Conway, AR
University of Central Arkansas


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Recent Reviews

Matthew
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

The university of central arkansas is an excellent well rounded school intended to create lasting relationships while prepari...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

The university of central arkansas is an excellent well rounded school intended to create lasting relationships while preparing for success.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

The university of central arkansas has an amazing physical therapy program that allows a student to go from start ot finish with a PhD

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Be sure to take advantage of the tours and events prior to choosing the college to make sure the student will fit in with the lifestyle available. Also be sure to check on accreditation of programs of interest before choosing the university to make sure the student won't be wasting their time going to a college that doesn't offer certified programs in their area of interest. most importantly just make sure the college or university feels right and is somewhere they will be intersted in staying for the next four years.

Kimberly
Describe the students at your school.

There are usually several slackers, a few that try hard and therefore make decent grades. There is usually one person who kn...

Describe the students at your school.

There are usually several slackers, a few that try hard and therefore make decent grades. There is usually one person who knows more than anyone else, and there's also usually someone who doesn't seem to know anything.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Before you even choose the right college, make a list (not too big though) limited to about 20 maximum choices. For many, it won't come near that number. Then categorize those choices into three categories: Favorites (no matter the cost), OK Choices (the ones that are worth considering), and the Fall-Backs (the ones that you know you will be accepted to and you would be willing to attend if needed). Consider the pros and cons of these choices, taking into account the cost, scholarship opportunities, distance from home, transportation, fields of study, possible future opportunities, and competitiveness of the acceptance policy. If possible, tour the schools that you narrow your choices down to. This will help you get a feel for it. If the school has no application fee, go ahead and apply even if you're not sure just so you will know where you stand in terms of getting in the schools that you really want. Apply to all of the scholarships you can for your top schools to see if you could afford to go to that school. Apply for scholarships through your high school. Relax. Whichever college you choose, you will enjoy yourself.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I had known more about the science professors so I could pick a better one. I ended up with all hard ones.

Jordan
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

If you are undecided about a major, look for a school that is strong in the areas that you excell in. Also look for an envir...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

If you are undecided about a major, look for a school that is strong in the areas that you excell in. Also look for an environment that is appealing. Look for schools with activities that are engaging to you. You must have some outlet for recreation and exercise to do your best acdemically and avoid burnout.

Andrew
Describe the students at your school.

fun talkative silly but learning

Describe the students at your school.

fun talkative silly but learning

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Research your school! Ask current students about the professors! Ask about the scholorship retention rates! Ask about construction plans! Ask about university presidents scholorship oppurtunities! Ask about graduation rates! Ask about crimeand campus security! Ask about on campus housing and availability after your 1st year! Have a class schedule plan! Talk to current students and ask how they like /dislike their schedules and how to better schedule your classes. Make an effort to develop a relationship with all your professors so you will know how they really want the work to be done! Do all of these and you will be miles ahead of the other students!

Richard
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The search for the perfect college should be more about the program of study the student is looking for than for one closest ...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The search for the perfect college should be more about the program of study the student is looking for than for one closest to home or cheapest. Different colleges offer different courses; for instance, it may be more advantageous to attend a technical school for electronics training than to attend a liberal arts college looking for something to interest you. Beyond that note, money should not be a factor to rule out a school. There are all different kinds of funding available, from scholarships to grants to loans, there is always a way to pay for college. To make the most of your college experience, get out there. Join a club, play a sport. I did none of these and sat in my room doing homework and surfing the web because I didn't want to get active. It helps curve the freshman-15 (15 pound average gain during freshman year) and will introduce you to new people which will, in turn, even enrich your own life. Spend enough time studying to be sure that you are ready for class, but beyond that get out and have fun. You're still a kid at this point, enjoy it!

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The worst thing about UCA is that it leans far toward an aesthetically beautiful school than to a more useful one. For example, during my freshman year, a six million dollar fountain was built to 'beautify' a portion of the campus. There is now a dorm that has be fenced off because it is too delapidated to move anyone into. They need to get their priorities straight: students matter more than pretty things.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

A person to attend UCA should be focused on the education. There are about a dozen fraternities and sororities around the outskirts of the campus, and freshmen seem to be their biggest targets. I have seen many people fall behind due to fraternity obligations and parties. My first-year roommate and maybe six other close friends I made that year dropped out due to failing grades; they all belonged to the same frat. Persons coming to UCA need to bo focused on their education and not looking for an outlet from parental supervision.

