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Gateway Program

The University of Minnesota, Morris Gateway Program, a four- week summer course to build college skills prior to beginning of fall first semester, invites talented students from under-represented groups to develop their educational and career aspirations.

Gateway provides an environment conducive to learning and personal development, with dedicated staff, faculty, and peer mentors to assist new students in adapting to college life.

This intensive residential experience, which begins mid-July and runs four weeks, builds relationships, prepares you for college, and paves the way for your success.

PROGRAM BENEFITS

  • A four-week, four-credit jump-start to college experiences, with classes across the liberal arts, in the sciences, humanities, and social sciences
  • All expenses paid (tuition, room & board, and activities)
  • Intensive experience at a nationally ranked, public liberal arts college known for academic challenge, close relationships, and a student-centered, people-powered approach to success.
  • Workshops in areas such as academic planning, career preparation, financial literacy and wellbeing
  • Experiences among a talented and diverse group of 30-40 rising first-year students and mentors
  • Mentoring and tutoring by successful Morris students from similar backgrounds
  • Participation in cultural and recreational activities
  • Positive and supportive relationships

How to Apply

In order to receive an invitation to participate in the Gateway Program, it is important to apply early to UMM as space is limited. The UMM Office of Admissions advises EDI of newly admitted, incoming students who are eligible for Gateway, including low-income and first-generation students, Native American students, students of color, and students with disabilities. Gateway staff extend personal invitations to eligible students. An invitation is based upon a student’s likelihood of success in the Gateway program and at UMM.

Questions? Contact Dr. Clement Loo, Coordinator of the Gateway Program: cloo@morris.umn.edu

FAQs

WHAT ABOUT MY SUMMER EMPLOYMENT?

This is a decision that you will ultimately have to make. However, students who attend Gateway report that the benefits of Gateway far outweigh the benefits of a summer job. Some students take jobs that end just before Gateway starts so they get the best of both worlds. Finally, keeping in mind that there is no cost for the Gateway program, you could say that the college credit you are earning while in the program is worth more than you might be able to make at any summer job.

WHAT DO WE DO DURING THE WEEKENDS?

Events to be determined.

CAN I LEAVE DURING THE WEEKENDS?

Your commitment to the program is for five weeks and this includes weekends. Some of the best parts of the Gateway Program are weekend activities, and we want you to get the fullest experience. Extenuating circumstances will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

IS IT FUN?

Nearly all students report that Gateway was the highlight of their University of Minnesota, Morris experience and a great way tobegin their time in Morris. Although we try to have fun in all we do, keep in mind you will be taking college classes and that academic work will be required.

WILL THERE BE INTERNET ACCESS?

Yes, for those of you with a computer, the residence halls have high-speed Internet hookups in each room. Along with this, there are numerous wireless hot spots including many areas of the residence halls, the Campus Mall, the Multi-Ethnic Resource Center, and nearly all of the Student Center.

DO I NEED A COMPUTER?

You do not need a computer at Morris. We have many computer labs containing both Macs and PCs; some of them are open 24 hours.

WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY DURING GATEWAY LOOK LIKE?

To answer this question we asked one of our previous Gateway students to tell us about a typical day for her:

“I usually woke up around 8 a.m. and was in the shower by 8:10. Then I would head to breakfast before my first class, which was math. Usually after math class, I was wide-awake. Math was a caffeine replacement. There’s just something about doing a multi-step problem that gets me going. Next was computer science. The professor always planned a cool project for us to do. Oh wow, time to grub again, because lunch followed computer science. During lunchtime, I learned something very important that will help me for the next four years here at Morris. You can never go wrong with a bagel and cream cheese! After lunch we had English class, followed by a training or workshop. Oh boy—after a long day of learning and eating came some leisure time. A whole 45 minutes to myself! Dinner was next, bagel with cream cheese sounds good. Lastly, and finally, some leisure time (also known as homework time). I would spend two hours doing my homework and then I would go socialize with my Gateway friends. Oh, how I miss those water fights, playing cards, being right all the time. Wait! I still do that.”

—Latrice Robinson Gateway Student ‘04

WILL I GET TO MEET WITH FACULTY IN MY MAJOR?

You will have free time during which you can meet with professors in your major, if you want. Also, we plan many opportunities for you to meet with Morris faculty, staff, and other students such as the welcome luncheon and the closing Gateway dinner.

WILL I NEED TO TAKE THE MATH, ENGLISH, OR DIGITAL MEDIA COMPUTER SKILLS CLASS IF I TESTED INTO A HIGHER LEVEL MATH, ENGLISH OR DIGITAL MEDIA COMPUTER SKILLS CLASS?

Because Gateway is one umbrella course with three components rather than three smaller courses, you need to attend all classes. In order to pass the class you have to pass each component. If you do not find the courses challenging, talk to your professors. They can usually alter your assignments to challenge you more.

CAN I HAVE VISITORS?

Yes, you can have visitors as long as your roommate doesn’t mind and it doesn’t interfere with program participation. In some cases relatives or significant others have come up for the day to visit Gateway participants.

IS THERE A CURFEW?

No, there is no curfew for Gateway. However, we expect you to act in a responsible manner taking into consideration the amount of time you need for rest and study. We also expect you to be on time for classes, meetings, and activities.

WHAT DO I DO AFTER GATEWAY IS OVER?

Some people choose to go home for the few weeks between Gateway and new student orientation. Some people choose to stay on campus until orientation. Either way, the choice is yours.