‘Worcester working to become a thriving college town’

Boston Globe

A recent Boston Globe article features the city of Worcester as an emerging college town. Worcester, which is home to the College of the Holy Cross among eight other colleges and more than 35,000 students, has been tied to its industrial past for too long. Worcester city official and university leaders are looking to change this stigma and transform the city into a thriving higher education hub like its neighbors Boston, Amherst, and Cambridge.

A major contribution to uniting the students of Worcester began last summer with the creation of the Worcester Student Government Association.

“What we’re hoping to do is find that niche that brings them all together,” said Patrick Rielly ’17, a sophomore at the College of the Holy Cross and vice president of the Worcester Student Government Association. “There is so much potential in Worcester, but it’s matter of a bringing everyone together.”

The Worcester Student Government Association has put on two city-wide events including a talent show and a 5k race.

According to the Globe, Worcester has the second-largest student population among Massachusetts municipalities. The number of college students in the city has risen by more than 30 percent over the past decade to 35,000, a sizable portion of the city’s overall population of 182,000.

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This “Holy Cross in the News” item by Jacqueline Smith ’15.