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About the College of the Holy Cross

#1 Ranked Catholic Liberal Arts College based on the Rankings of the U.S. News and World Report   http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/holy-cross-2141
#2 Ranked Best Roman Catholic College by USA Today (Top 10:  1. Notre Dame, 2. College of the Holy Cross, 3. Georgetown, 4 Boston College,      5. Villanova, 6. Santa Clara University, 7. Fairfield, 8. Providence College, 9. College of St. Benedict, 10. Gonzaga University)
#4 Best College in Massachusetts by USA Today (Top 10:  1. Harvard, 2. MIT, 3. Amherst, 4. College of the Holy Cross, 5. Olin College, 6 Tufts, 7 Williams, 8. Brandeis, 9 Babson, 10 Boston College)
 #21 Best Value of Liberal Arts colleges  in the US by Kiplinger Magazine: Link to Rankings

Top 10 Most Beautiful Campus in the United States:  Princeton Review Link

Read other points of distinction including #2 for alumni satisfaction according to the Alumni Factor, #5 Newsweek's return on investment, #12 on Payscale's list of Graduate's Salary potential, a Top producer of Fulbright Scholars and one of highest ratios of US Congress members to student enrollment.  Link to Points of Distinction.

Holy Cross has National Championships in Basketball, Baseball And Football:

  • 1947 NCAA Men's Basketball Champions:   

  • 1952 NCAA Baseball Champions 

    • The 1952 NCAA Men's Division I College World Series (CWS) involved 8 schools playing in double-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college baseball. It began on June 12, and ended with the championship game on June 17. A total of 15 games were played at Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Nebraska.

      The tournament participants were selected by the NCAA baseball committee, with one team coming from each of the eight NCAA districts.

      The College of the Holy Cross won the national championship with an 8-4 victory over the University of Missouri in front of 6,914 fans.

      Senior pitcher Jim O'Neill of Holy Cross was named the CWS Most Outstanding Player.

  • 1954 Men's Basketball NIT Champions

  • 1987 NCAA 1-AA Football National Champions*

    • 1987 Final NCAA football Poll:

      1. Holy Cross
      2. Appalachian St.
      3. La.-Monroe
      4. UNI
      5. Idaho
      6. Ga. Southern
      7. Eastern Ky.
      8. James Madison
      9. Jackson St.
      10. Weber St.
      11. Western Ky.
      12. Arkansas St.
      13. Maine
      14. Marshall
      15. Youngstown St.
      16. North Texas

      17. Richmond
      18. Howard
      19. Sam Houston St.
      20. Delaware St.     
 *The Patriot League did not allow its members to participate in the 1AA playoffs during its early years so the Crusaders were prevented from their inevitable triumph in the playoffs.   However, it was clear to most that Holy Cross was the best 1AA football team in the Nation in 1987.   They finished first in the National polls; the Sporting News declared them National Champions, Head Coach Mark Duffner was named the Eddie Robinson Award National Coach of the Year and Holy Cross dominated every team they played:
  • Army                                      34-24
  • Lafayette                                40-11
  • Lehigh                                    63-6
  • Colgate                                   49-7
  • Dartmouth                              62-23
  • Bucknell                                 48-10
  • Brown                                     41-0
  • Massachusetts                       54-10
  • Harvard                                  41-6
  • William & Mary                       40-7
  • Villanova                                39 -6 (Nationally Televised on ESPN)