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Walk-through: College of the Holy Cross

It is difficult to do an official tour with three schools in one day, even if they are close in proximity as they are in the city of Worcester. That being said, I found myself on a self-guided tour on the gorgeous campus of College of the Holy Cross, a smaller cousin of Boston College. I say "cousin” because both schools are of the Jesuit tradition.

As far as campus beauty is concerned, I had visited over a dozen schools up to this point on the trip, and College of the Holy Cross easily won this category. The views, immaculate landscaping, and architecture are striking! I enjoyed my campus stroll, high above the city of Worcester.

This decidedly small, liberal arts college boasts outstanding opportunities for professor connections in limited classroom sizes. Included in the curriculum is a first-year seminar that introduces students to the liberal arts and “encourages engagement with a broad range of themes and issues,” according to their campus guide. There are many topics to choose from in this seminar, including Pandemics and Pop Culture, The Contemplative in Action, and The Science of Happiness. They also highlight community-based learning courses, which include weekly volunteering with a local organization as part of the course content.

CHC has 27 NCAA Division I teams, and do quite well for a college of their size!

At a Glance

Worcester, Massachusetts

Undergraduate Students: 3,100

Student to Faculty Ratio: 10:1

Acceptance Rate: 38%

Six Year Graduation Rate: 86%

Freshman Retention Rate: 96%

Notable Majors: pre-medicine, english, sociology, chemistry, politial science

Learn more about College of the Holy Cross

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