Summer Institute/Mentor Program

(Gusties Attaining Interpersonal Networks)

Be Our Guest!

SIAS 2018

The G.A.I.N. Mentoring Program (formerly SIAS/Summer Institute for Academic Success) is a free mentoring program for enrolled first-year Gusties. The initiative invites participants from a wide range of backgrounds and identities (students of color, first-generation, multilingual, etc.), and is designed to offer a) an introduction to the college journey, and b) and opportunity for a cohort of first-year students to build a strong foundation and network. The program also helps students get to know the various resources (academic, health & wellness, social), better recognize the surrounding community (on, and off campus), as well as better navigate the nuances of college specific to Gustavus. There is no cost to participate in this program.

Additional information about G.A.I.N.:
  • Participate in a week full of academic activities to help prepare you for the classroom and social activities that will help you make new friends.
  • Learn about the various campus resources to support your academic journey.
  • Meet an incredible group of diverse first year Gusties and build friendships.
  • Receive support and guidance from previous participants (SIAS Alumni) who understand the challenges you may encounter, and can serve as cohort mentors throughout your first year.
  • Receive early preparation techniques to help prepare you for the rigors of college life.
  • Interact with College faculty (professors), staff, and administrators who are eager to support you while at Gustavus and help you be successful.
  • Explore academic buildings, administrative offices, and residential halls before everyone arrives to campus.
  • Learn how to make the most of the valuable skills, experiences, and perspectives you are bringing to the Gustavus community.
  • Move into your residence hall early!
Still have questions?

Are you are considering G.A.I.N. but are unsure if it is right for you? Email us with your questions or concerns tflunker@gustavus.edujjennin5@gustavus.edu, or You can also contact the Diversity Center by phone (507) 933-7449. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have to help you decide! 

SIAS alumni agree that this week is a great way to start college life. One participant put it this way... 

"G.A.I.N. was a head-start to becoming a college student. I made amazing friends and learned that professors are people and they want to help me. I wish there was a sophomore SIAS, too!"