Gear up for college with Tippie's Gateway Summer Program

Summer 2023 dates: June 25-30 and July 16-21

Rising high school seniors: come live like a college student for a 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.

Get a taste of life on campus

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. Join us to explore Iowa City, the University of Iowa campus, and life as a business student.

We are no longer accepting applications for Summer 2023.


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 17.
  • Your 300-word essay will be a key factor in the selection process.
  • Stronger applicants will have a 3.0 GPA or higher.

Meet your support network

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.

Gabriela Rivera

Gabriela Rivera

Associate Director, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Mark Archibald

Mark Archibald

Associate Director, The Tippie Experience, Undergraduate Program Office

Gateway Program Sponsors

The Tippie Gateway Summer Program is sponsored by generous donations from PricewaterhouseCoopers and John Deere.

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John Deere
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"I got a feel for what college is like, I made a great group of new friends, and got to learn from so many interesting people."
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"I had so much fun learning new things about myself and about business. Now I feel more confident as I start making college decisions."
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"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."

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.

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Tippie Gateway opens doors for participants

Tippie Gateway started in 2015 to recruit populations underrepresented in business – women as well as first-generation, LGBTQ+, and students of color. It’s important to reach out to these students early – so that they take the necessary math requirements needed for college and/or business school.

Read more about Tippie Gateway