Admitted Graduate Students Guide

Admitted Graduate Students Guide (PDF)

Congratulations On Your Admission to the University of Arkansas

We look forward to welcoming you to campus.

Pre-Arrival Checklist

  • Accept your admission by logging into your Applicant Portal and clicking “Offer of Admission”.
  • Check your admission notice for any additional items needed by the University, such as official transcripts
  • Check with the Registrar’s Office for enrollment dates
  • Take a Look at the Onboarding Information for New Graduate Students
  • Check with the Pat Walker Health Center regarding required immunizations
  • Reach out to your academic advisor or department to notify them of your acceptance of admission

Graduate Student Onboarding

  • New students are enrolled in a Preparing for Grad School course on blackboard and are invited to our New Graduate Student Orientation every fall and spring to help you transition into graduate education on our campus. 
  • Every fall we induct a new cohort into the Razorgrad Institute for Success and Engagement (RISE), investing in promising new graduate students from a variety of backgrounds and assisting in their transition to graduate school.
  • We offer TA Teaching Camp to help prepare new and returning graduate assistants with teaching responsibilities for the classroom.

Admission Letter

Please make sure that your degree program and start term are correct. If you have questions about your admission letter, please contact the Graduate Admissions Office at, or your academic program.

Registering for Classes

Domestic students can register for classes before orientation. The process for registering is:

  1. See your advisor (listed on your admissions letter). If an advisor has not yet been assigned, contact the graduate coordinator or the chair person of the academic program.
  2. Use your UARK e-mail ID and password to log in to UAConnect.

New students can register from the beginning of the registration period until the first Friday of the first week of classes. See the Office of the Registrar site.


The university does not offer specific graduate student housing; however, housing options are abundant throughout Fayetteville. Many apartment complexes and neighborhoods are on or near one of the Razorback Transit bus routes, making it very convenient for students to get to campus. To search for housing and compare prices and amenities, visit the University’s free housing database at Off-Campus Housing.

University ID Card

All students must have a University ID card. This card is used as identification for a university campus member, security access, enrollment verification, and meal plan access.

The Campus Card Office is located on the fourth floor of the Arkansas Union, Room 427. For new students, there is a $22 charge for your ID card. Take a valid photo ID with you: driver’s license, military ID, or passport.

Pat Walker Health Center

The Pat Walker Health Center offers proactive medical and mental health care on campus with physicians and nurse practitioners. The health center includes a medical clinic, a women’s clinic, and counseling services, as well as programs in health promotion. To learn more about student health services and graduate student health insurance, call 479-575-4451, or visit the Pat Walker Health Center.

Immunization Form

The University of Arkansas is required to comply with the State of Arkansas two-dose measles immunization regulation. Access information on the requirement and compliance at Medical Records & Forms. Please return the Immunization Compliance form to Pat Walker Health Center, 525 N. Garland, 1 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701. You can also email forms to Individuals who fail to comply will have a hold placed on their UAConnect account and will be unable to register as a full-time student.

Parking and Transit

Parking at the University of Arkansas requires a U of A parking permit. You can purchase your permit once you have registered for classes. Pricing information is available at Transit & Parking or by calling 479-575-7275. Temporary visitor parking permits may also be purchased here for a day or week at a nominal fee.

Free bus service is provided by Razorback Transit (479-575-7433). Razorback Transit buses have wheelchair lifts and bike racks. Transit services are provided from 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday during the fall and spring semesters. Reduced bus services are available during finals and summer sessions. Find route maps and additional information at Transit Services.

Center for Educational Access

The Center for Educational Access (CEA) serves as the central campus resource for helping students with disabilities obtain the accommodations they need for equal access to classroom activity. In partnership with students, faculty, and staff, CEA staff members work with students individually to assist academic units to determine reasonable accommodations that will enable every student to have access to the full range of programs and services. The Center for Educational Access is located in the Arkansas Union, Room 209.

Career Development Center

The University Career Development Center offers programs and services to assist you in making career related decisions that will affect your future. A complete list of services may be found on the Career Development Center site or by calling 479-575-2805.

Experience Fayetteville

There are so many wonderful things to experience in Fayetteville and Northwest Arkansas that it’s hard to keep track of them all. Here are just a few things to help get you excited about your time here.

  • Consistently ranked as one of the top 5 places to live in the United States
  • The Fayetteville Farmers Market offers locally produced crafts, fruits, vegetables, meats, and a variety of other seasonal goods and operates from April through October on the Fayetteville Town Square.
  • 70 parks, 40 miles of paved and natural hiking and biking trails, 3 lakes, 1 botanical garden, the Walton Arts Center, and Dickson Street.
  • The Buffalo National River, located an hour from Fayetteville, offers excellent hiking, canoeing and camping opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. More information can be found on the National Park Service site.

Additional information on all of the amazing opportunities the area has as to offer can be found on the sites Experience Fayetteville and Explore Northwest Arkansas.


For graduate students with families, Fayetteville offers both public and private school opportunities. Information on Fayetteville public schools can be found on the Fayetteville Publis Schools site. Information on private schools in Fayetteville can be found on the Private School Review site.

Places of Worship

Fayetteville and Northwest Arkansas offer a diverse community of faiths where you will find a vibrant and welcoming worship community of your choice. Information on places of worship in the area can be found on the Finding NWA site.

Fayetteville and Northwest Arkansas

Fayetteville is linked by interstate and state highways to surrounding major cities. We guarantee your drive will include some beautiful Ozark mountain scenery.

Fayetteville and surrounding communities are serviced by the following airlines through the Northwest Arkansas National Airport (XNA): Allegiant Air, American, Delta, and United.

A campus map as well as options for driving directions can found at Campus Map.

Distance from Fayetteville to surrounding major cities

City Distance
Chicago 632
Dallas 398
Kansas City 268
Little Rock 203
Louisville 598
Memphis 336
Oklahoma City 225