Incoming students welcomed to campus at Gateway Days

Gateway Days help introduce students to life at UCCS before the official start of the academic year.

It’s a brand-new academic year, and for many, the Gateway Days program helped new students to feel right at home.

Gateway Days are a pre-semester opportunity for students to experience life at UCCS even before the official beginning of the academic year. They are immersive experiences designed to provide incoming first-year students at UCCS with access to classes, resources and activities at UCCS — often weaving in interactive experiences like fitness classes, tours and artistic activities.

Each year, Gateway Days are paired with the three- and four-credit GPS courses, which are required for first-years and introduce students to college-level coursework and expectations. Together, the programs are designed to help first-year students transition to UCCS.  

“I still remember how formative and grounding my experience with Gateway Days was,” said Ryan Maikell, a junior studying professional communication with a strategic emphasis. “It was an amazing experience where I felt connected to campus and my instructors, and found new friends. I am so excited that this year’s incoming students are still able to experience this same connection to campus and life as a Mountain Lion.”

This year, Gateway Days took place Thursday, Aug. 20 and Friday, Aug. 21 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Check out the highlights of Gateway Days @UCCSGPS on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Questions? Email the GPS team. Learn more on the Gateway Days website.

See photos from the 2021 Gateway Days program below.