How to Apply for the Gateway to College Program
- 16 to 20 years old,
- An Oakland resident, and
- Behind in high school credits for age/grade and have left or intend to leave high school at the end of the term?
…then you may be eligible for Gateway to College!
5-Step Application Process
Step 1: Complete an Application Packet
- Get and complete the entire application packet, and please don’t forget to sign page three. The application packet can be mailed to you by calling 510.986.6941, picked up in person at Laney College at 900 Fallon Street, Building A, in Room 203 (second floor), or downloaded here.
- Prepare your written answers to the 3 essay questions; both handwritten and typed responses will be accepted.
- Request a copy of your transcripts from all high schools that you have attended.
- Complete the Consent to Release Confidential Information Form, sign it, and, if you are under the age of 18, have your parent or guardian sign it as well.
- Take the School District Information Form to the last school attended, and request that a school representative fill out and sign it.
Step 2: Attend an Information Session (Reservations are Required)
Information Sessions are at Laney College, Building A in Room 203 (on second floor). The schedule of upcoming sessions is here.
Make sure to reserve your place at an Information Session by calling Gateway to College at 510.986.6941, or by emailing us at email@example.com.
Please plan to arrive about 15 minutes early and bring all your application materials to the Information Session. These include your application packet, your essays, your transcripts, and your completed School District Information Form. You should also bring a pen and some paper to take notes, and perhaps a list of questions you might have ahead of time.
At the Information Session, you will:
- Take a 20 minute test to assess your reading level; you must be able to read at an eighth grade level to be eligible for the program.
- Learn more about the structure, requirements, and benefits of the program.
- Have a chance to ask questions about the program.
- Have your application materials reviewed to make sure you meet all basic eligibility requirements.
- Meet key Gateway to College staff members.
- Have an opportunity to share more about why you are interested in this program.
Important: If you are driving, you may park at the meters on 10th or 8th Streets. Be prepared to pay for parking while you attend the Information Session, Course Placement Decisions, and the Individual Interview.
Step 3: Complete Evaluations to Inform Course Placement Decisions
After the Information Session, if you meet the eligibility requirements and demonstrate at least an eighth grade reading level on your reading test, you will be scheduled to return to our office to complete additional English, Reading, and Math evaluations to inform your course placements. In total, these assessments will take approximately two hours to complete.
These evaluations give you the opportunity to show us that you have the reading, writing, and math skills necessary to achieve success in an academic environment. These follow-up appointments will require 100% attendance, and you must be on time to each session. If you are late, you will have to reschedule for a future date.
You cannot schedule appointments for course placement evaluations without attending an Information Session first.
Step 4: Participate in an Individual Interview
Once you have completed all of the required assessments, you will be scheduled for an individual interview.
Your interview will be one-on-one with a Gateway to College staff member, and will allow you to discuss any questions you have about the program. This is our chance to get to know you in an individual setting and learn more about your strengths and your motivation.
Interviews will typically be about half an hour long but can be longer.
Step 5: Student Selection Committee Review
The Student Selection Committee will review all applications for the program. This is a competitive process, and acceptance to the program is not guaranteed as space is limited.
The Student Selection Committee will be evaluating applicants based on the following factors:
- Meets all the eligibility requirements.
- Application is complete, and all application materials were turned in by the date of the interview.
- Achieves the minimum standard scores on all course placement.
- Displays positive behavior, attitude, and participation at the Course Placement tests.
- Completes the Individual Interview.
- Expresses a commitment to completing the Gateway to College program.
You will be notified by letter of the Student Selection Committee’s decision. If you are accepted, you will also receive an invitation to attend the New Student Orientation, during which you will get your class schedule, learn about program policies, expectations, and procedures, meet your counselor, receive information about books, go on a campus tour, and learn about Laney College and Gateway policies. Please note that New Student Orientation attendance and participation is mandatory! If you are unable to participate in the Orientation you may be waitlisted for the following term.
If for some reason, you do not receive a call and/or notification letter, please call us at 510.986.6941 to check on your status. If you haven’t heard from us, do not wait until the first day of classes to check on your acceptance status. We are not responsible for mail not getting to you if you did not give us an accurate address and/or if you have moved since you applied and did not provide us with your new address.
Good luck and thank you for your interest in the Gateway to College Program!