Gear up for college with Tippie's Gateway Summer Program

Are you going to be a high school senior next year? Come live like a college student for one week this summer and get a sense of what you can do with a business degree. Meet Tippie students, professors, and business professionals. And most importantly, get a head start on the transition to college.

Sunday, June 26, to Friday, July 1, 2022

The application deadline is April 5th.

Program overview

You can read all the college brochures in the world, but there is nothing like spending a week on a college campus to give you a sense of your future community. The Gateway Summer Program does exactly that. We bring high school juniors from underrepresented backgrounds to campus during the summer before their senior year to get a glimpse into life as a college student.

The program is free—including housing, meals, and activities—thanks to generous donations from our program sponsors. Your only expense will be travel costs to and from the program.

You’ll learn about different aspects of business and participate in business simulations and case studies. You'll also work with professors, staff, and business professionals and see what you can do with a business degree. Explore Iowa City, the University of Iowa campus, and life as a business student.

What participants had to say:
  • "I had so much fun learning new things about myself and about business. Now I feel more confident as I start making college decisions."
  • "I got a feel for what college is like and I made a great group of new friends and got to learn from so many interesting people."
  • "I really didn't know much about business. I learned that I really like business and plan to study it when I go to Iowa next year."


Participation is by application only, and preference is given to qualified applicants from populations underrepresented in business, including underrepresented minority, low-income, women, rural, and/or first-generation college students. 

Application timeline and considerations

  • Applications are reviewed in early April.
  • Students will be notified by April 15th.
  • Your 330-word essay will be a key factor in the selection process.
  • Stronger Applicants will have a 3.0 GPA or higher.

The application for the Summer 2022 program will be open from March 1st to April 5th.


Gateway Program Sponsors

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The Tippie Gateway Program is sponsored by a generous donation from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). PwC’s longstanding commitment to education is helping to shape the next generation of leaders, educators and entrepreneurs through innovative programs like this.

What to expect

Program coordinators

Tippie Staff and Professors facilitate the program. You'll also get great support and insight from current Tippie students who are with you throughout the week.  The co-directors of the program are Gabriela Rivera and Mark Archibald

After the program

Now that you've gotten to know us, you'll have lots of people to support you through the college application process. Stay connected with us so we can help you navigate scholarships, housing, classes, and whatever else we know you'll have questions about.

If you choose to come to Iowa, a whole host of programs will be available to you, including Iowa Edge.

Support the Gateway Summer Program

The Tippie Gateway Summer Program is delivered at no cost to our participants and relies on the support of generous donors to continue. Donations go toward summer costs but also scholarships and grants for students to have access to more opportunities during their four years at Tippie including internships, mentoring, study abroad, and research to name a few.

For many students, Gateway has been life-changing in their decision making processes around going to college and, ultimately, their comfort in choosing a major and career in business.

Consider supporting the Gateway Summer Program with your financial gift. Give now.

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