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

2018 Summer Program

You’ll begin your journey in our four-week Summer Program where you’ll live in Mansfield’s residence halls, eat in our dining hall, and enroll in an English class and a general education elective class. To help ease your transition, you’ll participate in supplemental, critical reading instruction that will provide you with the tools you’ll need to master college level reading. You’ll also have access to peer mentoring, academic advising, tutoring, study labs, and workshops.

And the Summer Program extends beyond the classroom! You’ll engage in weekend events, field trips, and leadership activities that are designed to help you meet your classmates and peer mentors. In addition, you’ll attend cultural activities and theatre performances off campus. These adventures and challenges will build your confidence by inspiring you to leave your comfort zone and learn new things!

2018 Fall Program

After successfully completing the Summer Program, you’ll transition to your first semester at Mansfield University by enrolling as a full-time student. At this time, you’ll continue to receive personalized academic support and access to study labs, concentrated study groups, content reading, tutoring, peer mentoring, workshops, and supplemental instruction.

"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 - Sunday, July 22, 2018 (9am - 2pm)
  • Programming Kickoff - Sunday, July 22, 2018
  • Classes Begin - Monday, July 23, 2018
  • Last Day of Classes - Tuesday, August 21, 2018
  • Finals & Residence Hall Transition - Wednesday August 22, 2018
  • New Student Welcome- Thursday-Sunday, August 23-26, 2018
  • Fall Classes Begin - Monday, August 27, 2018


One of the most important aspects of the Gateway Program is the meaningful connections that you’ll make with our mentors, academic advisors, faculty, and members of the Mansfield University community. You will not only meet other students through educational and social activities, but also develop a strong network of friends that will remain with you for your entire college career and possibly beyond.


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.