How To Apply

Gateway to College Eligibility Requirements

  • Between the ages of 16-20 *Must be able to graduate by the age of 21
  • A resident of Alameda County
  • Must be behind in high school credits or dropped out of high school

Application Process

Step 1: Complete Our Student Interest List

  • Fill out all information to the best of your ability
  • Contact the GTC office if you are having trouble or need assistance filling out the form


Step 2: Attend An Information Session (Reservations Required)

Info sessions are essential to learning about our program structure, requirements, and expectations. There is also a time for attendees to ask for clarification on any questions.


Step 3: Complete An Application Packet

  • After students attends an Information Session they will receive follow up email with the upcoming semester application attached
  • Students must request a copy of transcripts from all high schools they have attended
  • Students must complete the Consent to Release Confidential Information Form (Anyone under 18 will need a guardian’s signature)
  • The School District Information Form must be taken to the last school attended to have a representative fill it out

*Please do not provide Social Security Numbers within any Applications. We will contact potential students and guardians regarding additional information.

Step 4: Participate In An Individual Interview

  • Following the submission of an application and transcripts, our office will reach out to schedule an interview on the Laney campus
  • Interviews allow staff to get to know prospective students experiences, goals, and expectations
  • Interviews typically take 30 minutes, but may vary

Step 5: Student Selection Committee Review

  • The Student Selection Committee will review all applications
  • Students are evaluated and accepted based on eligibility requirements, readiness, and availability of spaces
  • It is a competitive process – Acceptance is not guaranteed
  • Applicants will be contacted within 5 business days regarding an acceptance decision

If for some reason, you do not receive a call and/or notification letter, please call us to check on your status. MAKE SURE CONTACT INFORMATION ON FILE IS UP TO DATE. 

Good luck and thank you for your interest in the Gateway to College Program!