University of Holy Cross

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Not to be confused with Holy Cross College (disambiguation).
University of Holy Cross
Type Private liberal arts college
Established 1916
Affiliation Roman Catholic
(Marianites of Holy Cross)
Students 1,250
Location New Orleans, LA, USA
Campus Suburban
Affiliations ACCU[1]
Website [

The University of Holy Cross is a liberal arts college in New Orleans, Louisiana.


UOHC 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.[2] 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.

In August 2011, the Marianites dismissed the college's president and all 19 of its trustees without warning.[3] The move prompted an investigation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Commission on Colleges, the college's regional accreditor.[4] Following the investigation, SACS placed the college on probation for six months.[5]

In January 2016, the institution, formerly Our Lady of Holy Cross College, was renamed the University of Holy Cross.


UOHC 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.


There are more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.[6][7]

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  1. ^ ACCU Member Institutions
  2. ^ Betty L. Morrison (1977). A History of Holy Cross College, New Orleans, Louisiana. Her Publishing Co., Inc. 
  3. ^ John Pope (August 16, 2011). "Holy Cross College disposes of president, 19-member board". The Times-Picayune. Retrieved August 20, 2011. 
  4. ^ John Pope (August 19, 2011). "Our Lady of Holy Cross College dismissals being investigated by accreditation group". The Times-Picayune. Retrieved August 20, 2011. 
  5. ^ Bruce Nolan (December 6, 2011). "Holy Cross College put on probation by accrediting agency". The Times-Picayune. Retrieved December 8, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Commission on Colleges" (PDF). Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. 01/08/07. Retrieved 2009-03-10.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  7. ^ "NLNAC Accredited Nursing Program". National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc. Retrieved 2009-03-10.  Can type "Louisiana" into search box to see accredited programs in Louisiana

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