Holy Cross to Welcome Class of 2016 on Aug. 25

The 767 members of the Class of 2016 will arrive at the College of the Holy Cross on Aug. 25 for move-in day. The first-year class was selected from among 7,228 applicants.

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 Aug. 29.

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. 25 at 4 p.m. on the Hart Center Lawn (rain location: Hart Center basketball arena). Rev. Philip Boroughs, S.J., the new president of Holy Cross, will preside and preach. In 2010, Newsweek.com was on campus to capture the Mass and the accompanying emotions as students are welcomed and their families bid farewell.

Here’s an “at-a-glance” profile of the incoming class:

Applicants: 7,228 Accepted: [#] [%] 2,424 34%

Number of Early Decision applicants: 481 Number accepted Early Decision: 325

Enrolled: 767 Percent male: 51% Percent female: 49% Percent ALANA: 22% Percent from Mass.: 32% Percent from outside New England: 46% Number of states: 34 Number of foreign countries: 4

Percent from public schools: 49% Percent from Catholic schools: 27% Percent from private schools: 11% Percent from Jesuit schools: 12% Related Information: