Gateway Program

The University of Minnesota Morris Gateway Program is a three-week residential summer bridge program for incoming first-year students extending from mid-July to early August.

Gateway provides an opportunity before your first semester at UMN Morris for you to

  • sharpen your academic writing and data analysis skills,
  • develop your strategies for time and stress management,
  • learn about co-curricular opportunities and student support resources on campus, and
  • develop a community of peers and mentors.

It's useful to know the following before signing up for the Gateway Program:

  • Housing and meals throughout the program are provided at no cost to you.
  • You must complete all parts of the program to receive college credit.
  • You can enroll in the program by directly emailing Clement Loo or by filling out the sign-up form.

Sign Up for Gateway FAQs

Benefits of Gateway

You will gain many benefits as a Gateway Scholar, including opportunities to

  • further strengthen your academic writing and data analysis skills before the beginning of the semester;
  • develop tools and skills for time and stress management;
  • learn about opportunities related to leadership, work study, recreation, and culture on campus;
  • work with faculty, staff, and peer mentors to consider how you might best use the opportunities available at UMN Morris to achieve your long-term career and life goals;
  • meet and get to know faculty, staff, and other students who will help you become more successful as a student and a leader;
  • build friendships and a community on campus before starting the academic year;
  • become familiar with campus;
  • join a community of hundreds of previous Gateway Scholars who have higher persistence and graduation rates when compared to students who did not participate in Gateway;
  • earn four college credits at no cost to you; and
  • have fun!
Gateway Format, Objectives, and Activities

Program format

  • Three-week-long summer residential bridge program extending from mid-July to early August
  • 30 to 40 Gateway scholars per year, assigned to cohorts of approximately five students each, with a peer mentor who is among the most successful current UMN Morris students

Program objectives

Gateway is designed to give you a head start in developing scholarly and leadership skills at the college level, become more familiar with campus, and, most importantly, develop a social network with peers and a support network of staff and faculty.

Program activities

  • Classes in quantitative literacy, academic writing, wellness, and leadership and student success skills
  • Workshops about campus culture, engagement and co-curricular opportunities, and managing time and finances
  • Cultural and social programming (culture hours, meals featuring cultural foods cooked by Gateway participants, game nights, murder mysteries, art nights, dances, intramural sports, field trips, etc.)
  • Opportunities to meet faculty, staff, and leaders from student organizations
  • Mentorship from peer mentors, program coordinator, program faculty, and student success and support staff from across campus
  • Living together in one of UMN Morris's residence halls and building community with a cohort of other Gateway students during the program

Typical Gateway Daily Schedule

8–9 a.m.—Breakfast in the campus dining hall

9–10:20 a.m.—English/writing class

10:30–11:50 a.m.—Positive psychology class

12–1 p.m.—Lunch in the campus dining hall

1–2:20 p.m.—Quantitative literacy class

2:30–3 p.m.— Free time

3–4:30 p.m.—Community engagement project

4:30–5 p.m.—Free time

5–5:30 p.m.—Dinner in the campus dining hall

5:30–6:30 p.m.—Free time

6:30–8:30 p.m.—Homework


What to Bring
  • Business casual clothing
  • Clothing suitable for outdoor activities
  • Swimwear
  • Clothing suitable for painting or doing potentially messy laboratory activities
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Bedding (blankets, sheets, pillows)
  • Toiletries
    • Towels
    • Shower sandals
    • Shower caddy
    • Regular toiletries
    • Hygiene supplies
  • Basic school supplies
  • Medications
  • Backpack
  • A sense of adventure

Meet Our Staff

Clement Loo

Clement Loo

Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies
Coordinator, Gateway
Coordinator, Sustainable Leaders for the Future