Summer Bridge Academy


The UA Little Rock Multicultural Center’s Summer Bridge Academy (SBA) is a residential program that prepares incoming freshmen for college-level work by eliminating the need to take developmental math and composition courses and acclimate them to the university environment. 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 as they begin their collegiate 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 over $235,000 in non-credit-bearing course fees, and 291 courses have been bypassed.

Additionally, SBA participants get a headstart on adjusting to college life, connecting with fellow incoming students, and learning from current UA Little Rock faculty, staff, and peer mentors.

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 application for the 2024 Summer Bridge Academy is now live!

The 2024 Summer Bridge Academy will be held in person on the UA Little Rock campus from Saturday, June 8th to Saturday, June 22nd. SBA student participants are required to live on campus during the program. We will host an SBA Informational Session in May. Detailed information will be sent closer to the informational date.

Ready to apply? Get started here: SBA24 Application. SBA participants must be admitted to the University and prepared to live on campus in an academically intense learning environment for the duration of the program.

In the weeks leading up to SBA, students may also be expected to complete some assignments online at their own pace. Students will have access to their SBA mentors and instructional staff, as needed, during this time.

If you have questions, please call 501-916-3932 or email

SBA 2022 Mentees and Staff

What students have said:

What was the best part of your SBA experience?

“It was fun; I gathered a lot of information about college life.”

“It helped me feel better about the school, like I’m ready to come this fall.”

“I loved small groups with our mentors because I felt more comfortable talking to them and they were honest and helpful.”

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?

“Summer Bridge Academy was a[n] unforgettable experience. I not only got to get authentic college experience early, but meet some really great people who have supported me ever since. I would 100% recommend to incoming students and hope we can do it again this year!”

“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.”