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University of Arkansas College Access Initiative

  • Sarah Draine
  • Director
  • (479) 575-6468

Program Description

College Access Initiative is an effort aimed at extending college readiness outreach across the state and increasing the number of diverse and underrepresented students at the University of Arkansas. CAI is designed to empower, educate, and equip students with information, resources, and necessary skills for college readiness and their future as college students.

We are housed in the Center for Multicultural and Diversity Education provides academic, cultural and social programs intended to promote inclusiveness, foster achievement and assist in the development and advancement of a diverse student body.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • College transition and retention support
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Leadership development
  • Mentoring
  • Parent/family services
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants

Demographics

Race & Ethnicity

  • American Indian or Native Alaskan: 5%
  • White: 15%
  • Asian or Pacific Islander: 5%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 25%
  • African American: 50%

Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 300
  • Middle School: 50
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 300
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • Academically High-performing
  • ESL Students

First-Generation

  • Between 25% and 50%

Representative
Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • University of Arkansas