The LIONS Program summer residential academic enrichment program assists new freshmen admitted to UAPB in making a successful transition from high school and home, to college life.

LIONS Program participants. Photo courtesy of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

Incoming students that will be attending the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) will have the chance to acclimate to college life and earn college credits with the Learning Institute and Opportunities for New Students (LIONS) Program. Program participants are required to enroll as a full-time student for fall semester 2021. Those who are interested must complete the admissions process to UAPB, submit a FAFSA for 2020-2021 and the LIONS Program application by May 31, 2021. The LIONS application fee is $500. Those who complete the necessary steps will receive a LIONS Program award for tuition, room, meals, and books.

The five week program (July 6 – August 6, 2021) assists freshmen students admitted to UAPB for the fall 2021 semester who want to get a jump-start on their college career. Students receive academic tutoring, attend “College Knowledge” academic and professional workshops, and “Navigating the Yard” – personal and social success seminars for making a successful transition to college life.

Sponsored by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Post-secondary Education, Strengthening Institutions, Title III, Part B, Historically Black Colleges and Universities Program, there are spaces available for 200 incoming freshmen.

Applications to the LIONS Program are available at or click here to download a fillable application and should be accompanied by admission to UAPB, campus housing and a completed FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) for the summer session of the 2020-2021 academic year.

For more information or to verify your admission status to UAPB and the LIONS Program, please contact Ms. Carolyn Mills at 870-575-8362 or


About the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is a public comprehensive HBCU 1890 Land-Grant Institution. The University embraces its land-grant mission of providing cutting edge research, teaching, outreach, service programs that respond to the social and economic needs of the state and region. UAPB’s mission is to promote and sustain excellent academic programs that integrate quality instruction, research, and student learning experiences responsive to the needs of a racially, culturally, and economically diverse student population. Ultimately, the University is dedicated to providing access and opportunity to academically deserving students and producing graduates who are equipped to excel through their contributions and leaderships in a 21st century national and global community. For more information, visit

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