Frequently Asked Questions
When can I register for Gateways?
Registration material will be mailed to all enrolled students in mid-May. We will not accept registrations until this time.
What is the cost for attending orientation?
The fee for students which includes all materials, activities, meals, room and linens. For parents there is no additional fee unless they wish to stay on campus. In this case there is an additional fee for a campus room (either single or double occupancy).
Is it possible to view the schedule ahead of time?
Schedules for both parent and students will be available online in mid-May. Check back on the Gateways Schedule link on the menu to the left.
Who should I contact if I have questions?
Please direct questions to the Gateways Orientation Office at 508-793-2603, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What are the living arrangements for Orientation?
While at the Gateways summer experience, students will stay in a residence hall room with one other new student. There will be limited on-campus housing for parents for an additional fee. Linens, pillows, and towels will be provided. Parent rooms are single or double occupancy (twin beds).
Are all meals provided in the program?
Meals for both students and parents will include:
lunch and dinner, on the first day; breakfast and lunch, on the second day. Vegetarian options will be provided at all meals. When you register online please indicate any dietary restrictions.
What’s the difference between student and parent programs?
The student program helps to orient students with life at Holy Cross. There are sessions on various aspects of campus, as well as administrative business such as meeting with an academic advisor and taking an ID card picture. In addition, students have the opportunity to get to know students in their class. The parent program also serves to orient parents more with Holy Cross. The parent sessions allow parents to hear from students and administrators about the transition to college, as well as the resources available to their child. It is an opportunity to meet fellow parents of incoming students. The two programs run concurrently, but the students and parents are on separate tracks. The student and parent schedules can be viewed by clicking on the Gateways Schedule tab in the left menu bar.
Is there financial assistance available to attend orientation?
Our office may be able to provide your family financial assistance to attend summer orientation. To learn more, please contact Cathleen Doane at 508-793-2603 or email@example.com.
Do you have any accommodations for me if I’m traveling from far away?
Students will stay on campus in a standard double residence hall room, very similar to the set up they will experience in the fall. Parents have the choice to stay on campus for a fee or may make arrangements to stay off campus at one of many local hotels. On campus housing for parents includes air conditioning, a private bath, bed linens, pillow and a towel. Some suggested off campus accommodations include:
Please inquire about special rates for Holy Cross visitors
Beechwood Hotel (Worcester) 508-754-5789
Courtyard by Marriott (Worcester) 508-363-0300
Fairfield Inn & Suites (Auburn) 508-832-9500
Hampton Inn (Worcester) 508-757-0400
Hilton Garden Inn (Worcester) 508-753-5700
Holiday Inn Express (Auburn) 508-832-2500
Quality Inn & Suites (Worcester) 508-852-2800
Residence Inn by Marriott (Worcester) 508-753-6300
What if we are traveling a long distance and may need to arrive early?
If you are traveling a far distance we can make arrangements for students and parents on campus the evening before the program begins. If you are interested in learning more please contact our office directly 508-793-2603.
If I am flying into Boston Logan or Provide TF Green Airport what transportation is available to get to campus?
Boston's Logan International Airport is approximately one hour from Worcester by car. Shuttle service from Logan is available through Knight’s Limousine Service (800-227-7005), Worcester Airport Limousine (800-343-1369), and Boston Town Car (888-765-LIMO). Please call these companies in advance for reservations.
Both Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, C.T. and T.F. Green Airport in Warwick, R.I. are located approximately one hour from Worcester by car.
What other transportation options are available?
Peter Pan and Greyhound bus services are available to and from Worcester. The station is located five minutes from campus by car. The Worcester Regional Transit Authority/RTA provides bus service around the city of Worcester. Holy Cross is served by routes 25 and 42. Bus schedules and maps are available online at www.therta.com
Amtrak train service is available from Worcester at Union Station, located five minutes by car from campus. Schedule and fare information is available online at www. amtrak.com.
Commuter rail service between Worcester and Boston is provided by Amtrak and the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority/MBTA. Search Amtrak schedules and fares online using the search terms WOR [Worcester] and BOS [Boston]. MBTA schedules and fares are available on the Worcester Commuter Station section of the MBTA website.