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    LeeU-101: Gateway

  • LEEU-101: Gateway

    Course Information

    You may have heard of LEEU-101: Freshman Gateway Seminar. Gateway is a required course that all freshman students take during their first semester that focuses on helping you adjust to life at Lee. It is also required for transfer students with less than sixteen hours from another institution, but any transfer student can choose to take the course. It is one of the best ways to meet other students and interact one-on-one with professors and upperclassmen Peer Leaders. Throughout the semester, you will have opportunities to connect to your peers and the university through class times, relaxed hangouts, group service projects, and campus-wide events.


    For students who first enter Lee in the fall semester, you will enroll in LEEU-101 for the first semester. During your second semester, you will take LEEU-102A: Global Perspectives Seminar and LEEU-102B: Foundations of Benevolence.


    For students who first enter in the spring semester, you will be enrolled in LEEU-101 for the first half of your semester and will take LEEU-102A: Global Perspectives Seminar during the second half of the spring semester.  In addition, you will want to register for LEEU-102B: Foundations of Benevolence during either the first half or second half of your first semester here at Lee.

    Instructors and Peer Leaders

    Peer Leaders are upperclassmen who are here to help you navigate your first year at Lee. Although they were in your shoes not long ago, they have since gotten into the swing of things and want to see you do the same. Whether it is showing you how to make your class schedule for the fall, connecting you with an on-campus group that you might be interested in, or teaching you about “Taco Tuesday” at Tres Hermanos, they want to help you make your first semester at Lee as successful as possible.


    Throughout the semester, your Peer Leaders and instructor will organize community service projects for your class to help you work toward the 10 hours of service-learning credit which is built into the Gateway course. You must have 80 hours of community service to graduate from Lee, so Gateway will help you get started on the right foot. Starting with Deke Day at NSO and ending with the Operation Christmas Child shoebox packing party, you will be given a variety of opportunities to serve the community and build relationships with your peers.

    Office of First-Year Programs

    Our office is here to serve you throughout your first year at Lee. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the First-Year Programs staff at or 423.614.8623.