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University College

Academic Success

University College is a multi-faceted unit that connects key university programs to set students on a path to academic success. The program spans from recruiting high school students to ensuring freshmen and sophomores are meeting their academic goals. University College increases student retention and graduation rates; factors that ultimately translate to professional employment and graduate school opportunities for Alcorn graduates. University College organizes six key areas to engage students in setting and accomplishing academic goals. The network allows the entire university team to take an active, student-specific role in guiding academic success.

Areas of Engagement

Academic Advising — Implements best advising practices and strategies which leverages collaborative efforts between professional advisors and departmental faculty

First Year Experience — Provides ongoing activities that help students understand the connection between academic discipline and career success

Student Support Services — All students participating in the program get academic support through special workshops, tutorials, computer learning programs and study skills instruction. The program may provide grant aid to current active freshmen and sophomore participants who are receiving Federal Pell Grants.

Summer Developmental Program — This program enhances the academic skills of students who do not meet all admission criteria for Mississippi’s eight public universities. The program includes classroom instruction in English, math and reading.

Upward Bound Program — This program prepares participants for college entrance by improving their knowledge in basic academic subjects such as math, English, science, reading, French and Spanish.

Retention Specialist — The retention specialist coordinates institutional efforts and implements programs and provides services that will increase the retention rate of students and encourage persistence.

Testing Services - The mission of Testing Services is to assist the university with assessment services to admit and retain the students who attend Alcorn State University. Standardized tests administered are Accuplacer, ACT, ACT Residual, GRE, and Placement.

Withdrawal Process - To withdraw from the university, students should report to the Retention Office located in Lanier Hall, room 217. The student will complete the Notification of Total Withdrawal form and a Withdrawing Student Survey. Students enrolled at the Vicksburg and Natchez branches may withdraw at those locations. (Note: Students who have not paid fees for the current semester do not need to complete a withdrawal form.) Inquiries may be directed to (601) 877-6227.

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