• GateWay iStart Smart

iStart Smart

This program is designed to help acclimate all first-time college students to the atmosphere at GateWay.

We are committed to seeing you achieve your educational goals by helping you start smart. If you meet the first time student criteria, follow these steps below to start smart:

Step 1: Complete the Student Information Form

New students are required to complete a student information form. Options include:

  • In person at Enrollment Services (located in room 1214 of the Integrated Education Building)
  • By phone: (602) 286-8100
  • By fax: (602) 286-8070

Step 2: Take Your Placement Tests

You must take separate reading, writing and math placement test in the testing center, located in the Enrollment Services area of the Integrated Education Building (IE). You cannot register for class until all 3 tests are completed. Students who have completed all assessment tests may see an advisor to complete the registration process.

Step 3: Meet With an Advisor

Advisors help you plan the required courses for your program of study and enroll you in a new student orientation class. They also assist you in understanding how associate degree & transfer check sheets are used, and how the financial aid process works, including scholarships, grants and loans.

Step 4: Enroll in a College Success Class (CPD150)

This class will focus on student success by assisting you with a personalized Student Learning Plan, college orientation, personal growth, study skills, and educational and career planning.

Step 5: Attend a New Student Orientation Class

Orientation will acquaint you with the college, resources and support services available to assist you in your educational journey. A campus tour will be provided following the orientation, and you may also acquire your student ID and parking permit at that time.


Phone: (602) 286-8200
Building: Integrated Education Building
Room: IE1214
Phone: (602) 286-8600
Building: Integrated Education Building
Phone: (602) 286-8179
Phone: (602) 286-8160
Building: Integrated Education Building
Room: IE1252

Student Success Coach

Phone: (602) 286-8196


Fall and Spring

Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday: Closed


May 18 - August 16
Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday - Sunday: Closed

Holidays - Closed

May 25 - Observance of Memorial Day
July 2 - Observance of Independence Day