Commonly Asked Questions

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


How is ACT Academy 2018 different from ACT Academy 2017 and before?

In past years, ACT Academy has been a 5-day, 4-night (Sunday – Friday) program where students have the opportunity to take a practice ACT, attend classes based on ACT subjects, and experience the University of Arkansas.

This year, both weeks of ACT Academy will be in conjunction with the Saturday National ACT test day. Students will arrive on Tuesday already registered for the National ACT, and depart on Saturday after the national test takes place at the University of Arkansas testing center.    

How much does ACT Academy cost?

The standard program fee is $29. You will be responsible to pay the program fee and the $46 registration fee to take the ACT. Students who qualify for free/reduced lunch will be responsible for the $46 ACT registration fee only. Please do not register for the June ACT or July ACT until you have received an acceptance notification for ACT Academy.

What is included in the cost?

All meals, housing, activities and supplies are provided in the ACT Academy cost, including transportation if needing pick-up from a designated location.

With the program being combined with the National ACT, payment and registration for the ACT is critical in order to attend the program. Payment and test registration confirmation will be due after notification of acceptance. Both are required to hold your place in the program. Space is limited.

What does the process of applying for ACT Academy look like?

    1. Apply to ACT Academy
    2. Once we have made selections, you will receive a notification of acceptance via email.
    3.  In order to confirm your spot to attend ACT Academy, you will be instructed to first register for either the June or July ACT (based off the session of ACT Academy that you were accepted to attend).
    4.  After you register, you should then submit all paperwork to attend 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 selections made to attend ACT Academy?

We make selections based on current grade, GPA, previous ACT attempts, strength of essay, male/female ratio, and geographic diversity.

Is there a waitlist for students?

Yes. If you were not selected you will be placed on the list and we will contact you with instructions to attend.

When and how will the participant be notified if accepted?

You should be notified of acceptance by April 20.

We will notify applicants of acceptance 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 anyone who does not respond. Once the applicant is accepted, they must then submit their registration for the ACT.

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

Yes. Once you are notified of acceptance, and you acknowledge your acceptance, 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 age group will attend?

Our program participants are primarily rising junior and senior Arkansan high school students. We accept 130 students each program session.

Who do I make payment out to?

Instructions about payment will be provided in the packet mailed to you prior to the payment deadline.

If I confirm a spot to ACT Academy but then have to cancel, will I receive a refund?

No. We are not able to provide refunds.

 Does the program provide transportation?

Yes. On the application, you will specify if you need transportation to the program. Specific details about when and where buses will pick up will be provided in the packet.

Who will handle my child’s medications or any special needs?

All ACT Academy staff will have access to documents and medications pertaining to medical needs. Please provide all important information in the packet sent to you.

Can you make roommate requests?

No. You cannot make roommate requests for the program. Students will be matched with another student of the same gender and random assignments will occur.

If I do not meet the ACT Academy application deadline, can I still apply?

No. We do not take late registrations. Please be on the lookout to apply for ACT Academy 2019 on December 1, 2018.

If you were selected to attend one session, can you change into the other session?

No. You cannot change into another session. Because of the program ending on the same day as the national ACT, reservations and registrations cannot be changed. You should apply to the session that best works for you, but remember that you can only be accepted to one session.

What do I need to bring?

A packing list will be provided to you in the packet.

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.

Do you accept applicants who have previously attended ACT Academy?

Depending on the number of applicants we receive, we will prioritize those applicants who have not attended ACT Academy before.

Can I go off campus or bring off campus guests to campus during the program?