Gateway Program

Holy Cross College and the University of Notre Dame have partnered to create a program that allows students the opportunity to enroll at Holy Cross College with a direct path to an undergraduate degree from Notre Dame. Students selected for this program complete one year of studies at Holy Cross College, and if minimum requirements are fulfilled, transfer to Notre Dame to complete remaining degree requirements. This unique program allows students to immerse themselves in the academic and extracurricular traditions of both campuses from day one.

Students enrolled in the Gateway Program have chosen an education of the whole person, and this pedagogical tradition is informed by the teachings of the Congregation of Holy Cross, whose priests founded Notre Dame and whose Brothers founded Holy Cross College. Guided by the same mission to educate “hearts and minds,” Holy Cross College and Notre Dame will work together to ensure the undergraduate experience on our campuses is nothing less than transformative.

Selection Process

Admission to the Gateway Program is by invitation-only. There is no application for the Gateway Program other than a first year application (Common Application or Coalition Application) to Notre Dame, nor is there a formal way to indicate interest in the Gateway Program on the first year application. The program size is purposefully limited to ensure personal attention in the classroom and one-on-one advising. This is a highly-selective program.

If you have been selected for the Gateway Program, a notice of invitation will be included in your Notre Dame application decision release. Students will be selected from both the Restrictive Early Action applicant pool and the Regular Decision pool.

Confirming Enrollment

If you have received an invitation to join the Gateway Program, confirming your enrollment requires a few steps:

  1. Accept the invitation to join by completing the “intend to enroll” form that was provided in your Notre Dame admission decision portal. After you have completed this form, your application materials will be securely sent to Holy Cross College for processing.
  2. Watch your email for a link to your Holy Cross Applicant Portal. Within your Applicant Portal, you will be able to confirm your intention of enrolling at Holy Cross College by submitting an online confirmation form followed by paying an enrollment deposit. It may take up to one week after submitting the “intend to enroll” form before the online confirmation form is available within your portal.
  3. Have your final high school transcript sent to Holy Cross College as soon as it becomes available.

We ask that you complete step one on or before May 1 to guarantee a spot in the Gateway Program. After May 1, students who remain on Notre Dame’s waiting list may be offered invitations to join the Gateway Program if space allows.

Financial Aid

There is limited financial aid for the Gateway Program. To be considered for need-based financial assistance, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at Be sure to add Holy Cross College’s Federal School Code (007263) to ensure the FAFSA is sent to our Office of Financial Aid. The FAFSA is the only application necessary to be considered for need-based assistance at Holy Cross College. Even if you have submitted the FAFSA to Notre Dame, it must be separately submitted to Holy Cross College.

Upon review of your FAFSA, a financial aid notification will be sent to your mailing address and be made available on your Holy Cross College student portal. Review the financial aid notification carefully and take note of deadlines and next-steps required to secure your offers of financial assistance. Due to the nature of the program, Gateway students are not eligible for Holy Cross College merit scholarships including Signature Scholarships and named scholarships.

Keep in mind that not all federal assistance is need-based. Completing the FAFSA may make you eligible for certain loans that do not require demonstrated financial need, such as the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan and the Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS). To review these loan options, visit

For students who are interested in having an understanding of their eligibility for need-based aid at Notre Dame sophomore year and beyond, we suggest that you complete the Notre Dame Net Price Calculator, which can be found at The Notre Dame financial aid counselors are available to answer questions you may have about financial assistance and financing options. To be considered for need-based financial assistance at Notre Dame, you will need to submit both the FAFSA and the CSS Profile. Notre Dame is committed to meeting 100% of each of its student’s demonstrated financial need, and this includes all Gateway students following a successful transfer from Holy Cross to Notre Dame. Like other transfer students, Gateway students are not eligible for merit scholarships while enrolled at Notre Dame.

2020-2021 Program Costs

Tuition $32,000
Gateway Administrative Fee $8,000
Holy Cross Comprehensive Student Fee $1,250
Room and Meals $11,650
Total Direct Costs $52,900


At Holy Cross College, we take pride in building a vibrant academic, faith, and social community. To that end, we require all Gateway students to live on campus in our single-sex residence halls. We offer an array of housing options for students, from single rooms to shared apartments. Living on campus provides an opportunity to form close-knit friendships that will last a lifetime. Learn more about residence life at Holy Cross College.

To secure your room on campus, you must complete the 2020-2021 online housing contract, which will be found in your Holy Cross Applicant Portal. The contract gives you the option of requesting a specific roommate and/or ranking your preferred residence hall placement. Those who indicate roommate requests and/or hall preferences and meet the May 1 reply-to-offer deadline, will be entered in a housing lottery. Housing requests will be honored based on lottery results and availability of preferred rooms. The housing contract is due on or before July 1. For those who do not request a specific roommate, assignments will be made using compatibility questions on the housing application.

If you are interested in living in a residence hall at Notre Dame after transferring, you must complete a Notre Dame housing application after you’ve been notified of your admission to Notre Dame as a sophomore transfer student. Gateway students will receive priority among transfer students applying for housing at Notre Dame. The first round of housing assignments for transfer students will be communicated before the end of July 2021 and will continue through August. Like other transfer students, Gateway students do not participate in spring “room picks” at Notre Dame prior to the sophomore year. If housing at Notre Dame is not immediately available, the University offers assistance in searching for housing locally and also connects interested off-campus transfer students with an “Adopt a Hall” program that facilitates introduction to an on-campus residential community.

