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Holy Cross College ranks among the top 25 regional colleges in the Midwest // The Observer

After being ranked # 34 in the US News and World Report’s 2021 Best Midwest Regional Colleges, Holy Cross College reached 23e in the Rank 2022. In addition, the College was ranked 13th for best students in social mobility, 27th for best schools in the Midwest, and first for alumni in the Midwest.

The recent Release these rankings were cause for celebration at Holy Cross College.

And celebrate they did – after the report was released, the administration sent an email announcing free ice cream for all students.

The US News and World Report methodology for its rankings considered graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, and alumni donations, among other facts.

In particular, retention rates have a great influence on the methodology of the US News and World Report. In rankings from previous years, the College’s Gateway program negatively impacted these rates.

Each year at Sainte-Croix, the College welcomes the Sainte-Croix-Notre-Dame footbridge program for the first few years. After completing their first year at Holy Cross, as long as they maintain a GPA of 3.5 and remain in good standing with both institutions, Gateway Fellows transfer to Notre Dame to continue their education.

Previously, the number of Gateway program enrollments was factored into the college’s retention rate – as Gateway Scholars enrolled in Holy Cross but later moved on to college after their freshman year, these students were considered a retention failure. With a total undergraduate population of only 455 students and each Gateway cohort comprising approximately 75 students (although the Fall 2020 and Fall 2021 cohorts had 81 and 96 students, respectively), this penalty on Holy Cross was severe.

Acting Marshal Dr Michael Griffin told The Observer that he had expressed concerns about the retention rates assigned to those in charge of filing.

“We went to them and said, basically, ‘This is crazy – we get it right when these students move to Notre Dame,” Griffin wrote in an email Wednesday.

New faculty hires also help improve Holy Cross, Griffin noted. Notable additions in recent years have been Dr John Biddle, a Harvard physicist, Dr Anthony Monta of the Nanovic Institute of Notre Dame, and Dr Emily Ransom, an English professor from the University of Wisconsin. .

Griffin praised the new faculty members and their work in solidifying St. Croix’s reputation.

“These are some of the faculty whose classes are now gaining traction in the tri-campus community and they are helping us put ourselves on the map among our peers,” Griffin said.

Holy Cross junior Gabriel Benito Ibarra said he was also excited about the improved Holy Cross ranking.

“I think it’s really cool that we are moving up the rankings,” Ibarra said. “I know in the South Bend-Mishawka area we are known as a pretty good school.

Ibarra said he believes Holy Cross has strength in its mission in part because of its small size and the individualized guidance that each student can receive.

“Sainte-Croix follows the mission very well; you can really see how the students are shaped by it, ”he said.

Ibarra also expressed concern for the college being left out among a community of three campuses with two larger schools next door.

“It’s encouraging to see that our school is getting the recognition it deserves because I feel like we are underestimated,” he said. “I always call us little brother’s school and I want us to give the little brother a chance.”

Ibarra, who has worked as a welcome weekend manager for the incoming early years this year, said he has noticed a number of changes in the school’s priorities since his first year.

“A lot of changes are happening,” he said. “They want to put more emphasis on mainstream students – as opposed to primarily students planning to transfer to Notre Dame – which is not what I felt when I first came here.”

An important step in this process, Ibarra said, is teaching students to be proud of their Holy Cross experience, instead of comparing themselves to students from two neighboring campuses.

“My first year, I was afraid of the children of Notre Dame,” Ibarra said. “I would like to see a better intercampus community at school. “

In a press release, College President Reverend David T. Tyson expressed a similar desire to develop the school’s image within the tri-campus community.

“I can say, as a proud Triple Domer myself, that Notre Dame, Indiana is more interesting, more complete, more excellent, because Sainte-Marie and Sainte-Croix are also here,” wrote Tyson.

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