The Student Guide provides an explanation of campus programs and services of particular interest to freshmen. It also includes a Glossary of the new terms students will encounter and a Campus Resource Directory with quick and easy contact information.
Enrolling at UALR
Welcome to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock! UALR is a thriving metropolitan university on the move. We are a dynamic learning institution where students find exceptional learning and internship opportunities. With more than 100 programs of study, UALR has an academic program for everyone! With an equal number of social and service organizations, our university provides that important connection to the workforce. We have:
â€˘ 13,000-plus full and part-time students
â€˘ Small classes with a 14 to 1 student-to-faculty ratio
â€˘ Students come from all over Arkansas, 43 other states and 62 foreign countries
â€˘ A beautiful tree-lined campus with 40 buildings on 150 acres â€“ and is still growing!
â€˘ Specialized facilities, including a learning resource center, art galleries, radio stations, television station and a virtual reality center.
You Need to be Fully Admitted
Check the following list to makesure you have completed all the necessary steps of the admission process:
â€˘ Complete the online application at boss.ualr.edu.
â€˘ Submit all documentation required.
â€˘ Check BOSS or call the Office of Admissions to determine that the paperwork you requested from other institutions has been received and that your status has been updated to fully admitted.
â€˘ If you have been admitted with provisional transfer student status, it means you have missing paperwork and cannot receive financial aid. You will be allowed to register for up to 13 credit hours without seeing an academic adviser, but required to submit all documentation and to see an adviser in subsequent semesters.
â€˘ Read and keep the letter you received from the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid. It provides you with an official Student ID number (T -number) and a six digit PIN. You will need these to access BOSS. This computer system is used by administrative staff and faculty to maintain your records.
You Need to be Advised
The Office of Undergraduate Academic Advising staff provides academic advising for new and continuing students who have not declared a major or been admitted to another college. Students with ACT test scores that are below 19 in English & Reading are required to be advised in the Academic Success Center. All students at UALR must be advised every term before they can register for courses. Students are described as University College students until they declare a major. Early advising will prepare you to register as soon as possible when the selection of courses available is the greatest. Your University College adviser will set your advising hold in the computer system allowing you to register (unless other holds are on your record). Other services provided:
â€˘ General admission requirements and academic policies of the various colleges and major programs.
â€˘ Core curriculum requirements and your personalized academic plan.
â€˘ Map out an 8th semester plan to graduate.
â€˘ Review eligibility for placement tests based on academic policies and test scores or accepted transfer work.
â€˘ Find programs and student support services.
â€˘ Narrow down your academic interests.
â€˘ Achieve academic success at UALR.
Students should schedule an appointment mid-semester for advising for the next semester. Come by Student Services Center 320 or call 501.569.3386, 501.569.8688 or 501.683.7008 to schedule an appointment with an adviser or visit ualr.edu/advising.
You Might Test Out
Your assessment needs are served through the Office of Testing Services and Student Life Research, Student Services Center 315. Information about a wide variety of testing programs is available, including placement tests and credit-by-examination. Your adviser will inform you if have to take a placement test. Placement tests available include:
â€˘ Composition: To enroll in a college level composition class, you must earn a score of 19 on the ACT English section or 450 on the SAT critical reading or writing sections. Students who do not meet the minimum ACT/SAT score requirements may attempt to bypass development coursework by taking the COMPASS exam.
â€˘ Mathematics: To enroll in a college level mathematics class, you must
have a score of 21 or higher on the ACT mathematics section or 500 on the SAT math portion. A Calculus Readiness Test is available to students who are eligible to enter college-level mathematics and would like to begin in at a higher level. Students who do not meet the minimum ACT/SAT score requirements may attempt to bypass development coursework by taking the COMPASS exam.
â€˘ Reading: Students with scores below the proficiency level required must take developmental courses. Students who do not meet the minimum ACT/ SAT score requirements may attempt to bypass development coursework by taking the COMPASS exam. To bypass developmental reading, you must earn a score of 19 or higher on the ACT reading section or 450 on the SAT critical reading or writing sections.
â€˘ Foreign Languages: If you have acquired foreign language skills before enrolling at UALR, you may request a test to find the level at which you should enroll. You will receive credit for your proficiency (up to 12 hours) by enrolling in higher level language courses and earning a grade of B or better.
The Credit by Examination Program was established so students who have done college-level work outside of the classroom setting can demonstrate their achievement and receive college credit. Any prospective, currently enrolled, or continuing students may take the tests. Schedules and costs for the examinations vary. For complete information, see the Testing Services website at ualr.edu/testing.
The following tests have been approved for credit by UALR:
â€˘ DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST)
â€˘ Advanced Placement (AP)
â€˘ International Baccalaureate (IB)
â€˘ College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
â€˘ Excelsior College Examinations (ECE)
â€˘ Departmental Examination Program (DEP)
You Need to Register
Login to BOSS and register for courses using your T-number and PIN. A PIN cannot be released over the telephone for security reasons, so you must go to Student Services Center 218 with a photo I.D. if a PIN is forgotten. Be sure to check for prerequisite requirements. After you register it is extremely important that you confirm your registration. You can find the specific dates when registration confirmation will be available in the UALR Pocket Guide or online. Pick up a Registration Pocket Guide to check for the schedule adjustment dates, and save it until the end of the semester for information on the academic calendar, registration schedule, payment due dates, and more. Courses are coded as follows:
â€˘ Courses are commonly referred to by a 4-digit code that signifies the level followed by the department code.
â€˘ Registration requires a 5-digit course registration number (CRN) followed by a section code that signifies when it will occur.
â€˘ The days of the week are represented by M, T, W, F, & S for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, & Saturday – but Thursday is R and Sunday is U.
â€˘ TBA means to be announced.
â€˘ When the word Staff appears instead of an instructorâ€™s name, it means that the department has yet to assign the instructor.
â€˘ Section numbers that end with 99 designate an online course.
The length of a standard 3 credit-hour class is defined by as 50 minutes of instruction that will take place 45 times in a regular term. In order to meet student needs, there are variations that make up UALR scheduling options. Typically, MWF classes meet for 50 minutes while MW or TR classes meet for 75 minutes (1 hour & 15 minutes). Once a week evening classes are 150 minutes (2 hours & 30 minutes).
Financial aid is available through the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid. You must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for federal grants, loans, and work-study. You must submit a new financial aid application each year.
â€˘ The private scholarship deadline is March 1 and applications received after this date will not be reviewed.
â€˘ Scholarships and grants-in-aid are available through a variety of sources including institutional funds, UALR colleges, schools, departments, organizations, corporations, and individuals. Contact the source of the scholarship for information and an application.
â€˘ For most programs you must be enrolled at least half time to receive financial aid.
â€˘ Provisional, special, non-degree seeking and transient students are not eligible for financial aid.
â€˘ The Arkansas Department of Higher Education offers financial assistance to Arkansas residents in the form of grants, loans, and scholarships.
For more information, visit adhe.edu or call 1.800.54.STUDY/501.371.2050.
Visit ualr.edu/admissions for more information and important deadline dates. Come by the office in the Student Services Center 219 or email email@example.com.
