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Rank: 42

College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, MAwww.holycross.edu
Given the beauty of many New England campuses, it can be hard to stand out on looks alone. College of the Holy Cross could do it, though. Routinely cited as one of the region's most beautiful colleges, Holy Cross is a Jesuit school that awards undergraduate degrees only. Many of its students go on to receive Ph.D.s elsewhere, however, and it and boasts high placement rates for medical and law schools. Economics, political science, and psychology are popular majors, and the college also has an outstanding Classics department, with 10 full-time faculty, making it one of the country's largest. Holy Cross offers need-blind admissions and meets 100% of demonstrated need. A litte more than half of the student body receives some kind of financial aid from the college. Recent grads have enjoyed respectable starting salaries of approximately $56,000 in the first years out of college, according to PayScale. But where the college really stands out in MONEY's rankings is its 92% graduation rate, 21% higher than expected based on its student body. The school has an active and engaged alumni base, and counts among its famous graduates Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Edward P. Jones, Hardball host Chris Matthews, and AIDS researcher Anthony Fauci, who directs of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$67,800
% of students who get any grants
56%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$29,000
Average price for low-income students
$9,200
admissions
Acceptance rate
38%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1290/29
SAT/ACT required?
No
Enrollment
2,806
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
82%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit* grants
1%
Average merit grant
$40,213
student success
Graduation rate
92%
Average time to a degree
4 years
Average student debt
$27,500
Average salary within 3 years
$56,000
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
49%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Dec 15
Regular application
Jan 15

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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