So I completed all of the main quests for the College of Winterhold and didn't go back to the college for a while. When I go back to complete a side quest the gate is closed and it says I need a key to get in. I see people standing on the inside with the orb but too far away to talk to. I have an arch mage key but that won't let me in. Anyone know how I can get back in?
Just an idea, you can get into the midden if you do a little bit of platforming and mountain climbing, and from there you can get into the College.
And yes, before anyone asks, the midden is infested with enemies and although it is hard to get in, it is possible to do so.