Regulations dictate that if you withdraw from the university after receiving federal financial aid (Pell Grant, SEOG, Stafford Loan or Parent PLUS loan), you may owe a repayment of those funds to UALR according to federal regulations. In general, the entire amount of aid is paid to you at the beginning of the term. You are expected to budget those funds over the course of the semester to pay for educational expenses. UALR is also responsible for making sure your total amount of financial aid stays within budget, or your estimated cost of attendance. Cost of attendance includes an allowance for average expenses of tuition and fees, books/supplies, room and board, transportation, and miscellaneous expenses. If you exceed your cost of attendance, your financial aid awards will be reduced in accordance with federal regulation and state statute. This allows limited resources to be offered to as many students as possible to help with educational costs. If you withdraw from the semester before completing the entire term, a calculation is required to determine if you have â€śearnedâ€ť all of the financial aid that has disbursed. The amount of repayment will be calculated based on the number of days you attended before withdrawing. If you receive financial aid, your academic record will be reviewed at the end of each semester to verify that you are making good progress toward a degree. This is called Satisfactory Academic Progress or SAP. You must meet each of the following three requirements for every term:
1) Successful completion of coursework – You must complete a minimum of 67% of the credit hours you register for and attempt. For example, if you attempt 12 credit hours in the fall and 12 credit hours in the spring, but only successfully complete 18, 18/24=75% pace of progression. You are on track.
2) Maintain a minimum grade point average – Your cumulative UALR grade point average (GPA) will be reviewed each term. This does not include developmental courses or transfer credit. You will not meet SAP if your GPA falls below 2.00 for undergraduate, 2.3 for law school students or 3.00 for graduate school students.
3) Meet a maximum time frame – UALR has established a maximum time frame (or number of credit hours) in which a student must finish a degree program. In order to comply with federal law, undergraduate students can have a maximum of 186 attempted credit hours. Graduate students have a maximum of 45 attempted credit hours, doctoral students have a maximum of 135 hours, and law school students have a maximum of 90 attempted credit hours. Visit the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid in Student Services Center 219 or online at ualr.edu/financialaid for more information.
Important Facts You Need to Know
The Student Handbook
UALR has established careful and detailed procedures to ensure the rights of all members of the campus community. These procedures, as well as the student code, judicial process, and other university policies and regulations, assure fairness and due process. It is important that you read the Student Handbook in order to understand your rights and responsibilities at UALR. The handbook is available online through the Office of the Dean of Students at ualr.edu/deanofstudents.
You Have Rights and Responsibilities
Students at UALR are expected not only to obey all local, state, and
federal laws, but also to abide by the UALR Code of Student Rights,
Responsibilities and Behavior, as well as the UALR Housing Policy Rules and Regulations. For full information on the code and the housing policy rules and regulations, consult your UALR Student Handbook and housing guide (ualr.edu/housing). The university assumes that you have a serious educational purpose; are an honest, responsible person; value your constitutional rights and freedoms; and respect the rights and freedoms of others.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, known as FERPA, is found in Title 20, section 1232g of the United States code. This act was designated to protect the privacy of education records, to establish the right of students to inspect and review their education records, and to provide guidelines for the correction of inaccurate or misleading data through informal and formal hearings. This means that no one can see your grades or student record without your permission. If you have any questions, visit the Office of Records and Registration in the Student Services Center 218 or online at ualr.edu/records.
You Need a Student ID
Students are issued a photo Student ID with a number referred to as a T-number (or Trojan number).
Admitted students will receive a letter from the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid providing their T-number. You should carry your Student ID at all times while on campus. Your ID number will be uniquely assigned when you are admitted to the university and will remain the same throughout your education at UALR. It will be on all official university documents pertaining to your education record.
Your ID is required to drop or add a course and conduct other university business, check books out of the Ottenheimer Library, use the DSC Fitness & Aquatics Center, attend special activities or athletic events, and receive student rates or discounts offered. Visit room 114 of the Donaghey Student Center after registering for at least one credit hour to have your ID made. Replacement of lost, stolen or damaged cards is $15.00. Call 501.569.3362 for additional information.
Get to Know myUALR
MyUALR is your portal for BOSS, email, and Blackboard. You may change your mailing address, NetID and email address online via BOSS on the Personal Information tab. An initial admission notification letter from the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid provides this information and is sent to the local mailing address posted in BOSS. If there is no local address, mail is sent to the permanent address. Call the IT Services Assistance Center if you have any problems at 501.916.3011. Here is a list of the most common reasons to log in to BOSS:
â€˘ Change UALR account passwords
â€˘ Accept or decline financial aid offered
â€˘ Register for classes
â€˘ Make a payment on your account
â€˘ Add or drop a class (within certain dates each term)
â€˘ Set up direct deposit for a refund check
â€˘ View academic records, grades, and transcripts
â€˘ Declare your major
â€˘ Order official transcripts
â€˘ Retrieve a UALR Library card ID number
â€˘ Apply for graduation!
New Student Orientation
Your life changes when you enter college. Your days will soon be even busier and filled with new challenges, priorities and activities. Students who become familiar with their campus, the faculty and staff, and available resources enhance their chances for success. Thatâ€™s why we offer you options for satisfying mandatory orientation for new students.
Orientation will help you:
â€˘ understand and adapt to campus life
â€˘ transition from high school to college
â€˘ succeed academically and socially, and
â€˘ learn about campus resources.
For more information about New Student Orientation or to become an Orientation Leader, contact the Office of Campus Life, Donaghey Student Center 216, 501.569.3308, or visit ualr.edu/orientation.
Academic Integrity is a Must!
Academic integrity is expected of all UALR students, and academic dishonesty will not be condoned or tolerated by the university. The highest level of education and intellectual development – the reason you are attending UALR – can only be achieved when academic integrity is maintained. It is unethical and morally degrading to cheat, plagiarize, or use other dishonest means to improve your grades.
UALR faculty members will:
â€˘ make every effort to protect honest students,
â€˘ take appropriate action against dishonesty including reporting suspected violations, and
â€˘ take cheating into consideration when evaluating and grading a studentâ€™s work.
Honest students will:
â€˘ abstain from cheating,
â€˘ avoid the appearance of cheating,
â€˘ report any instances of suspected dishonesty by fellow students to the faculty member concerned,
â€˘ prevent others from cheating through you, such as copying from your test paper, and
â€˘ never plagiarize.
View the complete policy in the online Student Handbook through the Office of the Dean of Students at ualr.edu/deanofstudents. Scroll down to Academic Integrity and Grievance Policy 68.
Student education records are confidential and, with some exceptions, are not released without your consent unless authorized by law. Exceptions include other UALR officials or offices, a waiver of confidentiality with your signature, and release of directory information (see University Policies Rules and Regulations in your Student Handbook for directory information or the Registration Guide at boss.ualr.edu). You may see or have a copy of your education record, challenge any information you feel is not correct, or include in your record a written explanation of anything in the record. For full information on student education records, their disclosure, or challenging them, consult the Office of the Dean of Students, 501.569.3328, or the Office of Records and Registration, 501.569.3110.
