Congrats, I will also be starting the accelerated nursing program at Gateway spring 2014. I have a friend that goes there and she loves it, but she is in the traditional nursing program. So all I know so far, is according to her: accelerated, is basically the same but with shorter breaks, and we would not have a summer off (so I guess we will know more at orientation). No I have not received my orientation packet yet. My friend also recommends purchasing the Success books. There is a series of them and she says def. get the Test success book, and they have others geared towards specific sections, for example, med surg section in school will have a med surg success book, and there is one for ob and peds for when we do that section, as well as one for psych that she will be using for block 4 spring 2014. Hope this helps. She also said the test success will teach you how to properly answer test questions, b/c every test is set up similarly. Its not like all the core and pre req classes we took to get here, (were every class, every teacher and every test was different.) So even if you don't know the answer it can help you rule out answers and give a better estimated guess. Again this is all from my friend who is in her 3rd block at Gateway traditional nursing program.