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   NEW BEAR!                                          TABLE OF CONTENTS

      ou've just entered a new stage of your life,    WELCOME TO UCA
      and we—the students, faculty, and staff of       10 Tips for First-Year Success			           4
      UCA—are honored that you have chosen to          Need-to-Know Information			                 5
                                                       Exploring Your Major Options			             6
      begin that stage with us.
                                                       Declaring a Major or Minor			               6
                                                       27-Hour Rule					                           6
As you begin this next chapter, there may be terms     New Bear Central				                        6
and processes still unfamiliar to you. For example,    Academic Calendar				                       7
what exactly are credit hours and how do they work?    The UCA Core					                           8
How will you choose a major? How will you get          Transitional Course Completion Policy		     9
registered for classes? And where can you go when
you need a little help?                               UNDERGRADUATE DEGREES
                                                       Programs of Study				                       10
This handbook will serve as your guide for many of     Earning a Degree				                        12
these questions that may arise as you begin your       DegreeWorks					                            12
first year at UCA.                                     Eight-Semester Degree Completion Programs   13

                FIND YOUR BEARINGS ▶                  ACADEMIC SUPPORT
                                                       Making an Advising Appointment		            14
                                                       Academic Advising No-Show Policy            14
                                                       Student Success				                         15
                                                       Tutoring					                               15
                                                       Center for Writing and Communication		      15
                                                       Transfer Credit				                         16
                                                       Arkansas Course Transfer System (ACTS)		    16
                                                       Alternative Types of Credit			              17
                                                       Course Registration				                     18
                                                       Getting on an Online Waitlist			            19

                                                      STUDENT RESOURCES
                                                       Veteran Services				                        20
                                                       Ordering an Official Transcript			          20
                                                       If You Need to Regroup				                  21
                                                       Health and Wellness				                     22
                                                       Get Involved					                           23
                                                       Frequently Asked Questions			               24
                                                       Connect on Campus				                       26
                                                       Campus Map					                             27
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    10 TIPS FOR FIRST-YEAR                                                     NEED-TO-KNOW INFORMATION
                                           SUCCESS                             ACADEMIC INTEGRITY AND
                                                                               ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT
                                                                                                                                              If something is common knowledge—for example,
                                                                                                                                              that George Washington was the first president of the
                                                                                                                                              United States—then you do not have to cite. However, if
                                                                                                                                              something is not common knowledge, then you must cite.

    1    CHECK YOUR UCA EMAIL EVERY DAY.                                       The mission of the University of Central Arkansas
                                                                               commits all members of the university community to
         Your UCA email account is how your professors and various
                                                                               acquiring, sharing, evaluating, and communicating
         departments on campus will contact you. You don’t want to miss
                                                                               knowledge. Such a commitment includes an expectation
                                                                                                                                              STATEMENT ON ALCOHOL AND DRUGS
         an important message from your professor or advisor!
                                                                               of academic integrity, an organizational and individual        UCA is committed to the maintenance of a drug and

                                                                               commitment to honesty and responsibility in teaching           alcohol-free workplace and the encouragement of a
         CARRY YOUR STUDENT ID WITH YOU AT ALL TIMES.                          and learning. By their affiliation with the University         standard of conduct for employees and students that
         Want to eat on campus, enter your residence hall, buy textbooks       of Central Arkansas, all members of the university             discourage the unlawful possession, use or distribution
         with excess financial aid, pick up important paperwork, or check in   community are committed to shared responsibility for           of controlled substances and alcohol on its property
         for appointments? You'll need your Bear Card for that.                maintaining the highest standards of academic integrity.       or as a part of any of its activities. Students violating
                                                                               Although this policy focuses on academic integrity

                                                                                                                                              the university policy on alcohol or drugs are subject
         GET TO KNOW YOUR INSTRUCTORS.                                         in course-related work, its basis and context is the           to sanctions up to and including expulsion from the
         Does your professor have office hours? Go visit them! Do they have    commitment made by the entire university community.            university and referral for prosecution. The UCA Drug
         a website? Check it out! Getting to know your professors personally   Violation of the expectation of academic integrity             Free Schools and Communities Policy can be found at:
         can help when you have questions about class, your future plans,      is academic misconduct. Examples of misconduct       
         and any advice you may need.                                          commonly identified by universities include but are not        information
                                                                               limited to cheating, plagiarism, and fabrication. More

    4    GO TO CLASS. YES, EVERY DAY.                                          information including disciplinary procedures can be
         Simple advice, but too often ignored!                                 located in the Student Handbook and Daily Planner at:
                                                                                                                                              STUDENT RIGHT-TO-KNOW AND
                                                                                                                                              CAMPUS SECURITY ACT
         Set academic and personal goals for yourself. Determine your
         priorities and make a plan of how to best meet them. But make
                                                                               WHAT IS PLAGIARISM?
                                                                               Instructors want to know you understand the material,
                                                                                                                                              The federal government requires that certain
                                                                                                                                              information be provided to incoming current UCA
                                                                                                                                              students, prospective students, parents, and current
         sure your plan is realistic so you can stay on track.                 that you can refer to sources to support your ideas, and       and prospective employees of the University. This
                                                                               that you can distinguish your analysis of the reading from

                                                                                                                                              information—which falls under the Student Right to
         PARTICIPATE IN CAMPUS ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS.                          what the author said. If you don’t cite your source, you       Know and Campus Security Act—can be found in the
         Join a student organization, go Greek, attend games, plays,           claim that you came up with the ideas on your own—in           student handbook online at:
         concerts, recitals, and other on-campus activities. Your time at      short, you plagiarize.                                         handbook. Students can receive a paper copy of any
         college is for your education, but it’s also for making memories!                                                                    information, or visit the Dean of Students office located
                                                                               How can you avoid this? First, keep good notes that start      in the Student Health Center. Such information includes:

                                                                               with bibliographic information. Use quotation marks
         TAKE ADVANTAGE OF CAMPUS RESOURCES.                                   when you transfer direct quotes. When you use three or
         Resources like the Student Health Clinic, the Counseling Center,      more words in a row verbatim from the source material,
                                                                                                                                              ▶   Family Education Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA)
         the HPER fitness center, academic workshops, tutoring, and            you must put the words in quotes and cite them. If the         ▶   Available Financial Assistance & Direct Loan
         computer labs are all available at UCA. Use them!                     words are yours, you don’t need quotes, but if the ideas           Deferments for Performed Services
                                                                               are from your source, you must still cite to tell the reader

                                                                                                                                                  General Institutional Information
                                                                               whose idea it is. When in doubt, cite your source.
         The ‘2-to-1 rule' means that for every hour in class, you should
                                                                                                                                              ▶   Graduation Rate Information
         spend at least two hours each week studying, reading, doing           What should you not do? Avoid putting one citation at the      ▶   Campus Security Report
         homework, or preparing for that class. Schedule your week             end of a long paragraph. If you do that, the reader doesn’t
                                                                               know if the whole paragraph references the source or           ▶   Athletic Program Participation Rates & Financial
         accordingly and be realistic about how much time you need for
                                                                               just the last sentence. You also should not paraphrase             Support Data
         your assignments. Be sure to schedule in enough sleep!
                                                                               source material by merely changing the author’s words

                                                                               to close synonyms or reordering the author’s sentences.
         CONSULT REGULARLY WITH YOUR ACADEMIC ADVISOR.                         What you should do instead is rewrite the material with
         Advisors are here to offer guidance, and you need to meet with        your own words and cite your source.
         them before you can register for classes each semester. They can
         also help you set academic goals and plan your class schedule.                                                                                 DOWNLOAD THE 2021-2022
                                                                                                                                          STUDENT HANDBOOK AND DAILY PLANNER ▶

