Monday, August 22

 *Mandatory* – How to be a Bear! – 9:00-10:15am

Ida Waldran Auditorium (inside Old Main Hall)

What does it mean to be a UCA Bear?We come from different places, speak different languages, have different abilities and represent different cultures. But, we are all a part of the UCA Family! In this interactive session, you will meet some of your fellow Bears and hear about their unique backgrounds and experiences. You will learn about the UCA mission, values and why you belong here. Come have some laughs, meet new friends and learn about the inclusive culture of UCA.

Students will be dismissed to College Meetings after this session. SOSers will walk with you so you will know exactly where to go!

 *Mandatory* – College Meetings – 10:30-12:00pm

Various Locations Around Campus – Dismissed from “How to Be a Bear!” Session

At this important session you’ll meet your dean, department chair, and faculty members in your college. Important information concerning your major and classes will be discussed. If you’re unsure about which college you’re in, see an SOS member.

College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences & Undeclared – Reynolds Performance Hall

College of Business – College of Business 107

College of Education – Mashburn Hall 103

College of Health & Behavioral Sciences – Ida Waldran Auditorium (inside Old Main Hall)

College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics –Ronnie Williams Student Center Ballroom

Lunch with Faculty – 12:00-1:30pm

Ronnie Williams Student Center Courtyard

Join faculty and staff in front of the Student Center for a Picnic Lunch.




 *Mandatory* – Residential College Meetings – 1:30-2:30pm

Ida Waldran Auditorium (inside Old Main Hall)

All new students living in a Residential College and in the Minton Commuter College are required to attend this session.

Biz@Bear, STEM@Hughes, MUSE@Arkansas, HPaW@Baridon and Minton Commuter College

 Sponsored by Learning Communities

 *Mandatory* – Schedler Honors College & University Scholars Program Meeting – 1:30-3:00pm

New students who have been accepted into the Schedler Honors College and University Scholars Program are required to attend this meeting.

Schedler Honors College – Ronnie Williams Student Center Ballroom

University Scholars Program – Baum Gallery Classroom in McCastlain Hall

Battle Prep – 4:00-5:00pm

Residential Hall Lobby

Meet with SOS to get ready and sign up for the Dodgeball Tournament and Battle of the Halls tomorrow!

This event is for first-year students only.



 *Mandatory* – Freshman Convocation & Class Picture – 7:00-8:00pm

Farris Center (basketball arena across Bruce St. from football field)

picture from 2019 freshman convocationMake sure you’re there when the Class of 2026 will gather for the official opening of the academic year! You will hear from the President, Provost, Vice President for Student Affairs, SGA President and other campus leaders. You will learn the UCA Fight Song and you won’t want to miss the Class of 2026 picture!

Make sure to wear purple or gray to the class picture! If you attended the Office of Admission’s Admitted Student Open House – wear your Class of 2026 shirt!

Baggo Bash – 9:00-10:30pm

*Rescheduled for Thursday Night* 

Student Center Courtyard

Baggo?! Cornhole?! Whatever you call it, you better come to win! When the sun goes down, the lights come out! Spend the night on campus at a lit up baggo tournament. Prizes and giveaways include AirPod Pros, Amazon Echos, & Gift Cards galore! Baggo not your thing? Join us for popsicles, spike ball, volleyball, & glow sticks: what more do you need?!? Rescheduled due to rain for Thursday night.

Sponsored by Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM).