Gateway Summer Bridge

Important Dates for Summer 2018

Sunday, July 1: Move-In and Opening/Orientation

  • Move-in begins at 2 p.m. in Heinz Hall. 
  • Program Opening/Orientation for students, family and friends begins at 3:30 p.m. in the Commons Great Room.

Monday, July 2: First day of classes. 

Wednesday, July 4: 4th of July Holiday. Students have the option to stay on campus or may leave after classes on Tuesday. Students who leave campus must return on Wednesday evening, between 7 p.m.-9 p.m. 

Friday, July 6 – Sunday, July 8: Teambuilding weekend. Students must stay on campus.

Friday, July 6: Summer Orientation for Gateway students. 

Friday, July 13– Sunday, July 15: Optional weekend - students may stay on campus or go home for the weekend.

Friday, July 20 – Sunday, July 22: Optional weekend - students may stay on campus or go home for the weekend.

Friday, July 27 – Sunday, July 29: Optional weekend - students may stay on campus or go home for the weekend.

Friday, August 3: Last day of the program. Students move-out. Closing Ceremony in Commons Great Room begins at 5pm.

Summer Session Overview

Welcome to the first step in your journey as a student in the Gateway program. Gateway Summer Bridge is structured to provide select Gateway students with a foretaste of your first semester at Arcadia.

The college classroom experience is more challenging than in high school.   In college, you are a more independent learner and are expected to take responsibility for your work.  You will not have your parents or guardians to remind you of assignments, however you will have the support of a caring professional staff and peer and resident mentors.

For each week of Summer Bridge, you will be scheduled for up to 10 hours of classes and for one study hour.  Weekly interactive workshops will reinforce your academic knowledge, and weekends will consist of planned educational and fun activities. Your hard work will be balanced with plenty of opportunities to have fun on campus and to learn more about Glenside, Philadelphia, and the surrounding area.

Each Gateway student enrolled in Summer Bridge takes three courses:

  1. EN104 Writing for the Academic Conversation (3 credits)
  2. ID100 Becoming a Lifelong Learner (1 credit)
  3. One of the following electives that fulfill Arcadia’s Undergraduate Curriculum
    (4 credits)
    • SO150 Contemporary Social Problems
    • CM110 Speech Communications
Sample Weekday Schedule*
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Breakfast hours, 8:00-9:00 a.m. 
EN 104
(9-11:30 a.m.)
Study/Free Time
(9-10 a.m.)
EN 104
(9-11:30 a.m.)
Study/Free Time
(9-10 a.m.)
EN 104
(9-10 a.m.)
EN 104 Writing Lab
(11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)
ID 100
(10 a.m.-11:30 p.m.)
EN 104 Writing Lab
(11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)
ID 100
(11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)
EN 104
(11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)
Lunch hours, 12-2 p.m. 
Study Hall
(2-4 p.m.)
Elective (1:30-4 p.m.) Study Hall
(2-4 p.m.)
Elective (1:30-4 p.m.)  
  Elective 
(4-5 p.m.)
  Elective
(4-5 p.m.)
 
Tutoring/Mentoring/Workshops, 5-7:30 p.m. 
Dinner hours, 5-6:30 p.m.

*Times may vary slightly depending on program staff and student needs.

Program Resources

Services Available to Help You Succeed

  • Tutoring Support
  • Writing Center
  • Study Hall

The Learning Resource Network provides tutoring and study space for all students. Blocks of time are embedded in the daily schedule specifically for you to meet with tutors, complete assignments and meet with professional staff, if necessary. Writing Consultants are available for you to review your written work and also facilitate the writing labs attached to many of the courses.

After Summer Ends: Academic Year Programming

As part of the program requirements, you will meet individually with program professional staff throughout each semester, and your peer mentor will remain with you throughout the summer and also during your first two semesters at Arcadia. You will continue to have access to all of the resources associated with the program for as long as you are a student at Arcadia University. You will be enrolled in the second part of the Learning Strategies course (ID100) for your first fall semester to review topics such as time management, goal setting and motivation, majors and careers, and specific reading and study techniques.

Activities and Recreation

Educational Activities Designed to Provide Enrichment and Recreation

  • Annual Rock Climbing event: You will engage in problem solving, communication, and team building during your first mandatory weekend as a Gateway student.
  • Philly Scavenger Hunt: Travel to Philadelphia and participate in a scavenger hunt to learn about the historical icons of the city.
  • A Taste of Philly: Enjoy cheese steaks, hoagies, TastyKakes, and Peanut Chews along with other treats native to Philadelphia: water ice and pretzels.

Fun Workshops Facilitated By Your Peer Mentors

  • Arcadia Scavenger Hunt
  • Reverse Tye Dye
  • Annual Summer Barbeque, and more