Conway, AR
University of Central Arkansas


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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.

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

UCA is a typical southern conservative school.

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

UCA is a typical southern conservative school.

Describe the students at your school.

disintrested in class, angry when other students ask questions, generally only wanting a slip of paper, not to actually learn

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

When looking for colleges, one should consider what kind of social life they desire, do they want a school that is greek and sport based? The size of the school, including class size and the size of the student body should be considered. Other factors include how educated the faculty is, PHDs ect. Personally i would recommend making sure that the food service is of good quality, and that town or city has the kind of social environment you would want.

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

Keep your end goal in focus. The decisions you make now greatly impact your future.

What's unique about your campus?

The University of Central Arkansas offers exceptional learinging opportunities close to home.

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

It's a good school with a good reputation.

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

It's a good school with a good reputation.

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

In order to know whether you will make the right selection for your college education, I believe it is vital to get first hand knowledge of what that experience will be like. By visiting the campus, researching your planned department of study, and talking with current students, one will get a better understanding of whether they could make their mark at that particular university.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

Intra-departmental relations. It seems like there isn't very communication between departments and students hear different answers from different people. It's frustrating to get the run around and it's very difficult to get issues resolved. They don't seem to go above and beyond in order to make things easier on you, it's like they have the "it's your problem, deal with it" mentality.

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

My advice for parents is to let your children grow up. One of the worst things I seen throughout my college career are colle...

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

My advice for parents is to let your children grow up. One of the worst things I seen throughout my college career are college students who are completely dependent on their parents for money. I feel that parents should most definately help their children if they have the resources. However, college is a time to build character and prepare for the "real world" of work. If students do not have to face challenges, learn how to make and stick to a budget, and take pride in earning and spending their own money, they are not truly getting the tools for success that they need after college. To students my advice is to work hard at the beginning. Each semester, try to get a little ahead in each class, and that way, when you really want to skip a night of homework to go to a game, a party, or hang out with friends, you can do so. Remember that it is your money, and you deserve to get the skills and knowledge you will need for the future. I would suggest taking advantage of study abroad programs. Lastly, keeping up with degree requirements and finding a good advisor is priceless.

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

I wish I had known what I had wanted to do so I wouldn't have changed my major and minor so many times. I wasted some time.

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

It is absolutely too big and we are continuing to grow by allowing students who should not get in to this school get in. UCA has been progressively accepting students who are not up to the previous set guidelines based on acedemics. There is no parking, the halls, classrooms, and food courts are so crowded they are almost unusable.

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