Commonly Asked Questions

Below is a list of commonly asked questions and answers regarding ACT Academy.


Does the participant need to have taken the ACT before in order to get accepted?

    No, the student is not required to have taken to the ACT in order to be accepted into the program, although it is helpful if a student has had some exposure to the test prior to attending ACT Academy. 


How are students selected for the ACT Academy?

    Students should fill out the application in its entirety. We highly consider the open response portion when reviewing applications, as it allows us to get to know the student a bit more.


What is included in the cost?

   Room and board (in an on-campus residence hall) for the full program days are provided.  For students who need it, transportation from pre-determined pick up locations to the University of Arkansas is also provided. Finally, instruction in ACT practice, and other college readiness programming, as well as all other activities for the week are included in the program cost. 


How will the participant be notified if accepted?

    We will notify applicants  by Wednesday, May 5th via email. Further details on how to accept your invitation will be included in the email. An RSVP will be required, and spots will not be held for failing to respond.


Once I’m accepted, are there other forms to submit?

  Yes. Once you are notified of acceptance, and you acknowledge your attendance, we will send you a packet of additional information. Forms that you will be required to submit include: Insurance verification, a waiver of liability, media/data release form, and a student expectations agreement.


What if an applicant has previously attended ACT Academy?

    Our policy for returning student applicants is that the student will automatically be placed on a waitlist. Returning students are welcome to apply, but we put priority on competitive students who have not  attended our program before.


What age group will attend?

    We receive on average over 400 applicants a year. Our program participants are primarily rising junior and senior Arkansan high school students. We accept 120 students each program session.


How safe is campus and the program?

  The University of Arkansas Campus is quite safe. We have the UAPD immediately available to us should an emergency situation arise. To ensure the safety of all of our program participants, our program staff is carefully selected and trained, and all program activities are supervised.  


Who will be supervising the participants in the dorm?

    Residential coordinators, and college student mentors, all of whom have been carefully selected and background checked, will be living in the dorm and hosting participants around campus. Students are not allowed to travel anywhere without the company of a mentor.