Orientations

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

Gateways Summer Orientation will introduce new students to living and learning at the College of the Holy Cross. For the Class of 2026, Gateways Summer Orientation will consist of in-person and online experiences for new students and parents or guardians to learn more about the academic, cocurricular and spiritual aspects of the College.

Online Orientation: All students and their families should plan on participating in the Gateways Summer Orientation online which will provide you with the information you need to prepare to arrive on campus in the fall. The online orientation will become available in early June and will continue to become available throughout the summer.

In-Person Orientation: Students and their families are invited to attend one of three Gateways Summer Orientation sessions in-person during the month of June. The in-person sessions are strongly encouraged, though not required. At the in-person orientation sessions, students will meet and make connections with classmates and members of the Holy Cross community, meet in-person to discuss course selection with faculty members and become more familiar with the campus and Worcester community. Sessions will open on a first come, first serve basis when registration opens in May.

In Person Session Dates for the Class of 2026:

  • Session 1: Monday, June 13 - Tuesday, June 14, 2022
  • Session 2: Thursday, June 16 - Friday, June 17, 2022
  • Session 3: Tuesday, June 21 - Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Contact

Patrick Rogers, Associate Director of Student Involvement
Email: gateways@g.holycross.edu
Phone: 508-793-2603

Gateways International Student Orientation

Dates

This program will begin  on Sunday, Aug. 21 and conclude Friday, Aug. 26. This is a special orientation program specifically for international students at Holy Cross. New international students should plan to arrive on Saturday, Aug. 20 or Sunday, Aug. 21. Program registration will be available later this summer.

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.

Contact

Patrick Rogers, Associate Director of Student Involvement
Email: gateways@g.holycross.edu
Phone: 508-793-2603

Odyssey

Dates

Aug. 21-26, 2022

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.

Contact

Email: odyssey@holycross.edu
Phone: 508-793-2669

Passport

Dates

Jul. 31 -  Aug. 26, 2022

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 2026 are mailed along with acceptance packages from Holy Cross in March 2022. Seats are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

For more information, please visit the Passport website.

Contact

Passport Director: Justine Fisher, Associate Director of Academic Services and Learning Resources
Email: passport@holycross.edu
Phone: 508-793-2713

Gateways Fall Orientation

Dates

Saturday, Aug. 27 - Monday, Aug. 29

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.

Contact

Patrick Rogers, Associate Director of Student Involvement
Email: gateways@g.holycross.edu
Phone: 508-793-2603