Gateway to Success Programming

Octavius Blount"The Gateway program gave me an idea of what to expect from classes. I took three courses in a short amount of time and learned how to manage my time in order to be successful. The courses and professors also prepared me for what the classroom setting is like and how to handle the change from high school."
—Octavius Blount ’15
Pre-Med Club, Puro Ritmo (Latin Dance Group), Roman Catholic High School, Philadelphia

Student Take Ownership of Their Education

The Gateway to Success program is designed to help students succeed in college, but students have a responsibility to use the programming and campus resources designed to help meet their needs while they are at Arcadia. Students are expected to utilize career guidance, study skills courses, one-on-one counseling, and peer and faculty mentors during their first year. Throughout their undergraduate career, they are expected to participate in one-on-one counseling.

Residential Summer Program

Most Gateway students begin their transition to college early, starting with a residential Summer Program at Arcadia. Students may be required and are encouraged to participate in this rigorous five-week, college-level, credit-bearing residential program. Current Arcadia students, faculty, and staff work together to challenge and nurture new students during this time. Members of this collaborative network include residential staff, faculty members, peer and professional mentors and tutors, counselors, and other support staff. Pennsylvania residents who qualify for the ACT 101 program will not be charged a fee for the Summer Program.

Christina Parke"The Gateway to Success program helped to give me an idea of what to expect from the moment I walked through Arcadia’s doors. I took a class that helped me to set goals and showed me what was expected of me throughout my four years of college. At Arcadia, you’re not just a number—you receive personal one-on-one attention and always have someone to help you figure out your academic expectations and goals."
—Christina Parke ’13
Communications Major, London Preview, East Stroudsburg High School North

The Summer Program Schedule


  • A credit-bearing English course
  • Credit-bearing content courses that fulfill Arcadia’s Undergraduate Curriculum, such as Sociology or Music Appreciation
  • A credit-bearing Learning Strategies course covering student success

Services and activities:

  • Academic Support Services: Students have access to the Writing Center and peer tutoring as well as one-on-one counseling.
  • Social Interaction and Community Engagement: Students get to know other Gateway students, faculty, staff, and other Arcadia students through a wide array of cultural and social activities.
  • Peer Mentoring Program
  • Program Recognition Dinner
  • Off-campus Activities
  • Financial Aid Counseling and Financial Literacy
  • Outreach (individual and group meetings) 

First-Year Programming

The Summer Program transitions into Gateway’s First-Year programming, which spans the fall and spring semesters. Each Gateway student meets with program staff and his or her academic adviser to schedule academic courses. 

Students attend group and individual tutoring sessions and participate in consultations with Writing Center staff. All students are also required to enroll in the Learning Strategies course, which reviews topics such as time management, goal setting and motivation, majors and careers, and specific reading and study techniques. As part of the course requirements, students meet individually with program staff throughout the semester.


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