About Engagement & Retention Center

Summerfield Hall

Who We Serve?

The AREC provides programming and support targeted to students that identify as any of the following: 

  • First- Generation College Students: Neither parent nor guardian has completed a four-year degree. 
  • Students of Color: Identify as American Indian and Alaska Native, Asian, Black, or African American, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, Hispanic, or more than one race. 
  • Low-income: Determined by Pell-Eligibility
  • Members of the following Scholarship programs: 
    • Haskell/KU Exchange Program Participants

    • Hispanic Development Fund Scholars 

    • KC Scholars Scholarship Program 

    • Larson Scholars Scholarship Program 

    • Multicultural Scholars Program 


About Our Center 

The Academic Retention and Engagement Center supports initiatives that focus on centering the experiences of diverse populations at KU. These initiatives are designed to support student’s needs in their transition to KU and through graduation. The center serves to expose students to unique experiences, build community and develop key competencies through inclusive, educational, and innovative opportunities that support the academic and professional goals of the students. The Academic Retention and Engagement Center prioritizes the experiences of all First-Generation College Students, Low Income/ Pell eligible students and Students of Color. The center provides leadership for support programs including Multicultural Scholars Program, Hawk Link, KC Scholars, Hispanic Development Fund Scholars, Haskell Exchange Program, KU Peer Mentoring and OPTIONS program.

Core Values

  • Connect: Sense of belonging is a key part of success, and meeting new people is the best way to build social capital.  Students will be provided with opportunities to interact with peers and professionals to develop a community and network.

  • Engage: Learning is more than just what you accomplish in the classroom. Students will have the opportunity to take advantage of opportunities outside of the classroom including research, internships, service, and leadership roles.

  • Learn: Being a successful student is about knowing how to learn and how to make meaning out of your experiences. Students will be exposed to opportunities to help determine effective approaches that will allow them establish and meet their academic goals.


  • Monday thru Friday

  • 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

  • Summerfield Hall , Room 350