In the midst of travel season, I awoke with a start at 2:00 AM. A bright red light was flashing in my room and an alarm was blaring in the most annoying way possible. Suddenly, I realized that it was the fire alarm going off and quickly grabbed some shoes, my rental car’s keys and evacuated my hotel room. There was indeed a fire in my hotel during the early hours of that October morning and I spent the better part of my coveted sleeping time sitting in one of the hotel’s many ballrooms. During those groggy three hours between two o’clock and five o’clock in the morning, I met two other women who just happened to be college admissions counselors as well. After comparing notes from “the road” and discussing our various travel territories and office responsibilities, I walked back to my now second hotel room (water damage soaked my first) with some fresh ideas about how to improve how I coordinate my respective programs here at Holy Cross. Needless to say, those three hours were not spent in vain and I was fortunate to come away with a new set of goals for doing my job better than ever before.
We in the Office of Admissions here at Holy Cross are always trying to improve what we do for our prospective students. Thus, we wholeheartedly appreciate your feedback after attending the numerous events that we host both on- and off-campus. If you were able to attend either of our Fall Open Houses during these past couple of weeks, please take a moment to fill out this survey. By taking a small amount of time out of your day to provide us with this invaluable feedback, we can ensure that our admissions programs will be new and improved for future groups of prospective students. Until that night in that hotel ballroom, I did not realize what you could learn and how I could change what I do in only a matter of minutes.
By now, if you’ve made it this far in the search process, and this deep into the Holy Cross website, you’ve “done your homework” in a manner of speaking. You’ve researched various schools and you know you like Holy Cross, but may still be wondering about a few things, and need some additional information. So, how else might you connect with us to gather those final pieces of information you need? No worries, there’s still time, and lots of ways for you to accomplish this.
- As my colleague Amanda Juriansz mentioned in her most recent blog post, an interview is one of the most important “connections” you can make throughout the process. Interviewing is one of the single largest expressions of interest you can make in the College, and one of the easiest ways for you to tell us you’re really serious about your application here. Interviews are offered here on campus until the end of the year, or with an alumnus in your area if that’s easier. SO, as Amanda said, “What are you waiting for? “
- Chat it up with us! We will be offering several online chats over the course of the next several weeks and months, so login and chat away with Admissions Counselors, Holy Cross students, and other prospective applicants. The next online chat will be happening November 4 … we’ll hope to see you online from 7:00 – 10:00PM EST, or for any portion of that time you may be available.
- Meeting students is always a great way to connect with a college and get a good feel for what life is like there. In our Meet Some Students section online, you can actually specify your criteria, and choose who you want to connect with! Whether its connecting with another student from San Francisco, or someone from Visual Arts, you can choose with whom you correspond.
- You can also make some additional connections with us on staff, or with our Admissions Senior Interviewers through the ‘contact us‘ link on the Admissions page. We all have photos and email links there – – whether you recognize us or not, make a connection!
And finally, the absolute best way to “connect” is to apply! Applications for Early Decision consideration are due here in the office December 15, but ED is a rolling process, and we’ll be reviewing applications as soon as November 1st, so feel free to submit your application as soon as it’s ready. Regular Admission applications are due January 15. Apply … and get connected!
James T. Richardson
Associate Director of Admission
Thank you to all of you who attended our Open House on Sunday, October 4, 2009. After almost three weeks of work travel, it was my first time back on campus and it was a great opportunity to meet with prospective students.
Open House serves as a great “one stop shop” for experiencing life at Holy Cross. We’ll provide you with opportunities to talk with our students, faculty and staff. You will be able to attend information sessions about the admission process or talk with professors about our various majors on campus. Interested in athletics or student clubs or organizations? We’ll connect you with our coaches and club representatives. And perhaps most importantly, you will leave campus with your stomach full of some world famous Holy Cross Mac and Cheese.
If you’re sold on any or all that I have just mentioned, join us for our second Open House of the season. Register here for the November 8, 2009, Open House
Suzanne R. Timmons
Assistant Director of Admissions
It is already October and I am sure a day off from school sounds like a good idea right about now. What could be better than skipping some classes and coming up to Holy Cross for a day and living the life of a current Crusader? You might have to make-up some AP course work upon your return but I promise you it will be worth it. Day Visits are offered to seniors in high school and take place Monday through Friday. All you have to do is call our office, share your interests, and we will take care of the rest. At Holy Cross we work hard to try and pair you up with one of our volunteers that match either your academic or extracurricular interests. We ask that prospective students arrive to Admissions at 8:30 a.m. where they meet up with their host. During the day most students will have the opportunity to attend a few classes, have a meal at Kimball, hang out in their host’s dorm, and you can even have an interview in Admissions. There is no better way to get a true feel of what life is like on Mt. Saint James.
So what are you waiting for?
It’s that time of year again; Linden Lane is changing colors, the purple sweatshirts are starting to appear…and the Admissions Office is hosting its first Fall Open House of the year! Attending an Open House at Holy Cross is different from your typical campus visit. Not only will you have the opportunity to take a tour of our beautiful campus, but you will also be able to explore different areas of academic and athletic interest during our Browsing Session in an entirely informal setting. After climbing all of the stairs here on Mount St. James, you can attend one of our many panel presentations on such aspects of Holy Cross such as: liberal arts, student life or one of our pre-professional programs. Finally, you can enjoy a lunch where you can speak with current Holy Cross students, as well as Admissions staff members. What better way to spend a beautiful fall Sunday than at Holy Cross?