Student Email Account
Student email accounts are created within 24 hours of class registration and are the universities official means of communication with you. View both your NetID and email address via BOSS and the Personal Information tab. Important university information will be sent to these email accounts. You are responsible for regularly reading email messages. Communication includes financial aid information, inclement weather closings, e-bills and payment deadlines, registration information and library notices. The UALR email system can be accessed at mail.ualr.edu or from the myUALR link on the homepage using your NetID and password to log in. The NetID is also used for accessing the UALR network via wireless devices. For help and support, go to ualr.edu/itservices.
Note: Email is considered an official form of university communication that should be checked daily in order to receive timely messages.
Know Your Campus
The Cashierâ€™s Office provides these student services:
â€˘ Collects tuition, fees, traffic fines
â€˘ Administers deferred payment plans for tuition and fees for those who qualify
â€˘ Disburses scholarship and grant money
â€˘ Collects deposits and rents on university-owned housing
For more information stop by Student Services Center 121, call 501.569.3043 or visit ualr.edu/bursar.
Counseling & Career Planning Services
Counseling & Career Planning Services offers assistance in personal counseling and career planning. Individual appointments with a counselor are available as well as workshops and seminars.
Areas of personal counseling include:
â€˘ Short-term therapy dealing with depression, adjustment to college, relationship and stress issues
â€˘ Confidential referrals
Areas of career counseling include:
â€˘ Career assessment testing
â€˘ Career and major exploration
â€˘ Job trends and employment search strategies
â€˘ Job listings
â€˘ ResumĂ© development & review
â€˘ Interview skills development
Visit us in Student Services Center 119 or call 501.569.3185.
Disability Resource Center
The Disability Resource Center (DRC) collaborates with students, faculty, and staff to create usable, equitable, and inclusive learning environments. The DRC promotes full access through training, partnerships, innovative programs and accommodations. Our services include:
â€˘ Adaptive computer technology
â€˘ Information and referral
â€˘ Speech-to-text transcription
â€˘ Faculty consultation
â€˘ Sign language interpreters
â€˘ Digital textbooks
The DRC collaborates with the instructor and the student to create an accessible learning experience, and will provide letters to the instructors as one method of communicating their accommodations. Students get these letters each semester from the DRC office. For more information, call 501.569.3143, visit us in the Donaghey Student Center 103 or online at ualr.edu/disability.
Flashing blue lights identify the locations of direct lines to the DPS dispatcher. The locations include the north & south sides of the tennis courts, south side of Administration South Building, southeast corner of the Physics Building, and the footbridge between the Fine
Arts Building and the Engineering Technology & Applied Sciences Building. Telephones are in Parking Lots 4, 8, 10, 13, 14, 15 and in metered parking lots. Security telephones are on each floor of the residence hall, outside the building, and in the parking lot.
UALR has an Emergency Notification System which will be used as an alert system to notify you as quickly as possible when needed. The following methods will be used:
â€˘ Email – sent only to your ualr.edu email address.
â€˘ Phone – messages via AlertXpress originating from the DPS. You must log in to BOSS with your UALR T-number and PIN, and go to the Personal Information page to enter optional contact information, up to six phone numbers may be registered.
â€˘ Text message – opt-in using your BOSS account.
â€˘ Outdoor Loudspeaker System and Sirens – will activate simultaneously with the citywide Little Rock Office of Emergency Services for warnings like tornado alerts. Periodic testing of these systems will occur.
â€˘ P.A. Systems – patrol officers will issue announcements from their vehicle loudspeakers.
â€˘ Campus Signs – watch the 28th Street marquee and other message boards for safety alerts.
â€˘ Evacuation procedures for fires, tornadoes, and earthquakes are posted in every building on campus. You are encouraged to become familiar with the procedures in each building.
Health Services is an ambulatory clinic providing quality, cost-effective health care for any UALR student who is currently enrolled. A nominal health fee, included in the tuition, covers the cost of clinic visits and most services. Health Services is staffed by RNs, APNs (Advanced Practical Nurses), and a consulting physician. Services provided include:
â€˘ Evaluation and treatment of illnesses with access to prescription medications
â€˘ Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Prevention, Screening & Treatment
â€˘ Womenâ€™s Health Services, including birth control and annual exams
â€˘ Health screenings, including cholesterol, blood pressure, TB testing, & other lab tests
â€˘ Smoking Cessation Programs &
â€˘ Classroom presentations on health- related topics
â€˘ Peer Education Program
â€˘ Alcohol/drug information,referrals, and risk reduction programs
Call 501.569.3188 to make an appointment. Appointments are preferred if possible. Health Services is located in the Donaghey Student Center 102.
The Office of Student Housing offers a variety of services to meet the housing needs of a diverse student population. Campus Housing includes apartments and traditional residence halls. For a complete description of options, amenities, and requirements, see our website. Online applications are accepted through the BOSS system using your T-number. While there is no deadline, applications are prioritized based on the date they are received.
Housing options include:
â€˘ On-campus housing – Residence Halls & Apartments
â€˘ University Village Apartments 501.565.5544
â€˘ UALR rental houses
â€˘ Off-campus housing referrals
University Commons, with its signature clock tower, is located in the heart of the residential area of campus and is the place to connect with other resident students. The building boasts a home theater, pool table, great room with fireplace, convenience store, mail room, meeting space, and the Housing Central Office. Call 501.661.1743 or at ualr.edu/housing for more information.
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569.3360 â€˘ FAX 569.8728
Breakfast 7:00 to 9:00 a.m.
Lunch 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Dinner 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Sat. & Sun.:
Brunch 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Dinner 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
â€˘ DSC Diamond CafĂ©
â€˘ DSC Food Court
â€˘ EIT Sub Connection
â€˘ Reynolds Business Brewing
â€˘ University Commons C-Store
â€˘ Trojan Grill
Office of International Services
The Office of International Services (OIS) provides comprehensive assistance:
â€˘ to international students concerning legal and institutional requirements for studying at UALR, and
â€˘ to domestic students concerning studying abroad.
OIS also provides exchange visitors on campus – undergraduate, graduate student, scholars and faculty members – with assistance and is a resource for visa application, immigration documentation, and related international student procedures. International Student Services include:
â€˘ Advising about immigration requirements, transferring, health and accident insurance requirements, and non-academic concerns.
â€˘ Assistance completing the international student application, I-20s, and visa processes.
â€˘ On-campus employment authorization.
â€˘ Orientation designed to assist with the adjustment to living and studying at an American university.
â€˘ Assistance regarding employment in F and J visa statuses while studying in the United States.
Contact the OIS at 501.683.7566 or stop by Education 101.
Office of Recruitment
The Office of Recruitment staff is here to:
â€˘ help entering freshmen and transfer students become better acquainted with the university,
â€˘ give tours of the campus,
â€˘ conduct high school visits across the state,
â€˘ attend college fairs and other college recruitment programs, and
â€˘ host special events on campus for prospective students.
Campus Tours are offered most weeks Monday-Friday at 10:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. as well as the second Saturday of each month at 11:00 a.m. Schedule your appointment online at ualr.edu/recruitment. For more information, please call 501.683.7302 or stop by their office in the Student Services Center 317.