Jennifer
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Go Bears! Our college has won the Southland conference seven times in a row now! We have a great football team, and sitting ...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Go Bears! Our college has won the Southland conference seven times in a row now! We have a great football team, and sitting in the crowd during the game, on the student side, is amazing! every game students go all out, painting their bodies, guys only, girls just our faces. we had a big cannon that went off for every touchdown, but old neighbors complained so now we cannot use it anymore. If someone chose to live by a college they should know its going to be loud! It's comon since right!

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Make sure that you'll be able to afford the school, either through a scholarship, or work. Loans are great but only when you're getting the money! It takes forever to pay them off! If you are a very close family, i would pick a college that is close to home, at least in the same state or just a few hours away even. Believe me you'll want to go home after a while without your loved ones. Be careful who you room with, just because someone is your best friend doesn't mean you are fit to be roomates! I've seen some bad friend break-ups, its not pretty. Don't rely strictly on the cafateria for food, you will need something besides pure carbs eventually, not to mention it causes weight gain, make use of the gym girls! And of course make sure the college you pick has the fields of your intrests! And even though you think you know what you are majoring, take your second and third choices, and make sure the college has them too, just in case! Other than that just have fun and don't be afraid of new experiences!

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The book stores have extremely high prices for the books required for classes. And then they only give you not even half of the money you paid back for them, when you, in a lot of classes didn't need the book but for maybe five times the whole semester! It's extortion, and i think it needs to stop!

Rebecca
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

The buisness program. the Nursing Program. the growth in the past 5 years. used to be the arkansas 1st teacher's college. s...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

The buisness program. the Nursing Program. the growth in the past 5 years. used to be the arkansas 1st teacher's college. scholarships awarded and grauation rate (highest in state current)

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

make sure that the college offeres everything you need for living, eduation, financial need, and convenience. some schools do not offer certain programs or degrees. be sure you are comfortable and ready to fall into the groove of the college life regardless of the chosen college. meet everyone, but stay focused.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

the diversity and comfort. there doesnt appear to be a mold to fit into to make things work and to enjoy where you are.

Cristin
Describe the students at your school.

Most students are very quiet and attentive in the classroom, but also are involved with discussions and debates.

Describe the students at your school.

Most students are very quiet and attentive in the classroom, but also are involved with discussions and debates.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

If you know what program you are interested in, I would first look at the schools with great programs in your area of interest. I would then look at which schools interest you more, whether it be because of the size, the housing it offers, or any other little details. These small things are very important because the school you pick will be your home for the next few years, and you want to get the most out of your experience.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

The school is not to large or small and has a variety of different programs to chose from, it is a very great learning environment.

Meyshana
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

What i would recommend to students and parents about choosing the right college is that I would tell parents first and foremo...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

What i would recommend to students and parents about choosing the right college is that I would tell parents first and foremost be there to guide not make decisions for your students. Make sure that while you make your opinion known don't force your opinion on to your children either. Students I would like to tell you to take this time as a great opportunity to find out as much as you can while searching for a college to attend. Also students should take the lead in this processs because its not your mom or dad that has to life and prosper at this university, it's you, so make this decision yours based on your own thoughts and personalitiy; but make sure to still listen to what mom and dad have to say because sometimes they do pick up on things that us as students tend to miss. Most importantly have fun choosing a college or university to attend, make it an enjoyable experience!

What kind of person should not attend this school?

I believe a person who is looking for new things, ideas, and people. I definitely think that you should be open-minded when your come to University of Central Arkansas because not only will you learn a lot about your specific field of study but you will definitely learn a lot about yourself as a person.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

I think the most frustrating part about my school is not related to just my school but colleges in general, its the transition of finding yourself that everyone has to go through in life!

Jessica
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

I think our school is best know for it academics. It is a great education for a comparitvly low price.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

I think our school is best know for it academics. It is a great education for a comparitvly low price.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I think the best way to pick a college is to pick the part of college that is most important to you. I knew i wanted to major in history and that my main focus would be academics, so I focused on finding a school with the best progaram for the best price close to home. The most important part of finding a college is picking the place where you feel comforterable and you feel like you can do your best. I also think the best way to get the most out of your experience is to live in the dorm your freshman year. That is the best way to make friends and experience all the extra-curriculars that the school has to offer. Get involeved with intermurals or something that intrests you, and you will make life-long friends that will also help when it comes time to need a study partner.

What's unique about your campus?

I believe that the best thing about UCA is that it is a very academically focused enviroment. While there is plenty to do when you need a break from studying and class, the main focus is always learning. It is really encouraging that many of the professors really want to help you and care about your ability to understand their class and do well. They won't hold your hand and do the work for you, but they gladly answer any questions they can if you go to them and ask.

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