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Frequently Asked Questions

Is Passport for ALANA (African-American, Latin American, Asian-American, Native American) students only?

No. Admissions selected those students whose educational backgrounds indicate they would likely benefit from extra assistance during their transition to college life, particularly to the academic expectations at Holy Cross. This includes, but is not restricted to, first-generation college students, students who come from underresourced high schools, and students who are English language learners or for whom English is a second language.

Is my admission to Holy Cross contingent on my participation in Passport?

No. All students invited to Passport are academically promising and have received full acceptance to Holy Cross. There are many benefits to Passport, however, and it is up to you to choose whether to participate.

I received information about Passport and want to participate! How do I sign up?

You can register through the Passport website by clicking on the tab in the left-hand menu for  “Registration.”  After completing the registration form, students will receive confirmation of their enrollment in Passport in the next business day at the email entered.

I wasn’t invited to Passport, but it sounds like a great opportunity. What can I do?

Unfortunately, participation in Passport is by-invitation only. Each year Admissions selects students that they feel would most benefit from the additional academic guidance the program provides. You are welcome to contact the Passport Director at Passport@holycross.edu to inquire about available spaces, however space is limited and preference is given to those students originally selected.

How much does Passport cost?

Passport is free; there is absolutely no cost to students or their families. Holy Cross pays for meals, room, books, and all activities or field trips during Summer Passport. There is no additional charge for the January Retreat.

What happens on the weekends during Summer Passport? Can I go home?

Summer Passport is a residential program and the weekends are an important part of the experience, too. Students are expected to remain on campus at all times for the duration. During the weekends, there are field trips and other group activities. Exceptions can be made on a case by case basis for religious or medical reasons by contacting the Passport Director.

Will I earn college credit for the course I will take during Summer Passport?

Yes. During Summer Passport students will be enrolled in either Math Functions or The Elements of Writing Argument. Students will earn one Holy Cross credit for the successful completion of their Summer Passport course. This course will appear on their college transcripts, be included in the calculation of cumulative GPA, and count toward the total needed for graduation.

I signed up for Passport using the registration form. Now what?

Keep an eye out for an information packet that will arrive in the mail in early June. This will include information regarding required forms and pre-work, as well as more information about the summer program.

I am trying to complete my diagnostic assessments, but I don’t know my Holy Cross email address or student ID number.

The Registrar’s Office sent you an email (to your personal email address on file) in May 2018. In that email you’ll find your Holy Cross email address and instructions on how to access STAR. You can login to STAR to get your Holy Cross student ID. Passport students can complete their Writing diagnostic, QLRA, and self-placement exercise using Moodle.

How does Passport move-in work?

Passport move-in is scheduled for Sunday, July 29th  from 8:00am-12:00pm; all students must be moved-in by noon!  You will move in to the residence hall building where you will live during Summer Passport. This residence hall will likely differ from the residence hall where you will during the academic year.  Passport move. In mid-July, you will receive a detailed email from us about move-in day.

I’m traveling a long distance and may need to arrive early. What should I do?

Students traveling from outside of New York and New England might be eligible for Saturday evening arrival. Please contact us at Passport@holycross.edu before finalizing your travel plans to discuss this further. The residence halls will not be open for Passport students prior to Saturday evening, July 28, 2018.

What happens after we move-in?

We have a full day scheduled for the Passport Welcome, and invite you to view a tentative schedule of programs. Parents or guardians who accompanied you for move-in are invited to stay for all afternoon sessions, including the Opening Banquet.

What should I pack for Passport?

For Summer Passport we suggest you bring the following:

  • sheets/blanket/pillow—Passport is not be providing bedding
  • towels
  • fan--the residence hall is not air conditioned
  • comfortable clothing, sneakers--you will be walking around campus quite a bit and the weekend field trips we have planned are active so you'll want to have clothing and shoes that will allow you to move around and be comfortable.
  • bathing suit - we have a beach trip planned, along with an outing to Six Flags
  • dressier clothes- there is no formal dress code for our events, however, some students have enjoyed dressing up for the Opening Banquet and closing ceremony
  • toiletries, including sunscreen
  • any medication or personal items you may need
  • First-Year Student Guide

Since you are moving into your permanent residence hall the last week of Passport, you should also bring with you the items you need for the fall semester.

I’ve been invited to lots of different programs (Summer Gateways, Passport, and Fall Gateways). How do I know what I should sign up for?

Each of these programs provide you with an incredible opportunity! They’re all different, though. You may want to do all of them or you may want to select one or two. Our suggestion is to reach out to the staff of each of these programs and to your Class Dean Patricia Kramer (508-793-2532 or classdean2022@holycross.edu) to help you decide what is right for you.

What happens after Summer Passport? Can I stay on campus between Summer Passport and the start of the fall semester?

Yes! During the last week of Passport, you will move-in to your permanent residence hall.

I am flying into Boston Logan or Providence TF Green Airport. What transportation is available for me to get to campus?

Boston's Logan International Airport is approximately one hour from Worcester by car. Shuttle service from Logan is available through Knight’s Limousine Service (800-227-7005), Worcester Airport Limousine (800-343-1369), and Boston Town Car (888-765-LIMO). Please call these companies in advance for reservations. Both Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, C.T. and T.F. Green Airport in Warwick, R.I. are located approximately one hour from Worcester by car.

What other transportation options are available?

Bus

Peter Pan and Greyhound bus services are available to and from Worcester. The station is located five minutes from campus by car.  The Worcester Regional Transit Authority/RTA provides bus service around the city of Worcester. Holy Cross is served by routes 10, 25 and 42.  Bus schedules and maps are available online at www.therta.com

Train

Amtrak train service is available from Worcester at Union Station, located five minutes by car from campus.  Schedule and fare information is available online at www. amtrak.com.

Commuter rail service between Worcester and Boston is provided by Amtrak and the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority/MBTA. Search Amtrak schedules and fares online using the search terms WOR [Worcester] and BOS [Boston].  MBTA schedules and fares are available on the Worcester Commuter Station section of the MBTA website.

 

For additional questions, contact the Passport Director, Justine Fisher, at Passport@holycross.edu.