Frequently Asked Questions

When you attend on-campus Orientation you will:
  • Learn about the University of Arkansas
  • Talk to representatives from many UA departments
  • Meet current UA students, faculty and staff
  • Get tips on campus life and learn about what goes on in college
  • Learn about UA policies and procedures
  • Have your questions answered
  • Meet other new students and parents

During your virtual orientation session, you will have access to important information in online modules, dedicated one-on-one time with an academic advisor, and opportunities for you and your family to join live seminars on popular topics such as financial aid, scholarships, housing, meal plans, student accounts, and the Honors College. You will also have a chance to meet with Orientation Leaders and ask any questions you might have. A more detailed agenda will available on this website prior to your orientation date.

Students registered for on-campus orientation will be advised and register for classes a week before their on-campus orientation session.

Students registered for virtual orientation will be advised and register for classes during their virtual orientation session.

  • Log in to your application center.
  • Under "Next Steps" there is a link to register for New Student Orientation, which will take you to a registration form customized for your major.
  • You will receive a confirmation email shortly after submitting the online form.

Closer to your orientation date, your academic advisor will send out more information about your one-on-one advising appointment. You will receive an email from UASuccess Calendar to your UARK account with your specific orientation time. There is nothing you must do to sign up for your advising session, as it will be a part of your overall orientation experience.

Only orientations with adequate space remaining in your academic college's session will display as available within the registration portal. As with all of our orientation sessions, we must maintain a registration limit for each academic college's sections. This ensures that our advisors can provide individualized, personal advising experiences for each student as well as follow the COVID19 restrictions for on-campus sessions to ensure the safety for you and our campus community.

Unfortunately there is not waitlist. However, you are encouraged to continue to check to see if a spot opens. There are instructions on how to change your current orientation date.

  • All new University of Arkansas students are required to participate in orientation in order to register for classes.
  • Parents, spouses, family members or guests that want to support their new student and learn about the University of Arkansas.
  • For on-campus orientation, you can bring one guest.
  • Admission: Students must have been admitted to the University of Arkansas and received a "Notice of Acceptance" from the Office of Admissions before making reservations to attend Orientation.
  • Test Scores: Entering students with fewer than 24 hours of college transfer work must have official ACT or SAT scores (no more than four years old) on file with the Office of Admissions prior to attending Orientation.
  • Transcripts: Entering students with fewer than 24 hours of college credit must have a final high school transcript on file with the Office of Admissions prior to attending Orientation. Transfer students must have their official college transcripts on file with the Office of Admissions prior to attending Orientation. Transfer students must also bring a copy of their college transcript to their Orientation session to facilitate the advising process.
  • Immunization Records: The University of Arkansas requires all full-time and part-time students to provide proof of two vaccinations against measles, mumps, and rubella except when exempted for medical or religious reasons per the State of Arkansas Immunization requirements. Students who fail to comply with the immunization requirement will not be able to enroll for classes during orientation. Prior to attending New Student Orientation, students must submit a copy of their immunization records to the Pat Walker Health Center. Records can be submitted by mail, fax, or e-mail:
    Pat Walker Health Center - Immunization Compliance
    424 N. Garland Ave.
    Fayetteville, AR 72701
    Fax: (479) 575-8793
    immu@uark.edu
    For further information  call the Pat Walker Health Center at (479) 575-4451, option 1, or access their Allergy, Immunizations & Travel page.
  • Contract for Housing: If you are a single freshman under the age of twenty-one (21) years and will not be living in your parent or legal guardian's permanent home you must complete a housing contract. Go to housing.uark.edu. A $235 Advance Payment is required. You may pay with a credit card online:housing.uark.edu.

YES! Parents are strongly encouraged to attend Orientation! They can make a tremendous difference in your success at the University of Arkansas. The Orientation itinerary for parents and guests is parallel to the student program. Parents will attend some events with students while other events have been specifically designed just for you. Some of the events parents and guests should expect to participate in are the following:

  • Opening Session led by Chancellor Joseph E. Steinmetz
  • Meetings with members of the faculty & staff
  • Discussions with various campus leaders
  • A special campus tour

Yes! Parents are welcome to go through the online orientation sessions. Guests can participate in real-time presentations that we will host throughout the summer, and may also access the online modules we will make available. We strongly encourage parents or any guest to participate along with students outside of the 1:1 advising.

Transfer and non-traditional students may attend a one-day session or take our Online Orientation for transfer students. Transfer students are defined as students transferring 24 or more hours of college credit to the University of Arkansas.

Orientation is just one of the opportunities for transfer students to have the resources of the institution at their fingertips. Off-Campus Student Services offers an array of resources for transfer and non-traditional students. Visit their website to connect with expert staff available to answer questions, and other transfer/non-traditional students.

All sessions, both virtual and on-campus, will start around 8 a.m. and end by 5 p.m.

There will be no overnight experience available to those students registered for an on-campus orientation this year. You will need to arrange your own accomodations.

Confirmation e-mails are sent shortly after a student makes a reservation to attend New Student Orientation to notify him/her of the Orientation Session Reservation. You can also sign back in to your New Student Center to verify your session date.

Also, please check the website periodically for links to pertinent information related to your specific Orientation session (parking instructions, Orientation check-in information, what to bring, etc.).

  • If you want to change your orientation session, log into your Application Center, using the personal email address you created your account with.
  • Follow the "Cancel Your Registration" link under your current session information.
  • On the next screen, select "Cancel Registration".
  • After the screen refreshes, follow the "Return to your New Student Center" link.
  • Your Application Center will now display a "Reschedule New Student Orientation" link. (See How to Change Your Orientation Session)

Please contact New Student Orientation directly at nso@uark.edu or 479-575-4200. We will do everything in our power to make the necessary accommodations!

Yes. New Student Orientation is designed to give the most updated and relevant information to ensure all new students are given tools for a successful start.

This is most likely because you are in different colleges within the university. Each college (Walton, Fulbright, etc.) can only allow a certain number of students to attend each session. Your college may be at capacity for that session, while your friend's may still have openings.

There is a New Student Fee that every new student on campus is charged one time. It covers orientation, and first-semester enrollment. The student will have a $50 guest fee added to their student account for the guest over the age of 12 attending an on-campus orientation session.

Register for any open session that fits your schedule. You will have an opportunity to connect with the Honors College, enroll in Honors courses, and get all the support you need to be successful in the Honors program.

Students, parents, and guests will have to make their own arrangements for lodging. We will not be providing housing. Fayetteville offers quite a few lodging options, so check a list of local hotels.