First Week – 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 find answers to all your questions at this special event!

All first-year students, commuter and residential, are required to participate in FIRST Week 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 8:00 a.m. and last until 10 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 & 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 & 5 pm January 17-20.

See our full list of shuttles available.

FIRST Week schedule

Friday, August 16

9 am-noon New Student Move-In

9 am-noon Commuter Student Check-in

11 am-1 pm Lunch

1-3 pm Official University Welcome, Student/Parent Sessions

3-5 pm Matriculation Ceremony

5-7 pm President’s Welcome Picnic and

Family Goodbyes

7-10 pm Student Evening Programming

Saturday, August 17

9 am-12 pm Compass Program/Learning Materials Launch

12 – 12:45 pm Lunch

12:45-4:30 pm Student Orientation Sessions

5-6:45 pm Dinner

7-10 pm Student Evening Programming

Sunday, August 18

9:15-11 am Student Orientation Sessions

11 am-noon Chapel

11:30 am-1 pm Lunch

1-2:30 p.m. Academic Freedom Panel

1-5 pm Student Orientation Sessions

5-6:45 pm Dinner

7-10 pm Student Evening Programming

Monday, August 19

8-10 am Transfer/New Int. Student Orientation

8 am-12 pm Student Resource Fair

8 am-4:30 pm University Offices Open

4-5 pm Opening Convocation

5-7 pm Welcome Back Tailgate

6-7 pm Soccer Scrimmage

7-9 pm Student Evening Programming

Tuesday, August 20th

Classes begin

All Students

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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