Be a UALR student
If you are starting at UALR for the first time – Welcome! Please make sure that you have completed the online admissions application. If you are transferring to UALR, you can meet with a Transfer Advisor.
Tuition & fees
A college education is a smart investment. We will walk you through the financial aid and advising process to make sure you have a plan that helps you succeed. Make sure you explore your financial aid options and apply for scholarships (the earlier, the better).
Being advised is an important step in the registration process. Once you have submitted your official admission test scores (i.e. ACT, SAT, Accuplacer) you can meet with an academic advisor to start planning your semester. An academic advisor will help you determine your classes and schedule and lift your Advising Flag so that you can officially register for classes in the BOSS system.
For returning students, if you haven’t declared a major, meet with your undergraduate advisor in the Office of Academic Advising before registering for class. If you have declared a major, meet with your advisor in your “major” program before registering.
Register for classes in BOSS
Please familiarize yourself with important registration dates and deadlines, which can be viewed on the academic calendar. You will also want to contact your academic advisor for a mandatory advising session.
Logging into BOSS
Once your application for admission has been approved you will be assigned a student ID (your T number) and a six-digit personal identification number (PIN). Students enrolling at the undergraduate and post baccalaureate levels will receive a personal identification number (PIN) from the Office of Admissions. Students enrolling at the graduate level will receive a personal identification number (PIN) from the Graduate School. When you’ve received this information and you’re ready to register then go to boss.ualr.edu. The BOSS system will allow you to register for courses, view your grades, order transcripts, check your financial aid status, and much, much more.
Be sure to review your BOSS account often to ensure that all of your information is up-to-date.
When you first visit BOSS, the menu will display several options. Select the first option Enter Secure Area (LOGIN) to begin registering for courses.
On the next page you will input your User ID and PIN in the appropriate boxes. After you have done that, select the box that reads Login to proceed to the next page.
If this is your first visit, then you will be asked to change your PIN. You will need to select six numbers for your PIN. There are some restrictions to what you may choose. Those restrictions will appear in a gray box on the right of your screen.
You will also be asked to select a set of security questions from a list and provide answers to the questions. If you should ever forget your PIN and need to click the “Forgot PIN?” button, then one of these questions will need to be answered before you can proceed. Please note that the answers are case-sensitive.
Registering for Courses (video tutorials included)
Once you have successfully logged into your BOSS account, choose the Student Services option from the menu.
From there, choose the Registration option from the menu. This will bring you to the registration page, which will provide you with a registration-focused menu.
From this page you will choose Register/Search for Classes. The system will ask you to specify which term you would like to register for. Once you choose the appropriate term you will be brought to the class search page.
Choose your subject from the list provided and click the Course Search button.
A list of courses should appear at this point. You will need to click on the View Sections button next to the course that you are interested in registering for in order to view all of the available meeting times for that course.
As you review the meeting times for your course, you should look to the left of each class and check for the following:
- Checkbox: This means that you can register for this course.
- C: Closed. All available seats have been taken.
- NR: No Registration. Registration is currently not available at this time.
- SR: Student Restriction. You may not register for any courses until restrictions are cleared. Choose the View Registration Status option from the bottom of the page to find out the status of your account.
- Nothing: You are currently registered for this course.
- Please note if you have errors you may use our Errors Tutorial for assistance.
You will need to click on the checkbox of the class(s) that you want to take. You will then go to the bottom of the page and click on the Register button.
For additional help with registration you may also view our online Registration tutorial.
- Depending on your screen size there may be information to the right of the page that you cannot see without scrolling.
- Web-based courses have a building designation of “Web” and Benton Campus courses have a building designation of “BNTN”. Courses offered in these locations are typically last in the list of meeting times. This information is usually to the far right of your screen.
- Some courses have both a lecture and a lab that must be taken during the same semester. To register for these types of course, you will need to place a check next to both classes before you click on the Register button.
How Do I Know I'm Registered
Once you’ve clicked the Register button, you will be taken to a screen that will confirm if you’ve successfully registered for the class.
