Accelerate Student Achievement Program (ASAP)

The Accelerate Student Achievement Program (ASAP) celebrates and supports the academic achievement of first-generation and Pell-eligible Arkansan students at the University of Arkansas.

ASAP students complete a bridge semester at the university during the summer immediately following their high school graduation and go on to participate in activities supporting their academic success throughout freshman and sophomore years.

ASAP programming includes:

  • An intensive summer bridge program during the August intersession that includes 2 credit hours of university coursework
  • Early academic, financial, and career guidance
  • Peer and professional mentoring
  • $9,000 scholarship for each of a student's first and second years, with $4,500 awarded each semester pending continued enrollment and engagement in student success programming, for a possible total award of $18,000
  • Residential experience in Yocum Hall with other ASAP participants

Who is Eligible to Participate?

To be eligible to apply for ASAP, students should be:

  • Current high school seniors
  • Residents in one of the following counties in Arkansas (see map):
    Arkansas, Ashley, Chicot, Clay, Craighead, Crittenden, Cross, Desha, Drew, Greene, Independence, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lee, Lincoln, Lonoke, Mississippi, Monroe, Phillips, Poinsett, Prairie, Randolph, St. Francis, White, or Woodruff
  • Admitted to the University of Arkansas for the academic year immediately following high school graduation
  • First-generation college students OR qualified to receive a Pell Grant (as determined by completing the FAFSA)
  • Committed to attending the University of Arkansas and living in the designated residence hall

How to Apply

Students who meet the eligibility requirements listed above will be invited to apply for ASAP participation. Eligible students will receive an email invitation with detailed application instructions during the spring semester of their senior year of high school.

I think I am eligible for ASAP, but I have not received an invitation to apply. What should I do?

Students who believe they may be eligible to apply for ASAP should contact Jessica Williams, Arkansas Senior Assistant Director of Admissions, at or by phone at (479) 575-2273 (office) or (479) 595-9405 (cell).

Time Commitment

ASAP participants complete New Student Orientation prior to the August 2-13 intersession and bridge program. During the two-week bridge session, participants live on campus in a residence hall community and complete an intensive schedule of classes and activities, including two credit hours of college coursework.

During freshman year, participants live together in Yocum Hall and attend weekly meetings with peer and professional mentors, and demonstrate their commitment to academic success through the completion of weekly study hours.

ASAP Supporting Staff

Don Nix
ASAP Program Coordinator

Jessica Williams
Senior Assistant Director of Admissions

For More Information

The Accelerate Student Achievement Program is a partnership between Enrollment Services and Student Affairs at the University of Arkansas. To learn more about how ASAP is supporting students in Arkansas, contact:

Dr. Trevor Francis
Director of Student Success and Associate Vice Provost

Dr. Leslie Yingling
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Success & Multicultural Initiatives / Associate Dean of Students