OLHCC was founded in 1916 as a two year women's normal school by the Marianites of Holy Cross. Its original location was in the Bywater area of New Orleans. It became a 4 year institution in 1938. In 1947, a 40-acre (16 ha) parcel of land in Algiers was donated to the Marianites. The college completed a move across the river to this new site in 1960. Its area was later reduced by a sale. Men were first admitted in 1967.
OLHCC is on a 16-acre (65,000 m2) campus in a middle-class residential neighborhood of the Algiers area of New Orleans on the west bank of the Mississippi River. It is built primarily in the Southern Colonial style.
The school is fully accredited Catholic liberal arts college on the West Bank of New Orleans. There are more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs. The Marianites of Holy Cross founded the college in 1916. David M. Landry, PhD, became the 18th president in August, 2014.
Our Lady of Holy Cross College is nearing its 100th anniversary in 2016, and still evolving. Freshman, graduate students, older students, working students, transfer students and all who seek a profound, personalized educational experience at a small college.