See more information about our Fall Open Houses and to register.
Lauren D. Thornton
It’s not Boston, and it’s not New York, but I believe Worcester to be the perfect place to attend college, especially when combined with the constant stream of activities that Holy Cross provides its students. Here are just a few reasons why ‘the Woo’ is an ideal place to spend four years:
- 1.Because it’s NOT Boston or New York. Worcester provides you with TONS of options ranging from street festivals and fabulous restaurants, to concert venues and hiking trails , without the constant distraction. College is, in fact, a place to get some studying done, and our gorgeous hilltop location provides you with the opportunity to do just that. Check out this view of campus!
- Service: in the Jesuit tradition. Worcester is an incredibly diverse city – home to both great wealth, and a fair amount of poverty. The original intention of the Jesuits was to build institutions in cities that could benefit from the students’ presence there. So live out the Jesuit mission, and complement your liberal arts education with a taste of the real world.
- Experience is the most important thing on your resume, so maximize your liberal arts education with an internship. Holy Cross alums are scattered all throughout the city, just waiting to give a Crusader a shot at greatness (Worcester area internships are offered at banks, law firms, hospitals, newspapers, radio stations, magazines, social service agencies, sports teams, and a variety of other professional institutions.) If you don’t find what you’re looking for there, take a look at a sample of our summer internship offerings
- Multiply your course offerings by twelve. When you come to Holy Cross, you are allowed to take classes (one per semester) at any school that is part of the Colleges of Worcester Consortium, including Tufts Veterinary, UMass Medical, Clark University, and WPI.
Want more? Call the Admissions Office, I’d be happy to share.
It’s August and it seems that summer has finally arrived on Mt St. James! The upside to all the rain we have had: a very green campus! While I admit to being a bit biased, I know that our visitors will agree that the campus looks amazing. If you haven’t visited yet, or if you would like to return, we have tour guides eager to show you around, and an enthusiastic staff ready to answer your questions. So stop by and say hello.
Director of Admissions
Ever wish someone from an admissions office would tell you exactly how to go about writing your college essay? Curious about the process of interviewing at a college or university?
Here at Holy Cross, we want to help make these parts of the college process just a bit easier by answering your questions. This summer, join our staff on campus for our July Advisory Days. These three hour sessions will take you on a guided tour of campus, includes a traditional information session and gives you helpful tips on writing your college essay and preparing for a college interview.
Visit our Web site for more detailed information on this informative opportunity.
Suzanne R. Timmons
Assistant Director of Admissions
I just got off the phone with my seventeen year old cousin who is inevitably freaking out. If you are a rising high school senior, like he is, you have a lot to think about. Face it, next year at this time you will have graduated from your respective high school and most likely will be attending college summer orientation. This upcoming year has a lot in store for you as you begin to finalize your college list, visit campuses, interview, write your essays, and send out numerous applications. You have a lot of goals that need to be set and prioritizing that has to be done. Trust me, if you work hard, everything will get done.
As I spoke to my cousin though I realized that he was becoming so stressed about his senior year that he was not going to enjoy his summer. I had to help him take a step back to realize that he could become organized for the busy autumn ahead while still enjoying these summer months he has off.
Here are some of the ideas we discussed:
- Plan a road trip with your friends to visit schools you are interested in.
- Get your family involved. Plan a vacation that involves looking at some distant colleges while you are away. Even plan to visit those long lost relatives that live in states where colleges of interest might be.
- Make a day of it! Come to Worcester in July for a great lunch on Shrewsbury Street and then check out our July Advisory Days.
- On a rainy afternoon have a “mock interview” with a friend or family member.
- Go to a café or diner with your friends, get lots of food, and talk about each other. Recalling great memories or stories from the past could lead to valuable material for that college essay.
I hope you can take advantage of one or all of these ideas listed and of course, find some excitement in the busy months ahead.
Summertime is finally here!
While many of you are probably ecstatic that your final exams are wrapping up and you can finally relax, lie in the sun and enjoy your summer vacation, we here in the Admissions Office are conducting our summer tours. With the official beginning of summer and the sun finally (barely!) gracing us with its presence, comes our full schedule of summer tours. Making the visit to campus and going on one of our summer tours is a great way to get to know more about Holy Cross. Summer tours are offered Monday through Friday at 10:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, 2:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m. We do not require pre-registration which makes popping in for a tour easy especially if you happen to be driving on I-290, heading on your family’s summer vacation! If the ease of visiting Holy Cross this summer and your sheer curiosity about our campus is not enough to convince you, here are our top five reasons for visiting:
- See firsthand what is unique and special about Holy Cross.
- Admire our 174 acre hillside campus which in Princeton Review’s 2009 college rankings was placed in the top ten for “Most Beautiful College Campuses” (and increase your stamina by climbing our plethora of stairs).
- Feel the strong sense of community and discover more about our Jesuit traditions.
- Learn why studying liberal arts prepares you for all aspects of life.
- Hear from our current students about their experiences while on Mount St. James (and why they bleed purple).
Please see our Web site for more information on campus tours.
Hope to see YOU on campus this summer!
Lauren D. Thornton