Online and Off-Campus Programs
Extended Programs helps you balance your active lifestyle with serious studies by providing hundreds of classes over the internet and at satellite campuses close to where you live. UALRâ€™s online courses are delivered using Blackboard, a web-based course management software that helps instructors build and manage their courses. If you are enrolled in an on-campus course, your instructors may choose to post course information in Blackboard. You can access their online courses on the first day of the semester. If you do not see a course, first confirm that you are registered for the course in BOSS and then contact your instructor to verify the course is available.
The Blackboard Student Support website (ualr.edu/support/blackboard) was designed to assist students with information about the Blackboard system including tutorials, helpful resources, downloads, and answers to their frequently asked questions. In addition to the website, students can also find help within the Blackboard system using the Bb Support tab or through our social media outlets on Facebook (facebook.com/ualrblackboard) and Twitter (twitter.com/ualrbbhelp). If you have any questions about Blackboard or need assistance, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us online at ualr.edu/support/blackboard.
The Office of International Services (OIS) provides opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational and research purposes. The university coordinates study abroad programs in 13 countries with formal agreements that make student exchanges easier and ensure consistency and quality education. OIS will assist you in finding a program that best fits your academic goals, linguistic abilities, and interest. All study abroad must be approved by OIS prior to departure and course enrollment or UALR credit will not be granted. UALR also has the right to adjust both the level and number of credits hours granted based on placement examinations given by the foreign institution. Study abroad provides students with opportunities to:
â€˘ Explore a culture through both classroom and field experience,
â€˘ develop proficiency in a foreign language in a context of daily use,
â€˘ develop leadership skills and maturity, & increase cultural awareness through the social, intellectual, and historical resources of that location.
For more information stop by the OIS in Education 101, call 501.683.7566, or visit them online.
UALR Department of Public Safety (DPS) officers are constituted police and possess all the powers provided by law for city police and county sheriffs, to be exercised as required for the protection of the state institution. The officers are authorized and empowered to arrest with or without warrants, any person on the campus who is in violation of federal, state, or local laws, and to enforce all rules and regulations of the university.
The DPS encourages all members of the university community to promptly report all crimes to the DPS or other appropriate police agencies. The DPS is located in University Plaza. Law enforcement officers are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Traffic safety regulations, including speed limits,will be enforced. Notify DPS in the event of any criminal or dangerous activity. For more information, call 501.569.3400.
â€˘ Parking: Students who park an automobile, a two-wheel motorized vehicle, or a bicycle on the campus must register the vehicle with DPS. Open lots are available with no fee, but your Student ID is needed to access gated, open-parking lots. Some gated lots require permits and hang-tags. The annual permit fee is $165, and there is a waiting list. The parking deck is $1 per exit.
â€˘ Security Officers:
Trained security officers patrol campus, and they are available to escort students/staff/visitors to campus destinations. To request a security officer, call 501.569.3400 or use one of the blue emergency telephones on campus.
Safety Programs and Crime Reports
Educational programs on safety issues are provided by various departments on campus. Reports will be issued when a crime occurs on campus. Notices of programs or reports will be posted in the Student Center, at the Information Center, in the Residence Halls, and in the
UALRâ€™s annual safety reports, Campus Safety: Your Right to Know, and a Campus Safety Summary are prepared and distributed annually. Copies are available at the Office of Campus Life or online at ualr.edu/safety.
Transfer Student Services
The Office of Transfer Student Services (OTSS) provides student services to meet the transfer credit evaluation needs of prospective, new, continuing, and current UALR in-transfer students. Staff is available to:
â€˘ Make transfer articulation and transcript evaluation accurate and efficient.
â€˘ Work with key campus partners (admissions, records, and academic advising) to stream-line credit adjustment.
â€˘ Make transfer credit evaluation accessible to everyone.
â€˘ Serve as an advocate and liaison for transfer students on campus, proposing policies/procedures that are transfer friendly.
If you have transfer credit questions, visit the Office of Transfer Student Support Services in the Student Services Center 321E or call 501.682.1286 or 888.848.7188.
Know Your Resources
Office of Campus Life
The Office of Campus Life provides student support services for involvement, empowerment, leadership development and collaboration through student organizations, programming experiences, and shared governance. Students involved in the Office of Campus Life gain valuable experience in building teamwork, planning events, working with diverse personalities and populations and much more! Services, programs and events include the following:
â€˘ Allocation & Administration of Student Activity Fees
â€˘ Campus Recreation: Intramural Sports, Fitness/Wellness Programs & Outdoor Adventures
â€˘ Diversity Programs & Mentoring
â€˘ Fraternity/Sorority Life
â€˘ Leadership Development
â€˘ New Student Orientation
â€˘ Peer Tutoring Referrals
â€˘ Special Events & Cultural Observances
â€˘ Student Government Association
â€˘ Student Organization Registration & Advisement
â€˘ Student Support Programs & Services: Women, Non-Traditional, Commuter & First Generation
â€˘ The UALR Forum Student Newspaper
â€˘ University Program Council
For more information drop by Donaghey Student Center 216, call 501.569.3308 or visit ualr.edu/campuslife.
Non-Traditional Student Programs
Who, exactly, is a non-traditional student? If only ONE of these characteristics applies to you, then you are considered a non-traditional student by our university:
*You delayed enrollment after high school
*You attend school part time
*You work full time (25+ hours)
*You are financially independent for purposes of determining eligibility for financial aid
*You have dependents other than a spouse
*You are a single parent
*You have or still are serving in the military
*You are a first generation student
As a non-traditional student, starting or returning to school can be an exciting, daunting and stressful experience-all at once! Families and employers may not always be supportive. Relating to fellow students can be difficult. Confidence, as it relates to schoolwork, may be slow in coming, and focusing on academics amongst family, work and financial constraints sometimes may seem impossible. The Non-Traditional Student Programs (NTSP) staff has â€śbeen there, done thatâ€ť and is available to assist you from registration through graduation.
â€˘ Help you with the admission and registration process
â€˘ Provide information regarding campus resources, services and opportunities
â€˘ Offer an ongoing system of support and encouragement
â€˘ Refer you to the appropriate staff or faculty
Contact the coordinator in the Office of Campus Life at 501.569.3308 or email email@example.com.
Underrepresented student populations comprise over thirty percent of the UALR student body. The Office of Campus Life provides a number of celebrations, programs and services designed to build on-campus community, retain first-year students, educate about cultural diversity, and contribute to the leadership development and success of our diverse student population. Programs include:
â€˘ Diversity mentoring programs
â€˘ Harambee, a celebration for graduating minority seniors
â€˘ Martin Luther King Jr. Academy and program planning committees
â€˘ Holiday celebrations for many cultures
â€˘ Diversity programming & films series
â€˘ Support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/transsexual, queer, intersex and asexual student population
The university also provides support for students through involvement in such organizations as the United Black Students Association, Indian Students Association, League of United Latin American Citizens, Japanese American Cultural Organization, Muslim Students Association, National Association of Black Journalists, and historically Black Sorority & Fraternity Organizations. The Office of International Services staff offers ongoing support to student living in the United States on a temporary basis for educational purposes. In addition, some departments or colleges also target student support.
