The Gateway2NKU Program has a simple application. Please read the instructions on applying first.

If you are not yet enrolled at GCTC, apply for admission to GCTC and enroll in an Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, or Associate of Applied Science degree plan.

Once you are admitted to Gateway, just fill out the Gateway2NKU application found here.

Your application will be reviewed for eligibility by Gateway, forwarded to NKU, and reviewed for eligibility by NKU. You will be notified of the status by either Gateway or NKU.  Note: You will need to maintain at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA throughout the program.


Work together with your advisor or counselor to establish an appropriate pathway for transfer.

Contact Kelsey Haskins at bevinsk1@nku.edu or 859-572-5990

Gateway to NKU - two degrees, one path

Welcome to the Gateway2NKU Transfer Site

This site is provided for transfer assistance for students working toward the completion of an associate degree designed for transfer from Gateway Community and Technical College who plan to transfer to Northern Kentucky University.  The information provided on this web site does not take the place of an advisor or counselor on your campus. 

Gateway2NKU Dual-Enrollment Partnership

Gateway2NKU is a dual-enrollment partnership between Gateway Community & Technical College and Northern Kentucky University.  The program is designed for GCTC students who intend to complete an Associate of Arts or Sciences (AA or AS) and then transfer to NKU.

Students enrolled in this program are eligible to take up to 12 credit hours (or four courses) of pre-major and major coursework at NKU while pursuing an AA or AS degree at GCTC. Gateway2NKU students pay the GCTC tuition rate to NKU for the allotted 12 credit hours of NKU courses. Students taking classes at NKU through the program will also pay part-time student fees per credit hour. Some courses may also incur specific charges from the respective college. Students pay for their GCTC and NKU bills separately.

The 12 credit hours (or four courses) must be spread out over the span of several semesters. The number of courses a student is able to take at NKU in a given semester is based on earned and in-progress hours. Students with 15 earned and in-progress hours are eligible to take their first course at NKU. Once students have at least 30 earned and in-progress hours, they are eligible to take a second course at NKU. After 45 earned and in-progress hours, students can take their last two courses. If a student has 45 or more earned and in progress hours but has yet to take any classes at NKU through the Gateway2NKU program, he or she would be eligible to take two courses in the first semester of the program.

Students must never exceed the maximum of two courses at NKU in any given semester through the Gateway2NKU program.

Students enrolled in the Gateway2NKU program are eligible to take courses at NKU that are not offered at GCTC or online through KCTCS.

While enrolled in NKU courses through the program, students are not eligible to take courses at NKU above and beyond the Gateway2NKU program courses.

Pathways to Degree Completion

The Pathways (PDC’s) are advising tools designed to help community college students plan for transferring to NKU to complete their baccalaureate degree. The PDC’s also constitute an agreement between community colleges and universities confirming that community college courses meet major preparation requirements.

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Program Benefits

  • Assigned academic advisors at both NKU and Gateway
  • Access to NKU events and facilities (e.g., sporting events, Rec Center)
  • Up to four NKU classes at the Gateway tuition rate
  • Transfer Coordinator to assist in transitioning
  • Access to NKU resources (e.g., Library, Tutoring)

Program Requirements

  • Must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours at GCTC
  • Enrolled in an Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, or Associate of Applied Science degree program
  • Plan to transfer to NKU 
  • Maintain a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA at GCTC 
  • Must have at least 15 earned and in-progress credit hours to be eligible to take your first course at NKU through the Gateway2NKU program