Gateway Summer Program/1st year Experience
The Gateway Summer Program is designed to prepare you for the demands of your first year in college. As a Gateway student, you will have an opportunity to get a head start on your academic career in a supportive and mentoring environment. In the Gateway Program, you will be a part of a community of learners who have in common the desire to be successful college students.
The Gateway Program begins the last full week of June and runs for six weeks. During these six weeks, students will take an English class (ENC 1130) and a Learning Strategies and Human Development (SLS 1503) class. These two courses will not only give students a jump start on earning credits, but will also provide you with the opportunity to develop essential writing skills, learning strategies and study techniques that will help prepare you for the demands of college-level classes.
Participating in the Gateway Program gives students the chance to acclimate themselves to college life before the majority of students return to campus.
Students that do not elect to participate in the Gateway Program, will be required to take the same Learning Strategies and Human Development class designed specifically for student-athletes in the fall. This class will provide you with the information, knowledge, and confidence that will help you feel secure in your new environment and promote the successful transition from high school to college. This course also will help you develop a set of adaptive, coping, critical thinking, and problem solving skills that will enable you to balance the myriad of new demands that are associated with college life. Topics that will be covered in this class will range from academic skills such as note taking and exam taking strategies, to important life skills such as time management, critical thinking skills, health and wellness education, career development, and stress management.
This course provides an introduction to higher education and a general orientation to the functions and resources of the University. This class will help you to develop a better understanding of the learning process and to acquire critical academic success skills. Topics include time management, diversity, test taking, communication skills, study techniques, library use and much more. (1 credit hour). SLS 1503 classes are limited to 25 students.
Reasons to take SLS: A student's perspective
"SLS teaches you valuable tips on how to study, take notes, and stay on track. This is very important, especially for freshmen who are trying to transition from high school"-FAU Student
"SLS helps students realize the differences between college and high school. Also, it serves as a refresher course of various topics such as note taking, time management, and study habits which are all vital to student success" -FAU Student