Gateway to College Application Process

Gateway class

The Gateway to College High School Completion Program is for 16-20 year olds interested in returning to school and completing their high school diploma. While earning their high school diploma, students earn credits toward a college degree.

This is a "scholarship" program. We pay the tuition and book costs for those who are accepted into the program. However, students are responsible for student fees (approximately $100 each term).

Application Steps

Make sure you meet the qualifications listed on the Gateway to College home page. If you are a student who needs special education (IEP) services -- please see note at bottom of this page.

Note: If you were in Gateway to College but left the program before completing, see the Appeal page.

Step 1) Complete the Portland Community College Online Admissions Form

  • Complete the PCC Admissions Application. While completing the application, select Credit for Application Type, and select Undeclared for Planned Course of Study.  If you need additional support, visit a campus Orientation Center.
  • Check your personal email for your admissions confirmation, information about how to access MyPCC and your PCC Student Identification Number (G-Number).  You should receive this information within about 7 days of submitting your online application. This sometimes gets routed to a Junk Mail folder, so be sure to check there as well! If you do not receive an email, please call Portland Community College Admissions Office for help.
  • You DO NOT need to complete the college placement test (COMPASS) at this time. Students who are accepted into the Gateway to College Program will take the test at a later date.

Step 2) Fill out a Gateway to College application form

  • Complete the application packet in full, including the Consent to Release Information Form. Don’t forget to sign the application or have your parent or guardian sign it if you are under 18.
  • Complete your written answers to the 3 essay questions.
  • Get a copy of your official high school transcripts.
  • Take the “School District Information Form” into either your neighborhood school or your school district office and have someone from your school or the district office fill it out and sign it.

Please noteIf you live in the Lake Oswego, David Douglas, Sherwood, Beaverton or Tigard-Tualatin school district, you must be approved by the district to apply for the Gateway to College program.  You can contact your school counselor or the district office to discuss approval for Gateway.  Your Gateway application cannot be considered if you are not approved by the district.

Step 3) Sign up and attend an Information Session

Reserve a spot at the next Information and Two-Day Evaluation Session.

At the three-hour Information Session, you will:

  • Learn more about the expectations and benefits of the Gateway to College program
  • Take a short reading-level test
  • Have a chance to ask questions
  • Have your application materials reviewed to make sure you meet all eligibility requirements
  • Allow us a chance to meet you and learn why you are interested in the program

If you can't bring all of these pieces of paperwork, fill out the application and show up anyway. We will give you feedback about what you need to do next.

Step 4) Attend a 2-day Evaluation Session

When you go to the Information Session, you will be referred for the next evaluation session if you meet the requirements for eligibility. During the evaluation sessions you will take a series of tests which will be used to evaluate your readiness for the program.

Step 5) Participate in an Individual Interview

At the information session, you will be scheduled for an individual interview. The interviews generally occur one week after your information session, and are about 30-60 minutes long.

Your interview will be one-on-one with a PCC staff member. This gives us an opportunity to get to know you better, and learn more about your strengths and motivations. You will have a chance to ask questions about the program.

Step 6) Complete/submit all required paperwork

Once you have completed the above steps and turned in all other required paperwork (high school transcripts, 3 essays, and application), the selection committee will review your file and determine if you will be accepted into the program. All of this will be fully explained in the initial Information Session.

Additional Information

If you still have questions:

Special Education (IEP) Services

PCC Prep Gateway to College does not provide Special Education services. It is the responsibility of the school districts to provide Special Education services to students in Gateway to College. Students may apply for support services through the PCC Disability Services Office. PCC Disability Services provides academic support services for students with disabilities, depending on the nature of the disability and availability of services. Students and parents may contact the PCC Disability Services Office for information regarding eligibility and procedures.

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