Roughly one in three applicants to the College of the Holy Cross will get in. Successful applicants tend to have standardized test scores and high school grades that are significantly above average. In the scattergram above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. The majority of successful applicants had high school averages of "A-" or higher, combined SAT scores of 1800 or higher, and ACT composite scores of 26 or better. Realize that your grades are much more important than your test scores -- The College of the Holy Cross has test-optional admissions.
Note that there are a lot of red dots (rejected students) and yellow dots (waitlisted students) mixed in with the green and blue throughout most of the graph. Many students with grades and test scores that were on target for Holy Cross were not accepted. You'll also notice that a few students were accepted with test scores and grades a little bit below the norm. This is because Holy Cross's admissions process is based on much more than numerical data. The university uses the Common Application and has a holistic admissions process. The Holy Cross admissions folks will be looking at the rigor of your high school courses, not just your grades. Also, they will be looking for a winning essay, interesting extracurricular activities, an engaging short answer, and strong letters of recommendation. You also have the option of a personal interview (here's why you should do an optional interview), and you can send along supplemental materials to show off your talents and achievements.
To learn more about the College of the Holy Cross, high school GPAs, SAT scores and ACT scores, these articles can help:
- Holy Cross Admissions Profile
- What's a Good SAT Score?
- What's a Good ACT Score?
- What's Considered a Good Academic Record?
- What is a Weighted GPA?