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What is the College Transition Program?

The College Transition Program, or CTP, is an eight-week virtual summer program administered by the Office of Multicultural Education and Academic Services and Learning Resources for invited first-year students who are first-generation college students, students of color, students eligible for the Pell grant, or students invited to the Passport program.

Over the course of eight weeks, you will familiarize yourself with college resources and the network of key personnel who are committed to your success, a supportive peer network, and habits to enhance your academic success, e.g., effective studying, self-discipline, time management and academic skills in writing.

Why should I participate?

This is a wonderful opportunity to build a supportive community ahead of your first semester at Holy Cross and become familiar with important college resources. You will develop meaningful relationships with peers, including student leaders with interesting backgrounds who want to share their experiences and advice with you! Through weekly discussions with your College Transition Program mentor and introductions to key resources and opportunities, you will have opportunities to reflect on your identity and how you plan to lead in your journey at Holy Cross.

Okay, I’m in. How do I sign up?

Eligible students will receive an invitation with a link to the registration form. You may also sign up via the registration form on the College Transition Program homepage. Students will receive confirmation of their enrollment in the program within one to two business days at the email provided at sign up.

When is the deadline to sign up?

Interested students should sign up no later than June 26, 2020.

When is it?

The College Transition Program will begin the week of July 6th and end on August 29, 2020.

What is the time commitment?

If you choose to participate in the program, you will spend two to three hours per week engaged in the program.

Can I participate in the College Transition Program and Summer Gateways or do I have to choose?

You will not have to choose! The College Transition Program will run alongside Summer Gateways and you will have the opportunity to participate in both.

I really want to participate in the College Transition Program, but I'm not sure I'll be able to participate in all of the sessions due to time conflicts. Should I still sign up?

Yes! We encourage you to sign up for the program even if that means missing a few sessions due to time conflicts. We plan to have both live and prerecorded sessions so that you can engage with the program as much time permits. So, if you have a summer job or family responsibilities please don't let that stop you from signing up. A large component of the program is a regularly scheduled meeting with a peer mentor and a College Transition Program staff member. Those meetings will be scheduled with your availability in mind so you will be able to participate in those fully. However, to get the most out of the experience, we strongly encourage you to be "present" and engaged as much as possible.

How much does it cost?

There is no cost to participate in the College Transition Program.

How will I meet with my College Transition Program mentor?

All interactions with your College Transition Program mentor and program staff will happen virtually via an online platform.

What if I don’t have the best internet connection?

If you do not have access to broadband internet at home or anticipate any challenges related to reliable internet connectivity, please send an email to program staff at

I wasn’t invited to the College Transition Program, but this sounds like an awesome program! Can I sign up?

Because space is limited, we only invite eligible students to register for the program. You are welcome to contact us at to inquire about available spaces. However, space is limited, and preference is given to those students originally invited.

Who can I contact with more questions?

Please send an email to with any questions.