         Remember that this transition is an adjustment for them, too!                                                                  
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We know that it can be difficult to decide on a major, so
UCA offers a variety of resources for exploring different
                                                                27-HOUR RULE
                                                                All degree-seeking students must declare a major and at
                                                                least one minor, subject to exceptions noted for specific
                                                                                                                                ACADEMIC CALENDAR 2021-2022
                                                                                                                                The Academic Calendar is subject to change. See the most up-to-date version posted online at
major options.                                                  programs. After completing 27 credit hours, students must
                                                                have declared a major prior to future semester course
UCA recommends that all entering freshmen take the              registration. A course that is used to meet the requirements    FALL 2021                                                                               SPRING 2022
MyMajors College Major Assessment, which recommends             of a major may not also be used to meet minor requirements.
                                                                                                                                 August 14-18, Sat-Wed          Welcome Week                                                                                  Submit your FAFSA for your 2022-2023
your top ten best-fit majors that match your academic           Changes made to adjust the student’s program within the                                                                                                  January                              financial aid
achievement, aptitude, unique interests, and preferences. You   scope of the major or minor requirements (such as course         August 19, Thursday
                                                                                                                                                                Instruction begins - day and evening
                                                                                                                                                                classes                                                                                       Instruction begins - day and evening
can take the free online assessment at        substitutions) need approval of the department chair.                                                                                                    January 13, Thursday                 classes
                                                                Adjustments in the student’s program beyond the scope                                           Change-of-course period ends for Aug.
                                                                                                                                                                19-Dec. 10 classes. Final date to register,              January 15, Saturday                 Instruction begins - Saturday classes
Another tool is the Focus 2 Career Planning Assessment,         of departmental requirements require the approval of the                                        add classes, or change from credit to
                                                                                                                                 August 25, Wednesday
available through Career Services. The assessment takes         Academic Adjustments and Appeals Committee.                                                     audit or vice versa. Final date to drop                  January 17, Monday                   Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
                                                                                                                                                                Aug. 19-Dec. 10 classes with a 100%
about 30 minutes to complete and is available online at                                                                                                         refund.                                                                                       Change-of-course period ends for Jan.                                  Many students, especially incoming freshmen, may                                                                                                                                              13-May 6 classes. Final date to register,
                                                                                                                                 September 6, Monday            Labor Day Holiday                                                                             add classes, or change from credit to
                                                                not have selected their major at the time of summer                                                                                                      January 20, Thursday                 audit or vice versa. Final date to drop
Additionally, program completion plans are located on the       registration. In this case, students will be assigned to                                        Final date to drop Aug. 19-Dec. 10                                                            Jan. 13-May 6 classes and receive a
                                                                                                                                 September 9, Thursday          classes with a 75% refund. No refund                                                          100% refund.
UCA website at You can check this         "Undeclared" advisors. These students will be encouraged                                        after this date.
site for suggested eight-semester degree plans for many of      to complete lower division core requirements until they                                                                                                                                       Final date to drop Jan. 13-May 6 classes
                                                                                                                                 October 7, Thursday             24th Annual Majors Fair                                 February 3, Thursday                 with a 75% refund. No refund after this
the majors offered at UCA. Academic maps are helpful if         have chosen a major.                                                                                                                                                                          date.
you are trying to determine if a major is right for you.                                                                         October 12, Tuesday            Final day to add Oct. 11-Dec. 10 classes.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Final date to drop March 7 - May 6 class-
                                                                See a comprehensive list of all majors and minors currently                                                                                              March 8, Tuesday                     es and receive a 100% refund.
                                                                                                                                                                Final date to drop Oct. 11-Dec. 10 class-
We also recommend checking out the webpages for the             offered on pages 10-11.                                          October 19, Tuesday            es and receive a 75% refund. No refund
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Final date to drop March 7 - May 6
colleges and departments offering the majors you’re                                                                                                             after this date.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         March 11, Friday                     classes and receive a 75% refund. No
interested in. Whether you’re interested in business,                                                                            October 21-24, Thur-Sun        Fall Break                                                                                    refund after this date.
education, music, or health sciences, these pages will
                                                                     NEW BEAR CENTRAL
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Spring Break (no classes, University
                                                                                                                                 October 27-November 5          Advance Registration for Spring 2022                     March 20-27, Sun-Sun
often provide more up-to-date information than you will                                                                                                                                                                                                       offices open)
typically find in the eight-semester degree plans.                                                                                                              Final date to officially withdraw from Aug.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Advance Registration for Summer and
                                                                                                                                 November 5, Friday
                                                                                                                                                                19-Dec. 10 classes or the university with                March 30-April 12                    Fall 2022
                                                                                                                                                                a W grade unless already dropped for
                                                                     The transition to college can involve a number of
DECLARING YOUR MAJOR OR MINOR                                        academic, social, and financial challenges. To help with
                                                                                                                                                                non-attendance.                                                                               Final date to officially withdraw from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Jan. 13-May 6 classes or the university
                                                                                                                                 November 24, Wednesday
                                                                                                                                                                Thanksgiving Break (no classes,                          April 8, Friday                      with a W grade unless already dropped
If you have not yet declared a major or minor, or if you wish        that transition, New Bear Central is an online extended                                    University offices open)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              for non-attendance.
to change your declared major or minor, you will need to             orientation and transition program created just for you.                                   Thanksgiving Break (no classes,
                                                                     Completing the online modules in New Bear Central will      November 25-28, Thurs-Sun                                                               April 29, Friday                     Study Day (no classes)
go to and complete the                                                                                                             University closed)
electronic form. Please allow five business days for the             help you become familiar with some of the tools you will    December 3, Friday             Study Day (no classes)                                   April 30, Saturday                   Final exams - Saturday classes
Registrar's office to process your request.                          need to be a successful student at UCA.
                                                                                                                                 December 6-10, Mon-Fri         Final Exams–day and night classes                        May 2-May 6, Mon-Fri                 Final Exams–day and night classes

                                                                     To access New Bear Central, login to your myUCA             December 11, Saturday          Undergraduate Winter Commencement                        May 7, Saturday                      Undergraduate Spring Commencement
                                                                     account, then select "Blackboard" and navigate to New                                                                                               May 10, Tuesday                      Final grade report due
                                                                                                                                 December 13, Monday            Final grade report due
                                                                     Bear Central under "MyCourses."

                                                                                                                                SUMMER 2022
                                                                                                                                 May 16, Monday              Instruction begins for May Intersession (May 16-June 3), 8-Week (May 16-July 8), and 13-Week (May 16-Aug. 12) Summer Session classes

                                                                                                                                 May 30, Monday              Memorial Day Holiday (no classes, University closed)

                                                                                                                                 June 3, Friday              Final examininations for May Intersession classes

                                                                                                                                 June 6, Monday              Instruction begins for 1st Five Week Summer Session (June 6-July 8) and 10-Week Summer Session (June 6-Aug. 12) classes

                                                                                                                                                             Final date to officially withdraw from 1st Five Week Summer Session I classes or the university with a W grade unless already dropped for
                                                                                                                                 June 30, Thursday           non-attendance

                                                                                                                                 July 4, Monday              Independence Day Holiday (no classes, University closed)

                                                                                                                                 July 8, Friday              Final examinations for 1st Five Week Summer Session classes

                                                                                                                                 July 11, Monday             Instruction begins for 2nd Five Week Summer Session (July 11-Aug. 12) classes

                                                                                                                                 August 4, Thursday          Final date to withdraw from 2nd Five Week Summer Session II classes with a W grade unless already dropped for non-attendance

                                                                                                                                 August 12, Friday           Final examinations for 13-Week Summer Session classes, 10-Week Summer Session classes, and 2nd Five Week Summer Session classes

                                                                                                                                 August 13, Saturday         Undergraduate and Graduate Summer Commencement

                                                                                                                                 August 16, Tuesday          Final grade report due
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      THE UCA CORE
                                                               THE UCA CORE                                                HOW IT WORKS                                                      LOWER DIVISION CORE REQUIREMENTS

