What is the Gateway Program?

The Notre Dame-Holy Cross College Gateway Program invites highly talented students from across the world to attend Holy Cross for one year while taking a class at Notre Dame each semester. During this year, you will integrate yourself into the Notre Dame family. Completing the academic requirements and being in good standing (at both institutions) will allow you to move on as a full-time Notre Dame student your sophomore year. Check out the Gateway Program Facebook page here.

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How many students are in the Gateway Program?

Of the thousands of students who apply to Notre Dame, only 75 carefully selected students will participate in the Gateway Program with the full expectation that all will successfully transfer to Notre Dame. The collaborative nature of the program ensures you will feel supported and challenged by your peers.

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Where do the Gateway students live?

You will live at Holy Cross for your freshman year, typically with another Gateway student. Housing is guaranteed for the student’s first year at Holy Cross and Gateway students will have priority among transfer students in the on-campus housing lottery at Notre Dame.

How long is the walk from Holy Cross to Notre Dame?

It can take anywhere from 7-35 minutes to walk to Notre Dame, depending on what building you are going to. South Dining Hall is less than a fifteen-minute walk, and the further places on campus such as the Lafortune Center and the Hesburgh Library can take 20-25 minutes. In addition, many students use bikes or take advantage of the free bus service that runs throughout the tri-campus community (Notre Dame, Holy Cross College, and Saint Mary's College).

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Will I feel like a Notre Dame student?

You will feel as much as a Notre Dame student as you allow yourself to be. In the Gateway program, you are able to immerse yourself in the Notre Dame community through clubs, sporting events, and classes. The more time you spend doing things you love at Notre Dame, the more you will feel at home. You will receive Notre Dame IDs, meal swipes, and ND emails, making it easier to sign up for clubs, go to Notre Dame dining halls, serve through mission trips, get football tickets, and participate in the same summer opportunities as other Notre Dame students after their first year. As a Gateway student, you are part of the University of Notre Dame Class of 2023. Former Gateway students are in all four classes at Notre Dame, so it has become well-known and integrated into the campus community. 

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Do I need a car?

No. The walk is short enough where you do not need a car. However, it is a nice convenience to have a car to get off campus and first-year students at Holy Cross are permitted to have cars.

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Can I join clubs?

At both Notre Dame and Holy Cross you are able to join any club that you would like. The more you get involved the better, and a great way to maximize your Gateway experience is to do things you love!  Don’t be afraid to take the initiative to try something new at any point in the year. Previous Gateway students have been involved in a variety of activities and clubs ranging from theatre productions, the Student Union Board, Mock Trial, Club Volleyball, the Notre Dame Marching Band, Folk Choir, and Bookstore Basketball to name just a few. 

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Where should I tell people I go to college?

The preferable answer would be the Notre Dame-Holy Cross College Gateway Program and you may share that you will be a part of Notre Dame's graduating Class of 2023. 

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What class should I take at Notre Dame?

Study something you love and find interesting. This is an opportunity to explore completely new fields of study or to take a more advanced class in something that already excites you. You can also look into taking seminars, research, and mission trips.

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Will I be academically challenged?

At Holy Cross you will follow a rigorous curriculum that mirrors courses offered at Notre Dame, and most of your classes will consist of Gateway students. As at any school, the instructor and subject matter determine the difficulty of the class. Gateway students have found that the small class sizes at Holy Cross and the tightly-knit Gateway community allow them to form great study habits that they bring with them to Notre Dame in the second year. Your Notre Dame class each semester will also be challenging.

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What is the best advice for Gateway students?

Understanding that many students did not envision their college career beginning in the Gateway program, the happiest and most successful students have embraced this unique opportunity as a gift. Adopting a flexible attitude (it is your first year of college after all!) and being willing to take initiative will ensure that the year is exciting and enjoyable while achieving your ultimate goal—graduating with the Notre Dame Class of 2023!

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Is it worth it?

If you love Notre Dame, then you will love Gateway. Gateway students immediately become your family on the first day of orientation. If you have any more questions, feel free to reach out to students who are currently enrolled in the program as well as those who have already joined their class at Notre Dame!

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