For more information about getting involved in Diversity Programs, contact the coordinator in the Office of Campus Life at 501.569.3308.
University Program Council
The University Program Council (UPC) is a registered student organization that serves as a programming extension of the UALR Office of Campus Life. UPC provides concerts, movie nights, lectures, comedians, and entertainment of all kinds for the entire UALR campus.
Any student who wishes to participate in the University Program Council may become a member. Students who participate share in the presentation of student activity programs from beginning to end and may also serve in leadership positions within the organization.
UPC members have the opportunity to work with many different groups to provide programs for a diverse campus population. Graduate with the experiential education that UPC programs provide!
For more information, stop by the Office of Campus Life in DSC 216, call 501.569.3308, or find out more online at ualr.edu/upc.
Student Government Association
The Student Government Association (SGA) gives students the opportunity to play an active role in UALRâ€™s affairs. SGA leaders are selected through campus-wide elections and represent the entire student body with policy makers on administrative and academic committees. SGA is involved in committees, promotions, and special events so that students can share their feelings about campus policy.
The SGA president serves as student advocate to the Academic Integrity and Grievance Committee in grade appeals, other matters, and an appeal system for parking and traffic violation tickets. Come by Donaghey Student Center 201 or call 501.569.3210 to get involved.
Student organizations have purposes that are consistent with UALRâ€™s educational goals and objectives to:
â€˘ Broaden the scope of general living.
â€˘ Extend knowledge of specialized areas.
â€˘ Serve studentsâ€™ professional, cultural, social, or recreational interests.
Membership is a way to become involved in your academic or professional field and to connect with students while you have a good time. Whether you are interested in politics, a certain culture or religious affiliations, there is a group for you.
Organizations may be dissolved or may be started each semester as the student body changes. Visit ualr.edu/campuslife for a current list of organizations. Contact the Office of Campus Life to form or register an organization at 501.569.3308.
Fraternities & Sororities
Joining a fraternity or sorority opens the doors to limitless opportunities and lifelong friendships. The UALR Fraternity/Sorority community enhances your personal growth and individuality while linking you to a sisterhood or brotherhood that shares your goals and values. UALR fraternities and sororities offer you an unforgettable college experience.
The UALR Fraternity/Sorority community consists of three governing councils:
â€˘ College Panhellenic Council
â€˘ Interfraternity Council
â€˘ National Pan-Hellenic Council
These councils will be hosting events throughout the fall and spring semesters for interested individuals to attend. Please visit our website at ualr.edu/greeklife for more information about chapters, activities, and questions regarding fraternities and sororities or contact the Office of Campus Life at 501.569.3308.
Campus Recreation provides contemporary recreational opportunities to a diverse campus community that promotes healthy lifestyles, social interactions, and leadership skills.
Intramural Sports â€“ Sport leagues and tournaments designed for student, faculty and staff competition.
Club Sports â€“ Student directed clubs centered around interest in one sport or fitness activity. Most often involves competition among other collegiate club teams.
Classes & Clinics â€“ A non-credit, class format for learning new sports or developing new skills in familiar sports.
Fitness & Wellness â€“ Programs and services designed to support participant physical exercise and health goals.
Outdoor Adventures â€“Develop leadership, involvement, and social interaction among UALR students and the campus community through outdoor recreation and education programs.
The Information Center is located on the first floor of the Donaghey Student Center 101. Personnel can answer questions or assist in determining offices or departments that can help you. The center keeps a list of faculty, departments, and college campus locations. It also maintains a master calendar of campus activities and provides information on reserving rooms for meetings. For more information call 501.569.3362.
Get Your Books!
The UALR Bookstore, located in the
Donaghey Student Center, is the book center for the campus community. You can get:
â€˘ New & Used Text books
â€˘ Rental books & eBooks
â€˘ School & office supplies
â€˘ UALR clothing & spirit gifts
â€˘ Custom course pack publishing
â€˘ Special orders for books, trade books or clothing
â€˘ Online book orders
For more information, call 501.569.3245.
IT Computer Lab
Information Technology Services has a Computer Lab for all registered students on the first floor of Ottenheimer Library. Lab computers are equipped with the Windows operating system, Microsoft Office, SAS, SPSS, MAPLE, ALEKS, along with additional software accessories and have internet access. You may print on LaserJet printers with color printing available upon request. The non-color printers default print duplex or double-sided. You may request simplex printing. You are requested to restrict color print to classroom assignments. An ADA accessible area of the lab is open to students with disabilities who are registered with the UALR Disability Resource Center. You can contact the Ottenheimer Computer Lab by calling 501.916.5073.
Academic Success Center
The Academic Success Center (ASC) has the following programs designed to help students acquire necessary skills for success:
â€˘ Student Support Services Program This program offers academic development, assists students with basic college requirements, and serves to motivate students toward the successful completion of their post-secondary education. SSS offers academic tutoring in a variety of courses, academic advising and assistance in selecting courses, information on a full range of federal student financial aid programs, financial literacy, and graduate school admission and financial assistance. Students can also borrow laptops and textbooks, apply for grants and scholarships, and receive counseling on careers, academic issues, and finances. All services are free and available to any student who qualifies under federal guidelines.
â€˘ Ronald E. McNair Program
This program is designed to prepare students who are underrepresented in graduate education for doctoral degrees. The program provides skill building seminars, research and mentorship, and graduate school admission assistance.
â€˘ Program for Enhanced Learning PEL offers services to students needing to increase their academic skills for success. The PEL also provides test preparation to students planning for the ACT, GRE, PRAXIS, and SAT. All PEL students have exclusive computer lab access. Courses in the areas of reading and study skills are open to all students and include:
â€˘ Reading for Academic Content (READ 1311)
â€˘ College Study Skills (READ 1310)
â€˘ Collegiate Success Program (CSP) CSP provides one-on-one attention and high quality instruction to freshmen and sophomore students through an array of services. A two-semester, structured learning experience is offered to entering and transfer freshmen who need to complete developmental literacy coursework. Students are required to meet with an academic adviser, sign an enrollment agreement, and attend workshops and community building activities. The CSP provides similar services to freshmen and sophomore students on academic probation. The CSP also provides Supplemental Instruction sessions to students enrolled in courses that have proven difficult for UALR students. For more information or for a special evening appointment about these ASC services, drop by Speech 101 or call 501.569.3280.
DSC Fitness & Aquatic Center
The Donaghey Student Center (DSC), a recreation and fitness complex, is open over 100 hours a week. The Fitness & Aquatic Center provides state-of-the-art fitness equipment, a variety of sports courts and central Arkansasâ€™ only Olympic-sized, wheelchair accessible, indoor pool. At first you will come to the DSC to get your ID card, buy textbooks, and get some food. Later, youâ€™ll come to walk on the indoor track, grab a taco, lift weights, drink some coffee, study with friends, eat some breakfast, play basketball, volleyball or ping pong, have some ice cream, practice yoga, or attend a special activity.
