Gateway2NKU | GCTC



Gateway2NKU program is a dual enrollment partnership between Gateway Community & Technical College and Northern Kentucky University. The program is designed for Gateway students who intend to complete an associate degree at Gateway and then transfer to NKU for a bachelor's degree.

There are many benefits to the program:

  • Students are eligible to take up to 12 credit hours (four courses) of major and pre-major coursework at NKU while pursuing their associate degree at Gateway and pay the Gateway rate for them.
  • Students will be assigned a transfer advisor from NKU to assist with registration and provide personalized academic advising.
  • Students are guaranteed admission to NKU upon completion of their associate degree.
  • Students will have all general education requirements fulfilled at NKU if they complete an Associate in Arts or Science at Gateway.
  • Students receive priority registration at NKU.
  • Students can utilize campus resources and participate in student clubs and organizations, access student services like the career center, receive an NKU student ID, attend sporting events, have the option to purchase a parking pass at a reduced rate, and even live on campus at NKU (additional fees apply).
  • Student application, orientation, enrollment, and transcript fees are waived at the time of transfer application.
  • Students will be admitted to NKU with Junior standing.

Gateway2NKU Application and Additional Information can be found here.

Academic Pathways and Completion Guides

Scholarship Opportunities


  • 2.0 GPA
  • Enrolled at Gateway Community & Technical College


  • Students complete Gateway2NKU Dual Enrollment application
  • Application approved by Gateway
  • Student(s) admitted/enrolled as a non-degree seeking student at NKU
  • Graduate from Gateway with A.A., A.S., or A.A.S. degree


  • Upon transfer, students quality for the $2,500/year KCTCS Scholars Award – if enrolling full-time at NKU – with at least 36 hours completed with a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Out-of-state transfers from Gateway will quality for a Gateway scholarship to cover the difference between non-resident tuition and in-statue tuition when transferring with an associate degree


  • Up to four NKU courses at Gateway’s tuition rate
  • Access to advising at both Gateway and NKU
  • Eligible to live in NKU housing (subject to availability)
  • Access to NKU resources such as tutoring, library, campus recreation center, theatre events, and student clubs/organizations
  • Gateway2NKU-specific orientation
  • Dedicated resources on Gateway’s campus to assist with transfer
  • Committed resources to student and career success

river city promise schoolsStudents graduating from Bellevue, Dayton, Holmes, Lloyd, Ludlow, and Newport High Schools in Kentucky after May 2020 are eligible for the River City Promise Program. Federal Pell eligible students will receive a scholarship to cover tuition. It is renewable for up to 12 semesters or six years.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Graduate of Bellevue, Dayton, Holmes, Lloyd, Ludlow, or Newport High School
  • Be Federal Pell Grant eligible
  • First-time Freshman enrolled directly into Gateway upon high school graduation
  • Remain continuously enrolled at Gateway
  • Be a Gateway2NKU program participant*
  • Maintain minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA at Gateway
  • Graduate of Gateway in an Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, or Associate in Applied Science degree program
  • Enroll at NKU directly from Gateway
  • NKU full-time (earn minimum 12 hours a semester) upon transfer to NKU
  • Completed FAFSA application and all related documents by July 15
  • Maintain a continuing student status and remain in good academic standing at both institutions 

Transfer Tuesdays

Use these videos to learn more about the Gateway2NKU program and more details about the various steps along the process


A student will notify Transfer Services at Gateway when they apply to graduate. A transcript will be sent at no cost from Gateway to NKU for admissions processing for students in the program. A student will need to request a final transcript from Gateway once they receive their final grades from Gateway.

For questions about enrolling in the program, contact the Gateway Transfer Services at or (859) 815-7681. For information at NKU services and advising, contact the NKU Transfer Services Office at (859) 572-5220.

A student in the Gateway2NKU program must be enrolled at least part-time (6 hours) each semester at Gateway (summers excluded) and remain in good academic standing which means maintaining a minimum 2.0 GPA. A student whose GPA is below 2.0 for two consecutive semesters will be removed from the program. A student can appeal for reinstatement once their GPA rises above a 2.0. Students also must select one of the Academic Pathways to a bachelors degree undecided students are not eligible to participate in the Gateway2NKU program.

Begin your application above. Applications are also available in the Gateway Transfer Services. A student completes the application and returns it to the Gateway Transfer Services. Once a students application is verified, NKU will send the student information about orientation, advising, services, etc. Students will then attend an Orientation on NKU's campus to receive further instructions. Deadlines for benefits eligibility at NKU:

  • Fall Semester eligibility: application due by August 1.
  • Spring Semester eligibility: application due by December 1.
  • Summer term eligibility: application due by May 1.

There is no cost to apply or participate in the program. Some services at NKU, such as student health and parking, require an additional fee.

Students will have access to their regular Gateway academic advisor as normal. An NKU advisor will be assigned to the student at Orientation.
Students must have contact with their NKU advisor before they register for a course. A Gateway2NKU student is eligible to take their first course at NKU after earning 15 credit hours at Gateway. The student is eligible to take a second class after earning 30 credit hours and up to two more after earning 45 credit hours. The NKU transfer advisor must approve the registration and will assist the student with the process. Students may not take courses at NKU if the equivalent course is being offered at Gateway during that term.
When a Gateway2NKU student takes a class at NKU, they will receive two bills for that semester one from Gateway and one from NKU. The NKU class will be billed at the current Gateway tuition rate. Students receiving financial aid must complete a Financial Aid Consortium Form, available in the Gateway Financial Aid Office or at this link, when they plan to take a course at NKU.

Please note: Students will pay Gateway rates for their NKU pathway courses. The bill for the NKU class will initially show NKU rates but will be modified to the current Gateway tuition rate once the students financial aid is received. For questions about billing of NKU courses, please contact the NKU Transfer Services at (859) 572-5547.

Yes, courses may be taken through the Greater Cincinnati Consortium of Colleges and Universities ( however, students taking classes solely through the Consortium will not be able to access NKU student services.

Students must request an official copy of their NKU transcript be sent to the registrars office at Gateway to receive credit for their NKU courses. There is a $7 fee for an official transcript.

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