360 Program

What is the 360 Program?

The 360 Program is a centerpiece initiative of the Student Success Center that offers one-on-one support for students’ academic transition, financial planning, social engagement and wellness during their time at the U of A. The 360 Program is currently by invitation only and serves first-year students who are first-generation college students and Federal Pell Grant recipients. The 360 Program supports a successful transition to campus life and continues to serve as a resource throughout students’ time at the University of Arkansas.


Participation in the 360 Program includes: 

  • placement in a specialized University Perspectives course (UNIV 1001), 
  • an assigned 360 Program faculty advisor who will teach program participants in a University Perspectives course and meet with them regularly throughout their first year to aid them in their college transition and who will continue to serve as a resource for their success throughout their time at the U of A, 
  • an assigned 360 Program peer mentor who will meet with them in one-on-one and small group settings throughout their first semester to provide them with support from the perspective of a fellow student,  
  • unique access to Student Success Center events, programs and supplemental academic support,
  • and consideration for a scholarship intended to assist in covering the cost of their required textbooks. 

Why is it called 360?

Just as the university approaches its student success efforts in a comprehensive approach, the 360 program helps participating students in all aspects of their college experience, including academic, social, financial and wellness support.

How is my 360 Instructor/Advisor different from my academic advisor?

The 360 Program provides support in collaboration with existing services on campus, including faculty, financial aid advisors, housing and more. While our 360 Instructors take on an advising role, they serve as a supplement to your academic advisor who will guide you on course enrollment and degree completion.

How can I be a part of the 360 Program?

Program participants are selected in the summer before their fall semester. They are first-time, first-year degree-seeking students who have selected majors within the College of Education and Health Professions and the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences. Additionally, they are selected from information in the admissions process, including identifying as a first-generation college student and Pell Grant recipient.