Incoming freshmen have the chance to acclimate to college life and earn college credits at the 2017 Learning Institute and Opportunities for New Students (LIONS) Program at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB). The deadline is April 3, 2017 to complete the admissions process to UAPB and the LIONS Program. Participants will receive a LIONS Program award for tuition, room & meals, and a book award of up to $500 for the second summer session.
The five week program (July 10 – August 10, 2017) assists students admitted to UAPB for the fall 2017 semester who want to get a jump-start on their college career at UAPB. Students receive academic tutoring, attend “College Knowledge”- academic and professional workshops, and “Navigating the Yard”- personal and social success seminars for making a successful transition to college life.
Junior Courtney Grice, of Manhattan, Kansas, attended LIONS in the summer of 2015 and said it makes all of the difference when transitioning from high school to college. “It was really beneficial. Every evening we had workshops to introduce us to college. It was a month of orientation to help you get set for college life. It’s definitely not a summer camp, and you earn college credit,” Grice said.
Since 2008, 792 students have participated in the LIONS Program with a fall semester enrollment rate of 98%. LIONS complete their foundation courses during the summer program and benefit from a set of experiences that contribute greatly to a more academically prepared, socially mature and knowledgeable first-year student. As a result of this intense college preparatory program LIONS Program participants are retained at a greater rate and graduate in fewer semesters than non-participating UAPB students.
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 available for 400 incoming freshmen according to Ms. Carolyn Mills, director of the program.
Applications to the LIONS Program are available at www.uapb.edu/lionsprogram and should be accompanied by admission to UAPB, campus housing and a completed FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) for the summer session of the 2016-2017 academic year.
Call Ms. Mills at 870-575-8362 for more information and to verify your admissions status to UAPB and the LIONS Program.