SOAR (Summer Orientation)

All new students will be invited to participate in a virtual Saints Orientation Advising and Registration (SOAR) event over the summer. SOAR will not be held on the campus of Holy Cross College summer 2020. More information will be shared at a later date.

International Students

All international students are required to submit a Certification of Finances with supporting documentation confirming the reported sources of funding for one year of enrollment at Holy Cross College in the Gateway Program. An I-20 will not be issued until this form is received. The 2020-2021 Certification of Finances can be downloaded here.

Transfer Articulation

Guaranteed transfer admission requires all grades earned at Holy Cross College and Notre Dame be a B or higher and a final cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher, calculated with the grades earned in the eight courses at Holy Cross, the two selected courses at Notre Dame, and the Moreau First Year Experience course. At the end of the spring semester of your first year, the grades for both semesters will be reviewed along with a personal assessment by Holy Cross on your student conduct record at Holy Cross. Provided you remain in good standing with the agreement on academic performance and do not have any student conduct code violations, you will be informed by the end of May of your admission to Notre Dame as a sophomore student for the upcoming academic year.


Q: Why was I selected for the Gateway Program?
A: The Gateway Program is a highly selective program for students who have demonstrated a strong “fit” with the missions of Notre Dame and Holy Cross College. Gateway students will positively contribute to the academic, social, and faith communities of both campuses.

Q: What types of courses will be a part of my first year experience?
A: Students are expected to maintain full-time enrollment at Holy Cross College (12 credit hours) in a personalized curriculum co-designed by the academic officers at Notre Dame and Holy Cross College. Students will enroll in one course each semester at Notre Dame based on their future academic track after transferring. Gateway students will also enroll in the Moreau First Year Experience course both semesters. For questions about course selection, please contact Ms. Emily David at Holy Cross, your academic advisor. She can be reached at

Q: Can I use AP exam results for college credit?
A: Gateway students follow Notre Dame’s AP policy. AP credit can be applied to your Notre Dame transcript, but the credit will not be used to satisfy Notre Dame core curriculum requirements. More information can be found HERE.

Q: How do meals work between Holy Cross and Notre Dame?
A: Included with on-campus housing for Gateway students is enrollment in an “any hall” meal plan for use at Siegfried Dining Hall and the dining halls at Notre Dame. This meal plan also includes Basil Bucks, which serves as a flexible extension of the meal plan. You will be able to use Basil Bucks for food and drink purchases at our Ave Brew Café (proudly serving Starbucks coffee!) as well as cafes and restaurants at Notre Dame.

Q: How do students get back and forth between campuses?
A: Many students find a bicycle helpful; secure stations for bike parking can be found on all three campuses. The “Sweep” (the tri-campus shuttle) is another great option. This bus is free for all tri-campus students with a student ID. Additionally, campus security offers rides to/from campuses upon request. Notre Dame’s SafeBouND program is available for students upon request, more details can be found at: or All Holy Cross first year students, including Gateway students, are permitted to have a car and must register it with our security office during the first week of classes. There is currently no charge to have a car on campus.

Q: Will my roommate also be in Gateway?
A: Residence Life makes every effort to ensure at least one roommate is another member of the Gateway Program. In residence halls where single occupancy rooms are an option (Basil and James), Gateway students are roomed near others to ensure an intentional community is created across all residence halls.

Q: When will I find out about my housing assignment?
A: Holy Cross College will begin releasing housing assignments via the Holy Cross Student Portal in mid-July.

Q: Where should I send my final high school transcripts?
A: A final high school transcript must be sent to Holy Cross College. A copy will be forwarded to Notre Dame’s Office of Admissions as part of the transfer process.

Q: What is SOAR?
A: SOAR is required summer orientation, and stands for Saints, Orientation, Advising, and Registration. During these days all incoming Holy Cross Saints will have an opportunity to interact with faculty and staff members from the various departments essential to their first year success including: housing and residence life, academic advising, financial aid, business office, campus technology, and health services.

Q: What is the schedule for Welcome Weekend?
A: Attendance at Holy Cross College Welcome Weekend (fall orientation) is required of all Gateway students. A full schedule of events will be posted HERE over the summer.

Q: When will I find out about ND football tickets?
A: Gateway students will have the same opportunity as all Holy Cross student to enter the Notre Dame Football student ticket lottery to purchase season football tickets. Typically, Notre Dame season football tickets for Holy Cross students become available during the middle of August. You will receive an email sent to your HC account from our Dean of Students with detailed instructions on how to enter the lottery. Although all students who want tickets have typically had the opportunity to purchase them, availability is not guaranteed. All first year students from the tri-campus sit together in the “freshmen” section in Notre Dame Stadium.

Q: What health/wellness services are offered at Holy Cross?
A: Health, Counseling and Academic Services are all available to students. If you have any questions please consult the following website: or contact Mr. Tom DeHorn at You are required to fill out a medical insurance waiver during the enrollment/registration process to verify you are in compliance with our mandatory health insurance standards; failure to submit this form may result in the college purchasing student health insurance on your behalf and an added charge to your student billing statement.

Q: Do I need to get a physical before school starts?
A: No, but your shot records do need to be up-to-date. It is recommended, however, if you are going to be playing a club sport. For more information on pre-enrollment medical requirements: