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 their first term, students learn in a small community of peers. This builds their academic and personal skills, preparing them for college courses with the general student population.
A college experience
Students in the Gateway program take courses at City College of San Francisco’s main Ocean campus. All of the courses are taught by City College faculty.
Resources and support
College counselors 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, 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!