Quick Start Guide


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The following checklist indicates the steps that students new to UALR must take to begin their journey at UALR.

APPLY for Admission:

Complete an application for admission and submit the $40 non-refundable application fee at apply.ualr.edu

SUBMIT Required Documents:

Submit Official Copies of the following to complete your application:

  1. Freshmen and freshmen transfers (those 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.
  2. Freshmen and freshmen transfers may need to request official ACT or SAT scores 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.
  3. All college transcripts should 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 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.
  4. Students born after January 1, 1957, must submit proof of two MMR immunizations.
  5. Students whose native language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. See the section entitled “Non-Native English Language Requirement.”

Transfer Students. Students should submit any college transcripts to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Military Students. Students should submit military transcripts, in additional to all other college transcripts, to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Once notified of the receipt of military transcript, our Military Ombudsman, Kathy Oliverio, will evaluate the transcript for possible awarding of academic credit. Call (501) 569-3204 or email kmoliverio@ualr.edu for more information.

International Students. 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 (a) admission requirements and (b) financial aid requirements must be complete.

APPLY for Housing:

First year entering freshman must live on campus. Check on the Housing website for further information.

APPLY for Scholarships & Financial Aid:

Information concerning scholarships and financial aid is covered in depth starting in the following pages. You may also visit the Office of Financial Aid website at ualr.edu/financialaid.

Federal Financial Aid. If you have not already done so, apply for federal aid online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. You must fill out the FAFSA form before applying for any state scholarships.

State Scholarships. Click on the “Universal” scholarship link. This will calculate what state scholarships and financial aid you are entitled to receive.

Transfer Scholarships. The Shelby Breedlove Transfer Scholarship is for students who will have completed at least 60 hours at an accredited Arkansas community college with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher. Applications must be received by February 1 for fall semester transfers.

UALR Private Scholarships. The deadline for private scholarships is March 1. For additional information about UALR’s private scholarship listing, go to ualr.edu/scholarships/private.

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.

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.

ATTEND New Student Orientation:

Attendance at New Student Orientation is mandatory. You’ll need your student ID number (Trojan or T-number) and PIN in order to register for orientation. If you are not sure of your ID number or PIN, email the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at admissions@ualr.edu or call (501) 569-3127. For more information about orientation, contact the Office of Campus Life at (501) 569-3308 or visit ualr.edu/orientation.

GET Academically Advised:

Once you are admitted to the University, you need to be advised as to which classes you need to take. (See the “Academic Advising” section for further details.) 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. Pulaski Technical College students can contact the PTC Campus Advising Center, Room 318 or call (501) 812-2821.

Declared Majors. Contact your appropriate department to get advised. The college/department is dictated by your major. See the list of “Degrees by Major” or online at ualr.edu/academics.

REGISTER for Classes:

Once advised, go to BOSS and register for classes.


Undergraduate Academic Advising

Advising is mandatory for all students each semester and must be done well in advance of published registration dates. Provisional and temporary students are not eligible for academic advisement until all required admission credentials are submitted and evaluated by the Office of Records and Registration. After this evaluation has occurred, academic advising will be required each semester.

Where students are advised depends on their status:

  • Undeclared majors are advised in the Office of Undergraduate Academic Advising including entering freshman who need developmental reading/composition, will be in the Collegiate Success Program.
  • Declared majors are advised in the department offering the major. Students may find there major at ualr.edu/advising/home/major/findmyadvisor/.

First-Year Colloquium

Leaving high school behind to attend college at UALR is an exciting transition. To assist students in that transition, all full-time freshmen entering a college or university for the first time and transfer students with less than 12 hours of credit are required to take a First Year Colloquium. Several versions of the colloquium are available, but all carry full academic credit and are designed to help put students on a path to success at UALR. Planning for graduation begins on day one!

All versions of the First Year Colloquium are small in size and require students to learn about and use campus and off-campus resources (libraries, career planning and counseling services, tutoring, etc.) and strategies for goal-setting and time management. Some versions include a service-learning project that applies academic learning to real-life situations.

Which course to take? Some specialized first-year colloquiums are aimed at students intending to major in particular subject areas. The table below indicates the appropriate colloquium for such students. Students intending to major in a subject area that is not singled out in the table should register for PEAW 1300, the first course in the table.

All students should consult with their academic advisor before registering for a first year colloquium. A few colloquiums are limited to students in other targeted special programs and those receiving particular scholarships. Such students will be advised through those programs and scholarships as to the appropriate colloquium for which they should register.

Intended for Declared Major Course Number Title
All majors PEAW 1300 The First Year Experience
Business (Economics, marketing, finance, or management) BSAD 1100 Discovering Business
Chancellor’s Leadership Corps PEAW 1124 Practicum: Leadership Training
Computer Science CPSC 1105 First Year Experience for CPSC Majors
Construction Management and Construction Engineering CNMG 1101 First Year Colloquium in Construction Mgmt. & Eng.
Mechanical Engineering Technology ETME 1110 FYE: Mechanical Engineering Technology
Donaghey Scholars SCHL 1101 Scholars Colloquium
Education (Teacher ed-early & middle childhood and secondary ed) TCED 1100 Intro Teaching/Learning
Engineering Technology/Computer ECET 1302 Freshman Yr Experience Tech/ Computer
History HIST 1314 First-Year Colloquium
Information Science IFSC 1105 First Year Experience for IFSC Majors
Math and Science (UTeach) IGSC 1101 or SCED 1101 Step 1: Inquiry Teaching FYC
Systems Engineering SYEN 1210 Intro to Systems Engineering
University Science Scholars BIOL/CHEM/ERSC 1305 University Science Scholars
Courses in Personal Awareness (PEAW)

The Division Chief of the Office of Undergraduate Academic Advising oversees courses in Personal Awareness. The PEAW 1300 course described below can be taken to meet the First-Year Colloquium requirement.

PEAW 1300 The First Year Experience
Helps students reach their educational objectives. Interactive instructional methods promote the development of critical thinking skills and positive educational values. Students 1) complete a personal assessment to enhance their understanding of communication and learning styles, lifestyle risks, and loci of control; 2) learn to identify and use appropriate resources both on campus and within the community; 3) acquire skills needed to promote study, personal wellness, goal setting and achievement; 4) develop strategies to manage money, time and stress wisely; and 5) participate in a service learning experience outside the classroom in a setting designed to foster community service. Final course grades are A, B, C, and no credit (NC). Three credit hours.

PEAW 1190 Career Planning and Life Options
A systematic approach to developing decision-making skills and an orientation to the world of work. The focal point of the course is the student and his or her goals. Emphasis is on clarifying and formulating realistic career goals and an appropriate career plan and strategy to achieve these goals. Final course grade is credit (CR)/no-credit (NC). One credit hour.

PEAW 1310 Library Research and Resources
Basic techniques for using the library effectively. Use of information resources, including on-line catalog, computerized databases, bibliographies, and indexes. Attention to students’ individual subject needs. Three credit hours.

PEAW 1124, 2124, 3124, 4124 Practicum: Leadership Training
Designed to recognize and enhance the development of student leaders through an orientation to campus and community resources and through participation in service projects and social activities. Enrollment is restricted to students participating in official university leadership groups. Final course grade is credit (CR)/no-credit. One credit hour (NC).