Applicant Guide

Before you begin the online admissions process, please read the instructions below.

To access the Gateway to Prep Schools Knowledgebase, which contains answers to frequently asked questions, or to contact a Gateway team member for a prompt response to your online application questions, please visit the Help site .

Applicant Profile:

The first step in the application process after registration is completing an applicant profile . Your applicant profile contains basic information about you and your background. Any forms you start that require this information will automatically pre-fill with the answers from your applicant profile . Completing your applicant profile saves you the time it would take to fill out basic information for each form.

The Gateway to Prep Schools contains seven sections, each designated by the following navigation items:


Gateway_checklist The Checklist allows you to quickly check the status of all your forms at a glance. It provides the real time submission status of your applications, supplements, additional forms, and payment (if the school accepts online payment through the Gateway to Prep Schools).

For help using the Checklist, click the CHECKLIST HELP button on the Checklist page. The controls available on the Checklist page are also available on each of the Application pages listed below.

My Schools:

The My Schools page allows you to browse all the Gateway to Prep Schools member schools. Here you will be able to add and remove the schools to which you would like to apply. Be sure that you select the appropriate application type (Day or Board) and grade level for your academic status.

You can learn more about each school by clicking on the ( ) next to their name. Additional information includes:


  • Contact Information
  • Application Requirements
  • Required Tests

My Advisers:

The My Advisers page allows you to invite one or more advisers to help monitor progress on your applications. Inviting an adviser to access your checklists will give them the ability to view the status of all your forms; they will not be able to read or edit the forms. You may invite an adviser or revoke access from an adviser at any time during the application process.

Part 1: Candidate Profile:

The Candidate Profile is the primary common form accepted by all participating schools. This form, commonly thought of as the Part 1 , gives schools a basic sense of who you are, what you have done and where you have been. "Who, What, and Where" are the focus of the Candidate Profile.

Provides access to online payment links, which allow you to submit your application fees to selected schools online. Many schools accept online payment through the Gateway to Prep Schools. This is the simplest and most secure method of paying your application fees. After submitting, you will instantly be taken to a confirmation page verifying that schools have received your payment.

Part 2: Supplements:

The more interesting questions of "How" and "Why" appear in each school's Essay and Short Answer section, commonly thought of as Part 2 of the application. Typically, each school designs its own questions based on what they value and seek in candidates for admission. You may access schools' essay and short answer sections through this section. Some schools require a Parent Statement which is also included in this section.

Part 3: Recommendations:

Your recommendations allow schools to learn more about you from your teachers, parents, mentors and peers. Typically schools require a Transcript Report, Principal/Counselor Recommendation, English Teacher Recommendation and Math Teacher Recommendation, but each school varies. On the Part 3 page you will find links to request the recommendation forms that each school requires. You will need the name and email address of your recommenders in order to request these forms.


This section will be unavailable until Part 1 has been submitted. The Payment page allows you to keep track of application fees and fee waivers for all of your schools that accept payment online through Gateway to Prep Schools.