College of the Holy Cross: Narrative Description

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1 College St.
Worcester, MA 01610-2395
Tel: (508)793-2011
Free: 800-442-2421
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Independent Roman Catholic (Jesuit), 4-year, coed. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1843. Setting: 174-acre suburban campus with easy access to Boston. Endowment: $419.2 million. Research spending 2003-04: $2.1 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $12,910 per student. Total enrollment: 2,745. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 11:1. 4,969 applied, 44% were admitted. 60% from top 10% of their high school class, 91% from top quarter, 99% from top half. 3 National Merit Scholars, 19 valedictorians. Full-time: 2,718 students, 54% women, 46% men. Part-time: 27 students, 67% women, 33% men. Students come from 51 states and territories, 18 other countries, 64% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 5% Hispanic, 3% black, 5% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 0% 25 or older, 88% live on campus, 1% transferred in. Retention: 98% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; psychology; English. Core. Calendar: semesters. Advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, internships. Off campus study at Colleges of Worcester Consortium of Higher Education. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Naval, Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early decision, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 2 recommendations, SAT II: Writing Test. Recommended: interview. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadlines: 1/15, 12/15 for early decision. Notification: 4/1, 1/15 for early decision.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. Comprehensive fee: $38,546 includes full-time tuition ($29,220), mandatory fees ($466), and college room and board ($8860). College room only: $4430. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 94 open to all. Most popular organizations: SPUD (community service organization), choral and music groups, Campus Activities Board, Student Government Association, Purple Key Society. Major annual events: homecoming, Family Weekend, Spring Weekend. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 2,353 college housing spaces available; 2,272 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Option: coed housing available. Dinand Library plus 5 others with 606,647 books, 15,913 microform titles, 1,626 serials, 26,675 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $2.9 million. 482 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See Clark University.

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