The Gateway Scholars Program is a multi-year program designed to facilitate and enhance students’ transition from high school to college. We support our students to ultimately be successful in college and to prepare them for their future after graduation from the University of Texas at Austin.
The Gateway Scholars program is a signature program of the Longhorn Center for Academic in the Division of the Diversity and Community Engagement. The staff strives to make students feel at home, provide them the support to succeed, and give them the tools to navigate through their collegiate journey.
Top 10 Reasons to be in Gateway
10. Monthly academic, social, and cultural events
9. Fellowship with other first-year Longhorns
8. Advising from Gateway Scholars (GWS) staff
7. Participation in the annual UT community service project
6. FREE tutoring at the Longhorn Center for Academic Excellence
5. Up-to-date information about everything happening at UT
4. Professors who will know you on a first name basis as a Gateway Participant
3. Peer Mentors to guide you through your first year
2. Priority Registration
1. Smaller classes! Gateway offers smaller Economics, English, Math, Science, and Critical-Thinking classes that allow you to be much more than just a number – it allows you to be…well, you!!!
“Gateway really helped me make an easier transition from high school to college…”
Gateway has helped me in my first year college experience by providing me with useful resources, gave me the opportunity to be around people similar to me, and taught me how to be a better student. Gateway really helped me make an easier transition from high school to college, and the material we discuss and read in class is very interesting. Being with Gateway also gave me tons of benefits that can be very useful for a freshmen, such as priority registration and free tutoring. In addition, I made a lot of friends through Gateway and I gained an incredible experience being part of this amazing program! - Kristina Doan, Sophomore, Music, Dallas, TX
“Gateway gave me the opportunity to grow and become a student leader on campus…”
Coming from a school district in a very small town to being at this huge and diverse university, the Gateway Scholars program helped make my first year at UT be a success. Gateway helped make my transition into being a successful college student at a Tier One university easier, by offering free tutoring sessions, small discussion classes, beneficial social/professional development events and so much more. In addition, Gateway encouraged me to not be afraid to follow my passion, which is one of the most inspiring pieces of advice I heard during my freshman year. Without that advice, I honestly don’t know where I would be as a student today. Furthermore, even as an upperclassmen, Gateway gave me the opportunity to grow and become a student leader on campus through the Gateway Scholars Mentoring program. - Ja’Michael Darnell, Senior, Theatre & Dance, Hearne, TX
“I honestly owe all my success to the Gateway Scholars program.”
I honestly owe all my success to the Gateway Scholars program. It has truly been a gateway for me that opened many doors, almost all of the organizations I am a part of or am on the executive board of are because of people I met through Gateway. They set me up for a great transition and first year experience that I will always be grateful for, it was that success early on that I have been able to continue in through my whole college career. Every great race begins at the starting line. - Masi Deidehban, Junior, Math Education, Houston, TX
“Gateway… has become my “home away from home” and second family.”
Gateway has been one of the greatest opportunities for me since coming to the University of Texas at Austin and has become my “home away from home” and second family. The Gateway staff is always eager to help in any situation and you become so close to the students, professors, mentors, tutors, and staff members that they become some of your best friends. Gateway has helped me through offering tutoring, priority registration my freshman year, advising, volunteering, on-campus jobs, internships, and most of all giving me the opportunity to help others as well. I have met some of my best friends through Gateway and I love being a part of a program that helps me better myself, and allows me benefit others. - Kristen Stanley, Sophomore, Business, Austin, TX
“Gateway… has enabled me to develop leadership, academic and professional skills…”
Gateway has been a home for me. The program has provided me with a close knit group that has enabled me to develop leadership, academic and professional skills as well as giving me life long friends. Gateway has truly been my home away from home. - Chance Vaughan, Senior, Math, Statistics, and Data Analysis, Livingston, TX