                                                               The UCA Core requires 38 credit hours at the lower          The UCA Core Checksheet (               1. Critical Inquiry                     2. Effective Communication
                                                               division. These 38 hours are distributed in the             ld-uca-core) lists courses in the four Core areas—                1.1 Quantitative (1 class)              2.1 Writing Foundation (1 class)
                                                               knowledge and skills areas of Critical Inquiry, Effective   Critical Inquiry, Effective Communication, Diversity,             1.2 Natural Sciences                    2.2 Research and Writing (1 class)
                                                               Communication, Responsible Living, and Diversity.           and Responsible Living—that will satisfy your UCA Core            1.2.1 Physical Science (1 class)        2.3 Oral Communication (1 class)
                                                                                                                                                                                             1.2.2 Life Science (1 class)
                                                                                                                           requirements (38 lower division hours, plus additional                                                    3. Diversity
                                                                                                                                                                                             1.3 Inquiry and Analysis
                                                               Embedded within the lower division core is a First-         upper-division hours that will depend on your major                                                       3.1 Diversity in Creative Works (1 class)
                                                                                                                                                                                             1.3.1 American History and
                                                               Year Seminar (FYS). The First-Year Seminar comes            and the classes you select). Among the courses you take
EXPLORE | ENRICH | EMPOWER                                     from one of the lower division academic courses.            that satisfy UCA Core requirements, one must be a First-
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Government (1 class)
                                                                                                                                                                                             1.3.2 Social Science (1 class)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     3.2 Diversity in World Cultures (1 class)

                                                               The purpose of the First-Year Seminar is to provide         Year Seminar (FYS) and should be taken during your first          1.3.3 Fine Arts/Humanities (1 class)    4. Responsible Living (1 class)
                                                               a small-class learning environment to facilitate            year (preferably your first semester) at UCA, unless you
                                                               engagement in academic study at the collegiate level,       have over 30 hours of college credit. The class schedule
                                                               make a connection to the University, and reinforce          (online in myUCA) will let you know which sections of
                                                                                                                                                                                             UPPER DIVISION CORE REQUIREMENTS
                                                               the importance of communication skills. First-Year          the UCA Core courses are being offered as FYS classes.            At the upper-division level, additional courses within
     Reflective of the UCA mission, the UCA                    Seminars are as unique as the professors offering                                                                             the four core knowledge and skills areas promote the
                                                               them, and afford the student a unique introductory          In addition to the FYS class, your first year must include        development and application of knowledge and skills
    Core is designed to help students develop                  experience to UCA.                                                                                                            learned at the lower division. Courses in the Upper
                                                                                                                           two semesters of writing. You should also complete a
     the knowledge and skills necessary for                                                                                lab science and math course within the first two years.           Division (UD) Core (3000 and 4000 level) are designated as
                                                                                                                                                                                             Critical Inquiry (I), Effective Communication (C), Diversity
    critical inquiry, effective communication,                 THE VALUE OF THE UCA CORE                                   Students in the Honors College may satisfy the second
                                                                                                                           writing requirement with their Honors Core II course.             (D), Responsible Living (R), or Capstone (Z). The UD Core
                                                               At UCA, we believe that the purpose of an education         Credit toward UCA’s lower division core may also be               culminates in a Capstone experience that integrates
     and responsible living in a diverse and                                                                                                                                                 communication and critical inquiry alongside one’s chosen
                                                               is the development of the whole student. Learning is        awarded through established approval processes if
                  changing world.                              about more than vocational or career specific training.     you have AP or CLEP credit or took similar courses at             field of study. Capstones are opportunities for students to
                                                               Although it is crucial that students develop the skills     another college or university, including courses taken as         engage in an integrative educational experience drawing
                                                               necessary for the demands of the modern workplace,          concurrent credit. Be sure to consult with your academic          from their comprehensive education.
                                                               an education is about something greater.                    advisor to confirm that the appropriate credit has been
                                                                                                                           awarded.                                                          All students must take at least one course designated
                                                               An educated person is prepared for the workplace and                                                                          in each of the UD Core areas. A single course may be

      CORE COMPETENCIES                             ▶          the demands of engaged citizenship. We have designed
                                                               the UCA Core to reflect this expectation.
                                                                                                                           You can take any of the courses listed as satisfying a lower
                                                                                                                           division core requirement (unless they have prerequisite
                                                                                                                                                                                             designated as meeting up to two areas (except Capstone
                                                                                                                                                                                             courses). For example, a course may meet C and I, or D and
                                                                                                                           requirements that you have not met). You do not have to           R. See the Undergraduate Bulletin at

                                                               But education is also about exploration. The UCA Core       be a sophomore to take the courses numbered 2000. In              for details on specific courses. Also be sure to consult your
        CRITICAL INQUIRY                                       provides many educational opportunities, so take            fact, for your first semester at UCA, we encourage you to         academic advisor for your best program of study.
        The ability to analyze new problems and situations     chances, adventure into unknown territories, and            select some courses you think you might enjoy. Just be
        to formulate informed opinions and conclusions.        discover yourself through the wealth of resources we        aware that you must complete all UCA Core requirements
                                                               have available. What is the value of the UCA Core? Ask      to graduate.
                                                               yourself, instead, “What type of person do I want to be?”

                                                               The UCA Core will help you get there.
        The ability to develop and present ideas effectively
        to enhance communication and collaboration with
        diverse individuals and groups.                                                                                            TRANSITIONAL COURSE COMPLETION POLICY
                                                                                                                           It is the policy of the University of Central Arkansas and        Additionally, this Transitional Course Completion Policy will

                                                                                                                           the State of Arkansas that any student who is required to         apply to former UCA students who choose to re-enroll at the
        RESPONSIBLE LIVING                                                                                                 complete transitional course work in writing or mathematics       University. This policy complies with the provisions of ACT
                                                                                                                           must complete all courses required for remediation within         1184 of 2011, ACA, § 6-60-208, and AHECB Policy 5.14.1. The
        The ability to address real world problems and find
                                                                                                                           the first 30 credit hours enrolled at UCA, including the          policy is administered at UCA through the Department of
        ethical solutions for individuals and for society.
                                                                                                                           transitional course hours, with a grade of C or higher.           Student Transitions.
                                                                                                                           Unsuccessful attempts are those that result in a grade of D,
                                                                                                                           F, or W. Failure to complete the required course(s) within the    UCA provides support services for students enrolled in the

4       DIVERSITY                                                                                                          first 30 hours will result in transitional suspension from UCA.   transitional courses including peer tutoring, computer-aided
                                                                                                                                                                                             tutorials and software. Instructors maintain office hours
        The ability to analyze familiar cultural                                                                           To re-enroll at UCA, a student must complete the transitional     so students can get individual help beyond the classroom.
        assumptions in the context of the world’s diverse                                                                  course requirements with a grade of C or higher at another        Students are encouraged to take advantage of these services.
        values, traditions, and belief systems as well                                                                     accredited institution of higher education, as defined by
        as to analyze the major ideas, techniques, and                                                                     the Undergraduate Bulletin in Admission to the University
        processes that inform creative works within                                                                        Section [7] Transfer of Credit, and provide UCA with a
        different cultural and historical contexts.                                                                        transcript prior to registration for classes.
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     PROGRAMS OF STUDY 2021-2022                                                                                                                Data Analytics
                                                                                                                                                Family & Consumer Sciences
                                                                                                                                                                                                  GRADUATE CERTIFICATES
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Data Analytics
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Dyslexia Intervention
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Geographic Information Systems


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Music Education
                                                                                                                                                Film                                                                                            ▶ Theory
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Gifted & Talented Education
                                                                                                                                                French                                                                                          Nursing
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Instructional Technology - Computer Science
                                                                                                                                                Gender Studies                                                                                    Clinical Nurse Leader
     ASSOCIATE DEGREES                                   General Studies                                     Music Education
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Teaching & Learning
                                                           American Studies Health Sciences                    Instrumental                     Geographic Information Science                                                                  ▶ Nurse Educator
     General Education
                                                          ▶                  ▶                                ▶
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Instructional Technology - Media Design
                                                           Education             Humanities                    Piano/Vocal                      Geography                                                                                       Nutrition
     Crime Scene Investigation (CJI partnership)*
                                                          ▶                  ▶                                ▶
                                                                                                                                                                                                   & Development
                                                           Global Studies        Social Sciences               Piano/Instrumental               German                                                                                          Reading K-12
     Law Enforcement Administration (CJI partnership)*
                                                          ▶                  ▶                               ▶
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Instructional Technology - Online Teaching
                                                         Geography                                             Vocal                            Health Education                                                                                School Counseling K-12
      * Must be a current law enforcement officer
                                                                                                                                                                                                   & Learning
                                                           Geospatial Technology                             Music (non-performance)            Health Psychology                                                                               School Leadership, Management
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Integrated Early Childhood Education (B-K)
                                                                                                                                                History                                                                                          & Administration
     BACHELOR'S DEGREES                                  Health Promotions
                                                         Health Sciences
                                                                                                             Nuclear Medicine Technology
                                                                                                             Nursing                            Honors Interdisciplinary Studies
     Accounting                                                                                                                                                                                   Spanish
                                                           Health Services Administration                    Nutrition Science                  Human Resources Management                                                                      Special Education K-12
     Addiction Studies
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Special Education (K-12)
                                                         History                                             Philosophy                         Innovation & Entrepreneurship                                                                   Sport Management
                                                                                                                                                                                                  MASTER'S DEGREES

