General Advising

We have compiled these questions using input from several different areas across UALR. Although this “FAQ” section does include most frequently asked questions, if your question is not answered here, feel free to call us at (501) 569-3386 or contact your Advisor.

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Advising Access

For Freshman

Student Status

Academic Progress & Difficulty

Course Requirements, Scheduling & Major Selection

1. I have not been fully admitted to UALR yet. Can I still visit with an Advisor?

Yes, we welcome the opportunity to visit with you.  To optimize your time with us, if you are a freshman student, we do recommend that you at least bring an unofficial copy of your ACT or SAT test scores with you.  If you are a transfer student, we recommend that you at least bring an unofficial copy of your transcripts.

2. Is Academic Advising Required and how often do I need to do this?

Yes.  Advising is required before you can register for classes each semester (once for the summer/fall and once for the spring), so we encourage you to visit with your Advisor well before the semester starts.

3. I am taking classes at the Benton Center; can I be advised there?

Yes.  To schedule an appointment with the UALR Benton Center, call (501) 860-6003.

4. I am a post-baccalaureate student. Can I visit with an Advisor?

Yes.  If you have any questions, you are welcome to visit with us.  Please call (501) 569-3386 to schedule an appointment.

5. How soon should I visit with an Advisor?  And who is my Advisor?

Our Advising center is open year-round to allow us to be readily available to discuss your student needs.  With regards to planning your time at UALR, it is never to soon to start.  You will find that even once you have planned your coursework, there is always something that you can do to make yourself more competitive for the future.  If you have not yet declared your major, then you can schedule a visit with one of our Advisors.

6. Is there anything I need to do before I visit with my Advisor?

As mentioned before, you need to bring a copy of your test scores and any transcripts that have not yet been received at UALR.  Additionally, if you are still undecided, we recommend that you conduct more research prior to your appointment.  This will enable a more focused conversation with your Advisor.

7. Should I attend Orientation?

If you are a Freshman Student, it is mandatory to attend Orientation.  The orientation is designed to assist in your transition to “university life” and allows students and their parents or chaperons to spend the day at UALR.  Students learn about available campus resources, have the opportunity to visit with faculty and staff across all departments, and tour the campus to locate classrooms and offices before classes begin. Students unable to attend the on-campus orientation have the option of completing the online (Cyber) Orientation. Register by calling the Office of Campus Life at (501) 569-3308.  Students that are unable to attend the in-house orientation can complete the online (Cyber) Orientation.

8. What is Act 1014 (i.e. the Four Year Graduation Agreement Program)?

ACT 1014 is a bill that was passed in 2005 by the Arkansas State Legislature. According to this act, qualified first-time freshmen may elect to participate in a program that, as long as the student adheres to all the requirements, will ensure graduation within 8 semesters for participating bachelor’s degree programs. All freshman students MUST accept or waive participation in the program; otherwise, a hold will be placed on the student’s record until a decision is made.

9. As a freshman, what kind of courses should I enroll in?

Generally, freshman should register for developmental or 1000-freshman and 2000-sophomore level courses. If you have a question about a higher level course, consult the Undergraduate Catalog for prerequisites or the major department.

10. I had a hectic study schedule in high school. Can I study the same way in college and do well?

No. Generally speaking, the typical college load required for you to graduate in 4 years (with no summer classes) is 15 hours or about 5 classes. In high school, each semester, you would take the equivalent of 4 college classes, whereas, in college, you are taking 5. The other dynamic that you have is that there will be a point where you are not just taking basic courses (which recap some material that you may have already learned), but you are learning new content. This WILL take time, especially since you will be learning some of this material for the first time ever. The added pressure is that, in order to get a good grade in the class, you will need to master the material. The rule of thumb for studying is: most instructors expect you to study 2-3 hours per credit hour. For example, a 3-credit hour course will require approximately 6-9 hours of study per week.

11. How do I know what I am (i.e. a Freshman, Sophomore….)?

Your designation as a Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, or Senior is based on the total number of college hours (to include transfer hours) that you have completed.  This number is identified as “earned hours” and can be found on your transcript. You are a Freshmen if you have earned 1-29 hours. Sophomores have earned 30-59; Juniors have earned 60-89; and Seniors have earned 90 hours or more. (*Note: These hours do not include developmental coursework.)

12. How do I calculate my GPA?

GPA is computed by taking your total quality points (semester or cumulative) and dividing it by the sum of your total GPA hours (semester or cumulative).  You can use this GPA calculator to get started.

13. I have questions about student policies at UALR. Is there a handbook?

Yes. You can find out about your student rights and other policies regarding the University’s expectations of behavior in the UALR Student Handbook.

14. I am doing well in my classes. Is there anything else I can do!  Are there any other scholarships I qualify for?

Yes, there are several scholarship opportunities and many other development opportunities that are available at UALR.  To find something tailored to your needs, speak with your Academic Advisor.

15. I am having difficulty with my classes. What can I do?

Although it is not ideal, know that if you are feeling overwhelmed with a class (or several) that you are enrolled in, you will need to speak with your course instructor or Academic Advisor about this.  In some instances, depending on when you discuss this, you may still be able to address these issues successfully.  As an extreme resort, the University does have an option called withdrawing from an individual/select class or the more extreme option of withdrawing from ALL of your classes.  Deadlines for each of these are available online.

16. How do I withdraw from my classes?

BOSS will allow you to drop all enrolled classes prior to the last day to register, add, or adjust schedules (check the Registration Pocket Guide for date). After that date, you will need to go to the the department that is offering that course to pick-up and complete a withdrawal form. You will then need to drop this off at Records & Registration.

17. What is the “core curriculum”?

Commonly referred to as “general education requirements” or the “basics,” the core curriculum helps to establish a foundation for the undergraduate academic experience and to ensure that students develop fundamental skills and a lifelong commitment and ability to learn. Students seeking a baccalaureate degree must complete 44 hours from the University’s Core Curriculum. Please note that the Core curriculum may vary by academic program (i.e. for majors within the College of Information Science & Engineering Technology).

18. Can I see a list of majors/programs available at UALR?

A list of UALR majors/programs can be found in the “Undergraduate Catalog” (see ualr.edu/catalog) under the Academic Advising link.

19. How do I adjust my schedule?

Go to the [BOSS How to Guide] or call IT Student Support at 501.916.5073.

20. How do I declare? Once I declare, what happens next time?

You will need to log-in to BOSS to declare your major [BOSS How to Guide]. Once you are admitted to the program, you will receive notification of your admission, which also means that future Academic Advising will be conducted within those respective departments.