Congratulations to those accepted to Holy Cross in the past weeks! Choosing a college is a big decision and the Office of Public Affairs invited us bloggers to share what we think you ought to consider while making it. Here is my list, in no particular order:
1) Holy Cross is a liberal arts college. If you are open to taking courses in many areas of study then this should be a big selling point. You will be required to fill many “common area requirements” (e.g. history, lab science, philosophy, etc.) and since your major will likely only require 10-14 courses, there is some room to explore other interests. The flip side of this is that, when it comes time to seek employment, you will likely have to be prepared to talk a bit more about your background than someone with a more vocationally focused degree.
2) Holy Cross is small. For me, the small size of the school made it possible for me to complete courses that I would have struggled in at a larger school. The opportunity to get help during office hours from a professor and to have your questions answered during class makes a huge difference. On the other hand, enrolling in classes can be a struggle and certain majors (Biology, Economics, Economics-Accounting come to mind) require an application to get into.
3) Holy Cross is a community. There are lots of clubs, sports teams, and the like but the fairly small class size means that everyone knows a fair number of people. The strong alumni organization means that this continues somewhat after graduation. So if you were hoping for some sort of anonymity in college then HC might not be your cup of tea
4) Holy Cross is self-contained. While the school shuttles make it fairly easy to get into Worcester, to Boston or to Providence on the weekends, the geography of the place makes it fairly difficult for younger students to just walk off campus at whim for shopping, dining or entertainment. This doesn’t seem to bother a lot of people (all of those things are on campus and Worcester does have decent cab service) but it makes for a different sort of place than many urban campuses.
My final piece of advice:
5) Don’t worry too much about this: choose the right college is important, but not a make-or-break decision. I recently met a high school student who was out to Holy Cross from California for the third time and I almost laughed at her until I remembered how much time I spent visiting colleges as a high school student. Most of you are bright, hard-working people and will excel wherever you go to college.