Conway, AR
University of Central Arkansas


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

Let students pick themselves! It's wear they feel truly comfortable that will assist them in their success. I would emphasize...

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

Let students pick themselves! It's wear they feel truly comfortable that will assist them in their success. I would emphasize how fun college is! It's the only time in our lives where we get to learn and accumlate knowledge about the areas in life in which we like or relate with! Learning about the world is fun! It makes us more well rounded adults and in turn builds our body of knowledge! I love college! I get to study what I want and learn as much as I want! no one can take your education away from you and it is the only way to truly succeed in life!

What kind of person should attend this school?

The person that should attend UCA is one that is down-to-earth, values community, friends, and academics. There is a strong sense of unity and it feels good to get involved at UCA. UCA is fun, offers just the right amount of pressure, and professors really do care about students' long-term success. The person should like small classes, where teachers know your name, and care about your grades. The person should want to feel comfortable in their own skin! There is no pressure to be someone who you aren't!

Hannah
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

I would probably say that my school is best known for its diversity and also the number of sororities and fraternities availa...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

I would probably say that my school is best known for its diversity and also the number of sororities and fraternities available. Unfortunately, if you're considering going Greek, this would be the place for you.

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

The best advice I have to offer is just to go with whatever school feels right for you. Everyone's needs are different. Be sure to research the location surrounding the school of your choice and find out about what opportunities it has to offer that you may be interested in taking part in. College is supposed to be the time in a young person's life when they discover and learn new things about themselves -- so be sure to be open to other people's ideas and opinions. If you close yourself off, then you will be making your experience in school just a little more difficult. That doesn't mean allow everything in, but be mindful of others and show respect for your peers. I have learned the importance of being myself and loving those around me and, in return, I feel as if I have had a rich and rewarding college experience.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Students should not attend this school if they are narrow-minded or unwilling to open themselves up to new things and new experiences.

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

This school gives the sense of a large university on a smaller scale.

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

This school gives the sense of a large university on a smaller scale.

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

You really should find one particular skill set or passion that you thoroughly enjoy and be sure that the school you choose posseses a program that will completely engage that zeal. It is there, in that program, that you will meet the greatest companions of your life, outside your family.

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

I believe the most important thing is finding a college that fits the student and the parent. It should fit the parent in the...

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

I believe the most important thing is finding a college that fits the student and the parent. It should fit the parent in the sense that it is affordable considering the fact that parents may be the ones paying for the education. The college should fit the student regarding their activities of interest and social needs. I believe it is good to find a college that has plenty of social and academic organizations that would help the student excel in most aspects of life. The right college should also have a good record in academics such as very knowledgeable faculty/staff. The colleges educational help programs such as tutoring should also be considered in the event that the student may need a little more help.

What's unique about your campus?

The courses provided

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

Go visit it first, make sure you like the campus, don't freak out about wanting to change your major its natural, work hard b...

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

Go visit it first, make sure you like the campus, don't freak out about wanting to change your major its natural, work hard but don't totally sacrifice your social life.

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

Graduate school opportunities, competitive academics.

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

The campus is just the right size for me (about 12,000 students). This means the classrooms are smaller with less students,...

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

The campus is just the right size for me (about 12,000 students). This means the classrooms are smaller with less students, so students get more attention from their professors. Personally, I'm in the nursing school here, which is very tough. The material and workload is very rigorous, but the professors are very helpful and offer any help needed.

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

I would tell students/parents to look at a variety of schools. Looking at as many colleges as possible will insure the student has a better chance of choosing the right school for them. If the student knows or has a good idea of what field of study they wish to follow, the school should obviously have that degree oppurtunity available. Campus size should also be a factor. Many times a smaller campus will provide a more individualized experience with more one on one help from professors; this is often a very positive aspect of smaller campuses. However, if the student would like a more social environment, they might considered a larger university. As far as making the most of the college experience, I would suggest, first of all, to stay on the academic path, afterall that's why they're there, but to get involved in as many clubs/campus activities as possible. Being involved on campus is a great way to find new friends, many of which will be lifelong, as well as a great way to network. The more people you meet, the greater the possible you'll meet someone who can help you in the future.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

I don't believe there is one specific type of person that shouldn't attend this school. I think UCA is for every type of person. It just depends on the individual whether they think the school is right for them, perhaps because of the size or if they don't offer the specific degree oppurtunities that student wishes to follow.

