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Summer Passport

Summer Passport is the four-week residential component of the program held before fall semester classes begin. 

During Summer Passport invited students have the opportunity to:

  • Earn one unit of academic credit for completing one course designed and taught by Holy Cross faculty.
  • Participate in skill-building workshops (time management, study skills, effective reading strategies, exam preparation).
  • Form a supportive community on campus through classmates, Pathfinders, faculty, staff, and administrators.
  • Become familiar with the community off campus through field trips and tours.
  • Participate in campus experiential learning workshops and opportunities.

At the end of the summer portion students will start the fall semester by participating in Fall Gateways.

Summer Passport Courses

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Passport summer pre-orientation program is being replaced with a virtual program called College Transition Program. The courses scheduled for Passport Class of 2024 are cancelled.. The courses for the Passport Class of 2023 were:

Topics in Math: Quantitative Reasoning (1 section)
This course develops critical skills in quantitative analysis and deductive reasoning, which are particularly relevant to the study of science and the social sciences. Improves mathematical literacy crucial for better understanding of various facets of modern life, for achieving success in the workplace, and for becoming well-informed citizens and voters. Topics include unit analysis, percentages, basics of probability and statistics, mathematical modeling with linear and exponential functions, and applications to arts and voting.
Satisfies Common Area Requirement: Math

The Elements of Writing Argument (3 sections)
This course is an introduction to academic writing with an emphasis on writing from sources.  The course will focus on the writing process, organization, style, revision, editing, documentation, and use of the library. Students will have the opportunity to read and discuss selections from professional and student writers, to express and develop their ideas clearly in reflective, expository, and persuasive papers, and to develop their own writing styles and voices.  The course will center on reading, thinking, and writing critically.  In this class we will explore writing in a variety of contexts to understand how the particular language that is writing acts to shape, define, and often change the world around us.
Satisfies Common Area Requirement: Free Elective

Students will be informed of their Passport course placement upon arrival on campus Sunday, August 4th. Placement is determined by Holy Cross faculty and Passport administrators after reviewing a number of factors including, but not limited to: Passport Writing Diagnostic, Qualitative Literacy & Reasoning Assessment, potential major(s), and high school transcript.

Students in classroom

Sample Schedule

Wondering what happens at Summer Passport? Review last year's schedule.