Frequently Asked Questions

Updated 04/26/22

What to Expect

New Student Orientation is the program that facilitates your introduction to the U of A. We will discuss policies and procedures, host tours, and walk students through the enrollment processes before their first semester of classes. Orientation attendance is required for New Freshmen and Transfer Freshmen because we facilitate your enrollment in classes, where as it is optional for Transfer Students. Transfer students also have the option of selecting an online orientation as well. For more information, visit our 2022 Dates page.

New Freshmen and Transfer Freshmen have the option of attending a One-Day or Two-Day session over the course of May, June, or August. Select dates are available for Honors College students as well.

One-Day sessions are expected to run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Two-Day sessions will run from 3 p.m. on Day 1 through approximately 3 p.m. on Day 2.

Complimentary overnight accommodations will be provided for students attending a two-day session, should they wish to stay overnight on campus. Students will be emailed in early May asking them to reserve a spot to stay overnight, but we will also ask during the check-in process, and accommodation can be made at that time.

Parents and other supporters are encouraged to attend orientation alongside their student; however, it is not required. Please note, there are no overnight accommodations provided for parents or supporters of the registered student. To learn more about the supporter's role at orientation, please visit our Parents & Supporters page.

There are 3 fees associated with orientation and enrollment:

  • Parent and Guest fee
    For every person over the age of 12 who attends orientation with a registered student, a $50 fee will be applied to the student's tuition and fees statement for the following term. This fee supports Parent and Family Programs within the Office of New Student and Family Programs. This office serves as the primary liaison between the University and Razorback families. They plan, develop, and implement specific events, resources, and services for families. By attending orientation as a parent or guest, you are considered a member of the Parent and Family Partnership Association.
  • New Student Fee
    A non-refundable fee of $95 will be applied to the tuition and fees statement of any student who attends orientation and/or enrolls in classes.
  • ID Card Fee
    When a student uploads a photo for their ID card or has their photo taken at the Campus Card Office, a non-refundable fee of $24 will be applied to their tuition and fees statement to be paid the upcoming term.

The online modules at nextsteps.uark.edu are a series of informational webpages that will walk students and their supporters through important processes, policies, and more as they prepare for their in-person orientation experience. While not required to complete before orientation, the information contained in the modules will briefly be covered during orientation, as the modules contain the most in-depth details. As you go through the modules, take note of any questions you may have that can be asked during orientation.

Manage Your Registration

  • Login to your New Student Center using the personal email address and password you used to create your account.
  • Select "Register for New Student Orientation" under Next Steps.
  • View the list of available dates and select the session that best fits your summer schedule.
  • Enter your necessary information for the session and click 'submit'.
  • View your registration confirmation in the email used with your New Student Center login, and continually refer to your email for updates regarding your session.

Register for any open session that fits your schedule. You will have an opportunity to register for Honors classes and connect with Honors College representatives to get the support you need to be successful in the Honors program regardless of the orientation you attend.

Each orientation session has a max capacity that we divide between our six academic colleges based on how many students they can academically advise each day. Being that each college (Walton, Fulbright, etc) can only accommodate a certain number of students at each session, your college may be at capacity for a session.

We encourage you to register for any open session that fits your schedule. You are at no academic disadvantage for selecting one orientation date over another, as students are guaranteed classes that meet their degree requirements regardless of the session they select.

We do not maintain a waitlist. However, you can log into your New Student Center and follow the link "View List of Available Dates" under "Registered: New Student Orientation." Should a date be available that works for you, return to your New Student Center and click "Manage Your Registration" to cancel your initial registration and once the page refreshes, return to your homepage to reschedule.

Log into your New Student Center and click "Manage Your Registration." On the next screen, click "Cancel Registration" and after that screen refreshes, follow the "Return to your New Student Center" link. It will now display a link to "Register for New Student Orientation" which you can follow to select a new orientation date based on current availability.

Contact the Office of New Student Orientation team as soon as possible. We can be reached at 479-575-4200 or nso@uark.edu.

Academic Advising & Registration

The majors and programs students can choose to study at the U of A are divided among six colleges that exist within the University's campus, and are separated based on general subject matter. Each major corresponds to a specific college, so what major you select indicates the college you are a part of on campus after admission.

Academic advising is the time each semester when you will meet with an advisor in your college to discuss your enrollment options for the following semester. Incoming Freshmen and Transfer Freshmen will meet with academic advisors and enroll in classes during orientation. Transfer students can schedule advising appointments before attending orientation.

Please reach out to your admissions counselor or the staff at New Student Orientation for questions about majors and programs. We are not academic advisors, but we will assist you as we are able in preparation for your enrollment.

All students are encouraged to use the MyMajors tool from the Career Development Center to explore as well.

During academic advising, as part of your orientation experience, you can mention that you would like to add an additional major/minor to your degree plan. Depending on the program and your academic college, an advisor may help you amend your class schedule at that time, or instruct you to wait until you register for spring classes.

To change your major before orientation, you may log in to your New Student Center with the email and password used to create your admissions application. At the bottom of the main page is a link reading "Change of Major Form". You may follow this link to change you major before Orientation.

Students should write down their questions and bring them with them to New Student Orientation. Academic advisors will not speak with you beforehand because they are assisting current students with their enrollment processes.

New Student Fee: A non-refundable fee of $95 will be applied to the tuition and fees statement of any student who attends orientation and/or enrolls in classes.

Additional fees associated with enrollment information can be found on the Treasurer's Office website

After Attending New Student Orientation

If the advisor you spoke with during New Student Orientation provided you with their direct contact information, reach out to them directly. If they did not, you can use the Advising website to locate the contact information for your academic college's advising office.

Students should refer to the Prepare page of the Orientation website for to-do list items after attending orientation. If more questions arise, they can contact their admissions counselor or the NSO team at nso@uark.edu or 479-575-4200.

Students should contact their academic advising office for instructions on how to withdraw their classes, but not before reaching out to the Office of Financial Aid and/or Office of Academic Scholarships to see how withdrawing can impact their funding eligibility in the future. If you withdraw from your classes after enrolling, you are subject to the drop/withdraw dates and refunds noted in the Academic Semester Calendar for the term you enrolled for. Students must reapply for admission to be considered for a future term.