"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 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:

  • Students must be between 16 to 20 years old
  • Students must be able to obtain their high school diploma by the age of 21
  • Students must have faced significant challenges in a traditional high school setting and/or be behind in high school credits for their age and grade
  • Students must be at an 8th grade reading level (minimum) and meet other writing and math standards at entry level
  • Student must be a resident of Springfield or Agawam

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.

  • Completed application
    • Three application essays
    • School district information form
    • Consent form
    • Transcripts from all high schools attended and MCAS scores (if applicable)
    • Recommendation Form
    • Copy of IEP or 504 plan, if applicable
    • Copy of Medical card

** 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.**

Program Expectations:

  • 100 percent attendance
  • Be on time, be prepared, and complete all class and homework assignments
  • Spend 2-3 hours studying and/or doing homework daily
  • Attend regular meetings with academic counselor and maintain close communication with professors and the Gateway staff
  • Respectful and Responsible behavior
  • Adherence to all STCC policies and procedures