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Gateway Information

Program Requirements

In order to be eligible for Gateway to College, you must:

  • Be 16 to 20 years old
  • Have attended a partnering school district
  • Have fewer than 14 high school credits
  • Possess reading skills at an eighth grade level or higher
  • Have the desire and determination to learn and to earn a high school diploma and a college degree

Program Benefits

  • Earn your high school diploma
  • Tuition and book are paid for by scholarship 
  • Earn college credit toward your associate's degree or certificate while taking classes toward your high school diploma
  • Attend class in a supportive and educational environment

How to Be Successful in Gateway to College

As a Gateway to College student, you will have the unique opportunity to take St. Louis Community College classes towards completing your high school diploma requirements while earning transferable college credits at the same time. There are certain expectations that Gateway staff and instructors will have of you while you are in the program. They include:

  • Attend all of your classes
  • Come to class on time and be prepared
  • Spend three to four hours a day working on homework outside of class time
  • Follow the rules of St. Louis Community College and the Gateway to College program

What You Can You Expect

  • To be challenged
  • The ability to achieve success earning a high school diploma and a college degree or certificate

Student Support Services

We believe that all students have the capacity to achieve in the collegiate environment. We offer an array of services to support students in achieving academic success, including:

  • A dedicated Resource Specialist to act as mentor, coach, and advisor
  • Individualized attention
  • Personal counseling and guidance
  • Problem solving, time management, and stress management strategies
  • Tips for success in school
  • Information and referrals for many additional resources including tutoring, student activities, and health services

Gateway Program Partners & Sponsorship

Since 2003, Gateway to College has grown from its original site at Portland Community College to a network of colleges nationwide. More than 2,800 students have already enrolled, and thousands more will be served with sustainable partnerships.

The Gateway to College is sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which has funded the replication of the Gateway to College as a part of its Early College High School Initiative, in partnerships with the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Ford Foundation, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. In addition, the Gateway to College national network has also received support from the Wal-Mart Foundation. To find out more about the Gateway to College's national network, click the link www.gatewaytocollege.org.