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UA access and retention of Native American students is on the rise, thanks in part to our Native SOAR program. In 2015, the UA enrolled a total of 390 Native American undergraduates, a 16 percent increase from 2013. The retention rate for Native American first-year students increased 7 percentage points, from 64 percent in 2014 to 71 percent in 2015. Native SOAR (Student Outreach, Access, and Resiliency) has Native American freshmen serve as peer mentors to Native American high school students. This culturally relevant peer-mentoring relationship has been shown to contribute toward the retention of Native American freshman participants, resulting in a 100 percent freshman-to-sophomore retention rate among participants.