Frequently Asked Questions About Gateway to College (GtC)
Q: Am I eligible for GtC?
A: GtC is for high school students between 16 - 21 years of age.
Q: Am I a good fit for GtC?
A: Are you...
- planning to go to college and believe college is important?
- willing to attend school every day, and put in the hard work required to meet your goal?
If you answered "yes," you're a good candidate and should apply to GtC now!
Q: Can I be successful in GtC, even if I wasn't successful at my old high school?
A: YES, if you are committed to perfect attendance, hardwork and accountability. GtC gives students the oppprtunity to "start over" and earn high school and college credits in a supportive and caring community.
Q: How much does Gateway to College cost?
A: Participating in this program is FREE and includes many perks. GtC provieds: breakfast and lunch, an unlimited Metro Transit bus pass or Saint Paul College parking card, textbooks, an iPad, computer lab access, tutoring, academic advising and a close-knit community feel.
Q: How long will it take me to finish my high school diploma?
A: Each GtC student is on an individual timeline and has different high school requirements left to fulfill. You will know your graduation timeline after meeting with Gateway staff.
Q: How can my parents/guardian best support me in this program?
A: GtC strongly encourages parents/guardians to be an active partner in supporting GtC students. To support students, parents/guardians can help students: with attendance, set GtC and college as a top family obligation, and understand that your student is in college and must adjust to new academic demands.
Q: When is Graduation?
A: GtC's graduation date and location changes each year. In past years, our graduation ceremony has been held at Saint Paul College, the Union Depot in downtown St. Paul and St. Catherine's O'Shaughnessy Auditorium. GTC will communicate this important information during second semester as plans are finalized. Reach out to your counselor with questions/concerns.