First-year Orientation Advising — Summer 2021

COEHP buildings: HHPR, Graduate Education, Epley and Peabody

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

Honors Program

Learn more about your major by watching the following videos.

Education Majors

  • 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.




2. Download your 2021-22 advising degree worksheets. The Undergraduate Catalog has further details about any majors that you are considering.

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.

Helpful Videos

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Have the following items available during the virtual advising session:
    1. Access to the academic degree sheet and any transcripts or test scores.
    2. Be logged into UAConnect.
    3. Have a list of questions written down to ask your advisor.

First-Year Parent and Family Tips

Overview for Parents


Yesenia LopezThank 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.

Yesenia Lopez
Coordinator for Student Recruitment
College of Education and Health Professions

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.)

During new student orientation, our team meets with each student one on one. We do our best to pair our students with their fall advisor. Sometimes students will meet with one of our other professional advisors due to the number of students in each orientation session. Rest assured, you will be advised with your best interests in mind.
We recommend students wait to make changes until they discuss their plans and fall schedules with an academic advisor. During your virtual advising session, your advisor will discuss with you how to add, drop, or swap any classes for your schedule.
This is your preference. Our schedules have 15 minutes between classes which is plenty of time to traverse campus. We do recommend that you consider planning a balanced schedule, meaning, 2 or 3 classes a day. Try to avoid having all classes on the same day.
The College of Education and Health Professions requires you to see your advisor a minimum of once a semester. You will see an “advising” hold on your UA Connect notification each semester. This is the reminder to schedule your advising appointments. However, students are welcome to schedule advising appointments as often as they would like.
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*
  • Webcam
  • 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.

For COEHP lab hours of operation, locations, and lab specific equipment, call 479-575-6262 or email, with further details online.

It depends. Most major courses need to be taken at the university, however, there are times that some pre-requisites or core classes can be taken elsewhere. Discuss your plans with your academic advisor, first.
Pre-professional programs are intended to help students prepare for professional graduate coursework after the completion of their bachelor’s degree. As such, they are not majors in-and-of themselves, but may be paired with a variety of majors across each academic college. The best choice of a major is an area of study that interests you and that you will do well in.
Each of our majors in COEHP require an internship, clinical, or practicum experience. These are hands on experience in the field of study. Some programs will require you to find your internship site, while others will assign you. Usually, students will need to complete additional background paperwork, for clearance prior to starting these courses.
In the College of Education and Health Professions, an elective course is any course used to meet graduation requirements that are over and above what you need for core, or courses not used to fill major requirements.
  1. You can add one of the alternative courses suggested by your advisor.
  2. 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 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 through the New Student Center. Be sure to let your advisor know if you have recently applied for Honors so they can make the correct course recommendations for you.

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.