Other activities will also be scheduled during each term including: swimming, exercise classes, water aerobics, wellness seminars and events, outdoor workshops, and more. The DSC, a place that helps to build a sense of community, adds dimension to college life for all UALR students. Call 501.569.8284 for more information or visit ualr.edu/studentcenter.
The Ottenheimer Library supports the curriculum and research needs of the university community with a full staff of librarians available to assist you with any questions regarding the libraryâ€™s resources and services.
â€˘ Public access computers
â€˘ Wireless access
â€˘ Copiers and scanners
â€˘ Access to e-journals, e-books, databases
â€˘ Millions of magazine, newspaper and journal articles
â€˘ United States government and European Union publications
Many of the libraryâ€™s resources are available online and can be accessed off campus at home, work, or in the residence halls. Ottenheimer Library is open more than 80 hours a week. For current hours, please visit the libraryâ€™s website at ualr.edu/library.
University Writing Center
The University Writing Center (UWC) offers assistance to writers of all skill levels working on any stage of the writing process. Though students are responsible for the creation and content of their papers, staff members can assist with organization, development, clarity, or with revision. In addition to one-to-one assistance with the writing process, electronic programs are available on all computers to assist with outlining, clustering, typing skills, and designated computers are accessible through adaptive technology programs. Two 1-hour academic credit courses are offered for students seeking additional help in a workshop environment.
Appointments are not necessary. The UWC is located in the Student Union B 116. For more information, call 501.569.8343 or visit the University Writing Center online at ualr.edu/writingcenter.
Mathematics Assistance Center
There are two Mathematics Assistance Centers (MAC I & II) that offer help and tutoring in developmental, college level and online mathematics courses. These services are offered at no charge to all UALR students. Many computers for assignments and homework are available as well as live tutors. Computer software, tutorials, and other materials keyed to current textbooks are available for most math courses. MAC 1 is located in Dickinson Hall 600 and MAC II is in Earth Sciences 104. MAC I also rents TI-84 graphing calculators for $40 per semester. For more information, call 501.371.7667 or 501.682.8312, or visit ualr.edu/mathematics.
Communication Skill Center
The Communication Skill Center (CSC) helps take the panic out of public speaking! The CSC is a free campus resource devoted to helping students, faculty and staff with all stages of the speech creation process. Our services include, but are not limited to: managing anxiety, brainstorming topics, conducting research, organizing content, outlining, designing and integrating effective presentational aids, and rehearsing traditionally, as well as via video, with personalized feedback. Additionally, we offer individualized help as well as group workshops on other communication-based skills, such as team communication, leadership communication, and conflict resolution.
The CSC is located in Speech Communication 201. Appointments are available and walk-ins are welcome; please stop by, call us at 501.569.8208, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
College of Business Student Services
The College of Business (COB)Student Services provides services and activities to support academic development and promote effective professional growth and job placement opportunities for UALR business students. Most services are tailored specifically to COB students; however, some programs are open to all majors at all levels freshmen to graduate studentsâ€¦and even alumni!
1) Professional development workshops through the Professional Edge Series (all student levels and all majors welcome).
2) Placement activities such as individual on-campus interviews and employer networking and interviewing events.
3) Access to our online job board called Business Buzz. Here you can request or schedule counseling appointments, electronically apply for jobs, receive resume assistance, and sign up for events.
4) Academic Advising – ensuring that all core coursework is completed according to catalog guidelines for formal admittance into the College.
In addition, if you would like more information about what to do with a business major, who to speak to about which business major to declare, COB admittance procedures, identifying internship and employment opportunities for your business discipline, or being involved in any of the workshops and/or other activities we host, contact us at 501.569.3359. You are also welcome to come by and visit us in person in the Reynolds Business Center 109C.
Speech and Hearing Clinic
The Department of Audiology and
Speech Pathology operates a Speech and Hearing Clinic that provides speech, language and hearing evaluations and therapy to students and faculty at reduced rates. The clinic, in partnership with UAMS, is located in the University Plaza Suite 600. For an appointment or more information, call 501.569.3155.
African American Male Initiative (AAMI)
Teaching Enhancements Affecting Minority Students (TEAMS)
African American Female Initiative (AAFI)
Ladies Who Launch (LWL)
Hispanic American Initiative (HAI)
AAMI seeks to increase the retention and graduation rates of African American male students through mentoring and student development. This program is partially funded by the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation. Participating in the TEAMS helps minority students adjust to life at UALR and improve their retention and performance. The program provides the following:
â€˘ Peer, faculty, staff and community mentors
â€˘ Information about student services and resources
â€˘ Advising regarding graduate school and professional schools
AAMI/TEAMS is located in Administration North 204. For more information call 501.569.8713.
In 1994, Children International and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock established a partnership to nurture and provide educational enrichment, health and dental care, family assistance and special gifts for children and youth attending the Little Rock Public Schools.
Children International works in partnerships with 16 UALR departments and 22 public and private agencies. More than 24,000 students benefit from the generosity of individual and corporate sponsors. Around the world, Children International is helping 330,000 children in 11 countries by providing meaningful benefits and services to help children grow up confident, healthy and educated. UALR Children International is CIâ€™s only U.S. site, serving over 3,200 sponsored children.
Here are ways you can get involved:
â€˘ Sponsor a child
â€˘ Join the AmeriCorps team
â€˘ Apply for a job
â€˘ Take a UALR service-learning course
Visit us at 2510 Fair Park Blvd., online at ualr.edu/children or call 501.663.5541.
The Cooperative Education Internship and Placement Office provides qualified students the opportunity to participate in work-integrated learning by gaining relevant work experience and academic credit in paid co-ops or internships. After successfully completing a co-op or internship, upon graduation, you will be placed in a database for consideration of full time employment.
92% of Co-op graduates indicated that their Co-op experience gave them an advantage in the job market. 100% of Co-op graduates indicated they would advise degree-seeking students to participate in Co-op.
For more information, please contact the Cooperative Education Internship and Placement Office, Ross Hall 417 or call 501.569.3584 or visit ualr.edu/co-op.
Donaghey Scholars Program
The Donaghey Scholars Program
(DSP)offers an opportunity for academically talented students to take an interdisciplinary general education curriculum. The DSPâ€™s writing and reading intensive curriculum is in lieu of the Universityâ€™s general education core and is designed to complement later work in any of the majors UALR offers. Scholars are also required to study a foreign language and do a final, culminating project before graduating as a Donaghey Scholar. Central to the programâ€™s international focus is the requirement that students become proficient in a foreign language. In order to promote this language acquisition and to foster awareness of diverse cultures, Donaghey Scholars are required to study abroad.
Priority deadline for applying to the program is February 1st, with decisions made in early April. Criteria considered in selecting applicants include:
â€˘ cumulative grade point average,
â€˘ rank in high school class (or previous college performance if applicable),
â€˘ standardized test scores and essays, and
â€˘ recommendations and interviews.
Students accepted into the Donaghey Scholars Program receive full in-state tuition, a fee allotment, a generous stipend for up to four years, plus the study trip abroad. Current UALR students are eligible to apply to the DSP, but should understand that the Scholars core curriculum replaces virtually all of the UALR core, so coming into the program with prior college hours may delay the studentâ€™s graduation date. Request additional information and applications from the Donaghey Scholars Program Dickinson Hall 321, or call 501.569.3389.
