Move-In Day


We are so excited you will be moving to campus very soon! 

Freshmen will move in over two days – Saturday, August 15 & Sunday, August 16, 2020. Review the steps below to prepare for your Move-In Day!

  • Determine your move-in slot.

The assisted move-in process for freshmen only will take place over two days. There is no need to register or sign up for this process. Your move-in time will depend on the hall you live in and your room number (odd or even room number).  Also note the color of your hall for the traffic maps below.

    Saturday, August 15         Sunday, August 16
     Bear Hall – yellow      Arkansas Hall – yellow
     Bernard Hall – gray      Baridon Hall – purple
     Conway Hall – red      Hughes Hall – green
     Farris Hall – orange      Short/Denney Hall – black
     State Hall – blue

If your room number ends in an odd number (1,3,5,7,9), you will move in from 8am-12pm on your designated day.

If your room number ends in an even number (0,2,4,6,8) you will move in from 1pm-5pm on your designated day.

You can find your residence hall and room number on myUCA then select the My Housing tile.

  • Locate your hall’s assigned entrance and traffic flow on the map.

Your entrance into UCA’s campus will be the smoothest if you locate the entrance and follow the traffic flow identified for your hall. If you have multiple cars, make sure each car knows your hall name and room number. Click each map to enlarge, save or print.

Saturday, August 15

Sunday, August 16

Map of 2020 Move-In Day for Saturday Map of the 2020 Move-In Day Sunday
  • Put your hang tag on your car’s rearview mirror.

You will receive a colored hang tag in the mail the second week of August. This will help us identify which hall you are in line for. Put this hangtag on the leading car’s rearview mirror. If you don’t receive a hang tag, lose it, or need an additional hang tag, we recommend putting a piece of colored construction paper matching your hall’s color on the dashboard of the car. As long as you follow the map, you will get to where you need to go with the help of our volunteers!

  • Pack smartly.

All of your belongings should be boxed/bagged and tagged. Please make every effort to organize your belongings in boxes, plastic bins, or trash bags and label them with your name, hall name, and room number. This helps our volunteers make quick work of getting items to your room. Also make sure to review this suggested packing list that includes items you should not bring to your residence hall room.

  • Pull up & we will unload!

You may have to wait in line, but we will get to you! The goal is to get you in your room as fast and easy as possible. That’s why we will do all the moving for you! When you arrive at the hall, we will unload all your belongings. You will receive a packet of information from Housing & Residence Life and your room key. It is very important that you DO NOT LEAVE YOUR CAR UNATTENDED. We want to unload your car as quickly as possible so that you can park and come back to find all of your belongings already in your room.

Covid-19 Safety Precautions and Requirements

Move-In Day is an exciting time! And we want everyone involved to enjoy the day while also staying safe and healthy. Review the following safety precautions we are taking and also what is expected of you on this important day.

  • A face covering is required for anyone (including campus guests) attending move-in day. Our move-in team of volunteers is also required to wear masks.
  • Please follow the signage for your hall. This may include information about physical distancing and Covid-19 safety precautions. Additionally, for the few halls that have elevators, they will be limited to two individuals, one family unit, or roommates/suitemates.
  • Each student is able to bring no more than two guests inside the residence hall. These guests cannot be under the age of 18 and over the age of 64 or considered high risk by the CDC.
  • Regular hand washing is encouraged and hand sanitizing stations will be available at entrances and exits to the buildings.
  • Keep the following in mind on the day of your move-in slot:
    • If you feel sick, do not move in yet.
    • If you have been exposed to someone who tested positive for Covid-19, do not move in yet. 
    • Do not bring anyone with you who is feeling sick or who has been exposed to Covid-19.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect on Move-In Day?

Campus will be very busy! Please be patient as we work to help every freshman moving onto campus. The experience will be smoothest for you if you arrive during your designated time frame and follow the traffic flow path for your hall. The good thing is - we will do all the work for you! Once you arrive at your hall, volunteers will unload your car and bring your belongings to your room. You will then immediately move your car to a parking spot, check in with Housing, and then head to your room where your belongings will be waiting for you!

What if I can’t come during the time frame for my hall?

That is okay! If you cannot come during the designated slot for your hall, you won’t be able to move in on Saturday, August 15 or Sunday, August 16 between 8am-5pm. You can move in after 5pm on either of these days or between Monday, August 17-Thursday, August 20 by calling the RA number posted at the front of the hall. As long as you check in by 5:00pm on Thursday, August 20 your room assignment will still be reserved for you. It is still required that you follow all safety precautions listed regardless of when you move in. Please know that volunteers will only be available on Saturday, August 15 and Sunday, August 16 during the designated slots for your hall.

I’d prefer to move in my belongings without help from the volunteers. Is that possible?

You can also move in independently after 5pm on Saturday, August 15 or Sunday, August 16 or between Monday, August 17-Thursday, August 20 by calling the RA number posted at the front of the hall. As long as you check in to your hall by 5:00pm on Thursday, August 20 your room assignment will still be reserved for you.

If I leave and come back, will I be able to unload things at the front door of my hall?

Please make note of the Move-In Day maps and time frames if you leave campus. The traffic flow is different for both days and depending on the day and time, you may not be able to make it back to the front door of your hall.

What do I do with this hang tag once I’ve moved in?

Throw it away! Or maybe you want it as a keepsake? This hang tag does not serve as your parking permit and its only purpose is during Move-In Day. Your yearly parking permit may be picked up at the University Police Department; just bring your BearCard (UCA ID card)!

Will volunteers help move out at the end of the year?

Unfortunately not! Our volunteers only help on Freshman Move-In Day each fall semester. During move out, students are moving out over several days which does not make a coordinated volunteer effort feasible.

How can I rent a MicroFridge?

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