UAPB invites students to prepare for college in LIONS program

Freshmen have the chance to become acquainted with 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. June 1 is the deadline to submit applications to the program.

The program, scheduled July 7 – Aug. 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 percent. These LIONS have completed 78.1 percent of their foundation courses during the summer programs. LIONS from the 2008-2013 have an average freshmen retention rate of 68.2 percent which is more than 10 percentage points higher than the overall average UAPB freshmen retention rate of 57.6 percent for those same years. Fifteen students of the 2008 and 2009 group graduated by December 2013 in an average of 9.4 semesters, nearly doubling the UAPB 10 semester graduation rate of 13.7 percent.

Sponsored by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, Strengthening Institutions, Title III, Part B, Historically Black Colleges and Universities Program, there are spaces for 100 incoming freshmen, according to 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.

Details: Contact Carolyn Mills at 870-575-8362 or