What to Expect

Getting Ready for APSI

If you attend the Advanced Placement® Summer Institute at the University of Arkansas, you will find a professional, friendly APSI team, eager to make the week as fulfilling for you as possible. Suzanne McCray, Emily Wright, and Shannon Bullock will all be ready to help you.

Our attendees come to us from all over the United States, including Arkansas, California, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin, etc.

Please be sure to provide an accurate e-mail address when you register - one that will still be accessible to you in June and July. Parking permits for teachers commuting each day will be distributed at registration. You must have a parking permit before parking on campus. Further details about designated parking areas and parking permits will be provided later.

For teachers staying on campus, APSI opens on Monday, July 18, at 3 p.m. with registration/check-in at the Northwest Quads Residence Halls. This is located on Garland Avenue, adjacent to the new Pat Walker Health Center. Room keys and key cards will also be assigned to each participant. Room assignments are made two weeks in advance. Contact Emily Wright at ap@uark.edu for special room requests.

Dress is casual. Participants should dress for comfort, including good walking shoes. July is usually hot and humid in Fayetteville. We recommend that you bring a light sweater or jacket in case indoor temperatures are particularly cool. In addition, participants may wish to bring a cushion or small pillow for maximum comfort during the seated portion of the day. Chairs, stools, and desks will be similar to those found on most college campuses.

On the first day of classes, text books are distributed to teachers in each classroom. Teachers can expect to receive at least one new text book and may receive up to six or seven textbooks, CDs, and extras sent to us by publishers of AP texts. Single copies of texts are often given out as "prizes" by the consultants during the week.

Both breakfast and dinner at the Northwest Quads is included in the cost of registration for teachers staying on campus.

Evenings at APSI

In the evening, participants may wish to carpool to nearby restaurants, movie theaters (Razorback Cinema, Fiesta Square 16 Cinemas, Malco Theaters), shopping malls (Northwest Arkansas Mall), or local clubs for live music. Dickson Street runs from the south side of campus, heading east. There are many fine restaurants, shops, clubs, and stores for shopping within easy walking of the residence halls. Ozark Bowling Lanes is located at 2300 N. College (479-442-4275). Fayetteville also has a drive-in movie theater (One Twelve Drive In Theater: 3352 N. Hwy. 112, 479-442-4542) just north of campus on Garland, across I-49. Movies begin at dusk. Gator Golf Course (miniature golf) is open seven days a week with two 18-hole courses (2692 N. College, 479-444-0833). Lokomotion Family Fun Park is located at 4520 N College Ave, just north of the Northwest Arkansas Mall, 479-582-5600.

Teachers and consultants needing some evening exercise may choose to explore Fayetteville's 17 miles of hike and bike trails. Wilson Park, located about three blocks from the northeast corner of campus, hosts a nicely paved walking trail, places for picnicking, and a garden area with the park's famous "castle."

Final Day

On the final day of the Institute, each participant who has completed the entire week will receive a certificate of congratulations for completing 30 hours of instruction in their respective course. Attendance is carefully monitored.