A happy, diverse group of UA Little Rock student athletes kick off the 2018-2019 UALR athletic season during a Trojan Day block party event in downtown Little Rock.

Starting your college search

Researching and applying for college can be a lot of work, especially if you don’t plan ahead. Use our checklist to stay on track and reach the milestones in your higher education quest.

Which checklist do you need?

Checklist for High School JuniorsChecklist for High School Seniors

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Junior year of high school
Fall
  • Talk to your counselor
    Make sure that you’re in the right classes for college admission.
  • Prepare for the ACT
    You may find free or low-cost prep courses, and lots of resources are available online. Your counselor may even be able to help you with fee waivers!
January / February
  • Meet with your counselor again
    Talk about classes during your senior year. Ask about taking classes at UA Little Rock over the summer to earn early credit towards your degree.
  • Take the ACT
    Be sure to have your scores sent to UA Little Rock ( School Code 0132).
  • Attend Explore
    We’ll make sure you meet all the right people as our Trojan VIP! Learn about scholarships, academic programs, tour campus, and attend the Trojan basketball game for FREE!
March / April
  • Explore summer opportunities
    Call our Admissions Office to explore summer enrichment opportunities, like taking a summer class on campus or attending one of our camps.
May
  • Plan your recommendation letters
    Start thinking about teachers, counselors, or employers who you can ask to write letters of recommendation for your scholarship application.
  • Schedule a campus visit

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Senior year of high school
August / September
  • Register for your college entrance exam
    Register for the SAT and/or ACT if you didn’t take it as a junior, or if you aren’t satisfied with your score and want to take it again. (remember that your counselor can help you with fee waivers). Be sure to have your scores sent to UA Little Rock ( School Code 0132).
  • Visit with your counselor
    Be sure you’re on track for graduation and that you’re taking the right classes.
  • Apply for admission!
    If you’re ready to start the Trojan journey, you can apply as early as September 1 for the next fall.
  • Request letters of recommendation
    Request personal recommendations from teachers, school counselors, or employers. Be sure to follow up with a note of appreciation!
  • Research scholarships
    Ask your counselor, religious and civic groups about scholarship opportunities. Check online, but remember that you should never pay for scholarship information.
October
  • Attend Discover Day
    Join us on campus for Discover Day, a fun event to learn about all UA Little Rock has to offer. We’ll even waive the application fee for seniors who attend and apply that day.
  • Send us your transcript
    Request that your counselor send an official high school transcript to UA Little Rock.
  • Submit your FAFSA
    This gives you the best chance of receiving federal grants and work study. Watch the mail for your Student Aid Report (SAR)—it should arrive four weeks after the FAFSA is filed. (UA Little Rock code 0132)
November
  • Apply for scholarships
    Be sure that your scholarship application, admission application, transcript, test scores and supporting documents are submitted by the priority deadline: December 1.
December
January
February
  • Attend Experience
    You’ll go to class, hang out in the residence hall, eat at any of our on-campus dining options, and cheer on the Trojans at an NCAA Division I basketball game!
March
  • Don’t forget the final scholarship application deadline
    March 1 is the final deadline to apply.
  • Sign up for orientation
    You’ll meet with an advisor, get signed up for class, and be ready to start college!
April
May
  • Accept any aid
    Remember to accept your UA Little Rock scholarships.
June
  • Send in your transcript
    Have your counselor send a final high school transcript after you graduate.
  • Stay informed
    Check your UA Little Rock email account for important information.
  • Attend orientation!
    This is where you get advised, register for classes, get your Trojan ID, and meet current students, faculty and staff.