Academic Support

No matter where you are in your academic career, the Center for Learning and Student Success (CLASS) offers resources to help you achieve your goals. Take advantage of opportunities across the U of A campus, and find support through supplemental Instruction, one-on-one tutoring, instructional workshops, academic coaching, writing support, and so much more. Browse the pages of the CLASS website to learn about programs, tools, and policies in place to help you find success, and please know that we are here for you.

We also recognize that your needs and concerns will evolve and change as you get closer to graduation. For each stage in your academic career, we have identified key ways to be successful and gathered tips from students like you who have benefitted from our support services in the past. Find the classification below that best describes you to jump start your path to graduation!

Welcome to the University of Arkansas! We are so glad your are here, and want to provide you with the tools you need to find success during your time as a student here at the U of A. Whether you have come to college knowing exactly what your plans and goals are, or you are completely unsure of any path to take, you are in the right place!

The Learning Center helped me so much with one of my tougher classes my Freshman year. Don't be afraid to ask for help, it just shows that you care. The workers are there to help and they know what they're talking about. If you're looking for a free, customizable, and flexible way to supplement class time and get questions answered, this is a great place to start.

Micaela Hamm, Management/Marketing, Senior

Ways to be Successful

You are new here! Being unsure of yourself is okay, but don't forget to do your part to get the most out of your education. Here are some tips for success:

  • Introduce yourself to your professors and classmates.
  • Join PDI (if you haven’t already done so) and develop a plan for career success.
  • Speak up in class, and don't be afraid to ask questions!
  • Schedule an appointment with Supplemental Instruction (SI), a tutor, or a learning coach.
  • Schedule an appointment with your Academic Advisor.
  • Take the Focus 2 Career Assessment to get an idea of good career options for you.
  • Get involved! There is a Registered Student Organization (or more!) that will be perfect for you.

Welcome back to the University of Arkansas — we are so glad you are here. During this exciting year of exploration, take the time to analyze your goals, and find your right path. Get involved, enroll in exploratory classes, and meet new people. It's never too late to expand your horizons!

(Sophomore year) is not the same as freshman year. No matter how similar it may feel, you may not keep the same friends, the same major, or even the same roommate. Who knows. I changed a lot my freshman year, but I changed even more my sophomore year. I think that kind of change is normal, and even expected. Be open to change.

Kelsey Menze, Senior, Music Education

Ways to be Successful

  • Branch out a little! It's easy to get into a routine, but try making new friends, a new Registered Student Organization, and go to different events than last year.
  • Enroll in a 1 credit hour Career Exploration class to learn about career possibilities.
  • If you're considering a different major, schedule a meeting with your academic advisor. You'll want to make any changes ASAP, otherwise you may not be able to graduate on time.
  • Take the StrengthsQuest self-assessment to determine your strengths and lead you to a great career.
  • Consider a Study Abroad opportunity! A multitude of locations, plus scholarship opportunities make this a great option to enhance your UA experience.

Congratulations — you have now completed the first half of your degree plan at the U of A. This is an exciting accomplishment, and we wish you the very best as you work toward earning that degree and preparing for graduate school or career opportunities.

Professors are the ultimate mentors. Whether you're doing research or looking for an internship, they're always enthusiastic about helping out! Get to know your professors early, and talk with them often! They're all invested in your success.

Haley Walton

Ways to be Successful

  • Plan to Study Abroad! With so many cultures to explore, studying abroad is a great opportunity to increase your knowledge while gaining a whole new perspective.
  • Get involved in an organization related to your field of study, and work to develop relationships with professors in your major so that you have good insight and references when considering graduate schools and career paths.
  • Consider new volunteer opportunities to not only give back to the community, but make yourself more well-rounded and marketable.
  • Seek academic support as you work through your upper-level courses. Supplemental Instruction, Tutoring and Academic Coaching are just a few ways you can take control of your success.
  • Consider job shadowing, a part time job in your area of study, or an internship.

Here you are — the final year of your undergraduate career. It will be full of challenges and adventure. Be sure to appreciate every last minute of it, and get ready for life after graduation!

