"Gateway to College empowers youth who have dropped out of high school or are not on track to graduate to earn a high school diploma and college credit in a supportive college environment."

Gateway to College

Eligibility Requirements

Program Expectations:

  • 100% attendance
  • Being on time
  • Maintaining at least a "C" in all classes
  • Paying fees on time
  • Complete homework assignments (3-4 hours of homework per day)
  • Respectful and responsible behavior
  • Maintaining close contact with Resource Specialist

Program Eligibility Requirements

There are several program eligibility requirements that students must meet in order to be considered for Gateway to College. The requirements are referred to at various points in the application, information session, and selection process. They include the following:

  • at least 16 years old and not more than 20 years old at time of application
  • Have a GPA below 2.0 (exceptions are considered)
  • must be able to attain a high school diploma by the time the student turns 21
  • must reside in Springfield, MA
  • must be behind in credits based on age
  • must be a high school dropout or on the verge of dropping out
  • must have a record of not doing well in school, such as low GPA or attendance

Completed Application Packet

The following constitute all the materials that an applicant needs to provide by the assigned deadline in order to be considered for Gateway to College. Further detail is included on the application and Consent Form/Required Statement form.

  • Completed application
  • three application essays
  • school district information form
  • consent form/required statement form
  • transcripts from all schools attended and MCAS scores (if applicable)
  • copy of GED certificate, if applicable.

** The application is lengthy. It requires a personal investment of time and effort by asking the student to tell us about him/herself. The applicant must relate academic history, interests, strengths, weaknesses, and commitment through three formal essays and targeted questions. This information and the quality of the response provide additional insights for the selection committee.**