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Orientation & Move-In

Orientation & Move-In

Orientation

As you make your transition to University of the Ozarks this spring, we want you to be prepared for your college journey. New Student Orientation will provide you with many different resources, connections, memories, and more that will set you up for a successful start to your college career. Check down below for details related to Freshman New Student Orientation, Transfer Student Orientation, Parent Orientation, and the Orientation & Move-In Schedule.

Please feel free to contact to the Office of Student Life at 479-979-1322 or studentlife@ozarks.edu if you have any questions regarding new student orientation.

Freshman New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation is a special part of your transition to University of the Ozarks. Taking place the weekend prior to the beginning of classes, new freshman 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! During New Student Orientation, we hope you will gain valuable knowledge, friendships, connections, and more that will benefit you during your college career.

All first-year students, commuters and students living on campus, are required to participate in New Student 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. Sessions and meetings for orientation will be in a hybrid format, with the majority of the sessions being in a virtual format. Please refer to the Get Prepared for Move-In and Orientation section for more details on preparing for your journey at Ozarks.

To ensure the safety of our students, families, and staff who will be joining us for move-in and orientation, students have been assigned a specific move-in/commuter check-in timeframe based on their Ozarks Experience course section. Please check your email for more information regarding your assigned move-in/commuter check-in date and time-frame!

Transfer New Student Orientation

Orientation for our new transfer students will take place starting with move-in and commuter check-in on Sunday, January 24. Those transfer students living off campus will need to check-in with us on Sunday, January 24 from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm at the University Fountain. Please plan to park in Parking Lot L and follow the signs to check-in. Those transfer students planning to live on campus in the residential halls will need to reference the New Student Move-In section down below for more details and specific move-in time-frames.

Transfer Student Orientation is designed to provide students with information on campus resources, connect with faculty and staff members, and learn what it means to be an Ozarks Eagle. Attendance to Transfer Student Orientation is highly encouraged for our new transfer students. Please make sure you have registered for this event by going to your my.ozarks.edu checklist.

Please check your email for more information regarding your move-in/commuter check-in date and time-frame and orientation information. You can also refer to the Get Prepared for Orientation & Move-In section below for more details on preparing for your journey at Ozarks.  

Parent Orientation

As new students are attending their respective New Student Orientation sessions, parents and families will also have an opportunity to participate in a Virtual Parent Orientation. During Parent Orientation, parents and families will have the opportunity to attend a number of virtual meetings and sessions pertaining to the start of your student’s journey at Ozarks. Those participating in the Parent Orientation will hear from numerous faculty and staff members on resources and services available to them and their students at Ozarks, learn ways to help support your student during their college journey, and learn opportunities on how to get involved as Ozarks family.

For the Virtual Parent Orientation, please ensure you have downloaded Zoom and Guidebook on your computer, tablet, or smart phone. You will need to refer to Getting Prepared for Orientation & Move-In section for details on downloading Zoom and the University of the Ozarks – New Student Orientation Guidebook.

Please feel free to reach out to the Office of Student Life at 479-979-1322 or studentlife@ozarks.edu should you have any questions regarding the above information. We look forward to connecting with you at Parent Orientation!


Move-In Overview

The Office of Residential Life is incredibly excited to welcome you to Ozarks this spring! As the time for move-in, orientation, and the start of classes approaches, we have some important information and updates for you below. Please refer to the sections below that best apply to you: New Student Move-In, Transfer Student Move-In, and Returning Student Move-In.

To ensure the safety of our students, families, and staff who will be joining us for move-in and orientation, students have been assigned a specific move-in/commuter check-in timeframe based on their Ozarks Experience course section. Please check your email for more information regarding your assigned move-in/commuter check-in date and time-frame!

Please review the packing list for more information about what you might consider packing, what you may want to coordinate with your roommate, and what you will want to leave at home. Information regarding your housing assignment for the upcoming year can be located on your student portal on the My Ozarks page.

New Student Move-In

New Student Move-In Date: Saturday, January 23 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Should you have an extenuating circumstance requiring an alternate move-in date and time, please contact us directly by January 8, 2021, at reslife@ozarks.edu to explore options available.

