Gateway to College

In partnership with the Gateway to College National Network and the Providence and Pawtucket School Districts, UC offers students who have left high school before graduation or who are not on track to graduate with their peers the chance to earn their high school diplomas while earning college credit at the same time in a fresh, supportive college environment.

At our Gateway to College program, we celebrate the drive, dedication and desire to be successful that motivates students to re-commit to their education and take charge of their lives. We know what it is like to be unsure, to face competing demands, and to need support to achieve a goal. We have an open door approach and believe that everyone can achieve what they set their minds to, and our team is looking forward to welcoming and supporting students.

How Does It Work?


Students in Providence and Pawtucket apply by attending an information session, interviewing, and submitting an application, complete with entrance essays. We then work with students’ sending districts to obtain transcripts and other necessary educational records.

Once accepted, Gateway to College contracts with Providence and Pawtucket school districts to offer students admission to the program, which covers the cost of tuition and books. Accepted students take classes in Providence at Roger Williams University’s School of Continuing Studies.

GtC-Logo-Teal-Small_2.jpgStudents can expect to be in class for about 15 hours a week and should commit to approximately 3-4 hours of homework per day. Schedules may look different depending on the number of credits students have already completed, but all entering students take a foundational semester together as a cohort. In-person and online tutors are available at the SCS campus in Providence for math, writing, science, networking and security, health sciences, or research and writing, and students can work with our Student Services and Support Coordinator to connect with tutors for other classes as well.

Our program pairs students with a Student Resource Specialist dedicated to their success. Student Resource Specialists work with students to develop their college identities, teach them about organization and time management, and connect them with community, career, and college resources. Students meet one-on-one with their Student Resource Specialist on a weekly basis, and also meet once weekly altogether as a cohort for Fam Time.

Who’s Eligible?

Students who are:

  • From Providence or Pawtucket school districts
  • Between the ages of 16-24
  • Behind in credits to graduate
  • Committed to re-engaging in their education

Students should plan to attend an information session with a supportive sponsor, whether that be a parent, other family member, or a friend committed to seeing them through the important decision to re-engage with their education.

Please note, because the program requires a strong commitment, it’s best if students work fewer than 25 hours a week.

Tell Me More!

Our Gateway to College program is part of a national network with 40 programs around the country. To learn more about the National Network, please visit their website. To check out what we are up to, please visit our blog.

RWU UC Gateway Team
Elin Riggs - Interim Gateway to College Program Director
Celia Scurry - Gateway to College Program Assistant

If you’d like more information or want to apply for our Gateway to College program, inquire below and we’ll be in touch!