50th Anniversary

Gateway to College

Your Connection to College

Do you want to go to college, but aren’t sure how to get there? The Gateway to College program helps students who have dropped out of high school or who may not graduate. Through our program, you can obtain your high school diploma and earn college credits at the same time. Many of our graduates go on to finish AA degrees and transfer to four year colleges

About Gateway to College

QCC's Gateway is part of a national network that includes 35 programs in 20 states.

The students in this program will range from ages 16-20.   Most had a high school GPA below 2.0. Some had left school entirely, while others were behind their cohort and unlikely to complete. Students complete an in-depth application process with Gateway to College, including essays, testing, and a personal interview. The three most critical pieces of the application process are the ability to read at the appropriate grade level, the genuine desire to finish high school, and a commitment to the change necessary to be successful college students.

Gateway is rigorous. Students take a fulltime college course load, with classes that match their high school requirements, MCAS needs, and career interests. They attend classes in the fall, spring and summer. Gateway students are college students, with a flexible college schedule. Gateway applicants need to have the maturity to handle this flexibility, as well as the rights and responsibilities of college life. Attendance is a key component of college success, and students may be withdrawn from the program if they are not attending regularly. 

The Support is here

Gateway to College contracts with your school district to offer you a scholarship to the program. You may need to pay student fees each term. The scholarship covers the cost of tuition and books.

In addition, you’ll have a Resource Specialist dedicated to your success. Your Resource Specialist will guide you through the college experience as an academic advisor; teach you about careers, organization and time management; and provide you with referrals to community resources.

Ready for the Challenge

Gateway is an amazing opportunity, but it requires tremendous effort and commitment. Gateway asks each student to move beyond their high school identities and begin a new chapter in their lives. Gateway students are college students who transform into scholars and leaders who fully expect to make a difference in their communities.

Information Sessions

Attendance at an information session is required in order to apply for admission to Gateway to College. Sessions last approximately 60 minutes, and applicants are encouraged to bring a support person, such as a family member or friend.  Free parking is available in the Visitors Lot.

Contact Vanessa Colon at 508.854.7587 to reserve your spot in an upcoming Information Session. We look forward to seeing you at Gateway!

Gateway to College is funded in part by a grant from the MassGrad grant.