As you prepare for your move-in date and time, there are important items to know:

  • All students must complete a self-report screening form three days prior to their assigned move-in day. Students, please monitor your email, as you will receive instructions for completing the form as your move-in day approaches. Students who have not completed the form will not be permitted to check into their housing assignment on move-in day.
  • All students, staff, and family members are expected to maintain social distancing guidelines and wear masks or face coverings while on campus for move-in day.
    • Should you forget a mask or face covering, a disposable mask will be provided to you and your supports upon arrival.
  • We are asking that all students who are able to travel independently to campus for move-in plan to do so; however, we understand that it may be important for supportive individuals to join you for a variety of reasons. Students traveling to campus with supportive individuals must limit their visitors to two people per student.
  • Check-in for new student move-in will be located in the lower parking lot of Smith and King Hall at University of the Ozarks. The entrance to this parking lot is located on University Avenue and will be marked with signs as you approach the Ozarks campus. Once you pull into the lower Smith and King Hall parking lot, our move-in team will provide you information about next steps for parking, unloading, and the schedule for the afternoon!
  • When you arrive on campus for your assigned move-in time, our move-in volunteers will provide support in unloading your vehicle and transporting your items to your room.
    • To maximize efficiency and promote social distancing, please plan to consolidate your belongings as you pack up your vehicle, being mindful to secure loose items wherever possible.
    • One support person will be asked to remain with the vehicle, and one support person may accompany the student to their room.
    • Supports with the vehicle will be redirected to the Walton Fine Arts Parking Lot where additional parent and family information will be available. Our move-in volunteers will provide transportation for the student and second support member from the Smith/King parking lot to the Walton Fine Arts Parking Lot.
Transfer Student Move-In Overview

Transfer Student Move-In Date: Sunday, January 23, 2020 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Should you have an extenuating circumstance requiring an alternate move-in date and time, please contact us directly by January 6, 2021, at reslife@ozarks.edu to explore options available.

As you prepare for your move-in date and time, there are important items to know:

  • All students must complete a self-report screening form two days prior to move-in day. Students, please monitor your email, as you will receive instructions for completing the form as your move-in day approaches. Students who have not completed the form will not be permitted to check into their housing assignment on move-in day.
  • All students, staff, and family members are expected to maintain social distancing guidelines and wear masks or face coverings while on campus for move-in day.
    • Should you forget a mask or face covering, a disposable mask will be provided to you and your supports upon arrival.
  • We are asking that all students who are able to travel independently to campus for move-in plan to do so; however, we understand that it may be important for supportive individuals to join you for a variety of reasons. Students traveling to campus with supportive individuals must limit their visitors to two people per student.
    Check-in for move-in will be located in Parking Lot L across the street from the Seay Student Center. The entrance to this parking lot is located on the right hand side of College Avenue and will be marked with signs as you approach the Ozarks campus. Once you pull into Parking Lot L, our move-in team will provide you information about next steps for check-in, parking, and unloading.
  • We ask that all supportive individuals assisting students with move-in limit their movements on campus to the student’s assigned residence hall or building and plan to depart campus following move-in.
Returning Student Move-In Overview

Returner Student Move-In Date: Sunday, January 24.

Should you have an extenuating circumstance requiring an alternate move-in date and time, please contact us directly by January 6, 2021, at reslife@ozarks.edu to explore options available.

As you prepare for your move-in date and time, there are important items to know:

  • All students must complete a self-report screening form two days prior to move-in day. Students, please monitor your email, as you will receive instructions for completing the form as your move-in day approaches. Students who have not completed the form will not be permitted to check into their housing assignment on move-in day.
  • All students, staff, and family members are expected to maintain social distancing guidelines and wear masks or face coverings while on campus for move-in day.
    • Should you forget a mask or face covering, a disposable mask will be provided to you and your supports upon arrival.
  • We ask that all students who are able to travel independently to campus for move-in plan to do so; however, we understand that it may be important for supportive individuals to join you for a variety of reasons. Students traveling to campus with supportive individuals must limit their visitors to two people per student.
  • Check-in for move-in will be located in Parking Lot L across the street from the Seay Student Center. The entrance to this parking lot is located on the right hand side of College Avenue and will be marked with signs as you approach the Ozarks campus. Once you pull into Parking Lot L, our move-in team will provide you information about next steps for check-in, parking, and unloading.
  • We ask that all supportive individuals assisting students with move-in limit their movements on campus to the student’s assigned residence hall or building and plan to depart campus following move-in.
Mandatory Opening Meetings

Lastly, all returning students have mandatory opening hall meetings on January 25, 2021, at 7:30 PM. Be sure to attend in order to obtain important information regarding some University and Residential Life policy updates for the 2020-2021 academic year! You will receive a reminder email to your Ozarks email address as the date approaches with details for the zoom meeting. Should you have an extenuating circumstance that will prevent you from attending, you must contact reslife@ozarks.edu to arrange for a follow-up meeting.


Getting Prepared for Orientation & Move-In

As a new student at University of the Ozarks, we want to ensure that you and your family are prepared as much as possible for Orientation and Move-In. Please review the Orientation & Move-In checklist below, as it lists important steps you should take to ensure you are ready to start your journey at Ozarks.

Register for Orientation.

New Student Orientation is a requirement for all incoming freshmen students. Registration is located on your my.ozarks.edu checklist. Go sign up and verify with us your attendance!

