The Panther Promise Program (3P), established in 2018, was born of the UNI Center for Urban Education’s (UNI-CUE) desire to help Iowa students better access the UNI campus. Bringing together principles of TRiO programs and general athletics recruiting, the program focuses on building solid relationships with guidance counselors, principals and teachers in Iowa high schools, while identifying eligible juniors and seniors who are then brought to UNI for visits of the campus and with students. 3P offers customized, half-day visits for students, free application for admission and continued contact through the time they enroll.
“I think one of the reasons we have such a high graduation rate among our athletes is that we remain connected to them from the day we begin recruiting them to the day they graduate,” said Robert Smith, executive director of UNI-CUE. “I wanted to see UNI offer that same kind of attention to more of its students.”
If you or someone you know is interested in the Panther Promise Program, contact Smith at 319-273-4772.