Welcome to Arkansas State University!

Requirements and Process

Admission Requirements

  • Accepted and enrolled in Arkansas State University online courses
  • 18 years of age or older upon submission of application
  • Have a documented autism spectrum disorder diagnosis
  • Applicant should have an interest in obtaining a bachelor’s degree at Arkansas State University to expand educational and career opportunities.
  • Applicant should currently have or can prepare to have reliable technology such as a computer, webcam, internet access, cell phone, etc.
  • Applicant should be comfortable using a cell phone and computer independently or with assistive technology.

Program Process

  1. Prospective students should review admission requirements before filling out the application
  2. Complete application here
  3. Applicants will either receive an email confirming or denying acceptance. Acceptance emails will include detailed instructions on the intake activities and orientation details.
  4. Follow acceptance, each student will be required to participate in a week of orientation prior to the beginning of the fall semester. Orientation will include the following:
    1. Virtual interview with student, family member or caregiver, and 1-2 staff members
    2. Standardized questionnaire that should be filled out by the student or a family member/caregiver to help staff better understand the student’s strength and needs based on population norms
    3. Students will be provided with online training modules to learn basic virtual software and programs that will be used throughout their academic years and EduCare activities including but not limited to Zoom, Blackboard Learn, etc.
    4. At the end of orientation week, the student will have their first one-on-one meeting with their mentor to get to know one another. This is when the student and mentor will work together to identify client-specific goals in the areas of academia, social competency, community living, and career preparation.
    5. Additionally, the parent/family member/caregiver is encouraged to schedule a separate virtual meeting with their student’s mentor to add valuable information about the family’s vision for their student.
    6. When the semester begins, each student will be provided with a detailed plan which will include scheduled meetings with their mentor, activities to complete over the semester, and competencies that will be assessed each semester.