                                                         Information Systems                                 Physics                            Insurance & Risk Management                                                                     Teaching
      ▶ Treatment                                                                                                                               International Studies
                                                         Innovation & Entrepreneurship                         Biological Physics                                                                 Accounting
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                SPECIALIST DEGREES
     African/African-American Studies                                                                                                           Journalism
                                                         Insurance & Risk Management                          ▶Chemical Physics                                                                   Advanced Studies in Teacher Leadership
     Anthropology                                                                                                                               Latin American & Latino Studies                                                                 Educational Leadership
                                                          ▶Personal Financial Planning                        ▶Mathematical Physics                                                               Athletic Training
     Applied Data Analytics                                                                                                                     Legal Studies                                                                                   School Psychology
                                                         Interior Design                                      ▶Physical Science                                                                   Biology
     Art                                                                                                                                        Linguistics
                                                         International Studies                                 Physics                                                                            Business Administration
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                POST-MASTER'S CERTIFICATES
      ▶ Art Education                                                                                                                           Logistics & Supply Chain Management
                                                          ▶International Politics & Diplomacy                Political Science                                                                       Finance
        Art History

                                                           International Political Economy & Development     Professional Studies               Management                                                                                      District-Level Administration
      ▶ Fine Art
                                                          ▶                                                                                                                                        ▶ Health Care Administration
                                                           Regional Studies                                  Psychology                         Management Information Systems                                                                  Nursing
     Art: Studio Art
                                                          ▶                                                                                                                                        ▶ Information Management
                                                         Journalism                                          Public Administration              Marketing                                                                                       ▶ Clinical Nurse Leader
      ▶ Ceramics          ▶   Photography
                                                                                                                                                                                                   ▶ International Business
                                                           Broadcast Journalism                              Public Relations                   Mathematics                                                                                     ▶ Family Nurse Practitioner
      ▶ Graphic Design    ▶   Printmaking
                                                                                                                                                                                                  College Student Personnel Administration
                                                           Online Journalism                                 Radiography                        Military Science                                                                                ▶ Nurse Educator
      ▶ Painting		        ▶   Sculpture
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Communication Sciences & Disorders
                                                           Print Journalism                                  Religious Studies                  Multicultural Psychology                                                                        School-Based Leadership -
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Computer Science
                                                         Kinesiology & Physical Education                    Social Studies (History)           Music                                                                                            Building Administration
     Business Administration                                                                                                                                                                      Creative Writing
                                                          (Physical Education Teacher Education)             Sociology                          Philosophy                                                                                      School-Based Leadership -
     Chemistry                                                                                                                                                                                    English
                                                         Linguistics                                         Special Education (K-12)           Physical Science                                                                                 Curriculum Administration
      ▶ ACS Certified: Standard, Biochemistry
                                                                                                                                                                                                   ▶ Language Arts
                                                           Computer Science                                  Theatre                            Physics                                                                                         School-Based Leadership -
                                                          ▶                                                                                                                                        ▶ Literature
                                                           General Linguistics                               Writing                            Political Science                                                                                GT Program Administration
     Communication Sciences & Disorders
                                                          ▶                                                                                                                                        ▶ Medieval & Renaissance Literature
                                                           Language                                            Professional Writing             Professional Writing                                                                            School-Based Leadership -
     Community Nutrition
                                                          ▶                                                   ▶
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Exercise Science
                                                           Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages     Writing Studies                  Psychology                                                                                       Education Program Administration
     Computer Engineering
                                                          ▶                                                   ▶
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Family & Consumer Sciences
                                                         Logistics & Supply Chain Management                                                    Public Administration
     Computer Information Systems
      ▶ Applications Development
                                                         Management                                          PRE-PROFESSIONAL TRAINING          Public Relations
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Geographic Information Systems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                DOCTORAL DEGREES
                                                           Human Resources Management                        Pre-Cardio Respiratory Care        Religious Studies                                                                               Leadership Studies
      ▶ Business Analysis
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Health Promotion
                                                         Marketing                                           Pre-Dental Hygiene                 Sociology                                                                                       Nursing
      ▶ Network & System Administration                                                                                                                                                           History
                                                         Mathematics                                         Pre-Dentistry                      Southern & Arkansas Studies                                                                     Occupational Therapy
     Computer Science                                                                                                                                                                             Instructional Technology
                                                           Applied Mathematics                               Pre-Law                            Spanish                                                                                         Physical Therapy
      ▶ Data Science
                                                          ▶                                                                                                                                        ▶ Computer Science Teaching & Learning
                                                           Data Science                                      Pre-Medicine                       Special Education (nonlicensure)                                                                Psychology
     Creative Writing
                                                          ▶                                                                                                                                        ▶ Media Design & Development
                                                           Pure Mathematics                                  Pre-Occupational Therapy           Sports Psychology                                                                               ▶ Counseling Psychology
                                                          ▶                                                                                                                                        ▶ Online Teaching & Learning
                                                           Mathematics Education STEMteach                   Pre-Optometry                      Statistics                                                                                      ▶
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  School Psychology
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Library Media & Information Technology
                                                           (STEMteach also available as an option with       Pre-Pharmacy                       STEM Education (STEMteach)
     ▶ Cybersecurity Management                                                                                                                                                                   Mathematics, Applied
                                                            Applied & Pure Mathematics)                      Pre-Physical Therapy                (available to mathematics and science majors)
      ▶ Cyberphysical Security                                                                                                                                                                    Mathematics Education
                                                         Medical Laboratory Science                          Pre-Physician Assistant            Teaching & Learning
      ▶ Cybersecurity Strategic Policy                                                                                                                                                            Mental Health Counseling
                                                         Middle-Level Education (4-8)                        Pre-Veterinary Medicine            Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
     Data Science                                                                                                                               Theatre
                                                          ▶Language Arts + Math
                                                          ▶Language Arts + Science                           MINORS                             Writing Studies
                                                          ▶Language Arts + Social Studies                    Accounting
      ▶ International Trade Emphasis
                                                          ▶Math + Science                                    Actuarial Studies
     Elementary Education (K-6 licensure)
                                                          ▶Math + Social Studies                             Addiction Studies

                                                                                                                                                                       ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES.
                                                          ▶Science + Social Studies                          African/African-American Studies
      ▶ English, Teaching Licensure
                                                         Modern Languages                                    Anthropology
     Engineering Physics
                                                          ▶Chinese: Teacher Education, Traditional           Art
     Environmental Science
                                                            Language & Literature, Business Chinese          Art History
      ▶ Biology
                                                           French: Teacher Education, Traditional            Asian Studies


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      ▶ Chemistry
                                                            Language & Literature, Business French           Biology
        Planning & Administration
                                                                                                                                                                                                             GRADUATE PROGRAMS

     Exercise Science
                                                          ▶Spanish: Teacher Education, Traditional
                                                            Language & Literature, Business Spanish
                                                                                                             Business Administration
                                                                                                                                                         UNDERGRADUATE                                                                                              ONLINE DEGREES

