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Five-Step Application Process

Please review the basic eligibility requirements before applying to the program:

  • Be 16 to 20 years old
  • Have attended a school in the Ferguson-Florissant, Ritenour, Normandy, or Riverview school district and currently live within the school district
  • Have fewer than 17 high school credits
  • Have dropped out of high school or be at risk of dropping out
  • 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

Step 1: Complete an Application Packet

  • Complete the Application in full. Do not forget to sign your name.
  • Complete your written answers to the three essay questions listed within the Application.
  • Complete the Student Consent Form. If you are under the age of 18, have your parent or guardian sign it as well.
  • Fill in the top of the School District Information Form and go to your school district to obtain your transcripts and receive a school administrator's signature on the School District Information form.  
  • After you complete the information in the application packet, please reserve your place at an information session by calling the Gateway to College information line at 314-513-4338.

Download a Gateway to College Application (PDF file)

Step 2: Attend an Information Session

After you complete the information in the application packet, please reserve your place at an information session by calling the Gateway to College information line at 314-513-4338. Click here to view the Information Session Schedule.

  • Bring your application packet and completed essays with you.
  • Learn more detailed information on the Gateway to College program, including program philosophy, expectations, benefits and next steps.
  • Take a short reading level assessment.
  • Have a chance to ask questions about the program.
  • Review your application materials to make sure you meet all basic eligibility requirements.
  • Allow us to have a chance to meet you and learn more about your academic and life goals.

Step 3: Attend a Two-Day Evaluation Session

At the information session, if you meet the eligibility requirements and demonstrate at least an eighth-grade reading level on your reading assessment test, we will refer you to a two-day evaluation session. Each session will last approximately two and a half hours.

These sessions will give you the opportunity to show us that you have the necessary reading, writing, and math skills to achieve success in the program. You must attend both of the evaluation sessions and complete all in-class and homework assignments.

Please remember that you must attend an information session first and be referred to an evaluation session.

Step 4: Participate in an Individual Interview

After the two evaluation sessions, you may be scheduled for an interview if you have met all of the eligibility requirements.

Your interview will be with one or more Gateway to College staff members. The interview gives us the chance to get to know you in a more personal setting and learn more about your strengths and your motivation to take part in the program. This is also an opportunity for you to a ask any questions that you may have about the program.

Your interview will normally be 1-2 days after your information session and will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. All interviews will take place at St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley located at 3400 Pershall Road.

Step 5: Selection Committee Review

The selection committee will review all candidate applications for the Gateway to College program who have completed steps one through four. It is very important that you turn in all required application materials by the deadline. Acceptance is not guaranteed. Space in the program is limited.
The selection committee will be evaluating applicants based on the following factors:

  • Candidate meets all the eligibility requirements
  • Application is complete, and all application materials were turned in by the deadline
  • Candidate achieves at least the minimum standard scores on all evaluations
  • Candidate displays positive behavior, attitude and participation at the evaluation sessions
  • Candidate completes the individual interview and shows us that he/she is ready and motivated
  • Candidate displays a commitment to completing the Gateway to College program

You will be notified by letter of the selection committee's decision. If you are accepted, you will be sent a letter of acceptance along with the following materials: your class schedule, contact information for your student resource specialist, a campus map and information about the next steps.

If for some reason you do not receive a notification letter, please call us at 314-513-4251 to check on your status. If you have not heard from us, do not wait until the first day of classes to check on your acceptance status. We are not responsible for mail not getting to you if you did not give us an accurate address and/or if you have moved since you applied and did not provide us with your new address.