Message from the Executive Director

Since 1999, Arkansas Commitment has provided free supplemental counseling to students within the Central Arkansas Area. Our goal is to equip the students of Little Rock with the leadership skills, the academic prowess, and the exposure to institutions of higher learning to ensure a successful transition from high school to college.

In addition to college counseling from 9th-12th grades, students within our program will receive free College Essay Writing Workshops, Academic Tutors, College Tours, as well as semester-long ACT prep classes provided by Huntington Learning Center.

The Class of 2018 consisted of 30 students from 12 different high schools, a National Merit Scholar, 3 Valedictorians, musicians, student body presidents, dancers, athletes, and artists. With our intentional cultivation of the well-rounded student, 100% of the members within our 2018 senior cohort matriculated to college while receiving over $9.3 million in merit-based scholarships, need-based aid and outside scholarships. Since 2010, our students have amassed $31.3 million dollars in scholarships and grants.

Whether you’re a student looking for extra support or a college representative looking for the perfect student for your institution, Arkansas Commitment can help you reach your goal.

Schools Represented Within Our Program

At A Glance

  • Cost – FREE!
  • Selected members include 10th-12th graders
  • Guidance on course schedules every semester
  • College and Career exploration
  • Extensive college search assistance
  • Financial aid and scholarship workshops
  • Test preparation for the PSAT, ACT and SAT
  • Monthly sessions on leadership development
  • Community service and outreach projects

Student Profile

Average GPA: 3.8 with 4 Advanced Placement courses 

Average ACT: 26-28

Class Rank: Top 5-10%

Average Total Financial Aid Package: $27,500 for 4 years

Total Financial Aid Earned: $26 million

Extra-curricular Activities: Student body presidents and vice-presidents, class presidents, varsity student-athletes and team captains, civic youth leaders, church youth leaders, cheer-leading captains, newspaper/yearbook editors, valedictorians, band section leaders, All- State/All-Region representatives, artists, poets, competitive dancers, numerous recipients of area honors and awards, summer enrichment program attendees and researchers

Special Programs

ACT Preparation

High School Partnerships

Community Service

Access to CollegesGuidance

In an effort to eliminate the stereotype of African-Americans receiving lower test scores, each student within our program are provided with a free 7-week intensive ACT preparation course during their junior year.

As part of our commitment to the community of Little Rock, our program proudly partners with Hall HS, J.A.Fair HS, Little Rock Central HS of the Little Rock School District; North Little Rock High School, and E-stem Public Charter School.

Our staff conducts a 4-part College Readiness Workshop within partner high schools that begin the college exploration process for students in grades 9-12. Through our High School Workshops, our program has touched the lives of over 750 students on an annual basis.

Students within the Arkansas Commitment program are expected to excel inside and outside of the classroom.

Outside of the classroom, students are expected to participate in community service efforts in order to maintain membership.

In addition to partnering with colleges throughout the country, Arkansas Commitment proudly hosts an annual College Symposium. This event allows the top 10% of students from across the Central Arkansas Area to meet with Admission Representatives from our partner colleges while they give expert insight on the college admissions process.

Considering that High School Counselors may have caseloads exceeding 300+, Arkansas Commitment provides one- on-one counseling to students and their families.