Ways to be Successful

  • If you're attending graduate school after graduation, be aware of all deadlines for your schools of interest. Get an early start on applications!
  • Apply to Graduate!
  • If your college has a writing requirement, be sure you complete that before your last semester.
  • Work with the Career Development Center to polish your resume, and attend regular workshops and events so that you can network with others.

We are so glad you have decided to complete your degree at the University of Arkansas. As you work toward your diploma, we encourage you to get involved and seek guidance every step of the way. You can do it. We are here to help.

I transferred to U of A as a sophomore and knew nothing about campus, classes, events, etc. There are still building and such that I don't know. Looking back, I would've tried harder to learn about campus. I should have asked more questionis and went to more events. My biggest struggle is balancing class and work. Talk to your advisors and ask for help!

Moira Manes (Senior)

Ways to be Successful

  • Meet with an Academic Advisor within your first few weeks on campus. They can connect you with resources that are right for you and help you find your place more quickly.
  • Get involved with a Registered Student Organization, and you may just find a community of support comes along with it.
  • Schedule meetings with your new professors to introduce yourself, and learn more about your program at the University of Arkansas.
  • Take the StrengthsQuest self-assessment to determine your strengths and find a path to a great career.

We are thrilled you have chosen to attend the University of Arkansas. Earning your degree is a unique challenge that awards you many opportunities. We want to help you balance life's responsibilities, get connected, and find academic success.

Review your notes daily/after each class and make sure you understand concepts. Also, take advantage of professor's office hours. They are there to help.

Madison Cheeves, Biology, Senior

Ways to be Successful

  • Look into Military Service Scholarships to find additional funding for your degree.
  • Consider getting involved with the student organization Military Past and Present on Campus. This group is committed to lending support to current and past service members of any branch of the U.S. military.
  • The University's Veterans Resource & Information Center (VRIC) is located in room 632 of the Arkansas Student Union, and is eager to assist you in filling out benefits forms or with related needs that may arise.
  • Get to know professors and classmates. Your military background provides a unique perspective that is enriching for the classroom experience.

We are so happy you have chosen to call the University of Arkansas home for your international studies, and want your time here to be meaningful and comfortable. As you adjust to new surroundings, we hope that you will find academic success. Welcome.

Don't be afraid to explore. There are friends to be made here that you will have forever. Explore the campus because you never know what you will find.

James Bush, Broadcast Journalism, Senior

Ways to be Successful

  • Check out the registered Student Cultural Organizations on campus that you can become a part of to find a bit of home away from home.
  • Spend a lot of time in the city of Fayetteville, outside of campus as well. It is a great town that's not too big or too small, with plenty of resources to help you get connected.
  • If you haven't already, review steps to take upon arrival to campus.
  • Life in a completely new place and new culture can be challenging — take time to meet classmates and professors. This will bring a unique perspective to your studies that will enhance the learning experience for you and your peers.

Welcome to the University of Arkansas, and thank you for becoming a vital part of the community. We are here to help you find success through flexible classes that allow you to earn a degree in a manner that works best for you. As you pursue your degree, know that the courses you enroll in are designed by the academic colleges and schools at the University of Arkansas to produce the same learning outcomes as traditional, on-campus courses.

Ways to be Successful

  • Check UAConnect for section availability and the most up-to-date, official course schedule.
  • Log in to Blackboard regularly to keep tabs on class updates, notifications, assignments, supplemental information, and so much more.
  • Email your professors to introduce yourself or even schedule an on-campus appointment.
  • Some online programs may have weekend seminars at the Fayetteville campus. Check with your specific program to see what is available, and attend if you are able.
  • Visit the One Stop Student Guide for online education to find relevant resources.
  • If you're near campus, consider attending Supplemental Instruction (SI) for applicable courses, or meeting with a tutor. These meetings and appointments are flexible and can work with your schedule. If you live too far from campus to attend, utilize the live chat option to work with a tutor.

As a graduate student at the University of Arkansas, you are embarking on an exciting journey that will result in a rich educational experience. Your research and advanced studies are fully supported by faculty and staff on campus, and we are thrilled that you are contributing your work to the greater campus community.

Ways to be Successful