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Fall New Student Orientation

FIRST Week is a special part of your transition to University of the Ozarks. Taking place the weekend prior to the beginning of classes, new Ozarks students are required to attend days filled with very special events tailored to assist you in beginning your journey as a college student at Ozarks! Whether you are a first-time college student, a parent, or an experienced transfer student, we hope you will gain valuable knowledge, friendships, connections, and more during FIRST Week Orientation.

All first-year students, commuters and students living on campus, are required to participate in FIRST Week Orientation. These activities cover a wide range of topics and information to ensure that you are set up for success at Ozarks. Events will begin as early as 8:00 a.m. and last until 10 p.m.

Fall 2020

Shuttles – Little Rock International Airport to Ozarks

Shuttles will pick up students and their families from the Little Rock International Airport from August 19th – 23rd at 12:00 pm & 8:00 pm. If you would like to use this service, please send us your travel itinerary. The Little Rock airport shuttle service is available to domestic and international students.

Parents and family members coming along and need a ride back to the airport? They can catch a ride back to the Little Rock Airport on any of the shuttles leaving Ozarks at 10:30 am & 6:00 pm on August 20th- 23rd.

See our full list of shuttles available.

Fall Orientation schedule (Aug. 21-24, 2020)

9 am – 12 pmNew Student Move-In
9 am – 12 pmCommuter Student Move-In
11 am – 1 pmLunch & Photo ID Pick-Up
1 pm – 3:30 pmOfficial University Welcome, Student/Parent Sessions
3:30 pm – 5:30 pmMatriculation Ceremony
5:30 pm – 7:30 pmPresident’s Welcome Picnic & Family Goodbyes
7:30 pm – 10 pmStudent Evening Programming
7 am – 8:30 amBreakfast
7 am – 8:30 amLater Arrival Check-In
9 am – 10 amDepart for & Arrive at Off-site Trips
12 pm – 1 pmLunch
1 pm – 4:30 pmStudent Off-site Programming Sessions
5 pm – 6:45 pmDinner
7 pm – 9 pmDepart for & Arrive back to campus
9 pm – 10:30 pmStudent Evening Programming
7 am – 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 am – 11 amCompass & Learning Materials Launch
11 am – NoonSabbath Hour & Chapel
11:30 am – 1 pmLunch
1 pm – 2 pmStudent Orientation Sessions
2 pm – 3 pmLENS Workshop
3 pm – 4:30 pmService Projects with OE Groups
5 pm – 6:45 pmDinner
7 pm – 10 pmStudent Evening Programming
7 am – 8:30 amBreakfast
10 am – 11 amTransfer Student Orientation
10 am – 11 amInternational Student Orientation
11 am – 1 pmLunch
1 pm – 3 pmClarksville Resource Fair
4 pm – 5 pmOpening Convocation
5 pm – 7 pmWelcome Back Tailgate
6 pm – 7 pmSoccer Scrimmage
7 pm – 9 pmStudent Evening Programming
Classes begin for all students

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Fall Matriculation Ceremony

Held in historic Munger-Wilson Chapel, the ceremony is a time-honored celebration where new students are formally welcomed into our community of scholars. It includes official greetings from the president, statements of mission and goals, and a commitment to academic integrity affirmation. The ceremony concludes with each student adding his or her name to the Matriculation Book. The event is capped by the new students being led by a Scottish piper out of the Chapel between lines of cheering faculty, staff, students and family members. All new students are expected to go through the matriculation process, and parents and family members are encouraged to attend.

Contact the Office of Student Affairs at 479-979-1322 or if you have any questions.

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