University of Holy Cross


Dr. Stanton F. McNeely III, President

The University of Holy Cross got its start
in 1916 under the auspices of the Marianites of the Holy Cross, an order of nuns founded in 1848. The Marianites—and, therefore, the university—are rooted in educating those who will grow to educate others, and in the philosophy of cura personalis: enlightenment of the whole person, mind and soul.

The University of Holy Cross, which is a fully-accredited Catholic university and the only university on the West Bank, offers more than fifty undergraduate and graduate programs to its 1,100 students. These students benefit from the low student-to-faculty ratio (13:1), which provides them a personalized academic experience that encourages them to explore spiritual values and service opportunities. These smaller classes help cultivate and refine UHC’s values-based atmosphere and provide students with a strong footing as they graduate from the university and enter into the world to, as the school teaches, “do good and do well.”

The university opened its first residence hall in August 2018 and plans to continue development on that front, as well as on their new health sciences center, which is slated to open on campus in January 2020 and will act as a home for classes and meeting spaces in the health care programs. Alumni of the university can be found in most any profession, giving back to their community and volunteering their time as they put into practice the University of Holy Cross’ central tenet: that true success comes from service to others.

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