        Clinical Exercise Science
        Pre-Athletic Training
                                                         Music                                               Chinese (Mandarin)                          PROGRAMS                                            INCLUDING SIX
                                                                                                                                                                                                             DOCTORAL PROGRAMS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    & CERTIFICATES
                                                          ▶Composition                                       Cognitive Neuroscience
     Family & Consumer Sciences
                                                          ▶Performance, Instrumental                         Communication
                                                          ▶Performance, Piano                                Computer Science
                                                          ▶Performance, Vocal                                Creative Writing
     General Science

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     M     ost students think of college as four or more years
           concentrating in one specific area called your "major." In
        reality, you spend only about one in every three classes in your
                                                                           Lower Division Core
                                                                           The lower division core requires
                                                                            38 semester credit hours in
                                                                                                                                                                   Major Requirements
                                                                                                                                                                    All degree-seeking students must
                                                                                                                                                                     declare a major by the time they
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Minor Requirements
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Most majors at UCA also require a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            minor. A minor is a secondary area
         major department. So what makes up the rest?                        the knowledge and skill areas                                                             have completed 27 credit hours.                                       of specialization requiring fewer
                                                                              of Critical Inquiry, Effective                                                            Your major courses are specific                                       courses than a major (usually
                                                                               Communication,          Responsible                                                       to your program of study, so                                           between 18-24 credit hours).
                                                                                 Living, and Diversity. Embedded                                                          you should consult your major                                          Like your major, you must have
                                                                                  within the lower division core is                                                         department, academic advisor,                                         a 2.0 GPA or higher in your minor
                                                                                    a First Year Seminar (FYS). FYS                                                          or the UCA website to determine                                        courses to graduate.
                                                                                     courses provide unique, small-                                                           which courses you need to take
                                                                                      class learning        environments                                                        and in what order. You must have
                                                                                        and reinforce the importance of                                                          a 2.0 GPA or higher in your major
                                                                                         communication skills as students                                                         courses to graduate.
                                                                                          transition to college life.

                    Types of Degrees                                                                                             Special Degree
                    The degree you will receive from                                                                             Requirements
                   UCA will be either an Associate or                                                                            Depending on the type of degree
                 a Baccalaureate (your Bachelor’s                                                                             you are seeking, some majors may
               degree). UCA offers one Associate                                                                             have special degree requirements,
             and nine Baccalaureate degrees,                                                                                such as foreign language courses or
            all of which have their own specific                                                                          additional math or science courses.
           requirements along with the UCA                                                                               For more information, see the
         Core requirements. To assist you in                                                                            Undergraduate Bulletin:
        keeping up with what classes you                                                                               ubulletin
       need to take, checksheets for each
      program are available at:

       DEGREEWORKS                                                                                                                                                                      8-SEMESTER DEGREE COMPLETION PLANS
       DegreeWorks is an online program to help you and your academic
       advisor track your academic progress toward degree completion.
       DegreeWorks combines University of Central Arkansas degree
                                                                                                                                                                                                   ACADEMIC MAPS (AMAPS)
       requirements and the coursework you have completed in an easy-to-                                                                                                               UCA offers entering freshmen assistance in completing many of our undergraduate degrees
       read format that helps you and your advisor see how the courses you                                                                                                              in eight semesters. Academic Maps (AMAPs) are checksheets organized by semester and
       have completed count toward your degree requirements and see which                                                                                                                 provide examples of what a typical college semester might look like for a particular major.
       requirements are still needed to graduate.                                                                                                                                          These AMAPs can be useful to look at when deciding on a program and planning your
                                                                                                                                                                                             courses for a future semester.
       DegreeWorks also allows you to run a 'What if…' analysis that will let you see
       how coursework you have already taken aligns with other degree programs at UCA                                                                                                              A complete list of undergraduate degree programs that currently offer eight-
       without having to officially make changes to your academic record.                                                                                                                           semester degree completion plans may be found at
                                                                                                                                                                                                      For official degree requirements, always be sure to refer to the Undergraduate
       Another useful feature of DegreeWorks is a GPA Calculator. You can create hypothetical                                                                                                          Bulletin for the academic year you began UCA.
       scenarios to see what grades you would need to make in order to receive a certain overall
       GPA for your program.

       You can see your DegreeWorks profile by logging into your myUCA account and selecting
       DegreeWorks - Students. For more information, see your academic advisor or visit the
       DegreeWorks website at
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     STUDENT SUCCESS
                                                                                                                                        The University of Central Arkansas sees your success
                                                                                                                                        in achieving your academic and personal goals as its
                                                                                                                                        number one priority. To ensure that you reach your goals,
                                                                                                                                        we are continuously striving to improve what we do and
                                                                                                                                        how we work with you.

MAKING AN ADVISING APPOINTMENT                                                                                                          The Office of Student Success provides a wide variety of
                                                                                                                                        programs and services designed to help students succeed
                                                                                                                                        during their time at UCA, including academic success
                                                                                                                                        workshops, success coaching, summer programs,
All entering freshmen at UCA are advised by professional              Scheduling An Advising Appointment:                               and tutoring. Visit for more
advisors who advise for a specific college or academic                                                                                  information.
                                                                      ▶     Visit and select Make an Appointment.
program. Some college advisors' offices are housed within
their academic departments around campus and some are                 ▶     After logging in with your myUCA credentials and            The Academic Recovery Program assists students in
located in Harrin Hall. Your advisor will be in touch with                  the GradesFirst window opens, select the blue button        raising their academic standing and improving their
you via email to let you know where to go for an advising
appointment.                                                          ▶
                                                                            labeled Get Advising.
                                                                            Choose the reason for your appointment, the
                                                                                                                                        academic skills. Students not in good academic standing
                                                                                                                                        are contacted each semester about participation.                                             TUTORING
                                                                            appointment location and advisor's name, the                                                                               The Tutoring Services Center provides individual
Academic advisors will see students (via Zoom or in-person)                                                                             Academic Success Workshops are offered each semester
                                                                            time of your appointment, and then confirm your                                                                            tutoring services for UCA core courses and
from Welcome Week until the change of course period                                                                                     on topics such as time management, test anxiety, note-
                                                                            appointment. You can choose to receive an email or                                                                         upper-level mathematics, ACT Prep programs,
ends. After this period, appointments will be available.                                                                                taking skills and communication skills. Online workshops
                                                                            text reminder before your appointment begins.                                                                              Supplemental Instruction and services designed to
All students are required to meet with their assigned                                                                                   are also available through the Office of Student Success       help students succeed.
academic advisor at least once each semester before they                                                                                webpage.
                                                                      Get into the habit of checking your UCA email account
are permitted to register for classes during the advance
                                                                      frequently. This is the official method of communication                                                                         The Tutoring Services Center is located in Torreyson
registration period.                                                                                                                    Student Success coordinates the campus Progress
                                                                      between you and the University, and your advisor will send                                                                       Library (Suite 223) and is open daily. It also offers
                                                                      you important reminders to your UCA email account.                Reporting process for all first-year students. Each            online tutoring for students who may be unable to
UCA uses an online appointment system called GradesFirst                                                                                semester, faculty are asked to identify any student in         physically visit the Tutoring Services Center through
where you may access your advisor’s calendar, send your                                                                                 need of additional assistance or advising after the first
                                                                      If you need assistance, contact your academic advisor or                                                                         Skype, Facebook, Blackboard Collaborate, or email.
advisor a message, and schedule an advising appointment.                                                                                month of classes. Students are then asked to meet with
                                                                      stop by the front desk in Harrin Hall, Suite 100. Office hours                                                                   For more information, visit
                                                                      are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.          their professor, their academic advisor, or a peer success
                                                                                                                                        coach to develop a plan for improvement.