Please note: When you enroll in a course, you will be charged for that course unless you drop or withdraw by the proper deadline. You will not necessarily be dropped for not attending the course.
If, for any reason, you cannot take the course you selected, you will receive an error message.
Auditing a Course
If you wish to audit a course, you will first have to register for it “normally.” After you have successfully registered, click on the word Normal listed under the grade mode of your course. This will take you to the Select Audit Mode page. If the word Normal cannot be clicked then the course is not available for audit.
You may also choose Select Audit Mode from the Registration menu of your BOSS account to audit a course.
Once at the Select Audit Mode page, all of the courses you are registered for will appear. If you see that the grade mode for a course is in a drop-down menu then that course can be audited. To do so, select Audit from the drop down menu and click the Submit Changes button.
If you should change your mind about auditing a course you may follow the same process outlined above to change the grade mode back to its default setting.
Things to note:
- You must have the professor’s approval to audit a course
- You may not change your grade mode after the last day of late registration
- When auditing a course you will receive a grade of “AU” regardless of how well or how poorly you did
Waitlisting a course
How Waitlists Work
Once a CRN/class fills up and closes, students may add their names to the waitlist, if one is offered for the course. Whether or not a class has a waitlist is determined by the department offering the course and not all courses can support a waitlist. Courses that have a waitlist are designated by values greater than 0 in the waitlist columns on the “Register/Search for Classes” web page in BOSS. The column headings are WL Cap (waitlist capacity), WL Act. (current students on the waitlist), and WL Rem (waitlist slots remaining) and show up just to the left of the instructor column.
If a course has a waitlist, and a student currently enrolled drops that course or the department raises the class limit, the next eligible student on the waitlist is notified ONLY by an email sent to their UALR email address. The email will inform the student a seat is now open, and give the student a specific length of time (usually 24 hours) in which to log onto BOSS and register for the course. If the student does not register within that time period, their name is removed from the waitlist, and the next eligible student is notified.
Procedure for Getting on a Waitlist:
- Find the CRN of the class for which you wish to be waitlisted.
- If the class is not closed, you cannot be added to the waitlist.
- Go to the “Add or Drop Classes” option on the Registration Tools channel in BOSS. Registration for waitlisting is not available using the Class Search option on the UALR website.
- Enter the CRN in one of the boxes and click on Submit.
- If no seats are open then the error message will display “No seats are available at this time. There are XX student(s) in the waitlist. To join the waitlist, select waitlisted from the drop-down menu to the right then click the Submit Changes button”.
- Click on Submit Changes, and you’ll be added to the waitlist.
- If the error message displays “No seats are available at this time. The waitlist is currently full” or “You cannot be added to the waitlist at this time. The waitlist is currently full” then you must choose another course.
- If you receive the message “Open seats are being offered to students on the waitlist. There are XX students on the waitlist at this time”, then you can add yourself to the waitlist. This message means a seat has opened up but is being held for the next eligible student, on the current waitlist.
Please Note: All holds must be cleared and registration requirements must be met before entering a waitlist.
Courses Which Have Co-requisites:
Students enrolling in courses which have a co-requisite, e.g. separate Biology lecture and lab courses, or Chemistry lecture and lab courses must enroll in both courses at the same time, for BOSS to recognize the co-requisite. Therefore, students may not enroll in a lecture, but only waitlist for the lab. In order to waitlist a co-requisite course, the student must first be fully enrolled in the pair of courses, to meet the co-requisite requirements, THEN waitlist the desired course.
Procedure for Removing Yourself from a Waitlist:
- Go to the “Add or Drop Classes” option on the Registration menu on BOSS.
- Click on the drop down arrow on the course you wish to remove and …
- Choose “Drop Course” and click on Submit Changes.
Procedure for Moving from a Waitlist to Registered in the Class.
- If the class opens up and you are the next eligible student on the waitlist, an email will be sent to your UALR email account. Please check your UALR email account several times daily.
- Follow the directions in the email and log on to BOSS.
