The Gateway Program

The Gateway Program

Mansfield University's Gateway Program...

  • promotes a successful transition from high school to college
  • provides students with a head start on college
  • fosters the skills and behaviors necessary for success in college, that are valued by employers, and that will last a lifetime

2017 Summer Program

The first component features an intensive, accelerated, four week summer program.  Students take two credit-bearing college courses, live in MU's residence halls, and eat in MU's dining halls.  The instruction consists of an English class and a general elective class.  Supplemental critical reading instruction provides students with the tools to master college level reading.  Peer mentoring, academic advising, tutoring, study labs, supplemental instruction, and workshops are some of the tools used to build student success.  The benefits of the program extend beyond the classroom and include weekend discovery learning and field trips designed to increase social skills and confidence, promote leadership abilities and personal development, and encourage respect for oneself and others through diverse and cultural experiences.

2017 Fall Program

The second component consists of continued personalized extra academic support during the fall semester.  Study labs, concentrated study groups, content reading, tutoring, peer mentoring, workshops, and supplemental instruction provide a bridge from summer program to a full course load during the fall semester.

"College Knowledge"

Students in the Gateway program will have the opportunity to build study, time management, organization, note taking, writing, reading, communication, and computer literacy skills; discover their preferred learning style and learn academic problem solving strategies; gain strategies to reduce test anxiety and increase testing success; learn about college-level expectations; and engage in career counseling.

Gateway Program Important Dates

  • Move-in Day - Friday, July 21, 2017
  • Orientation - Saturday, July 22, 2017
  • Commencement - Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 6pm
  • Programming - Sunday, July 23, 2017
  • Classes Begin - Monday, July 24, 2017
  • Last Day of Classes - Tuesday, August 22, 2017
  • Finals & Residence Hall Transition - Wednesday August 23, 2017
  • New Student Welcome- Thursday-Sunday, August 24-27, 2017
  • Fall Classes Begin - Monday, August 28, 2017


Students in the Gateway program will have the opportunity to forge the meaningful connections that research has shown to play an important role in college success.  Students will develop connections to mentors, academic advisors, course faculty, and other members of the MU support community who may help them during the academic year.  Program participants will also have the opportunity to bond with other students through academic and social activities, allowing them to develop a network that can sustain them through the entirety of their college career.


Students must achieve a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the summer program to be accepted for full matriculation to MU in the fall semester.

The Mission of The Gateway Program

The Gateway Program provides students access to and support in higher education at Mansfield University. We offer a wide range of student support services that engage students in their academic development. The program promotes active student participation and individual responsibility as they assess and identify their academic goals and needs. 

The Vision of The Gateway Program

The Gateway Program aspires to provide students with access to higher education with support for their personal and academic development and success, resulting in matriculation into an appropriate degree program at Mansfield University.