Chancellorâ€™s Leadership Corps
The Chancellorâ€™s Leadership Corps
(CLC) is a comprehensive program that equips promising students with the tools to become leaders on campus, in their careers, and in the community. The CLC motto is â€śLearn, Lead, and Serve.â€ť Scholars enhance their leadership skills by facilitating campus wide celebrations and participating in campus organizations. CLC scholars are required to live on campus and may receive up to $8,000 per year in scholarship aid, which is renewable for four years based on performance results. Students in CLC will serve as university ambassadors who will:
â€˘ Assist in recruitment activities,
â€˘ Complete 15 hours of community service each semester,
â€˘ Take a 2 credit hour mandatory leadership course (PEAW 1124/2124) designed to develop skills necessary for effective leadership in campus life and beyond graduation,
â€˘ Maintain a 3.00 cumulative GPA, and
â€˘ Complete at least 27 credit hours in the freshman year and 30 credit hours in remaining years.
For additional information contact the CLC Office at 501.569.8240 or email email@example.com.
The Trojan athletic program is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). All 15 teams, both menâ€™s and womenâ€™s, participate in the prestigious Sun Belt Conference. You are admitted free to all home athletic events by presenting your Student ID. At home volleyball and menâ€™s and womenâ€™s basketball games at The Jack Stephens Center, you also receive a free hot dog and drink. UALR sports include baseball, menâ€™s and womenâ€™s basketball, menâ€™s and womenâ€™s cross country, menâ€™s and womenâ€™s golf, menâ€™s and womenâ€™s indoor and outdoor track and field, womenâ€™s soccer, womenâ€™s swimming and diving, womenâ€™s tennis, and womenâ€™s volleyball. The UALR Dance Team, which performs at all home games and post-season tournaments, is open to all full-time students who meet the requirements. Information on all UALR sports is available at ualrtrojans.com, on Facebook at UALR Trojans, on Twitter @UALRathletics or call 501.569.3167.
Office of Community Engagement
The mission of the Office of Community Engagement (OCE) at UALR is to facilitate the building of partnerships between UALR faculty, staff, and students and the community in ways that will be mutually beneficial. Through its many community contacts, OCE assists faculty, staff, and students to engage in both professional and volunteer service projects with local community agencies.
If you, your student group, or your class are interested in service opportunities, please call the OCE at 501.569.3424.
Know Your Schedule
UALR must define enrollment statuses by mandate of the U.S. Department of Education. These definitions are used to determine eligibility for financial aid and scholarships and are used consistently throughout the campus. The full-time undergraduate course load is 12-16 credit hours in a fall, spring, or summer semester. A three quarter-time undergraduate student must be enrolled in 6, 7, or 8 hours a semester.
Undergraduate summer semester enrollment hours include hours from all summer terms. Students may not take more than 18 credit hours in a regular semester without written permission from their adviser. The 18 hour limit includes all work for academic credit. Students on academic probation are limited to 13 hours in a fall, spring, or summer semester.
Students who work full-time or are taking classes only at night should consider taking fewer hours. Discuss this with your adviser.
If you are provisionally admitted, you are limited to 13 hours. If you have been specially admitted by the Admissions and Transfer Credit Committee, limitations will apply until conditions are satisfied. If you are a continuing student and are on probation or continued probation, you are limited to 13 hours. A temporary student is limited to four hours per semester with a maximum of 8 hours.
Instructors for each class will distribute a syllabus to inform you of their requirements and expectations:
â€˘ the course attendance requirements,
â€˘ course of study or tentative schedule, and
â€˘ examinations and grading policy.
You are expected to attend class. If you miss a class, you are responsible for finding out about the material covered, homework assignments, and any announcements or examinations. At UALR each faculty member sets an attendance policy in the course syllabus. In some courses, active student participation is an integral part of the course, and the instructor may base a portion of your final grade on attendance and participation. Many academic departments set attendance policies as well.
A prerequisite is a course that must be completed prior to taking another course. Prerequisites are listed in the course description in the UALR Undergraduate Catalog and in online class searches when you view the course description by clicking on the name of the course. It is your responsibility to be aware of prerequisites for any course you take. Failure to take a prerequisite can invalidate your enrollment in a course. A corequisite is a course that is taken at the same time.
Dropping An Individual Class
During the semester you may find that you are having problems with a particular class or that you have taken more classes than you can handle. For these or other reasons, you may find it necessary to â€śdropâ€ť a class, but not all classes. Classes may be dropped without a grade penalty by the â€ślast day to dropâ€ť posted on the Academic Calendar located on the UALR the home page, on the BOSS calendar, and in the Registration Pocket Guide each semester. In order to drop a class, print the official form from the Office of Records and Registration website ualr.edu/records or pick one up at the office in the Student Services Center 218. The form can be faxed to 501.569.8168, mailed or submitted in person at the Records and Registration Office. Drop forms must be received by the deadline.
When dropping a course, be sure to check the refund deadline dates for a dropped course. The refund schedule is available via BOSS or in the Registration Pocket Guide.
NOTE: It is important to check the number of credit hours you will have remaining. A specified number of credit hours is necessary to maintain full-time student status and for some scholarships, financial aid, and other purposes. Visit with your academic adviser and financial aid adviser before you drop a class.
Withdrawal From The University
If circumstances make it necessary for you to leave the university, you must officially withdraw by the last day of classes each semester or summer part of term to avoid a grade penalty. The deadline for withdrawing is posted on the Academic Calendar found on the UALR home page, on the BOSS calendar, and published in the Registration Pocket Guide each semester. If you never attend classes for which you registered, you remain legally liable for tuition and fees, unless you withdrawal by refund deadline. In order to officially withdraw from all of your classes in a semester, print the official form from the Office of Records and Registration website ualr.edu/records or pick one up at the office. The form can be faxed to 501.569.8168, mailed or submitted in person at the Records and Registration Office. Withdrawal forms must be received by the deadline. An official withdrawal does not penalize or prevent you from re-enrolling at a future date.
You must complete an exit interview in the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid if you received any type of financial aid. If no aid has been received, submit the withdrawal form directly to the Office of Records and Registration. The withdrawal tuition refund schedule is available via BOSS or in the Registration
You may choose to enroll at another academic institution while attending UALR. Before taking a course elsewhere, you should contact an adviser at UALR in order to ensure that the credit meets UALR degree program requirements. You should also contact the Office of Transfer Support Services, if the course is intended to count toward a core requirement. If the course is intended to count for a major or minor requirement, the student should contact the adviser in the major. For more information call the Office of Records and Registration at 501.569.3110.
Most departments offer opportunities for students to earn credit hours through independent study or research. The student and instructor agree on the nature and requirements of the project at the time of registration. A student cannot receive more than 6 credit hours for independent study except by permission of the person who approves the degree plan. Each department sets the qualifications and methods for its independent study courses. So ask your degree adviser or instructors.
Military-Related Service Credit
Are you eligible for US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) educational benefits? If you are a veteran, reservist, or a dependent of someone who served in the US military, you may apply on-line gibill.va.gov to determine your eligibility. If eligible, a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) is issued which must be submitted tothe UALR Veterans Affairs Office.
