Absolutely! Gateway is for all U of I students. To determine which Gateway path is best suited for you, please contact the program directly.
No. The classes you will take with Gateway are required general education classes that all U of I students must complete.
Cohort-based classes means you will be attending some of your classes with the same group of students.
Yes. We have found that cohort-based courses offer students a learning community in which they grow and thrive. Often, the academic bonds that students form lead to genuine friendships.
Not at all! For first semester, you have one class you choose to take in addition to the four VGP-cohort based classes. You have one class that you can choose on your own! Choose whatever you would like to explore: psychology, criminology, sports & leisure, or any other course. Your advisor will need to sign off on it, but aside from next semester cohort-classes, you’re welcome to choose whatever fits you best!
It does not affect your ability to participate. Our advisors will work closely with you to ensure you are placed in the appropriate class to meet your individual needs. (For example, if you tested out of ENGL 101, you will complete ENGL 102 during your first semester.)
Our Gateway LLC partners with the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences to provide an environment for on-campus Gateway and CLASS students to connect their academics to their life outside the classroom in a fun, dynamic, and engaging way while living in the residence halls.
As your needs change and evolve, Gateway is here to help facilitate those changes. Gateway does not believe in a “one-size-fits-all” approach. Working closely with faculty and staff allows us to quickly identify challenges or difficulties and adjust accordingly.
Within Gateway’s academically structured program, we can address individual needs. When necessary or appropriate, case-by-case modifications may be made, circumstances pending.
For students admitted to the U of I by way of completing Gateway, the program is a one-year (two-semester) program. After successfully completing the program, you may continue your enrollment at the U of I!
The short answer is to actively participate and attend all classes, attend required events, live on campus (required of all U of I freshmen) in the recommended CLASS Learning Living Community in Ballard Hall, and earn a 2.0 GPA. Check out “The Fine Print” for more detailed requirements.
If you do not meet the program’s requirements, you will be required to petition the CLASS Academic Appeals Committee to ask for permission to continue your enrollment at the U of I.
You continue with your studies at the U of I. Also, Gateway’s support does not end when you complete the program. Gateway Scholars have several opportunities during the semester to take part in alumni gatherings, continued mentorship and advising services, and a host of other activities and events to continue building and engaging with the Gateway family.
Gateway students are “declared” as a General Studies majors for the first year only to allow students the flexibility and freedom to explore majors and discover what path they want to pursue.
For students who already know what they want to study, fantastic! VGP offers room in your course schedule to choose at least one class of your choice (which can be a class towards your preferred field of study!). You will choose this additional class with the help of an advisor.
No. We do not generally recommend first-semester freshmen take more than 15 hours.
You are eligible to declare your major during your second semester.
Remember, Gateway explores majors, passions, and careers throughout your freshmen year, so do not worry if you’re not sure what you want to study!
We understand stepping into the unknown can be scary. You may have been told you were never going to succeed… you may have been told you would never go to college, that you’re not good enough, that you’re not “XYZ” enough. In the U of I and the Gateway communities, we promise you are good enough, you do deserve to be here, and if you have a commitment to your own personal excellence, you will find your footing here. We have a place for you. A place where you belong. A place where you can explore a new world around you.
Through Gateway, the university has created an environment for all students to succeed. The U of I is committed to offer quality education to all Idahoans and others who enroll as out-of-state or international students.
Our requirements are created with you in mind. These are in place to build consistency. Sometimes change is hard. And so, as we build new habits in a new environment, it can help to have some structures and accountability in place to help facilitate building the new habits that will be the foundation for your success at U of I and beyond.
Greek life can be an amazing experience. It is also a huge time commitment. And while Gateway encourages students to get involved in campus life, the first step to success is to ensure you have a solid foundation from which to base your entire collegiate career.
Despite the academic expectations and support associated with each Greek chapter, waiting until your sophomore year to join Greek life allows you the time and space to truly get anchored in your community and academic and personal life at the U of I — while exploring lots of social options!
Yes. Regularly attending classes in person has been proven to increase a student’s success in a class. Also, this is a requirement to help you build the habit of consistently going to class. A certain number of absences are permitted due to illness or other unexpected events, but you are expected to be in classes.
The Vandal Gateway Program is here to support you – and in doing so, we assume you want the support and assistance. Signing a student agreement indicates you understand the program requirements. (The contract simply lists the requirements as they appear on the website.) If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
Prospective and Currently Enrolled General Studies Majors
Gateway offers support to all U of I students. Many students who enroll in BGS may benefit greatly from the opportunities Gateway provides. We invite you to schedule an informal chat with the program to explore if it is a good fit for you!
Gateway provides intensive assistance in transitioning to college life and offering solid academic guidance through small, faculty-engaged classes where the focus is on you. You may be a good fit for our seminar as well. For more compelling reasons to join Gateway, please explore our website.
Currently Enrolled Students
Gateway has several options available to students coming from all backgrounds. You may benefit from taking one of our courses or participating in some of our activities or events. Please contact the program at firstname.lastname@example.org or 208-885-6178.
Gateway support is available to all U of I students. Gateway provides intensive assistance in transitioning to college life and offering solid academic guidance through small, faculty-engaged classes where the focus is on you.
If you are interested in retaking one of those courses, Gateway offers close faculty engagement and customized instruction delivery for ENGL 101/109/102, COMM 101, and Anthro 102 courses. Occasionally, we may offer other courses as well.