Graduate Program

College Student Affairs

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Author's Department

Counseling and Student Development

First Advisor

Catherine L. Polydore


This qualitative study examined how a provisional admission program (Gateway) at a mid-sized institution in the rural Midwest impacts students' college self-efficacy. Participants were five students who were successfully released from the Gateway Program at the end of the 2016 - 2017 academic year, and were in their sophomore year at time of study. Data was collected from one-on-one semi-structured interviews. The findings suggest that the program's services, with a high emphasis on intrusive advising by program advisors, positively impact students' college self-efficacy. The researcher concludes that students are more efficacious in their abilities after being provided the structure of the program, including: intrusive advising, attendance in campus workshops and required courses, and limited participation in high-demand social activities such as Greek life, modeling and dance teams. Recommendations for the institution and other student affairs professionals are included.

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