You must be a fully admitted student taking courses required for a declared major in order to receive these potential benefits:
â€˘ View gibill.va.gov for details regarding the following chapters:
- Chapter 33 (Post-9/11Bill GI Bill â€“ Veterans)
- Chapter 33 (Post-9/11Bill GI Bill â€“ Transfer Entitlement to Dependents)
- Chapter 30 (Montgomery GI Bill â€“ Veterans)
- Chapter 30 (Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty)
- Chapter 35 (Dependents Educational Assistance)
- Chapter 1606 (Montgomery GI Bill)
- Chapter 1607 (Reserve Educational Assistance Program)
- Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment).
â€˘ Additional information is located on the UALR Veteran Affairs website, ualr.edu/admissions/veterans.
â€˘ For tuition assistance, students should -apply through GoArmyEd.com or see your unitâ€™s education service officer. Students approved for TA should contact the UALR Student Accounts Office in person, by phone at 501.569.3139, or by email – firstname.lastname@example.org for details on the reimbursement procedure after completing the paperwork.
â€˘ For consideration of American Council of Education (ACE â€“ AARTS/SMART) credit, present a transcript when enrolling. Visit www.militaryguides.acenet.edu for more information.
â€˘ For consideration of Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) credit, present a transcript when enrolling. Visit www.au.af.mil/au/ccaf for more information.
â€˘ Students receiving veterans-educational benefits are encouraged to use the Veterans Center, located in our office, for a break between classes, to study, or fellowship with fellow veterans.
If you have questions or need assistance, visit the office in Student Services Center 118 or call 501.682.8387.
The faculty, staff, and administration at UALR recognize your work and dedication in serving the United States, and we Thank You.
Occupational Programs Credit
UALR will accept up to 16 hours of lower level undesignated elective credit for occupational programs from accredited institutions. Students to whom this might apply should have their transcripts evaluated by the Office of Records and Registration. An evaluation will not be made until after you are enrolled.
Know Your Grades
The Undergraduate Catalog contains detailed information concerning special scholastic honors and annual awards.
â€˘ Students with superior academic performance for a semester are placed on the Chancellorâ€™s or the Deanâ€™s List. To qualify, a student must have carried at least 9 hours of credit; earned a semester grade point average of at least 3.9 for the Chancellorâ€™s List and a 3.5 for the Deanâ€™s List; and received no D, F, I, or NC on the semester grade report.
â€˘ Each spring, UALR juniors, seniors, and graduate students may seek nomination to Whoâ€™s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, one of the most highly regarded and long-standing honor programs in the nation. For more than seven decades this national program has honored outstanding campus leaders for their scholastic and community achievements.
â€˘ Honors Organizations & Programs
UALR provides many opportunities for students to be recognized for academic excellence and achievement. Phi Kappa Phi recognizes superior scholarship in all academic disciplines and provides for the election of outstanding graduate students and distinguished faculty. In addition, there are honors organizations affiliated with specific academic disciplines, social Greek organizations, and Non-Traditional students.
Department chairs have information concerning specific disciplines. Contact the Office of Campus Life at 501.569.3308, or visit ualr.edu/campuslife.
Advanced Placement Program
UALR awards a placement, exemption, or credit for every AP test score of 3 or higher. If you took an AP test in high school, you should have your scores sent to UALR for evaluation. A score of 2 can be used for placement or exemption in some cases. Contact Testing Services at 501.569.3198 for complete information.
The Grading System
Students access grades on BOSS at the end of each semester or summer part of term, showing each course attempted, the grade for each course, and a cumulative grade point average for that semester.
The grading system is:
Grade Quality Points
A- Superior Work 4
B – Good Work 3
C – Average Work 2
D – Passing Work 1
F – Failing Work 0
AU – Students who audit a course are not required to complete class assignments, take tests, or receive a grade or academic credit for the course. To audit a course, you must have the instructorâ€™s approval and pay tuition and fees. CR, NC – Some courses are offered on a credit/no credit or pass/fail basis. In addition, you may take one elective course each semester on a credit/no credit basis with the instructorâ€™s approval at the time of registration.
GPA – Your grade point average is the measure of your academic performance each semester and over your entire university career. To compute your GPA, multiply the grade quality points for each course times the number of hours in that course; then divide the total of the grade points by the total number of hours attempted for the semester. See ualr.edu/records/tools/enter_grades.asp.
I – The designation â€śI,â€ť or Incomplete, is given when the instructor feels that circumstances beyond your control prevented completion of a course requirement. It allows you to finish course requirements within a 90-day period after the semester is over (one year for graduate students). It is your responsibility to discuss your problem with the instructor and request a grade of Incomplete. The instructor must complete the appropriate form from the Office of Records and Registration and designate work to be finished and the deadline. A copy must be filed with the department chairperson. When the course work is handed in and graded by the deadline date, the instructor will change the grade. If you receive and â€śIâ€ť you do not need to re-register for the course. But, failure to complete the work on time will result in the â€śIâ€ť being administratively changed to an â€śF.â€ť
IP – In Progress (graduate projects, theses, and dissertations)
MG – This means no grade has been reported for this course.
W – This indicates that you withdrew from the course (dropped the course) after the first week of class and before the official â€ślast day to drop a class.â€ť
Good Standing vs. Academic Probation and Suspension
Good Standing: You are considered in Good Standing at the end of a grading period if your current term and cumulative GPA are 2.00 or above.
Academic Probation: You will be placed on Academic Probation at the end of a grading period if your cumulative GPA drops below a 2.00. You will continue on Probation at the end of a grading period if your cumulative GPA remains below a 2.00 and you were on Academic Probation at the end of the previous term. Students on academic probation are limited to 13 credit hours each semester. Students needing fewer than 18 credit hours for graduation may request an exemption for the credit hours restriction from their academic adviser or department chairperson; denial of this request may be appealed to the dean of the college and the provost. A student should bring to the Office of Records and Registration a letter from his or her adviser or department chairperson giving permission to take more than the credit hour restriction and indicating that fewer than 18 hours are needed for graduation. Students will be removed from academic probation when their cumulative GPA is 2.00 or above. If, after two consecutive terms of academic probation, the studentâ€™s current and cumulative GPA are below 2.00, the student will be academically suspended for one semester.
Academic Suspension: If suspended at the end of the spring term, you will be eligible to return the following fall term. If suspended at the end of the fall term, you will be eligible to return for the summer term.
Contact the Office of Records and Registration if you have questions or concerns at 501.569.3110.
Transfer Students Admitted After Suspension
Transfer students on their first suspension from another institution are eligible for admission to UALR. You will be admitted and limited to 7 credit hours their first semester. Transfer students who have been on suspension from another institution more than one time, must submit a letter of appeal for admission to the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid. Admission for students under this provision will be decided on a case-by-case basis. If the appeal is granted, you will be limited to 7 credit hours of enrollment their first semester.
Transfer of D Grades Policy
Students may transfer up to six credit hours of courses with grades of D if a grade of D would be accepted for credit in the corresponding course