Spring New Student Orientation

Spring 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 Ozarks students are required to attend a day 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 find answers to all your questions at this special event!

All first-year students, commuter and residential, are required to participate in new student orientation. These activities cover a wide range of topics and information to ensure that you will be successful at Ozarks. Events will begin as early as 10:00 a.m. and last until 9 p.m.


Shuttles – Little Rock International Airport to Ozarks

Shuttles will pick up at the Little Rock International Airport January 17-20 at 12 PM and 8 PM. If you would like to use this service, please send us your travel itinerary. Open to domestic and international students.

Parents and family members coming along? They can catch a ride back to the Little Rock Airport on the shuttle leaving Ozarks at 10 AM and 6 PM January 17-20. Parents can come to the Seay Student Center to secure a spot if they wish to utilize this shuttle service.


We are excited to welcome you to residential life at University of the Ozarks! Move-in for incoming new students is scheduled for January 17, 2020 and January 18, 2020. Dining services opens on January 19, 2020. New students residing in our residential communities for the Spring semester may check in upon arrival at one of the following:

January 17, 2020 8 AM – 4:30 PM: Visit the Office of Student Affairs in the lower level of the Seay Student Center.

January 17, 2020 after 4:30 PM – January 20, 2020 at 8 AM: Contact the Resident Assistant on Duty at 479-979-4003 or 479-979-4005.

Should you have any questions regarding Spring semester arrival and move in, please contact Residential Life Staff at reslife@ozarks.edu or 479-979-1322.

Spring Orientation schedule (Jan. 19, 2020)

10 am – 12 pmInternational Orientation – Rogers Conference Center
11 am – 1 pmPhoto ID Pick-Up – Public Safety Office
12 pm – 1 pmLunch – Borck Dining Hall
1 pm – 1:15 pmPresident’s Welcome – Rogers Conference Center
1:15 pm – 1:30 pmExpectations for Orientation and Compass & Learning Materials Launch Overview – Rogers Conference Center
1:30 pm – 3:30 pmCompass Program/Learning Materials Launch – Robson Library
3:30 pm – 4:30 pmOzarks Experience Introduction Group Session – Rogers Conference Center
4:30 pm – 5:30 pmOzarks Campus Resources and Student Life at Ozarks – Rogers Conference Center
5:30 pm – 7 pmDinner – Borck Dining Hall
7 pm – 8:30 pmStudent Evening Event – TBD

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 studentaffairs@ozarks.edu if you have any questions.

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