Join BEAR Life

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Join the BEAR Life Family!

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What is BEAR Life?

BEAR (Bridging Economic and Academic Resources) Life is a freshman transition program that supports Pell Eligible students through their first three semesters of college. Students in the BEAR Life program are provided with dedicated Peer Guides who serve as mentors and coaches to help them succeed academically. We partner with the students to ensure they have all the resources they need to succeed at UCA.

Staying on TRACK

As a BEAR Life student, our Peer Guides and staff monitor your success through our T.R.A.C.K program. To remain on T.R.A.C.K and in good standing, students must:

  • Attend 1 Wellness Coaching session
  • Attend Monthly Academic Coaching sessions (individual and group)
  • Complete a Financial Literacy Module (fall) and Focus 2 Career Assessment (spring)
  • Track 5 study hours per week
  • Remain in good academic standing with the University.

 Click below to apply for the Fall 2024 cohort 

You will be required to login with the email address you used when applying to UCA. If you cannot remember which email address you used, please email Space is limited for the BEAR Life program. Once you apply you will receive confirmation that your application has been received and a prompt to sign up for a virtual information session. Participants will be notified if they have been admitted to the program or not via email on April 30th.

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Virtual Information Sessions

After you have submitted your application, sign up for a virtual information session. To be considered for a spot in the BEAR life program, you must complete an application and attend a virtual information session.


Need to get in touch with the BEAR Life office?

Call us at (501) 470-7575, email, or stop by the BEAR Life Suite in the Student Success and Veterans Resource Center and see us in person.