Message from the Class Deans
Dear Member of the Class of 2017:
Welcome to Holy Cross! As Class Deans we have the honor and pleasure of working closely with students over their four years, offering guidance and help as each of you develops a unique academic plan to make the most of your time at the College. One of the first steps is to invite you and your parents to participate in our summer orientation program, called Gateways.
There are two primary objectives of the Gateways program:
1. Helping you to develop a preliminary academic plan: prior to your Gateways session, you will receive the First-Year Student Guide which includes information about the courses available for first-year students. During Gateways, you will have the opportunity to meet individually with an academic advisor from the Holy Cross faculty. We encourage you to review the Guide so that you will be ready to discuss with your advisor the development of an academic plan that reflects your personal interests. At that time, you will also find it helpful to discuss your preferences for your Montserrat seminar so that you will be ready to submit these preferences on-line after Gateways. At the conclusion of your advising session, you will complete a Course Preference Form for the fall semester. You can refer to this when submitting the First-Year Questionnaire on-line after Gateways. Later in the summer, you will be automatically enrolled in a Montserrat seminar and one of your top course choices. In August, using your Course Preference Form as a guide, you will go on-line to complete your enrollment in your remaining two fall courses.
2. Introducing you to people, resources and opportunities at Holy Cross: one of the most valuable parts of the Gateways experience is meeting members of the Holy Cross community and hearing about the exciting variety of programs and opportunities that will be available to you over the next four years. We hope that this orientation program will answer many of your questions and ease your transition to life at Holy Cross.
In addition to containing information about our curriculum, the First-Year Student Guide contains information about campus and residence life, dining and student services. The Guide, delivered by early June, also contains information about a special toll-free hotline to help all students with course selection whether they attend Gateways or not. Please keep in mind that there will be another opportunity to meet with faculty advisors once you have arrived on campus to begin the fall semester. So, if you can’t make it to Gateways, or need to make any last minute adjustments, you’ll have the chance!
Please feel free to contact the Class Deans with any questions or concerns you might have. You may reach us via email at email@example.com or you may call the office at 508-793-2532. We use email often to keep in touch and share information, so please activate your Holy Cross e-mail account right away and check it regularly.