One first-year student said, “I enjoyed this course and I feel that we made connections and relationships that I would not have made on my own.” Welcome to Gateway 101.

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We know that starting college or transferring can be overwhelming. That’s why all new students take Gateway 101 in their first semester on campus. We want you to succeed, and Gateway 101 sets you up for success at Wingate University. In a way, it is an extension of Orientation.

Make a Connection

First-year students experience a number of transitions when they arrive on campus, including:

  • Academic
  • Intellectual
  • Personal
  • Physical
  • Social
  • Spiritual

In Gateway 101, you are introduced to the resources and tools you need from the full-time faculty members who lead the class, upperclass students (Peer Mentors) and your fellow classmates. The course is linked to another first-year course, which is typically taught by the same faculty member or another faculty member in the same department. Linking your Gateway 101 course to another first-year course provides you with more time to build relationships with classmates, mentors and the faculty.

What Will You Learn?

Gateway 101 is designed to help you achieve specific goals. These include the ability to:

  • Identify and use campus resources and opportunities that contribute to your academic and personal success
  • Improve written and oral communication skills to discover, develop and articulate ideas
  • Use university and the specific resources and publications in your major to successfully complete that major, including active participation in advising and registration
  • Engage with the diverse opportunities offered through cultural and campus life organizations and events
  • Develop critical relationships with mentors, faculty and staff so you can discuss matters related to campus life, your coursework and academic progress
  • Establish supportive relationships with classmates and Peer Mentors in all areas of your university life

What Do Students Say?

In the past, students have told us that Gateway 101 is exactly what they needed at this time in their life. What exactly do they say?

  • “It helped me figure out better ways to study and be a better student.”
  • “It taught me a lot about how I need to plan ahead and what steps I need to take to achieve my goal of going to medical school.”
  • “When I was freaking out about class, I knew that I could come to Gateway and vent as well as receive help.”
  • “I would say that Gateway’s way of introducing us to Wingate University and the individuals that make up our staff was very important when adjusting to the life in college. This adjustment made it easy to get comfortable with the transition, and that is important to my learning.”

Contact Us

Do you have questions about the Gateway to University Life course? E-mail Edward Case and he’ll be happy to answer them.