Members of the class of 2018 were on campus for Summer Gateways Orientation in June. Image by Dan Vaillancourt
Holy Cross will welcome an academically accomplished and diverse first-year class of 778 students on Aug. 30. The Class of 2018 is the most culturally and geographically diverse first-year class in history, with approximately 27 percent African-American, Latin American, Asian-American and Native American heritage (ALANA) representation and 19 students hailing from other countries.
About 82 percent of students rank in the top 20 percent of their high school class, and 98 percent rank in the top 50 percent of their class.
The number of ALANA students entering Holy Cross in the first-year class is more than 12 percentage points higher than 10 years ago. A total of 46 percent of students are from outside New England. Students come from 33 states, plus Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, and five other countries, including Austria, Canada, China, Peru and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Men represent 49 percent of the class and women 51 percent. Sixteen percent are first generation college students, and 11 percent are sons or daughters of Holy Cross alumni.
A total of 333 students who applied Early Decision will enroll this fall. Early Decision allows students who consider Holy Cross to be their top choice to apply early and receive a decision by mid-December.
As soon as they arrive on campus, the newest Holy Cross students will participate in a three-and-one-half day program of welcoming events, known as Fall Gateways Orientation. The events are designed to ease transition to college life by introducing students to the wide variety of academic, spiritual, community-building, and social programs available at the College. Students also have the chance to meet members of the faculty, administrators, and fellow classmates before classes begin on Sept. 3.
Members of the new class and their parents will gather for the formal inauguration of the new academic year at the Mass of the Holy Spirit on Aug. 30 at 4 p.m. on the Hart Center Lawn (rain location: Hart Center basketball arena). Rev. Philip Boroughs, S.J., president of Holy Cross, will preside and preach.
Road and highway construction is taking place around the Holy Cross campus. Although crews will not be working on move-in weekend, we wanted to make you aware that the construction is still underway and may cause delays when you leave the campus.
The most noteworthy situation is the current closure of the on-ramp to I-290 East at College Square.
The best alternative route to leave the campus is via McKeon Road (see campus map – PDF), which is easily accessed by driving through campus via McCarthy Lane and past Figge Hall. Signage will be posted on campus.
For those traveling points east and north, follow McKeon Road east to Route 146 North for I-290 East.
For points south, follow McKeon Road east to Route 146 South for the Mass Pike East.
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