Summer Institute

Henderson State University will play host to high school sophomores, juniors and seniors for a Summer Institute July 8-12, 2018.

The Summer Institute is a one-week residential program for students who have been selected from school districts within Henderson State University service area who have the potential to be successful in college but are not being encouraged to attend or apply to colleges and universities. A variety of sessions and activities are designed to address the specific needs of these students and have focused on these issues in the past:

  • securing scholarships and financial aid
  • study skills
  • leadership skills
  • college life
  • self-esteem
  • math anxiety

Individuals from the university, public schools and community work collaboratively and serve as facilitators and supervisors of the sessions and activities. The students live in campus housing and dine in the campus dining hall.

Henderson State University Summer Institute encourages students to attend college. It also has the following four objectives: 

  • To expose high school students to post secondary education and assist in the transition from high school to college. 
  • To provide academic and social skill training needed for a successful transition. 
  • To establish small learning communities through networking. 
  • To expose high school students to Henderson State University as a post-secondary school of choice. 

Institute guidelines

Registration form


Henderson State University 
1100 Henderson Street, Box 7820 
Arkadelphia, AR 71999-0001 

Program director

Wanda Harris - 870-230-5406