Are you taking the ACT? Need help studying or just don't know where to start?
The ACT Academy, hosted every summer on University of Arkansas Campus, helps high
school students tackle the ACT and provides workshops on college admissions, academics
and campus life. You’ll get to work on test-taking skills, learn about the many exciting
opportunities the University of Arkansas offers, stay in a residence hall and experience
ACT Academy 2019
In 2019, the College Access Initiative will host the 10th Annual ACT Academy on July
Current high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors are encouraged to apply online. The application deadline is March 17, 2019. Students will be notified of their application
status by April 20, 2019.
The standard program fee is $30. You will also be responsible for paying the $50.50
ACT registration fee.
All meals, housing, activities and supplies will be provided. Students who are accepted
will be assigned to a session and required to register for the ACT exam that corresponds
with the session dates. Further details regarding registration for the ACT will be
provided upon acceptance to the program. Payment and test registration confirmation
will be due after notification of acceptance. Both are required to hold your place
in the program.
Students who qualify for free/reduced lunch will be responsible for the $50.50 ACT
registration fee only. Verification of free/reduced lunch and test registration confirmation
will be due after notification of acceptance.
Student and Parent Testimonies
"I wanted to thank you again for everything your program did for my son. He did indeed
bring up his math and science scores to make a 31 on the ACT that he took in October
using your voucher. Bless you all for what you do for minority students that just
need a little direction to do their best on the ACT."
"You got to have the ACT score with the grades. Thanks to the University of Arkansas’
ACT Academy, I’ve scored the highest I’ve ever done in two categories. Jumping 7 points
higher in English, and 3 in Math!!"
"The Academy not only helped me achieve my goal score, it helped me break out of my
shell, overcome my shyness as well as the fear I had of speaking in front of people.
Now, I am a more confident person overall. I wanted to thank you for helping me achieve
my goals as well as helping me grow as in individual."
Frequently Asked Questions
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 July 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.
We will only offer ACT Academy in July due to university housing availability.
The standard program fee is $30. You will be responsible to pay the program fee and
the $50.50 registration fee to take the ACT. Students who qualify for free/reduced
lunch will be responsible for the $50.50 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.
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.
- Apply to ACT Academy
- Once we have made selections, you will receive a notification of acceptance via email.
- In order to confirm your spot to attend ACT Academy, you will be instructed to first
register for the July ACT (be sure to select the University of Arkansas testing center).
- After you register, you should then submit all paperwork to attend ACT Academy.
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.
We make selections based on current grade, GPA, previous ACT attempts, strength of
essay, male/female ratio, and geographic diversity.
Yes. If you were not selected you will be placed on the list and we will contact you
with instructions to attend.
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.
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.
Our program participants are primarily rising junior and senior Arkansan high school
students. We anticipate serving 150 students in the July ACT Academy.
Instructions about payment will be provided in the packet mailed to you prior to the
No. We are not able to provide refunds.
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.
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.
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.
No. We do not take late applications. Please be on the lookout to apply for ACT Academy
2019 on December 18, 2018.
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.
A packing list will be provided to you in the packet.
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.
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
Depending on the number of applicants we receive, we will prioritize those applicants
who have not attended ACT Academy before.