Notre Dame – Holy Cross College Gateway Program

Gateway Students in front of Dome

Select Notre Dame applicants will be invited to participate in the Gateway Program at the time admissions decisions are released by Notre Dame. 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 waiting list, 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 Common Application will be provided to Holy Cross College so that he or she will not be required to submit additional information. However, students will need to send their final high school transcripts to Holy Cross College upon graduation.

Students’ First-Year Experience

ND Band

While enrolled as full-time students 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.

Holy Cross College program directors 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 priority among transfer students in the on-campus housing lottery at Notre Dame.

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 the end of May of their admission to Notre Dame.