Gateways Summer Orientation

Welcome to the College of the Holy Cross! At Holy Cross, we recognize the significance of the transition to College and strive to provide students and parents support during this time. 

Gateways Summer Orientation will support you and your family in your transition to the College of the Holy Cross by introducing you to the academic, cocurricular, and spiritual identities of the College. The program is an opportunity for families to learn more about what incoming students can expect from their Holy Cross education. 

This orientation experience will consist of a series of three online modules that will help you explore what it means to take part in the life and mission of Holy Cross. 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. Each module will provide the opportunity for you to familiarize yourself with College resources and receive key updates and information on tasks to complete before the fall semester begins, such as the summer reading and academic advising appointments. 

Additionally, each student will participate in four small group meetings of their classmates and co-led by current student leaders known as Orientation Leaders (OLs). Throughout the summer there will be additional opportunities for students and families to connect live with peers, faculty, and staff through Q&A sessions, chats and webinars.

Gateways Orientation looks forward to accompanying you and your families as you become members of our community! Please email us at with any questions.


Live Module Releases: The series of three modules will be released at 7 p.m. ET on the following Sundays throughout this summer:

  • 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 

Although we encourage live participation during each of the modules, we understand there may be times you are not able to join the review of each module live at its release. Modules will be recorded and archived for students and family members to complete later in the week. 

Orientation Group Meetings: Orientation group meetings will be scheduled in the evening hours during the weeks of June 6, June 13, June 27 and July 11. Students will be assigned dates and times based on your preferences shared in the registration form. These will be opportunities to connect with student leaders and peers to begin building community and get to know other members of the Class of 2025.



All enrolled students in the Class of 2025 are expected to fully participate in the three online modules and four orientation group meetings. Students are asked to complete this registration form by Wednesday, May 26 so we may capture some important information from you, including your preference for small group meeting dates.

Parents and Family Members 

Family members have the option to participate in the three online modules of Gateways Summer Orientation. There will be special individualized content just for parents/guardians. Only one parent registration is needed per household (note: any information gathered in the form is for Gateways Orientation purposes only).

How to Access Modules

Students will receive a unique link sent to their Holy Cross student email addresses. Parents will receive a unique link to the email addresses shared at registration. If you have any questions, please email