The students at Gateway U are a tightknit group of learners and strivers. Students are broken into cohorts, which help and support each other as they brush shoulders in our coworking student space. Our community is also more than just students, it also includes mentors, coaches, businesses and so much more.
At Gateway U, we are committed to supporting students who’ve traditionally been under served by our post-secondary system. Our students are:
Black, Latinx, or AAPI
Most colleges simply weren’t designed around the needs of real students. Student-advisor ratios can run as high as 1000:1, making it near-impossible for students to troubleshoot challenging course schedules or snags in financial aid. We are here to address key issues to ensure traditionally under served groups like working students, parent learners, and first-generation students can be as successful as possible.
For-profit online programs
I've always hated applying for the FAFSA. However Gateway U made the process seamless. Kasny (Recruitment and Enrollment Specialist) walked me through every step and broke down what FAFSA was asking for. Thanks to him, the whole process was completed with ease. I am very grateful for all of his and Gateway U's help!
Gateway U began reimagining the college experience in 2019, working towards our mission to provide real support to real students. We believe things get done when we work together. All members of our community are here to help our students succeed in their higher education journey. As a non-profit, we aren’t in it for the money. Ultimately, your success is our success.
We believe that success should be possible for all who want and work for it. We actively challenge systems of routine and inequity.
We strengthen our capacity by helping one another succeed. We use our talents, influence, and ideas to contribute to our community.
We believe that the journey shapes our character and supports our path to achieving our goals. We celebrate little wins just as we do the big ones.
This refers to the net cost of a SNHU BA at Gateway U, after factoring in grants/scholarships (but not loans).
This compares average loans for a BA at Gateway U vs a BA at NJ in-state universities.
We’re your coaches, your admissions specialists, your advocates, and supporters.
Saymah is a lifelong educator and proud Newark native. Throughout her journey, she has served in the capacity of senior leadership, school culture and climate, family engagement, and school operations. Saymah is a steadfast family and community advocate and her body of work serves as exemplars for building deep relationships with students, community organizations, and community leaders. Saymah received her Bachelor’s degree from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Howard University.
Karen R. De Nose was born in Brooklyn and raised in Newark by immigrant parents. She is an ordained pastor who serves in a multilingual church in Newark, NJ, and trains youth and adults in leadership development. She enjoys developing programs that help others discover their untapped potential. Similarly, Karen is a founding Board Member of Leaders of the 21st Century whose mission is to develop civic-minded youth leaders in urban communities. In 2005, Karen graduated from Seton Hall University with a BA in Psychology and a minor in English. While attending SHU, she founded Haitian Organization Promoting Education (HOPE). In 2015, Karen earned a Master of Divinity degree from Alliance Theological Seminary with a concentration in Church Development.