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

Do not pick a college based on your friends or boyfriend. Chances are you'll break up with him in college, and you'll find b...

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

Do not pick a college based on your friends or boyfriend. Chances are you'll break up with him in college, and you'll find better friends than you ever imagined possible. And, if college is tough, talk to your professors. When choosing a college, look at the class size. If you don't learn well with 100s of students in your class, go to a smaller school. If you would like to do undergraduate research, pick a college that does not have a graduate program in your area of interest, because then you get to do all of the research instead of graduate students.

What's unique about your campus?

The class sizes, the availability of professors and the undergraduate research.

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

Talk to your children and find out what they expect from their university and what their career and future plans are. Then, w...

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

Talk to your children and find out what they expect from their university and what their career and future plans are. Then, work with them to find a school that meets your needs and, most importantly, their needs. Also, be supportive of your children's decisions and understand that it is a difficult and sometimes scary time for them. Allow them to express their opinions and concerns about starting college and possibly moving away from home.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Anyone who is interested in science and learning about real-world issues. Someone with an open-mind and who is not afraid to voice their opinion and speak up.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Someone who has difficulty being invovled with class discussion and interacting with teachers/ fellow students.

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

UCA had the best staff for the size it is. I'm in the Honours College here, and we have small classes with expert teachers w...

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

UCA had the best staff for the size it is. I'm in the Honours College here, and we have small classes with expert teachers who take a personal interest in our education and our lives. It's great having people who care about you to work with here. We have the academic draw of a large school with the staff/class size of a small school. It's the perfect balance.

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

Visit the campus, and not on a 'campus' day. I mean, don't go when the univeristy has set aside a day just for prospective students. Find a day when you can go visit campus on a regular school day, and find a professor who teaches in your field of interest to talk to, just on a one-on-one basis, completely outside of the pull that universities tend to have on those 'campus' days. Everything will, of course, seem shinier and better if they're trying to get your attention (and attendance), so just...show up on a regular school day. See what campus is like. Pay attention to the students as they're walking to class, see what kind of moods they're in. Eat lunch in the cafeteria and read the mood there. If you can, go sit in on a class to see what the experience is like--I can't speak for other schools, but mine's pretty good about that. Once you're in college, I can't emphasize making friends enough. If you have friends, you'll enjoy class more, and you'll feel better about getting up each day. Socialise. Make friends.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

I can't think of anyone who shouldn't. If you're in college to party, UCA's probably not the best choice, but then, if you're in it to party, why are you wasting money on college anyway? We're a suitcase campus, though, so if you plan to stay on every weekend and expect to participate in activities, go to a different school. Otherwise, we're very accepting and friendly towards all types.

Shay
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

UCA is known for its recent growth spurt. The college enrollment has soared over the past 5 years. Our sports status is als...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

UCA is known for its recent growth spurt. The college enrollment has soared over the past 5 years. Our sports status is also rising. We are also known for quality scholarships and our teaching department.

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

Before committing to any college decision, apply to every school you think you might want to attend. Visit the school before you choose. Getting a feel for the atmosphere is extremely important. In order to keep from worrying about money during your four year experience, get the highest ACT score possible. This will really help when you are applying for scholarships. During your visit, talk to as many students and faculty as you can. The people who live, learn, and work at the university have the best understanding of what really goes on. Tour all the dorms on campus so you know which one you will prefer to live in. Go ahead and talk to an advisor from the college to find out where the college's strengths lie. Ask questions about services and quality of the department in which you are most interested. Attend any student fairs that the college offers. This is a great way to inform yourself about the clubs, jobs, and opportunities available in the area. Finally, tune in to your instincts as you tour the campus. If it just feels right, you know you might be on to something. Good luck with your campus research.!

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

I wish I had known that I could clep out of more classes. Also, I wanted to take several courses that I was interested in but not serious about, but I cannot take those courses without all kinds of prerequisites.

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