Complete the remaining items on your my.ozarks.edu student checklist.

It is important that you complete all of the items listed on your my.ozarks.edu checklist to ensure all important documents and procedures are completed prior to your attendance at orientation.

Download the Guidebook app and the University of the Ozarks – New Student Orientation guidebook on your computer, smart phone, and/or tablet.

The University of the Ozarks – New Student Orientation guidebook will provide you with orientation schedule information, move-in details, campus resources, and campus updates. Schedule information for new students and parents will be made available on our guidebook the week before Orientation is set to start.

Download our Guidebook here!

Students will need to reference their email for the passphrase to access the University of the Ozarks- New Student Orientation guidebook. Parents will need to use the same passphrase that was sent to their student’s email.

If you are having issues accessing the University of the Ozarks – New Student Orientation Guidebook, please contact the Office of Student Life at 479-979-1322 or studentlife@ozarks.edu for assistance.

Download Zoom on your computer, tablet, and/or smart phone.

The majority of the orientation sessions for all freshman students, transfer students, and parents and families will take place in a virtual format via Zoom. Please follow the specific steps below to correctly download zoom.

  • The majority of the orientation sessions during New Student Orientation and Transfer Orientation will be hosted via Zoom. Please visit Zoom.us and create your zoom account so you are prepared for your virtual orientation sessions.
  • During orientation, each session during will have a specific zoom link needed to enter into the assigned meetings and sessions.
  • For assistance on determining your my.ozarks.edu login information and university credentials, please submit an IT Help Request form through EagleNet or contact your Admissions Counselor for support.
  • If you have forgotten your password or need to reset your university password, please visit my.ozarks.edu and click on the Password Rest link for assistance.
  • For Parent Orientation, new student parents and family members can use their own personal Zoom accounts to access the virtual orientation sessions and meetings if they wish.
  • Please keep in mind that students and family members can connect to the individual orientation sessions via zoom using a smart phone, computer, and/or tablet. Please make sure the Zoom app is downloaded to your devices prior to the start of your assigned move-in and orientation date.
  • For further help on connecting to a Zoom account, please reach out to the Office of Student Life at studentlife@ozarks.edu or contact us at 479-979-1322.
  • For assistance on familiarizing yourself with the Zoom platform and the functions of Zoom, please visit the Zoom Help Center on the Zoom website for more information.
Download our custom Orientation Zoom backgrounds to show off your Eagle pride during orientation!
Ensure you are ready for your virtual orientation sessions.
  • Make sure you have downloaded Zoom and followed the step-by-step guide for correctly downloading the application to your devices.
  • Confirm you will have reliable internet access during your scheduled orientation sessions.
  • Try to limit your distractions during your scheduled orientation sessions so you can focus on retaining the information provided.
  • Test your audio and video capabilities on your devices to ensure all features are working and available if needed during your orientation meetings.
  • Download our custom Orientation Zoom backgrounds to show off your Eagle pride during orientation!
Review your email to ensure you know which move-in timeframe you have been assigned to for Saturday, January 23.
  • • Based on your Ozarks Experience course, freshman students have been assigned a specific move-in timeframe. Please check your email that you listed on your enrollment application for details on your specific timeframe.
  • • For Transfer students, you will need to refer to the Transfer Student Orientation section for details on specific time-frames for move-in and commuter check-in.
  • • If you are having issues finding your assigned timeframe for move-in/check-in, please contact the Office of Student Life at 479-979-1322 for assistance.
Be ready to engage and connect with fellow Ozarks eagles!

Orientation will be beneficial to you in a number of ways, and being fully engaged in your orientation sessions will help you get the most out of your experience during New Student Orientation and Transfer Student Orientation. Make sure you are on time for each session and you are prepared with questions and/or comments beforehand. Don’t be afraid to be yourself and fully participate in the orientation sessions.

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in the virtual New Student Orientation, please contact Disability Services at 479-979-1300 or email chigh@ozarks.edu.  Any request should be made by January 1st.


SPRING 2021

Shuttles – Little Rock International Airport to Ozarks

The Little Rock Airport shuttle service established to help transport new students from the Little Rock International Airport to University of the Ozarks campus will take place during January 23 – 25 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.

Please note the times listed for each airport shuttle trip are the arrival times to the Little Rock Airport. This means you must plan your arrival to the Little Rock Airport prior to this time to ensure your ride on the university shuttle. More details on the shuttle service from the Little Rock International Airport to Ozarks campus will be provided to those students who sign up using the travel itinerary form. 

**Please make sure you are aware of your assigned move-in and orientation start date and time-frame before booking your flight to Arkansas and filling out the travel itinerary form to utilize the Little Rock airport shuttle service.

See our full list of shuttles available.


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