New Student Programs

Within in the Division of Student Affairs, New Student & Family Programs offers several programs that can assist freshmen commuters connect to the University.

New Student & Family Programs at the University of Arkansas is a collaborative effort developed to enhance the academic and social integration of incoming students through a variety of classroom and co-curricular activities.


R.O.C.K. Camp Extended Orientation Program

You may already know a lot about the University of Arkansas, or you may know very little. But no matter where you come from, or what your background is, our Extended Orientation Programs are designed to help you gain valuable insight and knowledge about your new home at the University of Arkansas. The R.O.C.K. Camp, R.O.C.K. Camp Adventure and R.O.C.K. Camp Service programs will provide you with the opportunity to meet new friends and ask questions about life as a Razorback, while making your transition into college an exciting, smooth, memorable experience. Picture it as a jump start to your college career, where you'll come out more confident and enthusiastic about your next few years here at the University of Arkansas. 


Hog W.I.L.D. Welcome Weeks

Hog W.I.L.D. Welcome Weeks are the best way to meet people, learn how to navigate your way around campus, and discover campus resources that will help you be successful here at the University. To get the best start to your semester get the Hog W.I.L.D. Welcome Weeks Guide or download the guide to your smartphone!

Ask Help-A-Hog Volunteers for directions the first two days of class!

 Students, Faculty, and Staff from various academic colleges, administrative departments, and student organizations will spend the first two days of each semester staffing tables strategically located in high-traffic areas to assist students.  Tables will be in the Arkansas Union, as well as other locations around campus.

New Student Welcome - Sunday, August 25 at The Union Mall

New Student Welcome serves as the official welcome for new students at the University of Arkansas. Students are greeted by the University Chancellor, Provost, Dean of Students, and the Associated Student Government President.  Immediately following is the Burger Bash, which officially welcomes all new and returning students with food and entertainment.


Leadership and Late Night Programs

Cardinal Nights

Cardinal Nights is a late-night program facilitated by student leaders dedicated to providing entertaining, creative, educational, and cultural activities that enhance the University of Arkansas experience. 

Alpha Lambda Delta

Alpha Lambda Delta, University of Arkansas Chapter seeks to recognize students who excel academically in their first semester and first year of college.  

Emerging Leaders

The Emerging Leaders program is an exciting and engaging leadership development program designed for first year students and others seeking to develop their leadership skills

Diversity Leadership Institute

New Student & Family Programs, in collaboration with University Housing-Residence Education, hosts Diversity Leadership Institute (DLI), which is a series of educational sessions, roundtable discussions, a Tunnel of Oppression, and Keynote Sessions, DLI educates students in the areas of diversity and social justice, helping them to gain a better understanding about the differences in the students they will meet. 


First Year Initiatives


AlcoholEdu for College is a component of our alcohol prevention initiatives. First year students will receive information about this program prior to starting classes during the fall semester. First year parents/guardians will also have the opportunity to participate.

First Year Photo Project

Click here to sign up for First Year Photo Project! With First Year Photo Project, you will have the opportunity to meet other students interested in photography, design your own portion of the display in the Anne Kittrell Art Gallery at the end of the year, see your publications in future New Student & Family Programs publications, and document memories of your first year at the U of A! To view past photos, as well as photos from the gallery please visit their Facebook page. For more information, contact or 479-575-5002.


First Year Parents

Parents of first year college students, here are some resources from Orientation that might help you.

Family Checklist
Parent & Family Orientation
Sign Up for Razorback Parent Newsletter
New Family Resources
UARK Lingo