Welcome Parents & Families

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 Department of New Student Programs’ goal is to better assist you by providing useful information and resources to prepare and guide you during the college years of your student.

A new resource, the families website, has been launched to organize the information most useful for guiding your students through their collegiate careers. Visit this new portal to find the answers to questions you hadn’t thought to ask!


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 or navigate to the SOS page using the links in the navigation bar at the top 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 Department of New Student Programs 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.

Department of New Student Programs Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of New Student Programs 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.

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