- Go to the Add or Drop Classes option on the Registration Tools channel on BOSS. If you are currently enrolled in another section of the same class, you must first drop the other section before changing to the newly available course.
- Click on the drop down box for the course for which you are now eligible to enroll and …
- Select “Web Registered”, and click on Submit Changes.
Please Note: All holds and registration restrictions must be cleared before enrolling in the class.
- Not all courses will have a waitlist option.
- Students cannot be added to a waitlist until the course is closed. Students will not be added to a waitlist in anticipation that the course will be closed when their registration time arrives.
- All holds, prerequisites and other registration restrictions are checked and must be met or cleared before a student is allowed to enter the waitlist. Plan ahead: most holds cannot be cleared outside of regular UALR working hours and if you can’t clear the hold you may lose your slot and have to start over. For Advising holds please contact Academic Advising 569-3386, for financial holds contact Student Accounts 569-3450, and for Library holds contact the Ottenheimer Library 569-3123. For all other holds contact Records and Registration for assistance at 569-3110.
- Being waitlisted in a course does not guarantee that you’ll get into the course.
- The deadline for changing your course status from “waitlisted” to “registered” is 24 hours, except on weekends when registration is closed. If you are waitlisted for a course which you think may open, please be prepared to monitor your UALR email account frequently.
- Unfortunately, exceptions cannot be made for students who do not register for the class within the time period stated in the notification email. Students signing up on a waitlist must pay close attention to their email account. “No exceptions” includes the following: (a) BOSS is not available; (b) out of town emergencies; (c) computer crashes; (d) inclement weather; (e) “never received the email.”
- If you have any concerns or questions about waitlisting please contact the Office of Records and Registration at 569-3110.
Dropping a Course
Once you have successfully registered for a course you may decide at a later time that you wish to drop said course.
To do that you must go to the Add/Drop Classes menu which is can be accessed through the Registration menu. Once you are in the Add/Drop Classes menu you will see a list of your courses. There will be a box that has a drop-down menu. Choose “Drop” from that menu and click the Submit Changes button on the bottom of the screen.
You will then be dropped from that course.
Please note: Depending on the date in which you try to drop and the amount of courses you wish to drop additional steps may need to be taken. For more information about this please visit the Records website, or call us at 501.569.3110.
Once you are successfully registered for your classes, you must pay tuition. There are a variety of ways to pay for your courses at UALR and a variety of circumstances that may affect how much you owe or when your payments are due. We highly recommend that you visit our Bursar’s website to find out what your financial options and responsibilities are.
Get your Trojan Card
The Trojan Card is a versatile tool for the UALR student. It is used to open certain parking gates, check out books from the Ottenheimer Library, make use of meal plans, and take part in the book voucher program.
In order to obtain a card you will need to be registered for at least one credit hour of courses. Once you have registered for at least one credit hour, you may go to Reception Services (located between the Bookstore and Fitness Center on the bottom floor of the Donaghey Student Center) to obtain your card. There is no fee for the first card but additional fees may apply for replacements.
If you have more financial aid than is required for your tuition and fees, you may be able to take part in the book voucher program. For more information on the book voucher program, please visit our Financial Aid site.
If you would like to take part in a UALR meal plan then please visit our Dining Services’ website.
Once you have registered for your courses, you may need to purchase textbooks or other items necessary to complete your coursework. You may also wish to purchase items that are simply enjoyable to have. Such items can be purchased at the UALR Bookstore. The bookstore is located on the lower level of the Donaghey Student Center.
Books can be purchased in person or online. Textbooks can can also be shipped to you. If you wish to purchase your books with a book voucher please note that book vouchers are placed on the UALR Trojan Card.
The bookstore will also refund or buy back certain textbooks. For more information on the refund and buy-back policies as well as information on other services offered, please visit the UALR Bookstore.
UALR students who wish to park a vehicle on campus must first register their vehicle with the Department of Public Safety (DPS). To register your vehicle, you will need to know your T-number, make, model, basic color of your car, and your license plate number.
The student fee for one parking permit is included in the general fee calculated with tuition.