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The Requirements: 1 essay of 300 words
Before you jump into this guide, make sure you’re not looking for information about College of the Holy Cross! Holy Cross College is a separate institution, and only this school requires supplemental essays — College of the Holy Cross does not. If you know you’re in the right place, then read on!
This is a classic short why essay and a great opportunity to do some research on Holy Cross’s mission, values, course offerings and extracurriculars, and then show admissions why this particular college stands out from the crowd for you. Don’t be afraid to go deep! Beyond the mission statement, classes, and professors in your desired academic department, explore the options for other subjects you’ve always wanted to study. Learn about clubs and special events on campus to get a feel for student life. You might even want to read up on the notable alumni you admire and provide examples as to how they inspired you to attend! By the time you’re done, you’ll have a whole list of reasons for wanting to call Holy Cross your new home. Now all you have to do is arrange them. Think about telling a story that illustrates your path to Holy Cross and shows admissions that this community is the ideal place for you to pursue your degree.