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.
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 – Any student who desires to withdraw from the university must adhere to the Satisfactory Academic Progression (SAP) policy. Additionally, students receiving federal student loans (Direct Subsidized Loan, Direct Unsubsidized Loan, and Direct PLUS Loan for Graduate and Professional Students) must complete the Online Student Exit Loan Counseling Requirement. If a student withdraws from ALL courses before more than 60% of the time has elapsed in the semester, it will be determined if he/she “earned” all financial aid received from federal programs. If the student did not earn the aforementioned aid, he/she will be informed of the amount that must be repaid and of the options for repayment. The student must submit an application for readmission if he/she plans to re-enroll. Failure to comply with this regulation will result in the recording of failing grades in all courses for which the student is registered and the losing of any refund of fees to which he/she may otherwise be entitled.