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!