Category Archives: Academic Support Services

Gateway ND Class Request

First Name*

Last Name*


AP, IB, or SAT II Scores

Transfer credits that were not used to fulfill high school graduation requirements

To request an ND course, follow these instructions:

  • Go to the University of Notre Dame’s online Class Search
  • Research the available courses and list 4 classes that you are interested in taking. Most Gateway students will select the following options:
    ANTH 10109
    CHEM 10171
    ECON 10010
    PHIL 10100
    POLS 10100/10200/10202
    PSY 10000
    SOC 10033
    THEO 10001/10002


The University of Notre Dame will assign you a class based on availability, and the ND Registrar will send you the assigned class in August.

Any changes to the assigned ND class will only be made during the first day of classes.

SOAR – Summer Orientation for New Students

Academic Advising Session
Live SOAR Sessions
Prerecorded SOAR Sessions
Town Hall
Other New Student Requirements

Welcome to Holy Cross College! Saints Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR) is a series of online events to prepare you for a smooth and successful transition to Holy Cross College. New students are expected to complete all SOAR sessions. Some sessions will be broadcast live, and others are prerecorded for you to view on your Holy Cross Applicant Portal. We are excited to begin this journey with you!

Complete information for new students can be found on our Welcome page.

Academic Advising Session

Academic advising and course registration will take place via a one-on-one session with a first year academic advisor. Initial sessions will last approximately 20 minutes and will require a video and/or audio connection. We understand that course selection may be an ongoing process with changes in preferences (intended major), results of AP/IB testing, and transfer credit completion. Academic advisors will be available throughout the summer months to facilitate schedule changes and for discussions about academic discernment. The Academic Advising and Course Registration Questionnaire on the applicant portal must be completed at least 48 hours prior to the session.

Intended Audience:
  • Students only
Topics Covered:
  • Academic interests
  • Pre-matriculation and transfer credit
  • Course registration
  • Various dates and times beginning Monday, June 8, 2020

Live Sessions

All live sessions require registration within the Holy Cross Applicant Portal. The registration form allows for the collection of parent and/or guardian email addresses for event reminders. Live sessions will be broadcast using Microsoft Teams Live events, which will allow viewers to submit questions and comments in real time. Registration for each event is limited to allow all participants the opportunity to submit questions if necessary.

Financial Aid: Looking Ahead

Intended Audience:
  • Primarily students, but parents are encouraged to attend
Topics Covered:
  • Financial aid checklist for new students
  • Next steps for student loans
  • The Parent PLUS Loan
  • Change in circumstances process
  • How to remain eligible for aid
  • Looking ahead
Sessions: (select one)
  • Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 9:00 p.m. ET
  • Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 9:00 p.m. ET
  • Tuesday, June 23, at 9:00 p.m. ET
Watch On Demand

Student Life and Residence Life

Intended Audience:
  • Primarily students, but parents are encouraged to attend
Topics Covered:
  • Student life at Holy Cross College
  • Residence life and housing
  • On-campus housing logistics, move-in, etc.
  • Campus ministry offerings
  • Student activities offerings
Sessions: (select one)
  • Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 9:00 p.m. ET
  • Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 9:00 p.m. ET
  • Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 9:00 p.m. ET
Watch On Demand

Career Readiness and Parent Engagement

Intended Audience:
  • Primarily parents, but students are encouraged to attend
Topics Covered:
  • Experiential learning and internships
  • Career exploration software and resources
  • Senior Capstone Course
  • Recent graduate outcomes
  • Parent publications and communication
  • Campus events for families
Sessions: (select one)
  • Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. ET
  • Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. ET
  • Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. ET
Watch On Demand

Prerecorded Sessions

Prerecorded SOAR sessions are available to watch on demand within the Holy Cross Applicant Portal. Each video is accompanied by a brief set of questions to assess understanding of the program’s topics.

