In-Person Orientation

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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 their families to learn more about the academic, co-curricular, and spiritual identities of the College.

Parents and guardians are invited to attend a special parent orientation program which runs concurrently to the student program. The parent orientation program is an opportunity for parents to learn more about campus, to meet faculty, administrators, and students as well as learn about the needs of students during the college transition.

View the student schedule at a glance.

View the parent and guardian schedule at a glance.

Registration for Gateways Summer Orientation In-Person Sessions

Register for Gateways Summer Orientation. Please note that you will be prompted to create a guest account on myHC, the College’s event and student engagement platform. Please select “Gateways Guest” for account type on the User Information page. Students do not need access to their Holy Cross email to register for Gateways Summer Orientation. Students and parents are able to complete registration for each other. Please have your student HC ID number ready for your registration, which is available on your acceptance letter.

Session availability will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Sessions will fill quickly and therefore you should register for your intended session as soon as possible. You will receive an email confirmation upon successfully registering. If you do not have access to a computer and internet to register, please call Gateways Orientation at 508-793-2603.

Students: A registration fee of $215 includes all materials, activities, meals and a residence hall room on campus for the evening of your stay. Linens, pillows, blankets, and towels are provided.

Parents: A registration fee of $75 per parent includes all materials, activities and meals.

There is limited need-based financial assistance available to participate in Gateways Summer Orientation. If you are in need of financial assistance to attend Gateways Summer Orientation, please contact Patrick Rogers, Associate Director of Student Involvement, at to learn more about this process.


As part of the Gateways Summer Orientation in-person session, students will stay on campus in a residence hall as part of experiencing campus life. Student housing accommodations are included in the cost of registration.

For parents attending the parent orientation program, there are a variety of local hotels that partner with the College for a discounted rate. Please see the College’s website on partner hotels for more information. There is limited on-campus housing available for parents or families who would like to stay on campus for $50. If you are a parent or guardian in need of on-campus housing, please indicate so at the time of registration. A member of the Gateways Orientation team will contact you for payment for parent housing and will provide additional information.

If you will be traveling to campus earlier than your scheduled session or staying in the area after your scheduled session, we encourage you to explore your new hometown of Worcester, MA! Check out this website introducing you to area attractions, restaurants, and locations to check out while you’re here.

If you are from far-distance requiring your arrival to the College the day before your scheduled session, please contact to inquire about early arrival processes and on-campus accommodations.

Preparing for Your Visit to Campus

At this time, we look forward to welcoming you to the College in June. The College continues to monitor the current conditions under COVID-19 for the health and safety of all community members. Please see the College’s current visitor’s policy and COVID-19 response website for full information on what to expect during your visit to campus. You can expect additional information closer to your scheduled session.

Questions? Contact Gateways Orientation at