The orientation programs at Holy Cross ensure the start of your college career is a successful one.
The first few weeks of college are exciting, joyous and memorable — but they also have the potential to be stressful. The Office of Student Involvement assists incoming students with their transition to college life at Holy Cross through a series of nationally recognized orientation programs.
Over the course of the programs, you’ll experience the residential and academic environment on campus, gain a greater appreciation for the Jesuit, Catholic mission of the College, learn about educational opportunities and responsibilities, and begin to build friendships with your classmates.
All our orientations involve the collaboration of student leaders, faculty and staff members, who provide authentic insight into what you should expect of your Holy Cross experience.
Gateways Summer Orientation
- Sunday, June 13 at 7 p.m. ET - Module 1: Welcome to Holy Cross
- Sunday, June 27 at 7 p.m. ET - Module 2: The First Year Experience
- Sunday, July 11 at 7 p.m. ET - Module 3: Preparing for Fall
What It Is
Gateways Summer Orientation will consist of a series of online modules to welcome and prepare you and your family to the academic, cocurricular, and spiritual life of the College. The program will deepen your understanding of the Jesuit, Catholic, liberal arts education at the College, what you can expect from your time as a student, and what will be expected of you as a member of the Holy Cross community. Throughout the modules, there will be opportunities to connect live with staff, faculty, and Holy Cross students through Q&A sessions, chats, and webinars. Participation in Gateways Summer Orientation is expected of all incoming students.
For more information, please visit the Gateways Summer Orientation website.
Gateways International Student Orientation
This program will be offered in person on Sunday, Aug. 22 and conclude Friday, Aug. 27. At this time, program arrival dates have not been determined so we encourage you to hold off on making travel arrangements. The Gateways staff will be in touch with more information on program arrival when we can.
What It Is
The Gateways International Student Orientation is offered free of charge and addresses many of the most pressing questions for incoming international students. In addition to introducing them to residential and academic life at Holy Cross, this program helps with important personal matters that include everything from setting up a bank account and purchasing a cell phone to identifying campus support services and understanding U.S. immigration requirements. This program is strongly recommended for all international students.
For more information, visit the Gateways International Student Orientation website. Additional resources for international students can also be found on the Office of International Student website.
Aug. 21-27, 2021
What It Is
Odyssey is a self-discovery retreat for incoming first-generation college students, Pell-eligible students, and students of color. This summer retreat will engage you in community building, identity development, and concepts of diversity, inclusion, and justice.
For more information, visit the Odyssey website.
Aug. 1-27, 2021
What It is
Passport is an academic program designed to assist promising first-year students in their transition from high school to Holy Cross. Admission to the program is limited to invited students only, and there is no cost to participate.
The program has three components:
- Summer Passport – Students spend four weeks on campus in August before classes begin. Housing is provided.
- Fall Passport – Students meet regularly with Academic Services staff, attend academic workshops, and participate in the Mentor Program.
- Spring Retreat - At the beginning of the spring semester, students get away to reflect on the fall semester, prepare for the challenges of the spring semester, and set goals for their time at Holy Cross
Invitations for eligible first-year students in the Class of 2025 are mailed along with acceptance packages from Holy Cross in March 2021. Seats are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information, please visit the Passport website.
Passport Director: Justine Fisher, Associate Director of Academic Services and Learning Resources
Gateways Fall Orientation
Saturday, Aug. 28-Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021
What It Is
Gateways Fall Orientation will pick up where the summer program left off. This program is an opportunity to further develop connections with peers and become prepared for the start of the academic year as the semester begins. Fall Orientation is anticipated to be in-person.
For more information, visit the Gateways Fall Orientation website.