The Gateway Initiative is a set of services designed to provide low-income, 1st generation students with the necessary resources, academic skills, and appropriate referrals that will allow them to reach their maximum personal, academic, and career potential. Gateway supports students to be successful at UCI and to be 'top performers' in their respective academic fields.

Gateway Initiative Services

Book and Chromebook Loan Program

The book loan program is a program for income-eligible students to borrow textbooks, Chrome books, and materials from Student Success Initiatives (SSI). Students who have an Expected Family Contribution of zero are eligible for this program.  Instructions on how to borrow books are below.

Student Success Initiatives will be offering students the opportunity to check out items through our Book Loan Program for the 2021-2022 Academic Year! It will be offered during our office hours; Week 1 - 4 of each quarter.

In addition, e-books are available for all UCI students at the library pending availability!

Click here to view the list!

  • If you would like to recommend a Book for SSI to include in our library, please fill out our Recommendation Form.


Student Success Initiatives LARC Scholarship

Student Success Initiatives offers our income and academically eligible students an opportunity to get a scholarship for the on-campus tutoring. The link to check eligibility is available on the SSI website during the first 2 weeks of the quarter.

Scholarship for on-campus tutoring through the LARC office


More Opportunities:

Leadership Development Opportunities

First-generation, low income, and transfer students have the opportunity to work in the SSI office as Peer Educators or Peer Mentors and develop professionally while helping other UCI students to develop and their achieve goals. Application for these positions open during the Spring quarter.  SSI promotes these positions by emailing our students, posting flyers in the office, and posting the positions on the SSI Facebook and webpage.

Graduate School Preparation

Student Success Initiatives will provide information sessions that help students learn about graduate school, GRE prep courses, a graduate school prep course (University  Studies 45) during winter quarter, and GRE prep materials for eligible students.

Free and Discounted Printing

Student Success Initiatives provides free printing for our program participants by giving them print cards when the participate in workshops and meetings. SSI also offers printing at discount for anyone who visits the SSI office.

Second-year Transitional Experience Program (STEP)

Second-year Transitional Experience Program (STEP) was developed to help first generation and low income first- year students transition into their second year at UC Irvine. STEP aims to help students with their academic and personal needs.

Positioned between freshmen and junior year (2 years with strong academic identities) the second year is often overshadowed. The STEP program aims to focus on the unique needs of sophomore students with the goal of helping them to succeed and thrive at UCI.

Academic Success Plans (ASPs)

The purpose of an ASP meeting is to help students think about their current behaviors and help them to think about new skills they might adopt that will help them to stay on track/ increase their academic success at UCI. The goal is to provide the student with valuable tips and suggestions and help them to develop strategies for academic success.