                                                                                                                                        Success Coaching is available in first-year residence halls,   CENTER FOR WRITING
                         ACADEMIC ADVISING NO-SHOW POLICY                                                                               the Honors College, and in Old Main 106. Peer success
                                                                                                                                        coaches assist with study strategies, time management,
                                                                                                                                        and other academic skills.
                                                                                                                                                                                                       AND COMMUNICATION
     A No-Show, or missed appointment, is automatically                   After two missed appointments, students are not permitted
     recorded if a student checks-in more than ten minutes late for       to schedule another advising appointment in GradesFirst.                                                                     The Center for Writing and Communication
                                                                                                                                        Summer Start bridge programs provide incoming first-           (CWC) guides students through the composing
     an appointment; if a student fails to cancel an appointment in       The next opportunity to meet with an advisor regarding        year students opportunities to begin their college careers
     advance (either via GradesFirst or by emailing their assigned        registration for the following semester will be during                                                                       process for any writing or communication project
                                                                                                                                        early through summer classes and programs. UCA offers          or presentation, for any class, at any stage of the
     academic advisor); or if a student improperly cancels an             designated times, which advisors will schedule after the      a variety of five-week college credit programs and one-
     appointment or notifies their advisor after the missed               advance registration period has ended. During these times,                                                                   process.
                                                                                                                                        week non-credit programs to help you start early and
     appointment time.                                                    students will be advised on a first-come, first-seen basis.   start right. For more information and to register, visit       Located in Thompson Hall 109, the CWC offers face-
                                                                                                                                                          to-face tutoring and email sessions, as well as online
                                                                                                                                                                                                       resources, including tip sheets and style guides. For
                                                                                                                                        Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an academic assistance        more information and to schedule an appointment
                                                                                                                                        program that utilizes regularly scheduled, informal            online, visit
                                                                                                                                        review sessions in which students compare notes, discuss
                                                                                                                                        readings, and predict test items. SI sections are currently
                                                                                                                                        offered in BIOL 1440, BIOL 1402, CHEM 1402, ACCT 2310,
                                                                                                                                        and PSYC 1300.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         SUMMER PROGRAMS
                                                                                                                                                                                    SUMMER START | ONE-WEEK NON-CREDIT PROGRAM | AUGUST 8-13, 2021

                                                                                                                                                                         ▶ SUMMER ACADEMY | FIVE-WEEK COLLEGE CREDIT PROGRAM | JULY 6 - AUGUST 6, 2021

                                                                                                                                                                             Register online at
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TRANSFER CREDIT                                                                                                                     ALTERNATIVE TYPES OF CREDIT

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               ALTERNATIVE TYPES OF CREDIT
     There is no limit on the number of credit hours that may        Take a copy of your evaluated transcript(s) with you when           TYPE OF CREDIT                                                   DESCRIPTION OF CREDIT
     be transferred into the university; however normally            you meet with your advisor. If you do not have a copy, you
     only credits with A, B, and C letter grades transfer. The       should be able to get one from the Office of Admissions.
                                                                                                                                                                                Transfer credit refers to coursework completed at a university or college other than
     university will, however, accept for transfer a maximum         If you do not agree with your transfer course evaluation,
                                                                                                                                                                                UCA. In order to transfer this credit, you must have an official transcript sent to
     of 6 hours of credit with D grades, subject to the following    consult the UCA Core Director for Core courses or with
     conditions:                                                     the appropriate department chair for all other courses.
                                                                                                                                         Transfer Credit                        the address below. It is your responsibility to get the transcript to UCA and to alert
                                                                                                                                                                                your advisor of the possible incoming credit. You must disclose this credit before
                                                                                                                                                                                school begins.
     ▶   The transfer of credits with D grades is available only     If you are transferring foreign language credits and
         to first-time entering transfer students at the time of     intend to enroll in additional courses in that language,
         admission to the university within the first semester       you may need to take a language placement examination.                                                     Concurrent credit is college credit earned while in high school. A college or
         of enrollment.                                              Contact the Office of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures,                                                 university was partnered with your high school to offer the credit. To get concurrent
                                                                     and Cultures for more information.                                                                         credit transferred to UCA you must have an official transcript from the college/
     ▶   The student must petition to receive credit for six (6)                                                                         Concurrent Credit
         hours of D grades of the student’s choosing.                                                                                                                           university awarding the credit. High school transcripts cannot be used to award
                                                                     Your transfer courses should be recorded as part of your                                                   college credit. It is your responsibility to alert your advisor that you have earned
     ▶   The student will select the appropriate six (6) hours       UCA academic record between mid-term and the end                                                           concurrent credit. You must disclose this credit before school begins.
         of D grades to transfer in to the University after          of your first semester. You can check by viewing your
         consultation with their assigned academic advisor.          academic transcript online through your myUCA account.
                                                                                                                                                                                AP and IB credit is earned by passing the national exams taken at the end of the
     ▶   Prerequisite rules shall apply to transfer of credits       Please note that course credits transfer but not the grade                                                 school year. Students are only allowed to take the exams if they have been in the
         with D grades the same as they do to UCA credits.           point average. Your UCA grade point average will be                                                        AP/IB class for the term. You must achieve a specific score on the exam (defined
                                                                     determined by the grades you make at UCA. Transfer                                                         in the UCA Undergraduate Bulletin) to receive college credit. To get this credit
                                                                     credit is designated by the level at which it is earned:            Advanced Placement (AP) or             awarded, you must have an official score report sent to the address below.
                                                                     lower division (1000-2000) or upper division (3000-4000).           International Baccalaureate (IB)       You do not earn AP/IB college credit just by taking the class—college credit is
                                                                                                                                                                                only earned by achieving a specific score on the exam. It is your responsibility
                                                                                                                                                                                to alert your advisor of any AP/IB scores and to ensure that the proper official
                                                                                                                                                                                documentation is sent to UCA.

                                                                                                                                                                                CLEP tests can be taken at UCA or other testing sites. They are placement exams that
                                                                                                                                                                                can award college credit with achievement of specific scores. The university permits
                                                            ARKANSAS COURSE                                                                                                     a student to take either the general examinations or specific subject examinations
                                                                                                                                                                                to earn college credit for a maximum of 30 hours of UCA Core courses. No student
                                                            TRANSFER SYSTEM (ACTS)                                                                                              may use test scores in lieu of courses in the major or minor, except in instances
                                                                                                                                                                                where UCA Core requirements and major or minor requirements overlap.
                                                            The Arkansas Department of Higher Education, in conjunction with             College Level Examination Program
                                                            the public colleges and universities in the state, has developed             (CLEP)                                 CLEP credit may be awarded to those students who have met the minimum
                                                            the Arkansas Course Transfer System (ACTS). This post-secondary                                                     score requirement set by the university, have not already satisfied the UCA
                                                            education resource provides comparable course information to                                                        Core requirement, and have not begun the course for which credit is sought. All
                                                            facilitate students transferring between Arkansas public colleges                                                   examinations must be taken before the end of the semester in which a student is
                                                            and universities. The ACTS database contains faculty-generated                                                      enrolled for the 75th hour. In order to earn college credit from a CLEP test, you
                                                            comparable course information for most courses offered at public                                                    must have an official score report sent to the UCA address listed below.
                                                            institutions in Arkansas. Comparable courses within ACTS are
                                                            guaranteed to transfer for full credit to any Arkansas public institution.

                                                            ACTS provides information regarding guaranteed transfer of courses
                                                            between Arkansas public institutions. ACTS is beneficial for students,
                                                            parents, and academic advisors because it provides accurate, up-to-
                                                            date comparable course information for educational planning and
                                                            informed decision-making.                                                    SEND FINAL OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS TO ▶                   SEND OFFICIAL AP/IB/CLEP SCORE REPORTS TO ▶

                                                            To search the ACTS database, visit the Arkansas Department of Higher         UCA UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS                           OFFICE OF THE REGISTRAR
                                                            Education website at and type Arkansas Course Transfer              Bernard Hall, Suite 101                                Harrin Hall, Suite 224
                                                            System in the search bar, or contact your academic advisor for               University of Central Arkansas                         University of Central Arkansas
                                                            assistance.                                                                  201 Donaghey Avenue                                    201 Donaghey Avenue
                                                                                                                                         Conway, AR 72035                                       Conway, AR 72035
                                                                                                                                                                                                Fax: (501) 450-3208

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7    Choose your search parameters and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               9    Select CLASS SEARCH to search for additional courses and

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     COURSE REGISTRATION
                                                                                                                                                                                          select SECTION SEARCH.                                                    repeat steps 6 through 8.

