Becoming a Trojan: Quick guide

You’ve made your college decision. Ready to take the next step? We’re here to help you with the process of getting financial aid, registering for classes, and learning the ropes.

  1. Apply to UALR and submit required materials
  2. Apply for financial aid and scholarships
  3. Log into BOSS and check UALR email
  4. Apply for Housing
  5. Attend New Student Orientation
  6. Get academically advised
  7. Register for classes and pay for school

Have you filled out your application?

Complete an application for admission and submit the $40 non-refundable application fee. You can check your application status by visiting Select “I am a Returning User” then provide the information requested. You will then see a screen listing all of your applications. Select the most recent term application and click “View Application.” You can now view your application status and a list of items that still need to be submitted.

Have you submitted all required admissions materials?

You must submit all required admissions materials (shot records, transcripts, test scores) in order to be fully admitted to the university.

Submit official copies of the following to complete your application:

  • Official high school transcript or GED scores (Freshmen and Freshmen Transfers – transfer students with less than 12 transferable college credit hours) should request that an official high school transcript or GED scores be sent to the Office of Admissions. Only official transcripts will be accepted, and must be submitted in a sealed, stamped envelope or sent via electronic data interchange from the high school.
  • Official ACT or SAT scores (Freshmen and Freshman Transfers)  may need to be submitted from the testing agency (UALR ACT Code 0132; UALR SAT code 6368) if the official high school transcript does not include scores and s/he did not indicate UALR as a score recipient at the time of testing. ACT, SAT, or COMPASS scores must be from tests taken within the last five years. Students have the option of taking the COMPASS test available through UALR Testing Services.
  • College transcripts (Transfers and Freshman Transfers) Only official transcripts will be accepted, and must be submitted in a sealed, stamped envelope or sent via electronic data interchange from the previous institution. Students may submit an “In Progress” transcript from the institution at which s/he is currently enrolled for admission purposes, but will still be required to submit a final, official transcript. Freshmen who completed high school concurrent credit at an institution other than UALR should submit an official college transcript.
  • Immunization records: Students born after Jan. 1, 1957, must submit proof of two MMR immunizations.

Other requirements:

  • Students whose native language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency.
  • Military Students should submit military transcripts in addition to all other college transcripts to the Office of  Admissions. Once notified of the receipt of military transcript, our Military Ombudsman will evaluate the transcript for possible academic credit.
  • International students should first contact the Office of International Services at 501.683.7566. The office verifies and posts international transfer credits to the student’s file, which is then forwarded to the Office of Transfer Student Services where evaluation of transfer credits towards core curriculum requirements in the student’s academic major will be applied.

NOTE: Although you may be provisionally admitted for admission, until your admission requirements are complete, UALR cannot accurately evaluate your transfer hours, advise you, or guarantee registration in degree appropriate courses. Also, to receive financial aid your admission requirements and financial aid requirements must be complete.


Have you applied for financial aid?

If you have not applied for financial aid, UALR has several financial aid options available to students. To learn more, visit Deadlines are important for optimum financial funding options.

If you have applied for financial aid, please monitor your email account and incoming mail for notices from our financial aid office.

Federal Financial Aid
Apply for federal aid online at You will need to fill out the FAFSA form before applying for state scholarships. The UALR application code is 001101.

State 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 academic and merit scholarships
There are scholarships available for freshmen and transfer students. See which you are eligible for at and then fill out the online scholarship application form.

UALR private scholarships
The deadline for private scholarships is March 1. For additional information about UALR’s private scholarships, visit

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

FOLLOW UP on Your Application: Once your admissions application is received, it will be reviewed. Within 3-5 business days, you will receive a letter identifying additional items you need to submit to complete your application. Your application must be complete before you will be fully admitted to the university and before you can receive financial aid.


Have you logged in to your BOSS account?

BOSS ( is the one-stop, online system for access to your University record and where most students conduct business from accepting financial aid to registering for classes, paying their bill, and checking grades. Your student ID number is your user ID for BOSS login. You should have received a letter from our office with a PIN. 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 and Financial Aid.

Have you checked your UALR e-mail account?

Your UALR e-mail account has been created. You may log into your e-mail account at using your NetID and password. In order to obtain your NetID and password, go to BOSS at and click the Personal Information tab. You can then view your usernames and change your passwords. Remember, UALR e-mail is an official means of communication at the University and you should check it frequently.


Have you applied for Housing?

First-year entering freshman live on campus and are advised to apply for housing early. There are exceptions for students who live with their parents within a 25-mile radius of campus, are married or have dependents, or are 21 years of age or older.


Have you signed up for new student orientation?

Attendance at New Student Orientation is mandatory. Sign up to attend one at


Have you been academically advised?

Once you are admitted to the university, you need to be advised as to which classes you need to take. In this personalized conversation, an advisor will review your academic credentials, engage you in academic planning and assist you in course selection.

If undeclared: Contact Undergraduate Academic Advising at 501.569.3386.

Declared Majors. Contact your appropriate department to get advised.


Have you registered for classes?

If you have been cleared for registration and have already selected your course(s), review important registration information at to ensure you are able to register as early as possible for the best class selection. If you need assistance selecting appropriate courses for your degree, contact the Office of Academic Advising at 501.569.3386 to schedule an information session.

Once you register, you will line up your payments through the Bursar’s Office.

Health Services Announcement

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American College Health Association recommend that first-year students living in residence halls get immunized for meningitis, a rare but potentially fatal bacterial infection since these students have a slightly higher risk of contracting this disease.