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School Spotlight: College of the Holy Cross

College of the Holy Cross
Emily Toffelmire

Written by Emily Toffelmireon January 25th, 2021

I came to College Coach after working for many years in college admissions and high school counseling. As a school counselor, I assisted students in the college application process and wrote hundreds of letters of recommendation, while also helping them and their families cope with any emotional, social, and academic concerns throughout the year. I transitioned from the high school setting to the admissions office when I joined the University of Southern California as an assistant director, reading freshmen and transfer applications and collaborating on admission decisions for over 150 majors, including the liberal arts, engineering, business, cinema, and the fine and performing arts. I subsequently took on the role of senior assistant director in the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, where I coordinated the division's Mork, Stamps, Trustee, Presidential and Dean's merit scholarship selection process, as well as recruitment publications and outreach, and traveled everywhere from Honolulu to Miami presenting to and interviewing hundreds of applicants each year.
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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 Getting the Most Out of a College Visit


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