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.


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Dear Incoming Freshman:

Welcome to the University of Colorado Colorado Springs! Your first semester of college is right around the corner, and we're pleased that you've decided to begin it with Gateway Program Seminar GPS 1010. No matter which of the 40 Gateway Program Seminar topics you've chosen to pursue, you'll find the experience to be a great way to jump-start your college career. Here are some important updates; please read them carefully.

Gateway Program Seminar will begin with START-UP DAYS on Thursday and Friday, August 18th and 19th ¬before your other classes start. All Gateway Program Seminar classes will meet from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., and lunch will be provided for you on both days. These two days are a mandatory part of GPS 1010 since they count as one-third of the course.

Plan to arrive at the meeting room for your topic at 8:45 a.m. on Thursday, August 18th. Once START-UP DAYS are over, your course will meet once a week at its regular, published time (check the online Course Schedule or your portal for semester room assignments). Because of these full two days of class, Gateway Program Seminar will also end four weeks early. We'll keep you busy during START-UP DAYS: you'll get to know your instructor, Junior Teaching Assistant (JTA), and individual section-mates, and you'll meet students from all the sections studying the topic you've chosen. You'll be introduced to the University's technology, find out what the course has in store for you and what the University has to offer, and begin to discover what it takes to succeed in college. - Dr. Constance Staley