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Gateway to College is a program at City College of San Francisco that serves students between 16-20, who have dropped out of high school in San Francisco or may not graduate.

Students take courses that help earn credit towards their high school diploma and a college degree or certificate at the same time.

Get what you need to be a successful student

  • Support for tuition and books
    • The program is free and covers costs including tuition, books and lunch (for those who qualify for free and reduced lunch)
  • Basic skills and college preparation
    • In addition to reading, writing and math, students take a college skills class to learn how to practice the habits needed to transform into successful college students.
  • A learning community
    • In the first term, students learn in a small community of peers. This builds academic and personal skills, preparing them for college courses with the general student population.
  • A college experience
  • Resources and support
    • Resource specialists guide students through the college experience to provide academic advising, life-skills training and career counseling.
  • What time commitment will I need to make?
    • Students are in class about 20 hours per week and do 3-4 hours of homework a day. You are expected to attend every class.
  • Will I be able to work, too?
    • Because the program requires a strong commitment, it’s best you work no more than 20 hours a week.
  • How long will it take?
    • Most Gateway students achieve their high school diploma in 2-3 years, but they often earn up to 40 college units while enrolled in the program.

How do I apply?

  • There is a 4-step application process.
    • The first step is to attend a mandatory Information Session. Applications are available on our website, and applications will also be distributed at the Information Session.
  • How many students are accepted into the program each semester?
    • We accept 50 students into the program each semester.
  • Is GATEWAY to COLLEGE for me?
    • If your answer is Yes! Then go ahead and take the First Step!


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