Money Magazine Ranks Holy Cross No. 18 Among Best Liberal Arts Colleges in the Country

The College of the Holy Cross ranks No. 18 on Money Magazine’s list of “The 50 Best Liberal Arts Colleges,” and No. 89 overall  on Money’s list of “Best Colleges,” which ranked 736 schools nationwide.

According to Money, which is a subsidiary of TIME, Inc., they screened out schools with graduation rates below the median and those facing financial difficulties and the remaining colleges were ranked on 21 factors in three categories: educational quality, affordability, and alumni earnings.

Holy Cross received a B+ in the value-added grade category, which considered how well students at each school did vs. what would be expected given their economic and academic backgrounds and the institution's mix of majors.

Holy Cross is one of a select group of “need-blind” colleges that accept students regardless of their ability to pay and meet 100 percent of demonstrated need. Nearly two-thirds of students receive some form of aid. The College has a 92 percent six-year graduation rate.

According to Money, students said “Holy Cross is a challenge, which prepares you for any career that you wish to pursue. But, more importantly, this school matures your character and turns you into a future leader.” Students also shared that “classes are very intimate” and “professors make the effort to form relationships with the students which allows for richer discussions.”

This “Holy Cross in the News” item by Cristal Steuer.