First-year Orientation Advising — Summer 2021
Welcome to the College of Education and Health Professions
Our faculty and staff look forward to meeting you and having you on campus
Complete the Following Steps to Prepare for your One-on-One Advising Session
Learn about advising appointment expectations and advising policies. Academic advising is a collaborative effort with students and professional advisors.
Advising Overview, Related Policies
Learn more about your major by watching the following videos.
- Bachelor of Arts in Teaching — 5 concentrations
- Bachelor of Science in Education majors
- Career and Technical Education — 3 concentrations
- Educational Studies
- Elementary Education
- Physical Education
- Special Education
- Childhood Education major — 5-year program with 4 concentrations where completion earns both a B.S.E. and a Master of Arts in Teaching
Health Professions Majors
- Bachelor of Science majors
- Communication Sciences and Disorders
- Exercise Science
- Public Health
- Recreation and Sport Management
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing
This step has three components and may take some time to complete. You will use the information in this step during your virtual advising session.
1. Learn how to plan your fall semester and check out some sample schedules.
3. Send all official scores and transcripts to the Office of the Registrar.
- You may have earned Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate (AP/IB) test credit. Check out how that credit is accepted and identified on the Test Credit page of the Registrar.
- You may have earned Dual/Transfer Credit. It is important to know what college that credit is coming from and check out how that credit is accepted and identified on the Course Equivalencies page of the Registrar.
UAConnect is the student information system. We will ask you to log into UAConnect during your advising session., so it is important that you look around and become familiar with the different tiles.
- Degree Audit tile — links University and Degree requirements for your selected major
- Manage Classes tile — enrollment and class search
The UAConnect Student Knowledge Center acts as a roadmap as you navigate the various features of UAConnect.
It is essential that you take a few minutes to complete this online form prior to attending your virtual advising session. The information you share will help the advisor prepare for your individual advising session.
During the virtual advising session, we ask that you attend on your own. Your relationship with your advisor is critical to academic success during the first two years of college. We understand and value family support during your academic journey and encourage you to share what you learned after your advising session with those family members. This will help all of you begin conversations that are valuable to your academic experiences.
- Check your University of Arkansas email for an email from UA Success. It will be sent out 5 business days prior to your orientation session.
- The University of Arkansas uses Microsoft Teams for online meetings. Learn more on how to set this up prior to your virtual session date at Get Started with Microsoft Teams.
- Log into Microsoft Teams 10-15 minutes before your appointment and make sure your microphone and camera are connected. Your advisor will "call your computer" directly through Microsoft Teams when they are ready to begin the meeting. Appointments will last only for 30 minutes.
- Have the following items available during the virtual advising session:
First-Year Parent and Family Tips
Overview for Parents
Thank you for watching. I hope you found the information in the presentation helpful. If you have questions or are unable to access the files via the QR code shown on the video, feel free to reach out to me.
Frequently Asked Questions
We offer application workshops during the fall and spring semester for students who are planning on applying to our programs. Students will be invited to attend each semester. It is recommended students attend these sessions early in their academic career, to plan accordingly. (Communication Science & Disorders, Education, Nursing, etc.)
Each program has a specific application cycle. Most first-year students will apply during their sophomore year; however, some students may apply earlier or later depending on their academic plans. (Communication Science & Disorders, Education, Nursing, etc.)
Recommendations on Computers
- Processor — Intel Core i5
- Memory — 8 GB
- Storage — 250 GB solid state
- Screen resolution — 1920 x 1080
- OS, Windows — Microsoft Windows 10
- OS, Mac —Mac OS 10.12 or higher*
- WiFi, for on-campus laptop use
- Accidental Damage Insurance Coverage —for laptop
- Software — available for free download for students
- Office 365
- Adobe Creative Cloud Suite
- Symantec Antivirus
Note: The College of Education and Health Professions is Windows-centric for faculty and staff. Mac users may encounter compatibility issues.
Computer labs are available in Peabody Hall 125 and Graduate Education Building 342.
- You can add one of the alternative courses suggested by your advisor.
- You can search for open courses in UAConnect to be used as an elective.
In our college, you will need to contact us directly to reschedule your academic advising appointment or with information about your attendance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 479-575-4203. Due to the volume of students, we will not be able to accommodate same-day rescheduling and will need to look for a later date in June or in August.
Yes, you can apply after completing one semester at the University of Arkansas with a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.5. We encourage students to join Honors as early as possible to provide for the most flexibility in scheduling your Honors courses and completing the Honors Thesis/Project, but you can join at any time if you have at least three semesters remaining until your graduation.