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    LeeU-101: Gateway

  • LEEU-101: Gateway

    Course Information

    If you have already made your schedule for the fall, or even if you haven’t yet, you may have heard of LEEU-101: Gateway to University Success. 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 one of the best ways to meet other students and interact one-on-one with professors and upperclassmen, known as 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.

    In the spring, you’ll continue your freshman year experience with two other seminar courses: Global Perspectives and Foundations of Benevolence.

    Instructors and Peer Leaders

    Peer Leaders are selected 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 spring, 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 year at Lee as successful as possible.


    Throughout the semester, your Peer Leaders and instructors 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 building 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.