Frequently Asked Questions about the Path Program
Have questions about the Honors College Path Program? We've got answers for you here.
To join the Honors College Path Program, you must be from an underrepresented population, live in Arkansas, be academically strong, and show a level of leadership and civic engagement. Specific eligibility requirements include:
- high school GPA of 3.5 or above
- ACT composite score between a 23 – 27 (1130 – 1300 SAT)
- apply for University of Arkansas scholarships
High school students who meet the above requirements will be invited to apply to the Path Program.
The Path Program defines underrepresented in various ways. Students are considered underrepresented if they
- are a racial or ethnic minority
- are from a low-income/socioeconomic background
- will be a first-generation college student (neither parent graduated from a four-year college)
- plan to pursue a degree in a field dominated by the opposite gender
- are from a geographic area of Arkansas that doesn’t have a lot of representation on the U of A campus
So, for example, a white male student pursuing an engineering degree can be considered underrepresented if he is the first in his family to attend a four-year college or university.
Path students can pursue a degree from any of the six academic colleges on the University of Arkansas campus. Our Path students are pursuing majors ranging from agribusiness to architecture. However, if you plan to pursue a degree in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM), check out the NSF Path STEM Scholarship!
Yes! Thanks to a National Science Foundation grant of nearly $1 million, the Honors College is launching annually renewable NSF Path STEM Scholarships that will support students interested in pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering or mathematics.
Are you interested in the arts, humanities or business? We also offer scholarships
to a select group of students who are pursuing degrees in disciplines across campus.
Thanks to generous support from Bob and Linda McMath, Nick and Carolyn Cole, and Lee
and Beverly Bodenhamer, we are well on our way to offering scholarships to many more
of our Path students.
We also work with current students to identify other scholarships and grants, from local and institutional opportunities to nationally competitive awards.
The Accelerate Student Achievement Program (ASAP) is a five-week summer bridge program
that gives 100 students the chance to live on campus for the summer, take classes,
and make meaningful connections with other students, as well as with faculty and staff.
ASAP is free to participants. The program will cover the cost of living on campus (including meals), classes taken during the program, and program activities and supplies. Students will have the chance to take two courses, plus a one-hour honors course– a total of seven credit hours that will count toward your degree.
Interested in the NSF Path STEM Scholarships? Read on.
To be a NSF Path STEM Scholar, students must:
- Be considered low-income as defined by the federal government. This would include being eligible for Stafford Loans or Pell Grants.
- Come from a rural area according to the zip code list posted by cms.gov. NSF Path STEM Scholars can come from any state in the U.S.
- Have a high school GPA of 3.5 or above.
- Score between a 23 - 27 composite ACT (1130 - 1300 SAT).
- Pursue a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) major.
College of Engineering STEM majors include:
- biological engineering
- biomedical engineering
- chemical engineering
- civil engineering
- computer engineering
- computer science
- electrical engineering
- industrial engineering
- mechanical engineering
Fulbright College STEM majors include:
- biological sciences
- chemistry and biochemistry
- mathematical sciences
The Path Program Interview Weekend will focus on finalists' past experiences, their aspirations towards a career in a STEM field, and other relevant topics.
In addition to the interview, you will be able to tour our campus and residence halls, attend a unique event on Friday, sit in on a class, and learn more about your academic college's honors program, student life, undergraduate research and much more. You'll also have the opportunity to meet U of A faculty, staff and current students.
You must attend the interview weekend to be considered for a NSF Path STEM Scholarship.
Students accepted as Path STEM Scholars must attend this 5-week summer in-residence bridge program. All Path STEM students will enroll full-time in Summer Session II, taking 7 credit hours in STEM courses to jump start their pursuit of STEM degrees and ensure they are well positioned among their peer scholars.
NSF Path STEM Scholars are not allowed to pursue the pre-med track. If a scholar declares pre-med, they will forfeit participation in the program and the scholarship.
Current University of Arkansas students are ineligible for consideration.