Heading into your senior year in high school? Come live on a college campus for a week next 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.
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 April.
- Students will be notified by email.
- A 300-word essay and high school GPA will be factors in the selection process.
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.
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.