About the Gateway to Success

About Gateway to Success/Act 101

The Gateway to Success Program gives access and academic support to students who do not meet the regular admission criteria to Arcadia University but who have demonstrated the potential to succeed in college with the support of the Gateway program. The Act 101 portion provides additional support and services to students who are Pennsylvania residents and meet an income criteria. 

Students are selected through the admissions process, and are the invited to be a part of the program. Once students are selected for our program, they may be required or given the option to participate in our summer bridge program prior to their first year. Our residential summer bridge program is an essential part of Gateway, and students can get a “early start” on their college experience by living on campus for 5 weeks, taking up to 8 college-bearing credits, and learning what it takes to succeed here at Arcadia. As our students affectionately say “Once Gateway family, always Gateway family!” 

The Gateway Program is different than the REAL Certificate Program (for students with intellectual disabilities), please go to arcadia.edu/real or contact Simon Mohr at 215-572-4095 to get more information about the REAL program.


The Gateway to Success/Act 101 Program exists to:

  • Assist students in improving their academic skills such as study skills, and time management that are crucial for success at the college-level.
  • Guide students in navigating the landscape of Arcadia University to enhance their  academic abilities by introducing them to the campus community, and resources. 
  • Provide students with personal individual attention throughout their tenure at Arcadia University.

We accomplish our mission by facilitating programs and providing resources for students beginning as early as the summer bridge session before their first year. Our program is designed to support the students' transition into college, through their tenure at Arcadia towards graduation and beyond. 

Program Requirements

Students in our program will:

  • Meet individually with program staff throughout each academic semester to identify, adjust if needed, and stay on track with personal, academic, and professional goals.
  • Have an assigned a peer mentor if they participate in the summer bridge session.
  • Have access to our support, and services throughout their time at Arcadia.
  • Participate in planned educational workshops and activities through the semester.
  • Take the required learning strategies course (ID100: Becoming a Lifelong Learner) to acquire the information needed to be a successful student at Arcadia.


Topics in ID100: Becoming a Lifelong Learner include:

  • Time management
  • Goal Setting and Motivation
  • Majors and Careers
  • Specific Reading and Study Techniques