COURSE                                                   4               Select a term or date range to search and select

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               10     From the Worksheet view, select SUBMIT CHANGES to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      register for the selected sections.

     1   Log into your myUCA account and
         select the SELF-SERVICE tab.

                                                         5               Read the Registration Terms and Conditions and

                                                                         select ACCEPT to continue.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      To view your schedule in a printable format, select
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      RETURN TO MENU. Then select VIEW/PRINT SCHEDULE.

 2       Choose STUDENT then select REGISTRATION.
                                                         REGISTRATION TERMS AND CONDITIONS
                                                         I agree to pay all costs (including, but not limited to, tuition, fees, room and board) associated with attending the
                                                         University of Central Arkansas (“University”).

                                                         By enrolling in classes, I understand that if I do not pay my account in full prior to the first day of classes, that the
                                                         University is extending credit to me for an educational purpose. I also understand that the University may impose late
                                                                                                                                                                                          View all the sections matching your search
                                                                                                                                                                                          criteria. To add a section to your schedule, click
                                                                                                                                                                                          the checkbox and select ADD TO WORKSHEET.
                                                         charges if I do not make a scheduled payment when due.

                                                         I further understand that refunds or cancellations for tuition, fees and other charges are made in accordance with the
                                                         refund schedule listed in Board Policy #612.

                                                         I promise and agree to pay all reasonable collection costs (which may include attorney fees, court costs, and other
                                                         fees) if I have failed to pay all costs and the University uses a collection agency.

                                                         I have read and I understand all of the terms and conditions set forth in this agreement.

                                                         By clicking the “accept” button below, I agree to be bound by all terms and conditions contained in this agreement.

                                                         6                Select ADVANCED SEARCH.

 3       To find the Course Registration Number (CRN),
         select LOOK UP CLASSES.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        GETTING ON AN ONLINE WAITLIST
                                                                                                                                                                                     When a class is full, many departments use an automated               TO ADD YOURSELF TO A WAITLIST:
                                                                                                                                                                                     waitlist feature that allows students to put themselves on a first-   ▶  Go to Add/Drop Classes in your myUCA account: Self-
                                                                                                                                                                                     come, first-served priority waitlist for that section. Please note    Service > Student > Registration > Registration - Add/Drop
                                                                                                                                                                                     that it will be your responsibility to monitor your UCA email         Classes. Select the appropriate term and select Submit.
                                                                                                                                                                                     account for the notice of an available seat. It will also be your     ▶ Type in the Course Registration Number (CRN) you wish to
                                                                                                                                                                                     responsibility to add yourself to the available section before
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           be waitlisted for and select Submit Changes.
                                                                                                                                                                                     a set deadline. If you fail to claim the seat within 48 hours of
                                                                                                                                                                                     being notified, the seat will go to the next person on the list or    ▶ A message will pop up. In the message’s drop-down box,
                                                                                                                                                                                     the general public if there is no one else on the list.               change None to Waitlisted and then select Submit Changes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       IF YOU NEED TO REGROUP
                                                                                                                                                      GRADE FORGIVENESS                                            ACADEMIC SUSPENSION
                                                                                                                                                      A student may repeat, at UCA, a maximum of four courses      A student on academic suspension from UCA may apply
                                                                                                                                                      in which a D or F grade is earned. Both grades will remain   for readmission under the Schedule of Readmission
                                                                                                                                                      on the permanent record, but only the second grade will      following academic suspension. A student suspended
                                                                                                                                                      be used to calculate the grade point average. This option    from UCA who earns academic credit from another

                                                                                                                                                      may be used only once for each specific course. A student    appropriately accredited college or university during the
                                                                                                                                                      must accept, for the purposes of grade forgiveness, the      period of suspension may, if the course is transferable,
                                                                                                                                                      first four courses repeated. No course may be repeated for   receive credit for the course at UCA when readmitted.
                                                                                                                                                      the purpose of Grade Forgiveness after a course for which
     UCA is proud to assist veterans from all branches of                         Students receiving military benefits will be required               it is a prerequisite has been passed.                        A course is transferable if it is identified as transferable
     services as they work toward achieving their educational                     to submit a Program Completion Plan to the Veteran                                                                               to UCA in the Arkansas Course Transfer System (ACTS)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   and meets a requirement for a degree at UCA. Courses
     goals. The Veteran Services office and the Student                           Services Coordinator that outlines the courses you intend           ACADEMIC STANDING                                            not part of ACTS may be evaluated by the appropriate
     Veterans Resource Center are two campus resources                            to take each semester in order to complete your degree.
     aimed at making veterans and dependent students' time                                                                                            Students who have an overall GPA of 2.0 or higher are        academic department chairperson for transferability.
     at UCA as efficient and supportive as possible.                                                                                                  considered to be in good standing at UCA.
                                                                                  STUDENT VETERANS RESOURCE                                                                                                        A first suspension will be for two consecutive terms

     RECEIVING MILITARY BENEFITS                                                  CENTER                                                              ACADEMIC ALERT                                               (including summer).

     Active duty, National Guard, retired military, veterans,                     Today's veterans face numerous obstacles as they work
                                                                                  toward a college degree. These challenges may include
                                                                                                                                                      Students will be on academic alert whenever their term
                                                                                                                                                      GPA falls below a 2.0 and their cumulative GPA is a 2.0
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   UCAN PROGRAM
     disabled veterans or their dependents may be eligible for
     funding through the Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB).                               missing camaraderie of a military unit, feeling like an             or greater. Academic Alert is considered a good standing     A student on first academic suspension, if eligible and
                                                                                  outsider when among traditional students, or difficulties           status. Students on Academic Alert must meet with a Peer     accepted, may continue at the University through the
     Visit, email veteranservices@                        communicating with university faculty. When coupled                 Success Coach at least once.                                 UCAN (Unlocking College Academics Now) Program or call (501) 852-2999 if you have questions about                   with the visible or invisible wounds of war, these obstacles                                                                     with the status “continued on academic probation.” A
                                                                                  can seem insurmountable for men and women returning                                                                              student who successfully completed the UCAN program
     services offered.
                                                                                  from military service.
                                                                                                                                                      ACADEMIC PROBATION                                           may enroll for the subsequent term but will remain on
                                                                                                                                                      Students whose term and cumulative GPAs both fall            probation if their cumulative GPA is less than 2.0. A
     VETERAN SERVICES OFFICE                                                      The Student Veterans Resource Center (SVRC), working                below a 2.0 in the same semester will be placed on           student who does not successfully complete the UCAN
                                                                                  together with the Student Veterans of America (SVA),                academic probation. A probation, which prevents future       program in any term (including summer) will be on first
     The first priority of the Veteran Service office is to ensure
                                                                                  aims to empower veterans as they conquer these                      registration, will be placed on the student’s account.       academic suspension for the subsequent two consecutive
     that military benefits are used correctly. It is suggested
                                                                                  challenges and achieve their goal of a college degree.              The probation hold will be lifted when the student has       terms.
     that you read information about the GI Bill Chapter in
     which you are receiving benefits.                                                                                                                attended a probation workshop and has met with an
                                                                                  Student Veterans of America (SVA) is a Registered Student           advisor for an intensive advising session. A student will    A second suspension will be for one calendar year. A
                                                                                  Organization (RSO) on campus that allows veterans and               be removed from academic probation whenever his or           third suspension will be academic dismissal. Students
     Undergraduate students must be enrolled in a minimum
                                                                                  dependents to meet on a regular basis for support. For              her cumulative GPA equals or exceeds 2.0.                    academically dismissed from UCA cannot be readmitted
     of 12 hours each semester to be considered full-time, while
                                                                                  more information, email                                                                                 unless they are granted academic clemency under the
     graduate students must be in a minimum of nine hours.
                                                                                  or call (501) 852-1022.                                             A student on academic probation who does not achieve         provisions listed in the Undergraduate Bulletin.
                                                                                                                                                      a 2.0 semester GPA the semester following academic
                                                                                                                                                      probation (except the summer term) and does not
                                                                                                                                                      meet the minimum cumulative GPA listed below will
                                                                                                                                                      be academically suspended. The calculations of hours         You may withdraw without penalty from a class which
                                                                                                                                                      attempted will include grades A, B, C, D, and F.             meets for a full semester with a grade of “W” up to a

