Until Copernicus and Galileo proved differently in the 1500’s, the Earth was believed to hold a special place at the center of the universe. But then through research and scientific calculations, it was proven to be, in the words of the PBS show Nova, a “tiny speck in an unremarkable location.” Scientists call this the Copernican Principle.
When you work in college admissions, it is easy to stay within your own bubble and to think that your own school is the center of the universe.
But, the truth is, there is (or should be) a Copernican Principle of college admissions.
Here at Holy Cross, we are but one school out of thousands in this country – one star in a nighttime sky full of stars that all shine in unique ways. And while anyone who has taken our campus tour and navigated all of our stairs knows full well that this is not an “unremarkable location,” we do think it’s important to keep perspective in this process.
You’re torn between so many good options for college? Of course – we understand.
Holy Cross is your favorite school? Great – we’re glad you think so.
You found another school that matches you better? Wonderful – we support you.
Our staff of thirteen admissions counselors believes wholeheartedly in this place, our mission and our students. We wear purple and we make it look good.
But, at the same time, we understand that there are so many other wonderful colleges and universities out there and we invite you, we encourage you to explore and research and do the necessary legwork until you find your tiny speck, your star, your home for the next four years.
Andrew N. Carter
Associate Director of Admissions