Student Success Services


GateWay is committed to the success of its students by providing an environment conducive to teaching and learning. To ensure that every student takes full advantage of the educational opportunities, the College has developed a series of student success services to help you succeed.


Student Success Center Resources

ACE Program 
Contact: 602-286-8195 |

Achieving a College Education (ACE) is a nationally recognized program that targets high school students who traditionally would not consider going to college. ACE students are enrolled in concurrent college courses as high school juniors and seniors. They attend college classes during the summer and on Saturdays during the fall and spring semesters. Students can earn up to 24 college credits by the time they graduate from high school.

Dual Enrollment
Contact: 602-286-8672 |

Dual Enrollment is an opportunity for high school students to get an early start on college. Dual Enrollment courses allow students to earn both high school and college credit simultaneously during regular school hours at their high school. Dual Enrollment courses are high school courses taught at a college level for Maricopa Community College credit. The credit earned may be transferred to a community college or university upon high school graduation.

Hoop of Learning Program
Contact: 602-286-8930 |

The Maricopa Hoop of Learning (HOL) Program is an early high school-to-college bridge program that is designed to increase high school retention, graduation rates and enrollment into Maricopa Community Colleges for American Indian students. In addition, the program fosters educational resilience and career development. It’s also designed to develop strong positive cultural identities and personal integrity and offers a culturally relevant curriculum for urban American Indian students.

TRiO Upward Bound
Contact: 602-286-8201 |

This program serves 67 eligible HS students preparing them for higher education helping them advance into and succeed at the college level. We provide academic advising, assessment, summer school programs, college/university campus visits, testing preparation, career workshops, tutoring/mentoring, cultural enrichments, and more. The goal is to increase college enrollment for first-generation and low-income students this program is also funded by the US Department of Education.

Campus Tours
Contact: 602-286-8178 |

Campus tours introduce students to all the resources we have to succeed. In addition, to showing the various buildings and support offices around campus, we provide basic enrollment process information and advice on any next steps the students may need to take. There are two types of tours Healthcare/Nursing and Vocation/General studies. Campus tours are held twice a week.

Gecko Gear Up (GGU)
Contact: 602-286-8178 |

Gecko Gear Up is the next required step to becoming an official GateWay Gecko and completing the enrollment process. During a Gecko Gear Up session, students will learn about tools designed to help discover their academic and/or career path, practice navigating the Student Center, receive initial academic advising, and begin enrolling in classes. Students will also learn about future financial aid workshops, payment plan options, and other success tips. 

New Student Orientation/First Year Experience (NSO/FYE)
Contact: 602-286-8178 | 

New Student Orientation is a welcome event for new students in order to introduce them to the campus and explain the resources that GateWay has to offer. At orientation, students will: Learn the fundamentals of being a successful student; Identify campus resources to help them stay on track; Discover student clubs, organizations, and the campus community. Students may also engage with faculty and participate in a resource fair.

Contact: 602-286-8175 |

No Boundaries – just EXCEL: In partnership with the Arizona Community Foundation, and as one of only three colleges in MCCCD to offer the EXCEL Program to students who have earned no more than 24 transferable credit hours and have a 2.5 GPA or higher, the EXCEL program offers guidance in developing an Education Plan and personalized academic advisement, a dedicated Success Coach and committed Peer Mentors to support students in their academic endeavors and successfully transfer to a four-year university. EXCEL provides access to resources (e.g., laptops, calculators), assistance with scholarship opportunities and financial aid, and several workshops for students and their families.

TRiO Student Support Services
Contact: 602-286-8199 |

TRIO SSS assists students with basic college requirements, motivates them toward the successful completion of their post-secondary education, and aids students in all aspects of the transfer process to a four-year institution. The program provides assistance with navigating the online student center, developing an Individual Education Plan, tutoring & mentoring, visiting college campuses, attending cultural events and community service, and applying for scholarships. The program is funded by the US Department of Education.