Frequently Asked Questions

About Orientation

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
  • 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 up to two guests. (Updated 06/02/21)

All session days 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.

Prepare

Please reach out to your admissions counselor and visit the academic colleges’ websites to learn more on the programs and majors we offer. Our counselors are not advisors, but are happy to assist by providing key information about majors and colleges on our campus.

Visit IT Services' Get Started page. The first item there has a link to activate your account. Have your UARK ID number on-hand to move forward with the activation process.

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 each guest over the age of 12 attending an on-campus orientation session.

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.

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. But if you wish to change your major 2 weeks or less before your on-campus experience, please reach out to nso@uark.edu to make that change.

Feel free to 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 as able in preparation for your enrollment.

Adding a major or a minor does not occur prior to your official academic advising meeting at New Student Orientation. If you intend to double major, please contact your admissions counselor for feedback on which major to indicate on your application to begin program enrollment. After your initial advising, you may declare a second major with the academic advising office.

Any changes to pre-enrolled classes will be discussed with the academic advisors at the on-campus orientation experience. Please bring all questions regarding majors and course requirements to the college advising meetings on-site.

Pre-professional programs serve as learning tracks on the U of A campus to be prepared for the continuing education in these professions. Many pre-professional programs have advising within the Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences. However, students are able to complete majors in various colleges across campus while also completing their pre-professional requirements. Your declared major can correspond to your pre-professional program content, or not. Students indicating a pre-professional program on their application will indicate a major or academic college of interest with advisors at orientation.

Pre-Orientation Checklist

  • Log in to your New Student 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.

Yes. All students who enroll will have a $95 Orientation fee added to the fall tuition and fees statement. This fee covers all the components to facilitate the orientation program.

Please login with your application email and password at appstatus.uark.edu to go to the main page of your New Student Center. Under "Admitted Student Next Steps" you will see a link to view available Orientation sessions.

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.

If a student selects a 2-day traditional or honors session, as we draw closer to the session date, Orientation will email information regarding spending the night on campus.

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
  • Meetings with members of the faculty & staff
  • Discussions with various campus leaders
  • A special campus tour

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.

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.).

Next Steps is a comprehensive set of modules meant to introduce you to key offices, programs, and requirements of all U of A students. Much of the vital information new students to the U of A need can be found in these online modules. Please complete these prior to your on-campus Orientation session to get the most out of your experience.

  • 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)

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.

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

Post-Orientation Checklist

Please contact the Orientation team at nso@uark.edu or 479-575-4200 and we will work with you on alternative options to complete your orientation.

UAConnect is the student information system used by all enrolled at the U of A. With UAC you will add/drop classes, manage enrollment holds, view your financial aid, Treasurer’s Office bill, as well as many other important details as a student.

A "hold" on your UAConnect profile prevents you from registering or adding classes to your schedule in any corresponding academic term. Holds may be related to advising, Parking & Transit, the Student Health Center, or Treasurer's Office. When viewing a hold, the corresponding action step and contact information will be provided. Once the hold is removed, a student may register or schedule classes in that term.

Parking options vary for students. All options can be viewed on the Student Permits page and parking map (also see the interactive parking map). Resident Reserved parking options correspond to your registration date with Housing. Be checking your UARK email in the spring semester to view if you receive a Resident Reserve option.

Each advising office for the campus academic colleges can be found on advising.uark.edu. Please note that most first-year programs in our colleges have general advising not specific to one individual advisor. However, if your advisor from your Orientation experience provided a direct contact, please reach them via those means.

Please reach out to nso@uark.edu or call 479-575-4200 and we will assist you in processing your request. You may also connect with your admissions counselor to complete this process.

Move-in dates and rounds are announced in July. You can view details at movein.uark.edu