New Bear Central

What is New Bear Central?

New Bear Central is an online orientation experience! Through New Bear Central, you will complete three online modules featuring information about academic advising, paying for college and financial preparation, campus life, and academic and student services resources. These modules are designed to prepare you for your transition to life as a college student. You should plan to complete all three modules prior to the start of the semester.  


How can I start New Bear Central?

New Bear Central is hosted on Blackboard, UCA’s learning management system. You will use Blackboard in all your classes throughout your time as a UCA student, so New Bear Central a great way to get comfortable using Blackboard. To access New Bear Central:

1. Log in to myUCA.
2. Use the username and password provided in your acceptance letter from the Office of Admissions.
3. Choose Blackboard, and then under My Courses, select New Bear Central.


New Bear Central Modules


  • Module 1: What to Know Before SOAR
    • Essential Technology at UCA
    • UCA Cub Gmail
    • BearCard
    • Class Registration and Degree Requirements
    • Components of a Degree
    • Academic Advising
    • Paying for College
  • Module 2: Setting Yourself Up for Success
    • Resources for Success
    • Office of Accessibility, Resources, and Services (OARS)
    • Living on Campus
    • Living Learning Communities
    • Campus Dining
    • Paying Your Bill
    • Our Bears Survey
  • Module 3: The Final Countdown
    • Move-In Day
    • Welcome Week
    • Getting Involved on Campus
    • Living on Campus Checklist
    • Summer Reading


Please reach out to the Department of First Year Experience at or 501-450-3235 if you have any questions about New Bear Central.