Programs & Services
Academic Success & Achievement offers a number of programs and services designed to help students be as successful as possible at The University of Arizona. Here is a brief summary of each program and the link to explore each program further. No matter the student need, we can connect them with an ASA program or another campus program or service to meet their needs.
Cultural Learning Communities
The Learning Communities provide an opportunity for students to participate in a culturally enriching experience. Students who identify as African American/Black (360) or Asian Pacific American (EDGE) or Native American/American Native (FYS) can choose to participate in one of our three learning communities. Each community has been created in partnership with the corresponding Cultural Center on campus. The Learning Communities will provide participants with the opportunity to connect with other students from their specific ethnic background, as well as students in the other two LCs.
First Cats provides support to incoming freshmen who are both first-generation college students and Pell grant eligible. Students in First Cats are connected to a community of students who share their background. Participants are integrated into campus by participating in regular meetings with Cat Coaches (peer mentors), workshops, and planning for career or graduate school.
Four-Year Programming and Services
Arizona Assurance Scholars Program
The Arizona Assurance Scholars Program provides academic, financial and social support for low-income Arizona residents as a way to ensure success, retention and graduation from the University of Arizona. The mission is achieved through first year transition programming, mentoring, leadership, career development, and graduate/professional school preparation.
The Arizona Mentors program pairs University of Arizona students with faculty and staff members. Mentors are paired with their mentees at the beginning of the school year based on common interests and/or academic discipline. We strongly recommend that mentees and mentors connect at least twice a semester. Many students, however, find their mentors to be valuable resources and meet with them more frequently. Outcomes have been immensely positive, as many mentors and mentees have constructed lasting, mutually beneficial relationships built upon a foundation of support.
ASA Peer Mentoring
ASA Peer Mentoring is a free program that connects UA students with student leaders that understand the challenges of college life. Our certified peer mentors are trained to support students at various points in their academic career: from their transition to college, as they navigate academic and personal options, and as they plan for their futures after graduation. We have developed specialized programming to better serve first, second and third year students.
The Pathway to Academic Student Success (PASS) Probation Program provides students in need of academic assistance with peer advising, workshops, individualized plans, and continuous support to improve students’ persistence towards graduation. With the use of technology, PASS is supporting a small subset of students from a distance, outside of Tucson and in some cases out of state.
Student Outreach and Support
Wildcat Connections Outreach
Wildcat Connections (our digital weekly newsletter) was read weekly by over 7,800 students (a mix of students participating in ASA first year programs, ASA employees and freshmen living off campus). We have a weekly curriculum which highlights important dates & deadlines, what’s happening on campus, campus resources, blogs about the student experience and Wildcat Wisdom.
SOS- Support. Opportunity. Success.
SOS was created to help students find answers and connections on campus. Student can reach out to SOS with any question about any topic and SOS will find them the answer or the appropriate campus resource. Students, families, UA staff faculty or community members can reach out to SOS by text, email, phone, live chat or walk-in and visit.
Wildcat Academy is an innovative program for first year students. The program provides students with a roadmap to college success. Structured programming and an individually tailored schedule will ease the transition to the University of Arizona.