Even though fall classes don’t begin until Aug. 20, the month of July is a busy time in the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith.
Several groups of students are enrolling, and the Campus Center is where it all begins, according to Penny Pendleton, dean of enrollment management.
“The staff in both the Admissions and School Relations Office and in the Student Advisement and Career Planning Office will help students see the various class options and how those options fit into our degree programs,” said Pendleton. “We at UAFS are here to help individuals work toward their dreams.”
Pendleton said that UAFS offers more than 30 bachelor’s degrees in a variety of career fields as well as numerous associate degree and certificate programs.
“We have shorter-term options for students who want quick employment,” she said, “but many of our students use those programs as stepping stones to advanced education, like bachelor’s degrees or beyond. Our advisers can help each student decide what path is best.”
First-time entering students, returning students and transfer students with fewer than 13 credit hours are all attending New Student Orientation sessions in July, Pendleton said.
“During NSOs, students will meet their academic advisers and other new students,” she said. “They will also select and register for classes, get their student IDs, and get answers to any questions about registration, degrees and courses. It’s important to do this as soon as possible to have the best selection of classes.”
Before signing up for an NSO, students apply for official admission to UAFS with the Admissions and School Relations Office.
Other groups of students who are also currently registering are returning and transfer students with more than 13 credit hours and those current students who have seen their adviser and had their “adviser hold” removed.
Open late registration for all students will begin on Aug. 3, Pendleton said. Individuals age 60 and above may receive free tuition when registering on the designated date for that purpose, Aug. 17. Regular semester fees are waived, however, those students are required to pay other applicable fees.
Pendleton said it’s easy for anyone to get the process started.
“Anyone who is interested in beginning a college education or furthering a college education just needs to come to the second floor of the Campus Center,” she said. “We’ll explain what needs to be done and get a student moving in the right direction.”
Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Friday. For more information, call 788-7120.