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   certain day within the semester. Check the academic
                                                                                                                                                      GPA Hours        Minimum Cumulative GPA                      calendar on page 7 for important deadlines. To withdraw
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   from a class, see your academic advisor.
                                                                                                                                                      1 - 30 credit hours        1.70
     Did you know that you can order official transcripts from the                FOR CURRENT UCA STUDENTS:                                                                                                        To withdraw from the university, you should meet with
     convenience of your home or office without having to go to the                                                                                   31 - 59 credit hours       1.85
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   an advisor to complete an official withdrawal form and
     Registrar’s office to request them? They can even be delivered as a          ▶   Go to Self-Service in myUCA, select Student, and then select    60 or more credit hours    2.00
                                                                                      Student Records.                                                                                                             collect signatures from various campus offices. Do not
     PDF, mailed anywhere worldwide, or if still required, you may pick                                                                                                                                            assume that you are officially withdrawn because you
     them up at the Registrar’s office. The cost is $5.00 per transcript and      ▶   Select Order Official Transcript.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   have stopped attending classes or have informed your
     you must pay with a debit card or credit card online. All transcripts are    ▶   The window to the third-party website should automatically                                                                   instructors that you are withdrawing. You must complete
     processed through our third party. We do not accept requests by fax,             open. If not, click the link to open the window.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   the official withdrawal process, or you may jeopardize
     email, or in person at the Registrar's office. There are tablets available   ▶   On the new window, click Begin Order and then follow the tabs                                                                your standing at the university.
     in the Registrar’s office lobby if needed to order for pickup.                   to complete your order.

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     WELLNESS                                                                                                                   GET INVOLVED
     UCA is committed to the health and well-being of all our     GENDER NEUTRAL RESTROOMS                                      CUBCONNECT                                                  INTRAMURAL SPORTS
     students, and we offer a wide range of health programs
                                                                  Gender neutral restrooms can be found across campus.          CubConnect is a centralized hub for student                 UCA's Intramural sports program offers individual,
     and services on campus to meet your needs.
                                                                  For a list of locations, visit                                engagement. CubConnect integrates UCA's Registered          dual, and team sports for males and females of all skill
                                                                           Student Organizations (RSOs), campus events, and            levels. It provides a great opportunity to compete with
     AUTISM ADVOCACY PROGRAM                                                                                                    activities, campus news, volunteer hours, co-curricular     your friends and meet other students, faculty, and staff.
     The UCA Autism Advocacy program offers low-sensory           LACTATION SUITES                                              experiences, and student involvement into one online
                                                                                                                                platform. You can use CubConnect to find an RSO that fits
                                                                                                                                                                                            Activities include flag football, basketball, slow-pitch
                                                                                                                                                                                            softball, ultimate frisbee, whiffle ball, and dodgeball.
     registration days, a first-year seminar for students with
     neurodiversity, a low-sensory student lounge in Old Main     UCA provides nursing mothers with several convenient,         your interests, vote in a campus-wide student election,     Most teams play once a week, usually in the late
     Hall, and a registered student organization, Autism and      private, sanitary, and comfortable rooms on campus to         and find volunteer/service projects that complement         afternoon and evening hours. For more information,
     Neurodiversity Alliance (ANA), which is a social and         express, collect, and /or store breast milk. For locations,   your co-curricular experience. Login using your UCA         visit
     advocacy group for students and allies that meets twice      visit                     email account at
     a month. For more information call (501) 450-3220.                                                                                                                                     STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION
                                                                  LOW-SENSORY LOUNGE                                            DIVERSITY AND COMMUNITY                                     The Student Government Association (SGA) is the
     CAMPUS RECREATION                                            The Low-Sensory Lounge in Old Main 28 is a dedicated          The Office of Diversity and Community provides              primary representative voice for UCA students. SGA
     The Department of Campus Recreation offers Aquatics,         space specially designed with a sensory-reduced               services to enhance the academic and personal success       formulates policies and allocates student activity fees to
     Fitness, Intramural and Club Sports, and Group Exercise      atomosphere. The lounge serves as a safe space between        of students from underrepresented populations. These        student organizations and university departments. SGA
     classes as well as a new Challenge Course near the           classes and at any other time a break is needed for           services include the Minority Mentorship Program, the       also works closely with administration on issues that
     Recreational Field. Campus Outdoor Pursuits and              students who benefit from a reduced-noise and low-            Black Male Achievement Challenge (B-MAC), the Latino/       direclty affect UCA students. For more information, visit
     Activities (COPA), a division of Campus Recreation, offers   activity environment.                                         Hispanic Outreach, and PRISM Alliance. For more   
     trips, activities, clinics and seminars related to outdoor                                                                 information, visit
     activies and provides free check-out of tents, backpacks,    STUDENT HEALTH CLINIC                                                                                                     STUDENT LIFE
     kayaks, mountain bikes, and canoes in the HPER Center.
                                                                  The Student Health Clinic is staffed with a physician
                                                                                                                                GREEK LIFE                                                  Student Life provides opportunities for learning,
                                                                  and four nurse practitioners to help diagnose, treat,         Since 1915, Greek Organizations at UCA have been an         leadership, community building, creative expression,
     COUNSELING CENTER                                            and monitor your health needs. It offers general health       integral part of campus life. Currently 11 fraternities     volunteerism, mentoring, and much more.
                                                                  and wellness check-ups, examininations, physicals,            and 10 sororities comprise UCA's outstanding
     The Counseling Center provides free confidential
                                                                  and screenings; immunizations; minor outpatient               Greek community. There are numerious leadership             UCA offers 200+ student organizations, clubs, and
     mental health counseling, group counseling, and Crisis/
                                                                  procedures; lab testings; x-rays; and STD screenings and      opportunities, community service and social activities      recreational activities to help students engage in
     Emergency assistance for all currently enrolled UCA
                                                                  treatments. For more information and to schedule an           for members of the Greek community at UCA. To find          campus life, and become active members of the UCA
     students. Students can make an appointment online or
                                                                  appointment, visit                     out more, visit                            community. Student organizations, including the
     by calling (501) 450-3138.
                                                                                                                                                                                            Student Activities Board (SAB), host regular activities

     DISABILITY RESOURCE CENTER                                   WOMEN'S HEALTH CLINIC                                         HOUSING                                                     throughout the year such as guest lectures, dances,
                                                                                                                                                                                            comedy acts, movie nights, and concerts. For more
                                                                  The Women's Health Clinic provides comprehensive and          Living on campus can be one of the most rewarding           information, visit
     Located on the second floor of the Student Health Center,
                                                                  confidential women's healthcare, with services including      experiences during your time at UCA. Besides having
     the Disability Resource Center (DRC) works to ensure
     that all students with disabilities receive full access to   examinations and physicals; family planning and birth         convenient access to campus facilities, you also have
                                                                                                                                a residence life staff that is here to help you. If you
                                                                                                                                                                                            STUDY ABROAD
     university classrooms, programs, and events. Students        control options; pregnancy testing and pre-natal care;
                                                                  STD screenings and treatments; psychological care             have questions about your room, getting involved on         Studying abroad is one of the most challenging and
     with a documented disability must register with the DRC
                                                                  and counseling, and referrals. Students can make an           campus, or just about anything else, ask your Resident      rewarding adventures you can experience during your
     to make use of their services. For more information and
                                                                  appointment online or by calling (501) 450-3136.              Assistant (RA) or your Residence Coordinator (RC)! First-   college career! UCA offers a wide variety of study abroad
     to register, visit
                                                                                                                                year residence halls also have Peer Success Coaches         experiences all around the world ranging from a just few
                                                                                                                                available to help you with improving your study skills,     days to an entire semester. To see all upcoming faculty-
                                                                                                                                time management, and other academic skills. For more        led trips, language immersion programs, and semester
                                                                                                                                information, visit                         exchange programs, visit

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