The Transition to Collegiate Academics

Intended Audience: 
  • Primarily students, but parents are encouraged to participate
Topics Covered:
  • Transition from high school to higher education
  • Understanding FERPA
  • Keys to academic success
  • Dr. Justin Watson, provost

Health and Wellness

Intended Audience:
  • Primarily students, but parents are encouraged to participate
Topics Covered:
  • Counseling resources
  • On-campus health clinic
  • Academic accommodations
  • Student health insurance
  • Mr. Tom DeHorn, director of counseling and health

Campus Technology

Intended Audience:
  • Students
Topics Covered:
  • Responsible use policy
  • Holy Cross Accounts
  • Connecting your devices
  • Campus technology services and tools
  • Staying safe
  • Mr. Doug Blair, director of information technology

Student Accounts and Billing

Intended Audience:
  • Primarily students, but parents are encouraged to participate
Topics Covered:
  • How to access and view your student account
  • Understanding your preliminary semester bill
  • Payment plans
  • Refunds
  • 1098-T Forms
  • Ms. Karen Bautista, student services specialist

Holy Cross Town Hall

All new students and their families will be invited to join us for a live town hall on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 9:00 p.m. ET. Campus leadership will present campus updates, explain COVID-19 plans, and answer questions from viewers. Click here to register

Other New Student Requirements

The following tasks and forms are available for new students to complete on the Holy Cross Applicant Portal:

  1. On-Campus Residency Application or On-Campus Residency Exemption Request
    1. The application is for all new students who will be living on campus. The application collects housing preference information in addition to serving as a legal housing contract.
    2. The exemption request is for any new student who will not be living on campus.
  2. Add a Meal Plan or Upgrade Meal Plan
    1. Students who are not living on campus have the option of enrolling in a meal plan for the semester or year.
    2. Students who live on campus have the option up upgrading their meal plan for the semester or year.
  3. Health Background, Immunizations, and Health Insurance
    1. This form collects medical history, lists immunization requirements, and gives information about student health insurance options.
  4. Tuition Policy and Excess Funds Authorization
    1. This form serves as a legal contract for payment of tuition and other charges.
  5. Access Holy Cross Student Technology Services
    1. This form gives directions for accessing the Holy Cross Student Portal and Holy Cross email account.
  6. FERPA Notification
    1. This form serves as disclosure of a student’s rights under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). It also gives instructions for granting Holy Cross College permission to share student financial information with parents/guardians as well as how to request parent portal access.
  7. Academic Advising and Course Registration Questionnaire
    1. This form helps guide conversation during the one-on-one advising session.
  8. Campus Arrival Registration
    1. This form allows students to register for their preferred move-in session.
  9. Final High School and College Transcripts
    1. All new students must have a final high school transcript submitted to Holy Cross College. The transcript should be official and show a graduation, diploma conferred, or completion date.
    2. All transfer students and first year students who have taken college-level courses should have final transcripts submitted to Holy Cross College if credit should be considered for transfer to the Holy Cross transcript.
  10. Official ACT and/or SAT Scores
    1. If an official test score was not submitted at the time of application, please have an official score sent to Holy Cross College. All scores reports from all test sittings should be submitted.
  11. Upload Photo for Student ID
    1. A current, color photo with a neutral-colored, smooth background, and proper lighting.
    2. A centered and front-view, full-face image with eyes open and visible. Smiles are welcome.
    3. Cropped from just above the top of the head to the collarbone.
    4. JPG format with minimum size of 2 MB or 2048 KB

Holy Cross College Information

Holy Cross College is a Catholic, residential, coed, four-year institution of higher learning, offering an applied liberal arts curriculum. It was founded in 1966 and continues to be conducted by the Brothers of Holy Cross a society of lay religious men within the Congregation of Holy Cross (CSC) who take vows of poverty, celibacy and obedience as a way to more creatively and intimately serve the mission of our Savior Jesus Christ, His Body – the Church, and the needs of the world. Brothers of Holy Cross serve through ministries which educate and sensitize persons to the need of the world for justice and peace.

Learning Resource Center

The Learning Resource Center (LRC) has two components: The Math Center and The Writing Center.
The LRC works in conjunction with the faculty to provide individual and group tutorial services to personalize, fortify, and enhance scheduled classroom instruction in the disciplines of writing and mathematics.

Free drop-in tutoring is provided by peer tutors, faculty, and volunteers from the Holy Cross Community. Check the current schedule for availability of our tutors.

Math Center
The Math Center is located in the center of the faculty offices. Our services include drop-in tutoring and availability of videotapes and other math resources. Click here for the Math Center schedule.

Writing Center
The Writing Center is located in the center of the faculty offices. Consultants assist writers with pre-writing, writing, and revision of essays, term papers, college/job applications, and personal creative writing. Drop-in clients are always welcome, but preference will be given to those who have made an appointment. To make an appointment, visit our online scheduler. Please note that you can access the wait list by clicking on the clock to the left of the date on the online scheduler. Weekend sessions will be held in the Vincent Atrium.