Becoming a student

Before registering for classes, it helps to know the basics of enrollment. There are hundreds of classes offered each semester, so it’s important to talk to an academic advisor to start your college journey on the best path.

Am I full time, half time, or part time?

You can enroll for up to 18 credit hours in any regular semester. You may be able to obtain permission to take more hours from the advisor who approves your degree plan. Please note that Academic Standing can affect the number of hours you are allowed to enroll in during a semester.

How many hours you take per semester determines whether you are a full-time, three quarter-time, half-time, or part-time student.  These statuses apply to each term (Spring, Summer, and Fall).  Please note that hours in each part of term in a semester will count towards your status. (Example:  Student A takes the following hours in a Summer Term: 6 hours during the 10 week term, 3 hours during the first five weeks, and 3 hours during the second five weeks.  Student A’s total hours for the Summer are 12 which means that Student A is a Full Time Student).


Full Time

Three Quarter Time

Half Time

Part Time


12+ hrs

9-11 hrs

6-8 hrs

1-5 hrs


12+ hrs

9-11 hrs

6-8 hrs

1-5 hrs


9+ hrs

7-8 hrs

5-6 hrs

1-4 hrs

University semesters

UALR offers courses in the fall, spring, and summer terms. UALR also offers courses at other times, such as during the interim between each semester and at different time periods during a semester or term. The class search is updated well ahead of the registration dates for the next semester, which gives you time to look over classes and talk to an advisor about what you need to take as you plan your degree path.

UALR offers accelerated terms in 10-week, 8-week, and 5-week sessions.

UALR locations

In addition to the main campus in Little Rock, courses and programs are offered online as well as at off-campus locations such as in Benton.

Course days and times

During a regular semester or term, the usual three-credit-hour daytime course will meet for 50 minutes a day on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, or for 1 hour and 15 minutes on either Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday. Some classes will meet on different time schedules, such as one three-hour session per week.

What you see in a class search

You’re ready to search for classes. Here’s what you’ll need to know to register in BOSS:

class listing example

CRN: 10367 The five-digit course reference number (CRN) assigned for registration. The five-digit CRN number is necessary for registration and is not the same as the course number.

Subject RHET The department or curriculum area with its assigned four-letter code. In this case, it is “RHET” for “Rhetoric and Writing.” See “Four-Letter Course Codes” for more details.

Course Number 1311 The course number assigned by the department. It indicates the level and number of credit hours for the course. Note: The second number indicates the semester hours. This class is 3 semester credit hours.

Section 23 The section number assigned by the department.

Title Composition I The course title. Abbreviated versions of longer course titles may be used. Descriptions of all courses appear within their respective departments in numerical order by course number.

Available Seats: 20 This is the total number of students that may sign up for this class.

Class meets MWF The days the class meets, in this case each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Other abbreviations include “MW” or Monday and Wednesday, “TR” or Tuesday and Thursday, “S” means Saturday, “U” means Sunday, and “TBA” indicates “to be announced.” “TBA” is often used for online classes.

11:00 am – 11:50 am The time the class begins and ends. The abbreviation TBA in this place means “to be announced.” The exact time for TBA courses will be provided by the department or instructor.

Instructor: Freeland, Betty T The name of the instructor assigned to this class. If  “Staff” appears here, the teacher for the class had not yet been assigned at the time the schedule was prepared.


For additional help with registration you may also view our online Registration tutorial.

Accelerated Sessions Registration

Accelerated Session/ Registration Form

This form is used to register for courses that meet during accelerated sessions in both Spring and Fall. Once this form has been filled out and signed it will need to be submitted to the Office of Records and Registration. You can submit this form in one of the following ways:

    • By mail:

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Attn: Office of Records and Registration
2801 South University Avenue
Little Rock, AR 72204-1099

(signed registration request form must be attached to email)