UALR's SSSI: What to Expect Your First Year

What to Expect Your First Year

The following programs are designed to ease your transition from high school to college.

New Student Orientation

The New Student Orientation is an overnight experience that provides the student with the opportunity for academic advising, course registration and a general orientation to campus life. Students are paired with peer mentors, participate in relationship building activities and college preparation workshops.

Dr. Charles W. Donaldson Summer Bridge Academy 

The Summer Bridge Academy is a three-week intensive residential program aimed at improving the retention and graduation rates of first generation multi-ethnic students.  The program will provide students with the necessary skills to successfully fulfill their math and composition requirements.

First Year Experience Course

Students are enrolled in a three-hour Personal Awareness course.  This course is designed to teach student success strategies including critical thinking, study skills, time management, test-taking strategies, reading comprehension, and character development.

Students are also paired with individual peer success advisors and supported by professional mentors. Additional student development workshops, culturally enriching activities and community service opportunities are offered within this program.

Want to learn more?

Contact Student Services Success Initiatives at or 501.569.8713.

To join an SSSI program, go to the Registration Form.