Becoming a Trojan: Quick guide

Now is the time to join the Trojan family!  With world-class facilities, state-of-the-art technology, professors who are leaders in their fields, and access to unparalleled internship opportunities UALR is the place for the serious scholar.  The state’s largest metropolitan area provides all the lights and action of big-city living and is filled with some of the nicest people you’ll meet.  There is much to do between now and the start of classes.  Follow our quick guide for a smooth transition to life as a Trojan!


1

Apply for admission to UALR:

Complete an application for admission and submit the $40 non-refundable application fee online at apply.ualr.edu.  Your application will be reviewed once submitted and you will receive an email with a list of required documents.  Make sure you provide a good email and mailing address on your application so you don’t miss any updates!


2

Submit required documents:

The list of required documents varies based on your application type.  See a list of required documents by clicking on the application type that best fits you.  You will also receive personalized emails from the Office of Admissions with a detailed list of documents you are required to submit.  To review what documents have already been processed, go back to the admissions application, log in as a returning user and view your application status.

First -time freshman

Freshman with concurrent college credit

Freshman with less than 12 hours earned after high school

Transfer student

International students

Don’t see your application type?  Return to the Admissions home page to find your link to more information.

You will receive official notification from the Office of Admissions about your admission status.  If you have additional questions, contact us at 501-569-3127 or admissions@ualr.edu.


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Apply for financial aid:

There are many different options available to you to help fund your education:

Federal Financial Aid

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA is available online. This is your first step to applying for federal grants or loans.  A complete FAFSA is also required for scholarships awarded by the state of Arkansas.  The UALR FAFSA code is 001101.  Watch your email closely; email is the primary form of communication for the UALR Office of Financial Aid.

State of Arkansas Scholarships
Fill out the YOUniversal scholarship application from the Arkansas Department of Higher Education by June 1 to apply for state and lottery-funded scholarships.

UALR Merit Scholarships
There are scholarships available for freshmen and transfer students. See what you may qualify for at ualr.edu/scholarships and fill out the online scholarship application form by the February 1 deadline.

UALR Private Scholarships
The deadline for private scholarships is March 1. For additional information about UALR’s private scholarships, visit ualr.edu/scholarships/general.

GI Bill
Active duty or military veterans who are entitled to the GI Bill should contact our Veterans Affairs Office at 501.569.8171 or email vavets@ualr.edu.

**Important: You must be admitted and submit all required documents before you can receive financial aid at UALR.


4

Access your UALR accounts:

BOSS (boss.ualr.edu) is the one-stop, online system for access to your University record.  You can view outstanding financial aid requirements, accept financial aid, register for classes, pay your bill, and check your grades through BOSS.  Students who have been admitted to the university or have submitted a valid FAFSA (see number 3) will receive a letter with your UALR ID (T#) and PIN.  You need this information to log in to BOSS!  If you need to reset your PIN, select “Forgot PIN?” and provide the information requested. If you still have difficulty accessing BOSS, contact the Office of Admissions. at 501-569-3127.

Your UALR email address is generated once you’ve been admitted to UALR.  You need your netID and password to log in to your email account at mail.ualr.edu.  You can find both in your BOSS account.  Once you log in, choose the option to view your usernames/change your passwords.  Remember, your UALR email is an official means of communication at UALR.  Check it often!


5

Apply for housing:

Living on campus at UALR is an opportunity to be in the middle of it all. Being a part of a residential community has many perks, from a greater chance at academic success to a built-in social setting that is brimming with possibility.  View our on-campus housing options, policies and complete the application online.  You are encouraged to apply early for the best chance at your preferred residence hall and roommate!  You will need your UALR ID (T#) and PIN to apply.  Parents, visit our housing page just for you.  It includes information about keeping your student healthy while living on campus from the American College Health Association and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


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Get advised:

Admitted students should meet with an academic advisor before registering for classes.  Students who have not quite decided which path to take can make an appointment with the Office of Undergraduate Academic Advising prior to registration opening for the term.  Students who have decided on their academic path can find the appropriate contact based on the College that houses the academic program of interest.  To find your College, check our list of programs by College:

College of Arts, Letters, & Sciences

College of Business

College of Education & Health Professions

College of Social Sciences & Communication

Donaghey College of Engineering & Information Technology

If you are undecided but want to explore what UALR has to offer before making your advising appointment, check out our complete list of degree programs.


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Register for classes:

Become familiar with the academic calendar.  It’s available online at ualr.edu/records/calendar.  Important dates and deadlines are listed, including registration dates for upcoming terms.  Your advisor may assist you with registration during your advising appointment, however, you have the option of registering for classes online at your convenience through BOSS.  If you have questions about registration, check out our online registration guide, complete with video tutorials and troubleshooting tips.


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Attend new student orientation:

Admitted students are invited to attend new student orientation!  There’s so much to learn and do before you even step foot into your first classroom.  Orientation helps get you familiar with the campus, your new home, and all of the areas and programs that will benefit you as you blaze ahead on your new path.  Visit ualr.edu/newstudents for more information and a list of scheduled orientation sessions.

Tip: Be sure to grab the essentials while on campus for orientation, including your UALR ID card and parking permit.


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Pay your student bill: 

Your student account must be covered by pending financial aid, paid in full or assigned to a payment plan by the payment deadline each term.  Your account balance can be viewed in BOSS.  View available payment options and choose the one that works best for you and your family.  Payment deadlines are updated by the Bursar’s Office and available online.  Questions?  View the Bursar’s Office frequently asked questions page.