Transitions Academic Program (TAP)

How TAP works

TAP participants are admitted as non-degree seeking at the University of Arkansas and attend NorthWest Arkansas Community College as degree-seeking students. During their first fall and spring semesters, all TAP students enroll in one course at the U of A (typically 3 hours), plus an additional 1-hour course in the fall, and three to four courses at NWACC's Springdale Campus (typically 9-12 hours). All students enroll in either 1000 or 2000 level coursework (or remedial coursework as needed).

TAP Students are Razorbacks

TAP students are Razorbacks. As members of TAP, students take courses at the U of A and NWACC and benefit from academic support on both campuses during their first year of college. As active members of the freshman class, they receive many of the same privileges as degree-seeking U of A students, including access to:

  • Orientation experiences
  • Student Success Center
  • Library resources
  • Registered Student Organizations
  • Intramurals
  • Razorback Access Pass for sporting events
  • Student Health Services
  • Recreational facilities


TAP Coordinator

Chad CoxChad Cox
Assistant Director of Transfer Central

Phone: 479-422-1307

TAP Coordinator

Jon SwainJon Swain
Admissions Counselor for Transfer Central

Phone: 479-391-2867

TAP Students can complete the program in one of two ways:

Complete one of the following degrees at NWACC with at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average.
  • Associate of Arts
  • Associate of Arts in Teaching
  • Associate of Fine Arts
  • Associate of Science

Transfer to the U of A as a degree-seeking student after completing two or more TAP semesters (fall/spring). Students must meet the following requirements:
  • Maintained a minimum 2.5 GPA at each institution
  • Completed a minimum of 18 transferrable credit hours at NWACC
  • Achieved a minimum of 6 non-degree hours at the U of A
  • Achieved the minumum U of A GPA required by major
  • Completed all other entry requirements for major

How to become a TAP student?

Students may not apply directly to the TAP program. It is only offered to selected students who apply for admission to the University of Arkansas.

Admission as a degree-seeking student at the U of A does not guarantee admission to a specific college or program. Please note that zero-level coursework is non-transferable. Other requirements may apply.