Incoming Freshmen


Due to the uncertain nature of COVID-19, the University of Central Arkansas is offering an online orientation experience this summer for our incoming freshmen. Welcome to New Bear Central! 


What is New Bear Central?

New Bear Central is an online orientation experience! Through New Bear Central, you will complete various online modules throughout the summer featuring information about academic advising, paying for college and financial preparation, academic and student services resources, campus life, and Welcome Week. These modules are created to prepare you for your transition to life as a college student in the fall. See the full schedule of modules below! 

As a part of this online orientation experience, you will meet with an academic advisor in a virtual session. This session will cover your major, your scheduled classes and answer any questions you have. Once you have completed the first two modules in New Bear Central, you will receive an email explaining how to set up your advising appointment.

Additionally, upperclassmen leaders from the Student Orientation Staff (SOS) will offer multiple online forums throughout June and July. The SOS sessions will allow you to ask questions about campus life and connect with your incoming class peers. A schedule of sessions and more information can be found on the Virtual Sessions page.


How do I get started?

Get started by clicking the link below and completing our New Student Questionnaire. This will register you for New Bear Central and help us get to know you! Once completed, you will receive instructions on the next steps and how to start the online modules. 


 Begin New Student Questionnaire


New Bear Central Modules 

Don’t stress about these dates – we will send you an email reminder the day the module opens!


If you have questions about New Bear Central, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page. You can reach out to New Student Programs at if you have any questions about the online modules or the virtual sessions with SOS. For questions about the Academic Advising process, please email or call (501) 450-5149.