Gateway Program

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In 2013, the University of Notre Dame, in collaboration with Holy Cross College, created the Gateway Program. The program offers the opportunity for select students to enroll at Holy Cross College (Notre Dame, Indiana) for their first year of college with a guaranteed transfer agreement to Notre Dame for the start of the student’s sophomore year.

Each semester, Gateway students will take a coordinated program of honors courses at Holy Cross, which have been specifically designed to complete Notre Dame’s First Year of Studies curriculum, and one course at Notre Dame, which will be selected in consultation with the Director of Academic Advising at Holy Cross and an Academic Advisor in Notre Dame's First Year of Studies. 

Gateway students are guaranteed transfer admission following completion of their first year, as long as they meet a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5, with no grade lower than a B, and are in good standing with both institutions.

Engaging in both the Notre Dame and Holy Cross communities truly gives Gateway students a four-year collegiate experience.  Taking full advantage of the many clubs and activities on both campuses allows students to enjoy their first year at Holy Cross and be fully prepared to seamlessly transition to Notre Dame.

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As you consider this invitation, we strongly encourage you and your family to visit both campuses in order to meet with program administrators, current Gateway students as well as students who previously participated in the program and are current Notre Dame students.