How do I apply to the Gateway Program and what are the requirements for program acceptance?
The Gateway Program does not require an application. The Office of Admissions notifies us of all admitted eligible students (students of color/first generation college students/students from low-income backgrounds). Preference for the limited slots is given to students who meet multiple criteria. Once we receive notification of eligibility, we send all admitted students an invitation to the program. The only requirement we have is that you are admitted and fully committed to attending the University of Minnesota, Morris.
How much does attending Gateway cost?
The program is free to all participants. The Gateway Program pays for your tuition, room, board, meals, books, and entrance to weekend activities for the duration of the program. Transportation and other personal costs are not included.
Which classes will I take?
The Gateway Program offers an umbrella course with three components: English, digital media computer skills, and math. Students will take a pre-test at the beginning of the program to assess the level of knowledge in mathematics. This way we can tailor the course work to your academic level and maximize your skills as you progress through the program. You will need to complete each component successfully in order to receive the four credits.
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 are the benefits?
The benefits of Gateway are numerous. Some of the benefits students most often report are:
- meeting other students of color and make long lasting friendships;
- preparing for life at college;
- learning early how to navigate the Morris campus in a supportive environment;
- receiving four tuition free credits in an umbrella course that encompasses math, English and digital media computer skills.
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.