As a family member of a new college student or one sending their student to UCA for the first time, you
have an important role during the next several years. The transition to college is a significant
time in the life of your student, as well as your own. Our office has prepared programming
during Summer Orientation & Academic Registration (SOAR) and Parent Welcome Day
with you in mind. The Office of Orientation’s goal is to better assist you by providing useful
information and resources to prepare and guide you during the college years of your student.
We have qualified student leaders, the Student Orientation Staff (SOS), that are eager to help
you and your student during their orientation experience and throughout their time at UCA. If
you are interested in learning more about this student-led program, please click (HERE – link
to SOS page) or navigate to the SOS page using the links in the navigation bar at the left of the
screen. We wish you and your student the best of luck and are happy to welcome you to the UCA
family! In the meantime, if you find yourself with questions do not hesitate to contact the Office
of Orientation at 501-450-5873.
UCA Mission Statement
It is the mission of the University of Central Arkansas to maintain the highest academic quality
and to ensure that its programs remain current and responsive to the diverse needs of those it
serves. A partnership of excellence among students, faculty, and staff in benefit to the global
community, the University is committed to the intellectual, social, and personal development
of its students; the advancement of knowledge through excellence in teaching and research; and
service to the community. As a leader in 21st-century higher education, the University of Central
Arkansas is dedicated to intellectual vitality, diversity, and integrity.
Office of Orientation Mission Statement
The mission of the Office of Orientation is to coordinate and implement a process to:
- Assist new students with their academic, personal, cultural, and social transition to UCA
- Expose new students to the broad educational opportunities within the institution
- Integrate new students into the life of the institution
- Assist the institution in learning more about its entering students
- Provide an opportunity for new students and their families to become familiar with institutional policies, programs, and resources.