More than 2,000 freshmen will converge on the University of Central Arkansas this weekend as “2012 Welcome Week” kicks off with Move-In Day.
Hundreds of UCA students, faculty, staff and residents from the Conway community will assist students as they move into their residence halls.
"Welcome Week," held a week before the start of classes, gives freshmen a chance to become acclimated with the college life. A series of events are scheduled throughout the week including hall and college meetings, competitions and informational meetings.
New students will have an opportunity to see what the City of Conway has to offer during Conway Daze on Aug. 22. Local businesses will set up along Bruce Street to share information about their services. A Recognized Student Organizations Fair also will take place on the football practice field next to Estes Stadium.
A complete Welcome Week schedule is available at uca.edu/orientation/welcome-week/.
The Division of Enrollment Management will host “Jump Start” as part of its “Welcome Students" initiative. Several tents will be set up across campus to provide students information about class schedules, classrooms, and to welcome students to campus. Division staff will have tents set up on Aug. 23-24 between Conway Hall and Christian Cafeteria lawn, the front of the Prince Center, between Irby and Burdick halls, and in front of Bernard and McCastlain halls.
University officials have extended office hours for several departments to assist students. The Office of Student Financial Aid, Student Accounts, Registrar’s Office, Admissions, Bear Card Center, Graduate Office and the book store will be open Mondays through Thursdays, Aug. 20 – Aug. 23 and Aug. 27 – 30 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Admissions staff will be on hand to help individuals interested in obtaining pertinent information regarding admission to UCA, said Dr. Robert Parrent, vice president for enrollment management. The Academic Advising Center will be available to assist with academic advising as well as fall semester schedule changes and course drop or add. The Office of Student Financial Aid can help students check the status of their financial aid application, assist those needing to complete required forms and documents and provide answers to questions regarding aid eligibility.