under either of these program will accept an offer of admission, provided it include adequate financial aid if such is needed. Students should file for Early Decision I by November 15. Students will be notified of their decision on December 15. Students applying for Early Decision II should submit their application by January 15.  Decisions for ED II will be made by February 15. Early Decision candidates may file applications for regular admission to other colleges, but upon notification of acceptance to Holy Cross, all other applications must be withdrawn immediately and a validating, nonrefundable tuition deposit of $500 be submitted.

A virtual interview is recommended for all Early Decision candidates and should be arranged well in advance. Should the Admissions Committee be unable to grant acceptance, the application will either be denied or deferred for consideration in the regular pool. The candidate must then have an official transcript of seventh semester grades sent to the College.

Early Admission

Through its program of Early Admission, the College will consider the application of superior high school juniors who have attained a high degree of personal maturity, fulfilled their graduation requirements and have the full support of their high school. A personal interview is required for students applying for Early Admission.

Deferral Policy

There is much to be gained by taking a gap year, and we are eager to support students who wish to take advantage of these opportunities. Reasons for requesting deferred entrance can vary, but ideally should provide experiences that contribute to your academic and personal growth.  Reasons to request a deferred entrance may include research opportunities, travel and cultural enrichment, internships, or community service. Deferrals may also be granted for medical reasons or family emergencies.
To be considered for deferred enrollment, you must complete a Deferral Request Form and submit it by June 1 2021. If your request is approved, you will need to submit an additional $500 deferment deposit at that time.  Both the enrollment deposit and deferment deposit will be applied to your tuition bill. Please note that like the enrollment deposit, this deposit is non-refundable.
If you received a need-based financial aid offer, you will need to submit the 2021-2022 FAFSA and CSS PROFILE along with a signed copy of your and your parent’s 2019 federal tax return, complete with all schedules and w2s, by January 15, 2022.  For more information regarding the financial aid application requirements, please visit:  Merit based awards offered at the time of admission will be honored upon enrollment.

Deferrals are granted with the understanding that you will not apply to other colleges or universities.  You can enroll in up to two college courses during your gap year, but you may not formally matriculate at another college or university. You may only defer one time.

Transfer Students

Each semester Holy Cross accepts a limited number of transfer students to the second- and third-year classes. Because of the competition, candidates for transfer must present evidence of strong academic achievement at the college level. The application deadline is November 1 for the spring semester and March 1 for the fall semester. A personal interview is highly recommended for all transfer candidates.

Further Information

Inquiries concerning admissions should be addressed to:

Office of Admissions
College of the Holy Cross
1 College Street
Worcester, MA 01610-2395
(508) 793-2443