$250 Student Success Challenge

Student Success Challenge

The Student Success Challenge is back for Spring 2017!

Want to have a successful first year?  Then take the UCA Student Success Challenge!  We’ll help you become the best student you can be.

students by bearThe Student Success Challenge is designed to provide you with strategies to enhance your academic success during your first year at UCA. All you have to do is complete each of the programs or assignments listed below, and we’re confident your academic skills and performance will improve.

As an added incentive, first-year Pell-eligible students who participate in the program and complete all challenges this Spring, will receive a one-time, $250 Student Success Scholarship for the Fall 2017 term. First-year entering students who are not Pell-eligible but choose to complete the Challenge can receive selected UCA merchandise from the Office of Student Success.

Even if you completed the Challenge in the Fall, you can do it again this Spring!  Print your Challenge Checksheet, and get started!


Student Success Challenge Participant Requirements
  • Be a first-time entering freshman at UCA during the 2016-2017 academic year.
  • Be enrolled full-time on the 11th day of spring classes

Students who meet these requirements and the following additional requirements will be eligible for the SS Challenge Scholarship:

  • Be eligible to receive a federal Pell Grant by 1/30/2017
  • Be notified of eligibility by the UCA Financial Aid Office


The Student Success Challenge

To succeed in the SS Challenge, participants need to complete the following FIVE (5) events no later than April 7, 2017  

  • One of these Academic Planning events:
    • Meet with a Peer Coach
    • OR
    • Attend a Degreeworks Workshop
      • All workshops held during X-period in Harrin 131. Dates:
        Tuesday 2/21, Tuesday 2/28
        Thursday 3/9, Thursday 3/16

        Tuesday 4/4, Thursday 4/6

  • One of these Academic Skills events:
    • Attend an onsite Academic Success Workshop or
    • OR
    • Meet with a tutor in Tutoring Services Center (Torreyson 223) or Writing Center (Thompson Hall)

  • One of these Financial Literacy events:
    • Meet with your Financial Aid Counselor for a personalized  Financial Success Counseling session
    • OR
    • Complete the online Financial Literacy workshop
      • See: StudentLingo (“Smart Money Skills” video)
      • Be sure to submit the certificate of completion with your Checksheet!

  • Two of these Student Success events:
    • Complete one online academic success workshop other than financial literacy 
      • Be sure to submit the certificate of completion with your Checksheet!
      • See: StudentLingo (choose one)
    • Complete your Spring Mapworks survey and review the student report
      • Survey available Feb 5th-Feb 20th, and report available immediately after survey completion. (Questions? contact tbruick@uca.edu)
      • Be sure to attach a copy of the first page of your report to your Checksheet!
    •  Attend a designated ABC Program or Office of Diversity and Community Event
    • Attend a Counseling Center Group Counseling workshop or Boot Camp


Student Success Scholarship $250

To receive the scholarship for the fall term, you must:

  • Be an eligible Pell Grant recipient (as determined by Financial Aid)
  • Successfully complete the Challenge as outlined above
  • Be enrolled in at least 12 hours at UCA for the Fall 2017 term
UCA Merchandise Awards

Students who are not Pell-eligible but who complete the Challenge will receive a UCA item from the Office of Student Success.  Please be sure to submit your completed Challenge Checksheet to the Office of Student Success no later than April 30, 2017. Once we have verified your participation, we’ll award your UCA merchandise.


Questions about your eligibility?  Contact the UCA Financial Aid Office at 501-450-3140.

Questions about the program requirements? Contact the UCA Office of Student Success at 501-450-3125.

of Student Success at 501-450-3125.