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Holy Cross University | WGNO

Located on the west bank of the Mississippi River, just minutes from downtown New Orleans, Holy Cross University is one of the most unique educational experiences in the South.

The University was founded in 1916 as Our Lady of Holy Cross College, a ministry of the Marianites of Holy Cross, and was established to educate and prepare teachers for work in the many schools the Marianites were opening in the south of Louisiana. The University’s ongoing and unwavering connection to the beliefs of the Marianite Sisters and its roots in the education of those who would eventually teach others are both part of the foundations that make the UHC experience so special.

For our students, this means smaller class sizes, a faith-based atmosphere and more personal attention from a generous and responsive team of professionals. This means collaborating in an exciting entrepreneurial environment where the focus is always on excellence. This means the support of a compassionate and caring faculty and staff, all dedicated to ensuring that you get the most out of your educational experience.

Holy Cross University offers a variety of undergraduate fields of study, many of which combine traditional classroom academics with real-world experience in the field. As part of the Marianite philosophy of educating the heart and mind, you will also be encouraged to engage in leadership and service opportunities to broaden your experience here at UHC.

Click below for more information on each field of study:

Health Sciences


Business administration and accounting

Consulting and behavioral sciences



Culinary science

General studies


liberal arts

Feeding with milk

Social Sciences

social sciences with a concentration in legal studies



Holy Cross University, a Catholic institution of higher learning, is an inclusive, student-centered learning community focused on academic excellence and innovative teaching. Rooted in the traditions of the Holy Cross Marianites, the University is committed to educating the minds and hearts of its students through freedom of inquiry, the search for truth, and compassion for all.

Fundamental values

The mission of the University of Holy Cross is supported and made visible through the following core values:


The University of Sainte-Croix promotes excellence in all aspects of university life: developing character, fostering curiosity and assimilating the knowledge essential to becoming servant leaders.


Moved by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, all members of the University strive to recognize the image of God in each person and to honor each in their gifts and limitations.


Concerned about the common good as individuals and as a community, we pledge to be honest in our dealings with all, and we pledge to be fair and consistent in word and deed.


In the spirit of unity and solidarity, the Holy Cross family nurtures an inclusive and diverse community that fosters new opportunities, partnerships, collaborations, and vigorous yet respectful debates.


Rooted in the joy of the Gospel and in the Catholic social tradition, the Université de Sainte-Croix is ​​at the service of all and chooses to be a compassionate witness in the service of a world in need.

For more information on the University of Sainte-Croix, visit go.uhcno.edu

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