Application process

Students writing on whiteboardThe Gateway to College high school completion program is for students who are 16–20 years old and are interested in 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, fees, and book costs for those who are accepted into the program.

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Application steps

Gateway to College: steps to apply, Fall 2024

Fall 2024 deadline to apply: September 9, 2024

If you’d like to apply for a future term, please submit an Interest Form and our team will follow up with you to discuss future term enrollment opportunities.

Step 1 – Gateway to College interest form

Please complete the Gateway to College interest form.

This submission will help us to determine your eligibility and let us know you are interested in learning more. Once you have submitted the interest form, our Outreach and Admissions team will be in touch.

Step 2 – Gateway to College admissions meeting

Once you have completed Step 1, our Outreach and Admissions team will be in touch with you. If you elect to apply, we will schedule an initial admissions meeting.

During your admissions meeting, we will assist you with the completion/submission of the following required items:

  1. PCC admissions application 
  2. Gateway to College enrollment form
  3. Current high school transcripts
  4. Address verification or school district approval
Step 3 – Gateway to College online orientation

Please review the Gateway to College online orientation.

Please read through the Gateway to College online orientation. We encourage students to review this information with parents or family and anyone else who may have an interest in the student’s education. If you have any questions or need any clarification after reviewing the online orientation, please contact our Outreach and Admissions team at 971-217-7817 or via email at

Step 4 – Gateway to College writing assessment

We will utilize a writing assessment (essay response) to help make initial placement decisions. Please write a response to the Gateway to College essay prompt.

When you are ready to submit your essay, please email it, as an attachment or Google document, directly to

Step 5 – Interview

After you have completed steps 1-4 above, including submission of all application materials, you will be asked to schedule a one-on-one interview. The interview is designed to help our staff get to know you better so that we can determine how to best serve you.

Interviews are scheduled with our Outreach Coordinator, Adam Clark, only once you have completed steps 1-4. Please contact us at

Step 6 – Selection committee

The Gateway selection committee will review your full application and make final acceptance decisions. You will receive written notification, via your MyPCC email account, of the committee’s decision.

Please note that acceptance is not guaranteed and space in the program is limited.

Additional information

If you still have questions, contact us at or 971-217-7817.