Enrollment tips

Students walk across Maple Street on campus. The UofA has welcomed 30,000 undergraduate students for the 2022-2023 academic year. 

This fall, the UofA welcomed 7,000 incoming freshmen, creating an overall undergraduate student population larger than 30,000. With enrollment surging at universities across the country, it is more important now than ever to make resources for new students accessible.

Counseling and Psychological Services at the UofA provides students with individual or group counseling, psychiatry, emergency services and case management. Most services through CAPS are covered by the student health fee, with the exception of psychiatry.

This semester, CAPS is hosting a “Surviving College 101”  workshop that focuses on three different subjects: test anxiety, stress management and navigating friendship.

“We here at the Pat Walker Health Center and CAPS really want our students to feel like they belong and we want them to get plugged in,” said Breeanne Carter, PWHC assistant director for marketing and communications. “We’re here to help and help them navigate this new chapter in their lives.”

The workshop is a three-part series, starting Sept. 6, that takes place Tuesdays from 4-5 p.m. at the Student Success Center in seminar room 349. Students can choose to attend the entire series or a single session with the goal of supporting students in creating changes and establishing habits that will improve their overall college experience, according to the CAPS website.

University Perspectives is a course required for all students and is typically taken during a student’s first year. The course introduces students to university life through a variety of objectives such as writing, oral communication and critical thinking. The themes of each course change by semester, allowing students to engage in topics that interest them.

University Perspectives professor Lori Lander also teaches a class called Finding Your Sense of Belonging. She encourages students to find study methods that work for them, she said.

“Your brain retains the most information at the beginning and end of a study session,” Lander said. “You have to figure out what works for you. I recommend a 30-minute study session, taking a 10-minute break and then studying for another 30 minutes.”

There are several spots on the UofA campus and around Fayetteville where students like to study. Lander thinks finding good study spaces is essential, and students need to find what spaces work the best for them, she said.

Popular study spots on campus include the Arkansas Union, Mullins Library and Starbucks. For studying off campus, students frequent many coffee shops around Fayetteville such as Arsaga’s, Onyx Coffee Lab and Puritan.

“My biggest advice to freshmen is to study, even if you think you don’t have to,” Natalie Lewis, a junior, said. “My favorite place to study is Basecamp Coffee Company.”

Finding good study spaces is a big deal, and there are so many. The Cordia Harrington Center for Excellence, David W. Mullins Library and the Union are good options, Lander said.

“You just need to find your space and maybe multiple places that really connect with how you learn information,” Lander said. “Some people can’t study in their dorm or apartment because there are too many distractions, so they need to go elsewhere.”

Finding a sense of belonging in a new place can be difficult, but Lander wants students to know they have to challenge themselves to find it, she said.

There are 400 registered student organizations at the UofA including cultural, religious, political, professional and service organizations. Information on each RSO can be found on HogSync. In addition, Student Organization Outreach and Involvement Experience is an organization that helps students get involved by matching their passions and interests to RSOs on campus.

“Belonging is fluid,” Lander said. “It depends on your mood, identity, and experiences or expectations you would like to have as a Razorback. You just have to keep looking and push yourself, not beyond your comfort zone but to the edge of it to challenge yourself to learn and grow as an individual.”

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