School Spotlight: College of the Holy Cross

There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges. As such, we are highlighting a new college each week in our School Spotlight series. Check out the college below, along with the other posts in our series, and you may just stumble upon your dream school!

School Spotlight: College of the Holy Cross
Worcester, MA

Holy Cross is one of nine institutions of higher education in Worcester, the second largest city in Massachusetts, and it’s also one of the country’s most prestigious Jesuit liberal arts colleges. The nearly 3,000 students enrolled at Holy Cross enjoy a strong sense of community as well as exciting off-campus opportunities. Through Montserrat, the college’s signature first-year program, all freshmen enroll in a yearlong seminar that includes hands-on learning experiences. Holy Cross also features a highly competitive summer internship program with placements at organizations that have included the American Cancer Society, Morgan Stanley, and PepsiCo. Every year a remarkable number of students and graduates are named Fulbright Scholars, perhaps owing to the college’s strong emphasis on service and international studies. Six students received Fulbright status in 2020, while another six earned the honor the previous year. Fun fact: standardized testing has been test optional at Holy Cross since 2006, although all applicants are encouraged to interview.

Image Credit: Top, Courtesy of College of the Holy Cross

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Written by Emily Toffelmire
Emily Toffelmire is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions consultants. Prior to joining College Coach, Emily worked as an admissions officer at University of Southern California as well as a college counselor at high schools in the US and Thailand. Visit our website to learn more about Emily Toffelmire.