How to Register

We are excited to welcome you to campus this fall for classes. In keeping with state guidelines surrounding COVID-19, New Student Orientation will be hosting a virtual experience throughout the summer, rather than on-campus events. As of 6/11, August sessions have also been moved online. For those who have signed up for orientation, your orientation date remains the same. For those who are planning to attend a University of Arkansas orientation session, but have not signed up yet, please register soon.

In the meantime, if you have any questions at all, please reach out to us at nso@uark.edu or 479-575-4200. We are standing by to connect.

Log in to your New Student Center, using the personal email address you created your account with, to select an orientation date. You must first be admitted and have viewed your admissions decision notice to register for orientation. The registration form will show you the available sessions based on your major.

Register for Orientation

How to Change Your Orientation Session

  1. If you want to change your orientation session later on, log in to your New Student Center, using the personal email address you created your account with.
  2. Follow the "Cancel Your Registration" link under your current session information.
  3. On the next screen, select "Cancel Registration".
  4. After the screen refreshes, follow the "Return to your New Student Center" link.
  5. Your New Student Center will now display a "Reschedule New Student Orientation" link.

See How to Change Your Orientation Session for screenshots of the process.

Orientation Fees

All new students enrolling at the U of A pay a one-time New Student Fee of $85.00 which encompasses orientation, First Year Experience, and the Campus Card Fee. There will be no guest fee applied this year for any parent or guest who wishes to participate in the online orientation alongside you.

Which Orientation is Right for Me?

Spring Orientation

These sessions are designed for any new freshman, transfer freshman, or transfer student who is beginning classes at the University of Arkansas in the spring semester. This session will begin at 8 a.m. and conclude by 5 p.m. Students and their guests will learn about various campus services and resources, as well as their college and major. Students will meet with an academic advisor and register for classes at orientation; however, transfer students with more than 24 transferrable credit hours should be advised prior to attending orientation.

Spring Online Orientation

These sessions are designed for transfer students with more than 24 transferrable credit hours. This online video will discuss various campus services and resources. Students may then meet with an academic advisor and register for classes.

Honors 2-Day Orientation

These sessions are designed for new freshmen and transfer freshmen who meet the requirements for the University of Arkansas Honors College. This session will begin at 2 p.m. on day 1 and conclude at 3 p.m. on day 2. Complimentary housing is available for students, if they wish to stay on campus. During this session, students and their guests will learn about the Honors College, as well as various campus services and resources, while also having the opportunity to meet other students and learn more about their college and major. Students will meet with an academic advisor and register for classes.

Traditional 2-Day Orientation

These sessions are designed for any new freshman or transfer freshman at the University of Arkansas. This session will begin at 3 p.m. on day 1 and conclude at 3 p.m. on day 2. Complimentary housing is available for students, if they wish to stay on campus. During this session, students and their guests will learn about various campus services and resources, while also having the opportunity to meet other students and learn more about their college and major. Students will meet with an academic advisor and register for classes.

Traditional 1-Day Orientation

These sessions are designed for any new freshman or transfer freshman who is looking for an expedited orientation experience. This session will begin at 8 a.m. and conclude at 5 p.m. During this session, students and their guests will learn about various campus services and resources, as well as the student’s college and major. Students will meet with an academic advisor and register for classes.

Transfer 1-Day Orientation

These sessions are designed for transfer students who have obtained more than 24 transferrable credit hours. This session will begin at 9:30 a.m. and conclude by 5 p.m. Students and their guests will learn about various campus services and resources, as well as the student’s college and major. Transfer students should be advised prior to attending orientation. Learn more about transfer 1-Day orientation.

Fall Online Orientation

These sessions are designed for transfer students with more than 24 transferrable credit hours. This online video will discuss various campus services and resources. Students may then meet with an academic advisor and register for classes.

Note: All orientation sessions are available on a first come, first served basis. Each college has a set number of spots available at each session, and once full, that session will be closed. However, if students drop out of a session, it will open back up for other students to select in their New Student Center.

2020 Dates

Spring Orientation January 7  
Honors 2-Day Orientation May 26-27 ONLINE
Honors 2-Day Orientation May 27-28 ONLINE
Traditional 2-Day Orientation** May 28-29 ONLINE
Traditional 1-Day Orientation June 8 ONLINE
Traditional 2-Day Orientation June 8-9 ONLINE
Traditional 2-Day Orientation June 9-10 ONLINE
Traditional 2-Day Orientation June 10-11 ONLINE
Traditional 2-Day Orientation June 11-12 ONLINE
Traditional 1-Day Orientation June 15 ONLINE
Traditional 2-Day Orientation June 15-16 ONLINE
Traditional 2-Day Orientation June 16-17 ONLINE
Traditional 2-Day Orientation June 17-18 ONLINE
Traditional 2-Day Orientation June 18-19 ONLINE
Traditional 1-Day Orientation June 22 ONLINE
Traditional 2-Day Orientation June 22-23 ONLINE
Traditional 2-Day Orientation June 23-24 ONLINE
Traditional 2-Day Orientation June 24-25 ONLINE
Traditional 2-Day Orientation June 25-26 ONLINE
Traditional 1-Day Orientation August 12 ONLINE*
Traditional 1-Day Orientation August 13 ONLINE*

* We continue to monitor guidelines concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to current circumstances, August sessions have been moved online.

**This is a traditional orientation session; however, students in the College of Engineering and the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences must be honors students to attend.