Frequently Asked Questions

U of A students are passionate and dedicated about their education. They are also leaders within our many Registered Student Organizations, on campus, and our community.

There are many diverse on-campus housing options for freshmen, who are required to live on campus during the first year here (unless they´ll be living with family members). Residence life allows you to make some of the best friends you will have during your time on campus, and you will be able to become involved in many fun activities located close to your residence hall.

Students participating in the honors program or holding a Chancellor's Scholarship or a Sturgis, Bodenhamer, or Honors College Fellowship are encouraged to consider living in an Academic Honors Area.

The university also offers Living Learning Communities that group students based on major or interests in addition to offering additional programming for participating residents throughout the year.

Students with a roommate preference should submit their housing contract at the same time and designate their preferences for each other. Assignments are made on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Regardless of where a student lives, he or she can expect the support of a professional staff dedicated to providing an on-campus experience that will promote academic excellence and personal growth. Please visit our housing website for more information.

The university is committed to assisting every student in finding the means to afford an education here, whether through one of our many scholarship programs or by a combination of loans, grants, and/or work-study opportunities.

Our academic scholarships are awarded between February and April to the accepted students with the best grades, strongest coursework, most competitive standardized test scores, and strongest indications of leadership potential and community involvement.

Our counselors are always available to work with students and their families to come up with a plan for financing their U of A education. We encourage students to come and talk with us if they ever feel that finances will get in the way of enrolling in classes or continuing their education.

When approached wisely, working while in school can be a wonderful opportunity. We recommend that students first seek part-time employment on campus. If a student is on financial aid, "work-study" may be a part of the aid package. The Financial Aid Office (in Silas Hunt Hall) has a list of jobs available for these funds.

Other students may also work on campus as regular part-time employees. In both areas, the range of jobs is huge — from library work to answering telephones to assisting faculty in their labs. To learn about some of these opportunities, call our campus employment hot-line at (479) 575-5627 (JOBS) or view the listings online.

Fayetteville and the surrounding Northwest Arkansas region provide employment opportunities as well.

When students arrive for new student orientation, they will meet with an advisor and register for classes. This is also when students can find out about eligibility for placement in advanced courses.

Once they begin their freshmen year, students may register in advance before leaving each semester. They have another chance to register before the beginning of classes each semester.

With our online registration system, UAConnect, the process is easy and convenient.

College advisors are able to connect students with a variety of academic support resources. Libraries, computer labs, mentoring by upperclassmen, the Enhanced Learning Center, and more are available to help all students through the academic challenges they may encounter.

Instructors have office hours and are available to meet with you about any concerns or questions regarding course material.

The professional staff at the Pat Walker Health Center can take care of almost any medical issue from X-rays to counseling. Primary care physicians, specialists, nurse practitioners, and counselors are on hand to address both routine and emergency medical issues. The student health fee eliminates office visit charges for students.

For convenient access to prescriptions, there is a pharmacy in the Walmart on Campus location across Garland Ave. from the Health Center.

A higher education is an important and sometimes costly investment. A breakdown of tuition and fees is available through the Office of Financial Aid.

For transportation around campus and the surrounding town of Fayetteville, the Razorback Transit System is a choice of many students. It serves the entire campus while also providing access to and from residential neighborhoods, supermarkets, local banks, the Fayetteville Square, Walmart, and the mall, all free of charge.

Freshmen are permitted to bring their cars to the U of A. This is convenient for students who wish to go home for the weekend or explore the local area. Students wishing to park a car on campus must purchase a parking permit from Parking and Transit.

With nearly 400 Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) based on interests ranging from rock climbing to living optimistically, there is no shortage of opportunities to connect with other students on campus.

The University of Arkansas was recently elevated to the highest possible classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, a status held by only a select number of the top universities in the nation. The hard work and innovative research of our internationally recognized faculty help the University of Arkansas maintain its status as a leader in academia.

Many incoming students are undecided about their major. University core courses that are common to nearly every major on campus are designed for flexibility during the first two years. Students are encouraged to work closely with an advisor to ensure graduation within four years.

Some majors are more defined and structured. Students interested in either architecture or engineering should decide as early as possible. Architecture students should declare their major at the time of admission and engineering students should declare their major during orientation.

Our students have access to internship and co-op program opportunities in almost every academic program.

Co-ops provide students with a salary along with practical work experience while they attend classes on campus. Students may even receive academic credit for their co-op experiences.

Students also have the opportunity for internship and co-op experiences in countries such as Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, Spain, and Japan. Many students also pursue internship opportunities with one of the many Fortune 500 companies located in the Northwest Arkansas region.

The Career Development Center works hard to help University of Arkansas students be competitive for the jobs they will pursue after graduation. CDC counselors help undergraduate students look for internships, polish their résumés, and improve their interviewing skills. Each year the CDC organizes multiple career fairs that allow students to interact with representatives from companies across the nation.

You are a freshman if you have no college credit or if you have earned college credit while in high school or the summer immediately after high school graduation.

You do not have to pick a major now because coursework during the first two years is flexible for most majors. However, architecture and engineering majors are encouraged to declare early. If you are undecided, you should discuss major possibilities during your first semester with an academic advisor.

New Student and Family Programs oversees many programs such as R.O.C.K Camp, Friday Night Live, and Emerging Leaders to help new students find their place on campus and meet fellow classmates.

The U of A campus is equipped with the "Walk of Lights" for easy night visibility. However students who wish for additional assistance can contact Razorback Patrol and request a walking escort from 6 p.m. to 12:30am Sundays through Thursdays. Outside of those hours, UAPD officers also are available for assistance. Another option for both on campus and off campus is Safe Ride, (479) 575-7233 (SAFE), a regularly scheduled van service operating from 11pm. to 3am, Wednesdays through Sundays. Other safety measures include ninety campus emergency phones connected to central police dispatch, closed circuit security cameras, and electronic doors requiring security cards for access to residence halls.

The Pat Walker Health Center, (479) 575-4077 plays a major role in teaching students safety strategies. Programs focus on risk reduction, personal safety, and the safety of others, including ways students can protect themselves from sexual assault and other forms of relationship violence.

In accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, more information concerning safety along with the annual Clery security report can be found on uapd.uark.edu. The report in its entirety is available for download as a PDF. A paper copy of the report will be provided upon request.

The Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act was passed in 1990 and was amended in 1998 to form the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. This law requires that certain institutions of higher education distribute to all current students and employees a copy of the required report, and to all prospective students and employees a summary of what is contained in the yearly report. Starting in 2009 the Annual Fire Safety Report is included.

For prospective students and all others who would like to obtain a copy of the annual report but cannot print it from the Internet, a copy may be obtained by contacting the University of Arkansas Police Department at (479) 575-2222, or emailing a request to garyc@uark.edu.

The report includes information regarding campus security and personal safety including topics such as crime prevention, fire safety, university police law enforcement authority, crime reporting policies, disciplinary procedures, and other matters of importance related to security and safety on campus. It also includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the University of Arkansas Fayetteville campus; and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.