The Gateway Program

*  Registration is now closed.  Information for 2020 will be available in the Spring.

Contact Dr. Natalie Atkin, the Coordinator of the Gateway Program at or 519-253-3000 extension 3256.

Who is eligible for the Gateway Program?

The Gateway Program is for high school graduates who are identified as able to succeed at university despite having been disappointed by their final high school results.

Admission to the Gateway Program involves 4 simple steps:

  1. The University of Windsor will contact eligible students after the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre releases final high school results. Eligible students will be invited to apply for assessment for the Gateway Program that requires enrolment in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. 
  2. Eligible students can register for assessment as early as July 2, 2019
  3. Eligible students who register for assessment will visit the University of Windsor campus on August 19, 2019 when they will write two assessments to determine if they meet the Gateway standard for admission. You do not need to memorize any content to prepare for the assessments, which are designed to gauge skills that you already possess. You will read the assessment tasks and write a clear argument using proper grammar. There are two separate assessments: the first is hand-written and is a half hour long and the second is done on a computer and is 45-60 minutes long.
  4. If you meet the Gateway standard for admission you will be offered admission on a full-time basis to the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

Register online for your Gateway Program Assessment

What are the benefits of studying in the Gateway Program?

The Gateway program offers you specialized support through a foundation course, one-on-one course advising, guidance about study goals and access to campus resources. In your first semester at university, you must enrol in Understanding the Contemporary World (course code GART 1200) and Effective Writing I (course code GART 1500). You may choose to enrol in two other courses in your first semester. During your second semester, you must enrol in Effective Writing II (course code GART 1510). 

In November and March of your first year of study you will meet with the Gateway Coordinator who will consult with you about your progress and what courses will be most useful to you. These consultations are very important to your success in first year.

The schedule for your visit for the Gateway Assessment

Check-in begins at 8:45 A.M. in 204 Toldo Health Education Centre located on the corner of Sunset Avenue and Fanchette Street. Please note that the main entrance to this building is not accessible by car. If you are dropped off, you can use California St. and either walk up to the main entrance on Sunset Avenue or enter off California Street.

Please note the following important requirements for writing the assessments:

  • You must already be registered for the assessment. No walk-in registration is permitted.
  • You must present your valid government-issued picture identification, such as a driver’s licence or a passport, to write the assessment.
  • No late entrance is permitted. Testing begins at 9:15. Both tests will be finished by 12:00 PM.
  • You must present your University of Windsor 9-digit student number and a paper copy of your registration receipt off the website.


If you plan to park on campus, you can locate pay and display parking lots adjacent to Assumption Church (corner of Huron Church and University) on the campus map at:

Metered parking is available on Huron Church Rd. and University Ave. West.