Get ready for life after high school and earn college credit with the LIONS program

PINE BLUFF, Ark. – Incoming freshmen have the chance to acclimate to college life and earn college credits at the 2014 Learning Institute and Opportunities for New Students (LIONS) program at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB). June 1 is the deadline to submit applications for entrance into the program.

The four week program (July 7 – August 8) assists students admitted to UAPB for the fall semester who have ACT scores below 19 in English and/or Math and are required to take remedial courses in these areas. Participants will receive academic tutoring and attend college orientation, workshops, and personal and social success seminars for making a successful transition to college life.

Since 2008, 139 students have participated in the LIONS Program with a fall semester enrollment rate of 97.1%. These LIONS have completed 78.1% of their foundation courses during the summer programs and benefited from a set of college preparatory experiences that contribute greatly to a more academically prepared, socially mature and knowledgeable first-year student. LIONS from the 2008-2013 cohorts have an average freshmen retention rate (fall-to-fall) of 68.2% which is more than 10 percentage points higher than the overall average UAPB freshmen retention rate of 57.6% for those same years. Fifteen students (25.9%) of the 2008 and 2009 cohorts graduated by December 2013 in an average of 9.4 semesters, nearly doubling the UAPB 10 semester graduation rate of 13.7%.

Sponsored by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Post-secondary Education, Strengthening Institutions, Title III, Part B, Historically Black Colleges and Universities Program, there are spaces for 100 incoming freshmen according to Ms. Carolyn Mills, coordinator of the program.

Applications to the LIONS program are available at and should be accompanied by admission to UAPB, campus housing and a completed FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) for the Summer (2013-2014) school year.

For more information, contact Ms. Carolyn Mills at 870-575-8362 or


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