Gateway to College

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Welcome to Gateway to College!

Gateway to College is a unique dual enrollment opportunity for students who either have not experienced success in the traditional high school setting or are looking for a new opportunity to excel while still in high school or home school. The program is ideal for students who have dropped out of high school or are at risk of dropping out. Gateway students have the opportunity to earn a high school diploma with the added benefit of receiving free college credits toward an Associate degree or certificate through a variety of career-focused pathways.

Upcoming Information Sessions

All applicants must attend an info session, complete an application, and participate in an interview to be considered for the program. Email the Office of Early College or call 978-630-9248 for details.

All Gateway to College information sessions will be held at the Gardner Campus in Room H333, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

Upcoming dates are:

July 17, 2024
August 7, 2024

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Please note that the essay portions will be used to determine English placement and should reflect your best writing skills.  All materials should be emailed to

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What is Gateway to College?


How much does Gateway to College Cost?

  • This unique scholarship program is FREE! Tuition, books and fees are covered!

How does Gateway to College work?

Gateway graduates earn their high school diploma while earning free college credits toward an Associate degree or certificate at MWCC.

All classes take place on MWCC campuses. During the first semester of their Gateway to College experience, students complete coursework in core academic subjects at the Gardner Campus. In subsequent semesters, students are guided toward a pathway or college major based on courses they need for both their high school diploma and an MWCC Associate degree/certificate. At that point, students have the opportunity to enroll in courses at Gardner or Leominster. Gateway to College students have full access to MWCC support services, student activities and free tutoring including MCAS support.

Who is eligible to be a Gateway to College Student?

Students who should consider Gateway to College:

  • Have not earned a high school diploma (includes currently enrolled students), GED/HiSET recipients, home-schooled students and students who left high school prior to graduating
  • Are at least 16, no older than 21
  • Live in Massachusetts
  • Are motivated and willing to work hard

Please note: Acceptance to the program is not guaranteed and program space is limited. The Selection Committee will take into consideration the applicant’s motivation for the program, the completeness of the application packet, and information session attendance.

Students who have a disability and who may require accommodations in order to participate fully in program activities at MWCC should contact Gateway to College to discuss their specific needs at 978-630-9248.