A lot of the students here are laid back, especially at 9 am! This campus has few problems based on race, ethnicity, religiosity, or sexual orientation. It seems that anyone from any background would fit in at UCA, our campus is like a huge melting pot. Most students do wear jeans and t-shirts, but there are a few who choose more comfort and wear PJ's or leggings and no one really comments on it as long as its not to scandalous. Almost anyone can be approached here and for my first three weeks of school I literally just sat down with strangers and had a conversation. This is the most expensive public University in Arkansas based on tuition so you need to be rich or on scholarship! There are many groups to join to be active in the community or with political affiliations. For instance there is the Young Democrats who meet around once a month. Many people are enthusiastic about their majors but few brag too much about how much better their major is than yours. Everyone is willing to tell you about their major if you need some help deciding on a career.
The student body is very very large. We are getting close to being the most populated school in Arkansas. There are many races at my school which is amazing. I enjoy getting to talk with other people from different cultures and backgrounds. Clothing is very open at UCA. You will see many students wearing pajamas to morning classes. Our gym is very popular. Many students will wear their work out clothes all day to hit the gym whenever they have free time. There are many students who come from rich families as well as many who come from poor. Politically, this school has amazed me. During our last election there was a huge uproar over the McCain vs Obama debate. I thought this was amazing and in a way, it helped us connect with one another.
You will meet a ton of different people here at UCA! I love to meet new people so if you do you will see a lot of different people of different states, countries, races, religions, likes/dislikes. You will see people who believe things different from you, but that is with any college. A lot of students are from Arkansas, but we have students from all over the US and in different countries here. Most students were comfortable clothes to class (although I am usually a little dressy-casual) Most students just wear whatever makes them happy that day.
In high school, my classmates were all happy go lucky and carefree. There was a handful that wanted to go to college and we did. Did we try are hardest? No... Were we excited about partying? yes. Having been in college right out of high school, getting a 2 year degree, going to work in the corporate world for 7 years, starting a family, losing my job, and now starting back to college at the age of 30 to do what I finally want to do, I would give anything to go back in time.
My classmates are pretty average. You can expect to find at least one-third of the class to be involved with some Frat or Sorority, so if you aren't in a greek organization, you're pretty much branded as a loser. Most of the student at UCA, a good 67%, are more worried about what fraternity or sorority they will get in than what their gpa will be at the end of the semester.
My classmates in general are great. They will help you if you ask for it. It may be intimidating at first to talk to new classmates, but it's great to get acquainted with them and you may find a friend or two in the crowd.
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.
A majority of students I see at school are achievers who know what they came to UCA for and what they want to leave with. There are a few students who don't know yet what they want, but will figure out.
In my art classes I am surrounded by Artistic, free thinkers, in my education classes, my classmates are caring and committed to education and learning all they can to be effective teachers..
There are guys and girls, big and small, but we all share the same dream - we are here to get an education, to better ourselves so we can go out and make a difference in our community.