Gateway To College

Gateway to College students

About us

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.

Gateway to College is for students who:

  • Are 16 - 20 years old
  • Live in San Francisco
  • Have dropped out of high school (behind in units for age and grade level to graduate)
  • Struggled with grades and attendance (GPA generally below 2.0)
  • Are READY and MOTIVATED to work towards their diploma and a college degree or certificate.

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4-step application process


Attend an Information Session in Science Hall Room 191

  • Tuesday, October 14, 3-5pm
  • Tuesday, October 28, 3-5pm
  • Tuesday, November 11, 3-5pm
  • Tuesday, November 18, 3-5pm
  • Tuesday, December 2, 3-5pm
  • Tuesday, December 9, 3-5pm

**All info sessions will be held in Science Hall Room 191**


STEP TWO:  Complete an application packet  

STEP THREE: Take the CCSF Placement Test.

STEP FOUR:  Participate in an individual interview.



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 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.


If your answer is Yes! Then go ahead and take the First Step!