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Summer Bridge Academy (SBA)

About Summer Bridge Academy

The UA Little Rock Summer Bridge Academy (SBA) is a residential program aimed at preparing incoming freshmen for college-level work by eliminating the need for them to take developmental math and composition courses. This is accomplished by providing students with personalized instruction in math, reading, writing, and test-taking strategies, and a team of professional and peer mentors to provide encouragement and support throughout their journey.

Why Participate?

By eliminating the need for developmental courses, you save time AND money and get to your goal of graduation faster. Since 2013, students and their families have saved more than $235,000 in non-credit bearing course fees, and a total of 291 courses have been bypassed.

Students who attend can:

  • Save money by eliminating developmental math and English courses;
  • Earn incentives for completing program milestones while learning and having fun;
  • Receive individualized instruction and mentoring from UA Little Rock faculty, staff, and student mentors;
  • Attend motivational workshops and participate in fun activities throughout the week; and
  • Build long-lasting relationships that will ease the transition to becoming a college student in the fall

Apply to attend Summer Bridge Academy

The 2021 Summer Bridge Academy will be held in-person on the UA Little Rock campus from Sunday, July 18th – Saturday, July 24th; students participating in SBA must be admitted to the University and prepared to spend one week living on campus in an academically intense learning environment.

Please note that students must stay in the residence hall for the full week of SBA.

Students will also be expected to complete some assignments online, at their own pace, and they will have access to their mentors and instructional staff as needed.

We will host a required SBA Information Session for students and their families on Tuesday, June 29th. Additional details will be sent after we receive your completed application.

Click here to apply for the 2021 Summer Bridge Academy!

If you have questions, please email

What our students have said:

What benefited you the most during your participation?

“SBA was the best decision of my life!!! I completed my goals and met my standards!! SBA will benefit me a lot once school starts because I have learned a lot more than what I learned in high school. If i could do it again, I WOULD!!!”

“SBA, immensely helped my transition from high school english class into Composition I. My high school and SBA’s teaching styles were different. SBA classrooms had a higher interaction between the instructor and the student. We worked hard but also had fun while learning.”

“My SBA mentor has been a great role model that gives me guidance on what I need. My mentor follows up with me and keeps me accountable.”

Would you recommend this program to future students?

“YES!!! I’ve ALWAYS hated math and I was never really good at it. Now I am 100% positive that I can tackle any math course that exists!!”

“I would totally recommend this program to future students because it helps prepare for what is expected in college. One is in an intense learning environment and learning is made to be fun…

”I would highly encourage any student to participate in SBA, especially out-of-state students. The incentives SBA gave piqued my interest but my experience was far beyond what I thought the program would do for me. The college like environment gave me a chance to get an idea of what college would be like in August.”