New Freshmen & Transfer Freshmen

Which orientation is right for me?

Virtual Sessions

During this 100% virtual version of orientation, students will have a one-on-one virtual advising appointment with an academic advisor, enroll in classes, and access online breakout sessions and modules designed to introduce you and your family to the various campus services and resources available at the U of A.

On-Campus Sessions

Students who attend an on-campus orientation session will meet with an academic advisor and enroll in courses virtually one week before their on-campus session. During the on-campus session, you and your guest(s) will connect with other students, and learn more about the resources and opportunities available on campus.

Honors Sessions

Honors eligible students have the option to attend an honors session, either virtually or on campus, or any other virtual or on campus session. No matter which session you attend, Honors students will have the opportunity to connect with the Honors College and register for Honors courses. Honors students will meet with an academic advisor virtually, regardless of session format or date.

How to Register for Orientation

If you still need to register for Orientation, please email us, or call us at 479-575-4200

How to Change Your Orientation Session

  1. If you want to change your orientation session later on, log in to your Application Center, using the personal email address you created your account with.
  2. Follow the "Manage 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 Application Center will now display a "Register for New Student Orientation" link.

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

2021 Dates

Below is the full schedule of sessions. Your Application Center will only show those sessions with space available for your academic college. The FAQ page has more information.

Spring Orientation January 5 ONLINE
Honors Virtual Orientation May 24 ONLINE
Honors Virtual Orientation May 25 ONLINE
Virtual Orientation May 26 ONLINE
Virtual Orientation May 27 ONLINE
Virtual Orientation May 28 ONLINE
Virtual Orientation June 1 ONLINE
Virtual Orientation June 2 ONLINE
Virtual Orientation June 3 ONLINE
Virtual Orientation June 4 ONLINE
Honors On-Campus Orientation June 7 IN PERSON
Honors On-Campus Orientation June 8 IN PERSON
On-Campus Orientation June 9 IN PERSON
On-Campus Orientation June 10 IN PERSON
On-Campus Orientation June 11 IN PERSON
On-Campus Orientation June 14 IN PERSON
On-Campus Orientation June 15 IN PERSON
On-Campus Orientation June 16 IN PERSON
On-Campus Orientation June 17 IN PERSON
On-Campus Orientation June 18 IN PERSON
On-Campus Orientation June 21 IN PERSON
On-Campus Orientation June 22 IN PERSON
Virtual Orientation June 22 ONLINE
On-Campus Orientation June 23 IN PERSON
On-Campus Orientation June 24 IN PERSON
On-Campus Orientation June 25 IN PERSON
Virtual Orientation June 28 ONLINE
Virtual Orientation June 29 ONLINE
Virtual Orientation June 30 ONLINE
Virtual Orientation July 1 ONLINE
Virtual Orientation July 2 ONLINE
Virtual Orientation August 3 ONLINE
Virtual Orientation August 6 ONLINE
On-Campus Orientation August 11 IN PERSON
On-Campus Orientation August 12 IN PERSON

If attending an in-person orientation, students will meet with an academic advisor virtually, a week prior to attending this session. All academic advising will be done virtually regardless of which session you attend.

Spring Orientation

This one-day virtual session is 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 around 5 p.m. (depending on how much time you need to register for courses). Students will learn about various campus services and resources, as well as their college and major. Students will meet online with an academic advisor and register for classes during orientation; however, transfer students with more than 24 transferrable credit hours should be advised prior to attending orientation.

Honors Orientation

These sessions are designed for new freshmen and transfer freshmen who meet the requirements for the University of Arkansas Honors College. During this session, students and their guests will learn about the Honors College, as well as various campus services and resources. Students will meet with an academic advisor virtually regardless of whether they register for a virtual or on-campus session. Registrants for virtual sessions will be advised and register for classes the day of their orientation session. Registrants of on-campus sessions will be advised and register for classes a week before their orientation session.

Virtual Orientation

These one-day sessions are designed for any new freshman or transfer freshman at the University of Arkansas. This session will begin at 8 a.m. and conclude around 5 p.m. Parents are welcome to participate along with their student - there is no Guest Fee charged for additional participants. Each student will meet one-on-one with an academic advisor in their academic college on their orientation date. Students will receive an email from UASuccess with their appointment information, to their UARK email account, a week before.

On-Campus Orientation

These one-day sessions are designed for any new freshman or transfer freshman at the University of Arkansas. Students are allowed up to two guests, and there will be a guest fee for any guest attending over the age of 12. Each student will meet with an academic advisor and enroll in courses virtually one week before their on-campus session. Students will receive an email from UASuccess with their advising appointment information, to their UARK email account, a week before the appointment date. For on-campus sessions, masks and social distancing will be optional for fully vaccinated individuals. Masks and social distancing will continue to be required for unvaccinated individuals at this time.