Gateway Program Seminar

What is the objective of the Gateway Program Seminar?

  • Welcome students to the university and provides a high impact educational experience for all first-year college students.
  • Introduce students to an academic culture, including concepts of responsible engagement, intellectual inquiry, methods, and civil discourse.
  • Strengthen the academic skills students need for success at the university. Provide initial instruction for students on Compass Curriculum Goals addressing: oral communication and responsibility. The purpose of oral communication is to enhance students' public speaking/presenting skills and/or extend their understanding of communication processes and skills to other contexts such as interpersonal communication, group communication, or digital, visual, and performance media. The purpose of responsibility is to alert students to the need to act in a conscientious and respectful manner towards peers, colleagues, and fellow citizens, and to make decisions about one's action that are in conformance with disciplinary, civic, and more general ethical principles. After this initial introduction and instruction, students will continue to develop these skills and understandings through their coursework.

All GPS 1010 students are REQUIRED to attend Start Up Days (SUDS), Thursday, August 18 and Friday, August 19 from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

This is prior to the start of the regular semester, but counts as class time. After the semester starts, students will meet weekly with their GPS 1010 class for 12 weeks, ending in mid-November. GPS 1010 classes cannot be changed once you have attended your first day of Preview Daze.


As the new Director of the UCCS Honors Program, I hope to continue the work and legacy of Dr. Michael Hackman – fostering the culture of intentional learners at UCCS committed to service, personal growth, and a positive contribution to the global community. Providing one-on-one faculty interaction with Honors students remains an emphasis of our program. Good ideas need our clear and personal voices. We require a course in public speaking which helps students succinctly and professionally express their views. Gray Matters, a cornerstone of our program, provides the unique perspective that opposite views can exist at the same time, thus allowing us to appreciate diversity in both ideas and solutions. Finally, the Honors senior thesis will provide an opportunity to deepen intentional learning in areas that the students are passionate about, encouraging personal growth and community impact. Welcome to the UCCS Honors program!