Gear up for college with Tippie's Gateway Program
It is a free, on-campus summer experience designed to increase understanding of business majors among high school juniors from backgrounds underrepresented in business.
Experience life on campus. Get a sense of what you can do with a business degree. Meet Tippie students, professors, alumni, and business professionals. And most importantly, get a head start on transitioning from high school to college.
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 Tippie Gateway Program does exactly that. We bring high school juniors from underrepresented backgrounds to campus during the summer before their senior year (typically late June) to get a glimpse into life as a college student. The program is free—including lodging, meals, and activities—thanks to a scholarship from the Tippie College of Business. Your only expense will be travel costs to and from the program.
During the program, you’ll learn about aspects of business and participate in business simulations and case studies. You'll work with faculty, staff, and business professionals to begin to hone your business skills. You’ll take part in cultural and recreational activities and have a chance to explore the university and Iowa City.
Participation is by application only, and preference is given to qualified applicants from populations underrepresented in business, including underrepresented minority, low-income, women, and/or first-generation college students.
What to expect
Staff and faculty at the Tippie College of Business facilitate the program, which is coordinated by Gabriela Rivera and Mark Archibald from the Undergraduate Program Office. The program also hires and trains college students to lead small groups throughout the week and serve as mentors. Gateway participants will be supervised at all regularly scheduled workshops and activities. Supervision within the residence hall is provided by a residence hall coordinator and peer mentors who live on the same floors.
You’ll be staying at Burge Hall, a short walking distance from the Pappajohn Business Building. Male and female students will be assigned to separate floors, and all students will share a room with at least one other student from the program. You are allowed to request a roommate, but both roommates must make the request and have parental permission. Students are not allowed to have guests in the residence hall, but family members may help during move-in and move-out.
You are responsible for arranging transportation to campus on the first day and back home on the last day. Transportation around the University of Iowa and Iowa City will be provided. You should not plan on driving a vehicle to campus. Driving a car during the program is not permitted.
After your visit
We will stay in contact with you through your senior year of high school—through the application process, financial aid, and scholarship applications—and will be there to answer questions as you make your final college decisions. Once you're accepted to the University of Iowa, a whole host of programs will be available to you, including Iowa Edge.
Support the Gateway Program
The Tippie Gateway Program is delivered at no cost to our participants and relies on the support of generous donors to continue. Consider supporting the Gateway Program with your financial gift. Give now.