College of the Holy Cross

The College of the Holy Cross is a highly selective undergraduate liberal arts college located in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA. It is the oldest Roman Catholic college in New England and one of the oldest in the United States.

Holy Cross is a member institution of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) and is part of the Colleges of Worcester Consortium (COWC). It has been consistently ranked by the Barron's Guide to U.S. Colleges and Universities as one of the 50 "most academically demanding colleges across America".

Ranking Profile:

- Ranked 36th among Tier 1 Liberal Arts Colleges by US News & World Report (2010).

- PayScale ranked Holy Cross as 11th among top liberal arts colleges and universities for starting median salary (2009).

- Awarded a 98/99 academic rating in the 2009 edition of The Best 361 Colleges (Princeton Review).

- In the U.S. News & World Report (2008 edition), it is rated 33rd in the U.S. among liberal arts schools. It is the only Catholic college among the top 50 liberal arts schools on the list. Holy Cross is ranked 4th overall in its combined graduation and retention rates, tied with Wellesley College, Middlebury College, and Bowdoin College.

- Among liberal arts colleges, Holy Cross was ranked 6th for salary earning potential in a study released by PayScale (2008). Starting median salaries among Holy Cross graduates with less than five years of experience averaged $50,200. The mid-career median was $106,000. The rankings were based on the salaries of both recent graduates and those with 10 to 20 years of experience.

- SmartMoney ranks the College as the 4th best in long-term value among the nation’s liberal arts colleges and universities.

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