Starting Gate to Success

Ease the transition to college

The Starting Gate to Success program is designed to help ease the transition to college life for first-time freshmen. Students who participate in the Starting Gate to Success program receive the following benefits:

  • the opportunity to move in early and participate in activities designed to help students navigate the college process
  • the chance to meet new students and build lasting relationships through social events
  • individualized programming designed to support academic, career, financial, and personal goals
  • peer-group mentoring support throughout the first semester

Program Events

Students who complete Bridge Week, three workshops, and three mentoring sessions will earn a $1200 stipend to be applied to the Spring 2023 semester. 

Bridge Week

August 7-10, 2022 – Students move in early and spend three days participating in an engaging College Survival Guide workshop series with program staff. These workshops will connect students to various resources on campus and provide live demonstrations of how to access resources such as the Lowry Center, Career Services, the Counseling Center, the Open Writing Lab, the Oral Communications Lab, and others.

Individualized Study Skills Consultation

August 7-10, 2022 – Students will work with staff from the Lowry Tutoring Center and the Student Engagement and Success office to complete a learning styles profile. Staff will assist students in developing an individual study skills plan, which will be reviewed by program staff each month.

Peer-Mentor Groups

August – December, 2022 – Students will be placed in small mentoring groups (5 students per group, with 1 peer mentor). The mentoring groups will be formed during Bridge Week, so that students and mentors will have an opportunity to get to know each other before classes begin. Students will be required to meet with their mentoring group once each month, from August to December.

Peer Tutoring

September – December, 2022 – Students will have access to peer tutors throughout the semester, who are selected to work specifically with Starting Gate participants. In addition to peer tutors, students will have access to faculty-led review sessions during midterms and finals. 

Student Workshops

September – December, 2022 – Four Starting Gate student workshops will be held: Career Services, Financial Literacy, Financial Aid, and Surviving Finals. Students are also encouraged to attend workshops held by the Lowry Center, Student Engagement and Success, and other departments on campus.


There is no cost to participate in the program.

Housing and meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) are provided during Bridge Week (August 7-11, 2022). Resources and supplies, student workshops, and peer mentoring and tutoring are provided to participants free of charge during the Fall semester.


Students who complete Bridge Week, three workshops, and three mentoring sessions will earn a $1200 stipend to be applied to the Spring 2023 semester. 

Who can apply?

The Starting Gate to Success program is open to incoming first-year Murray State students. Preference is given to students who have previously participated in TRIO programs or who are first-generation college students.

There are 25 available seats in the program.

The deadline to apply is July 15, 2022.

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