Overview

Holy Cross College – University of Notre Dame Gateway Program

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Select Notre Dame applicants will be informed of the Gateway Program option at the time admissions decisions are released by Notre Dame in late March. Students selected for the program will have until May 1 to decide whether they will accept their spot in the program. In addition, some students who are not offered admission from the waitlist, will be invited to the Gateway Program in mid-May and will have until June 15 to confirm their participation. 

Upon confirmation in the Gateway Program, a student's Notre Dame application will be provided to Holy Cross College, so that he or she will not be required to submit an additional application. However, students will need to send their final transcripts to Holy Cross College upon graduation from high school. 

Students’ First-Year Experience

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While being enrolled full-time as a student at Holy Cross, Gateway students are encouraged to actively participate in activities in the Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s, and Holy Cross communities. Gateway students are welcome to participate in Notre Dame clubs and activities, including the Notre Dame Marching Band, Campus Ministry, Center for Social Concerns, and Rec Sports. While Notre Dame hosts a large Student Activities Fair each September to which all students of the Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s, and Holy Cross communities are invited, Gateway students are encourage to take the initiative all year long to participate in new opportunities.

A Holy Cross College program director will assist students in enrollment, course selection, and housing. Housing is guaranteed for the student’s first year at Holy Cross and Gateway students will have first priority among transfer students in the on-campus housing lottery at Notre Dame.

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The Notre Dame Admissions Office will meet with Gateway students after their first semester at Holy Cross to review their progress toward meeting the requirements of the program. At the end of the spring semester of the student’s first year, grades for both semesters will be reviewed along with a personal assessment by Holy Cross program directors on the student’s residential and social record at Holy Cross. Provided the student is in good standing with the agreement on academic performance and did not have any student conduct code violations, the student will be informed by May 20 of their transfer admission status to Notre Dame.