Holy Cross Rises in Annual Rankings

Holy Cross landed at No. 25 among liberal arts colleges and No. 51 overall on Forbes’ annual lists of America’s Top Colleges.

Among 650 colleges and universities nationwide, Holy Cross also ranked No. 42 among private colleges, No. 29 in the Northeast and No. 52 in Grateful Grads. The College rose in the rankings across the board, and also received a Forbes Financial Grade of A+ for fiscal soundness.

Forbes ranked schools based on students’ ultimate ROI, with special emphasis on post-graduate success, student debt, student satisfaction, graduation rate and academic success.

Holy Cross also made an appearance on Money Magazine’s list of “The 50 Best Liberal Arts Colleges,” at No. 16, and at No. 65 overall on the publication’s list of “Best Colleges.” Money, a subsidiary of Time, Inc., ranked institutions based on educational quality, affordability and alumni success.

Stacked against 705 colleges and universities across the country, Holy Cross rose in the rankings from No. 18 among the liberal arts colleges and No. 85 overall in 2015. Money highlighted the College’s need-blind admissions policy; need-based scholarships and grants; and engaged and active alumni base as factors in the ranking.  ■

—Maura Sullivan Hill