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Orientation & Move-In

Orientation & Move-In

Orientation

As you make your transition to University of the Ozarks this fall, 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. To ensure the safety of our students, families, and staff who will be joining us for move-in and orientation, 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 and during orientation activities. Should you forget a mask or face covering, a disposable mask will be provided to you and your guests upon arrival. Students traveling to campus with supportive individuals must limit their visitors to two people per student.

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. Check down below for details related to Freshman New Student Orientation, Transfer Student Orientation, Parent Orientation, and the Orientation & Move-In Schedules.

Orientation & Move-In Schedules

Below you will find the summarized versions of the Freshman and Transfer Student Orientations and Families and Parents Orientation Schedules. A complete list of orientation events and locations can be found on the University of the Ozarks – 2021 New Student Orientation Guidebook. The University of the Ozarks – 2021 New Student Orientation guidebook will provide you with orientation schedule information, move-in details, campus resources, and campus updates. The complete detailed Orientation Schedules 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.

Freshman & Transfer Student Orientation Schedules

FRIDAY, AUGUST 20th – WELCOME HOME!

8 AM – 12 PM            New Student Move-In – Assigned Residence Hall

9 AM – 12 PM            Commuter Student Check-In – University Fountain

10 AM – 1 PM           Financial Aid/Admission Office Resource Tents – Picnic Park/MacLean Hall Mall

11 AM – 12 PM        Transfer Student Move-In and Commuter Check-In, Assigned Residence Hall & University Fountain

11 AM – 1 PM            Welcome Picnic – Picnic Park/MacLean Hall Mall

11 AM – 1 PM            Student Photo ID Pick-Up – Student Engagement Center, Seay Student Center

12:45 PM                   Family Farewell – Picnic Park/MacLean Hall Mall

1 – 1:15 PM               President’s Welcome to Families – Picnic Park/MacLean Hall Mall

1 – 3:30 PM              Student Orientation Sessions

5 – 7 PM                    Dinner – Borck Dining Hall/Campus Mall

7:30 – 10 PM             Evening Programming

SATURDAY, AUGUST 21st – GROWTH & SERVICE

7 – 8:30 AM               Breakfast – Borck Dining Hall

7 – 8:30 AM               Late Arrival Check-In – Office of Student Life, Seay Student Center

10 – 11:30 AM          Student Orientation Sessions

11:30 AM – 1 PM      Lunch – Borck Dining Hall

1 – 5 PM                    Student Orientation Sessions

5 – 7 PM                     Dinner – Borck Dining Hall/Campus Mall

7 – 9 PM                     Evening Programming

SUNDAY, AUGUST 22nd – JUSTICE & SABBATH

7 – 8:30 AM               Breakfast – Borck Dining Hall

9:30 – 11:30 AM       Compass & Learning Materials Launch – Robson Library & Student Engagement Center

11:30 AM – 1 PM      Lunch – Borck Dining Hall

1 – 4 PM                    Student Orientation Sessions

5 – 7 PM                    Dinner – Borck Dining Hall

7 – 9 PM                    Evening Programming

MONDAY, AUGUST 23rd – HOSPITATLITY & HONESTY

7 – 8:30 AM              Breakfast – Borck Dining Hall, Seay Student Center

9 – 11:30 AM            Student Orientation Sessions

11:30 AM – 1 PM      Lunch – Borck Dining Hall

1 – 3:30 PM               Student Orientation Sessions

5 – 5:30 PM              Opening Convocation – Campus Mall

5:30 – 8 PM              Evening Programming

Families & Parents Orientation Schedule

FRIDAY, AUGUST 20th

8 AM – 12 PM            New Student Move-In – Assigned Residence Hall

9 AM – 12 PM            Commuter Student Check-In – University Fountain

10 AM – 1 PM           Financial Aid/Admission Office Resource Tents – Picnic Park/MacLean Hall Mall

11 AM – 12 PM        Transfer Student Move-In and Commuter Check-In, Assigned Residence Hall & University Fountain

11 AM – 1 PM            Welcome Picnic – Picnic Park/MacLean Hall Mall

11 AM – 1 PM            Student Photo ID Pick-Up – Student Engagement Center, Seay Student Center

12:45 PM                   Family Farewell to Students – Picnic Park/MacLean Hall Mall

1 – 1:15 PM               President’s Welcome to Families – Picnic Park/MacLean Hall Mall

1:15 PM                     Families and Parents Depart from Campus

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, from August 20 – August 23, 2021, 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. Please refer to the Get Prepared for Move-In and Orientation section for more details on preparing for your journey at Ozarks.

Students have been assigned an orientation group with a specific move-in/commuter check-in timeframe. Please monitor 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 Friday, August 20. Transfer Student Orientation is required, and will take place from August 20 – 23, 2021. Transfer students living off campus will need to check-in with us on Friday, August 20 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the University Fountain. Plan to park in Parking Lot L and follow the signs to check-in. 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 Parent Orientation. 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 Parent Orientation Schedule information, please refer to the Orientation Schedule section for details. 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!

Families & Parents Orientation Schedule

FRIDAY, AUGUST 20th

8 AM – 12 PM            New Student Move-In – Assigned Residence Hall

9 AM – 12 PM            Commuter Student Check-In – University Fountain

10 AM – 1 PM           Financial Aid/Admission Office Resource Tents – Picnic Park/MacLean Hall Mall

11 AM – 12 PM        Transfer Student Move-In and Commuter Check-In, Assigned Residence Hall & University Fountain

11 AM – 1 PM            Welcome Picnic – Picnic Park/MacLean Hall Mall

11 AM – 1 PM            Student Photo ID Pick-Up – Student Engagement Center, Seay Student Center

12:45 PM                   Family Farewell to Students – Picnic Park/MacLean Hall Mall

1 – 1:15 PM               President’s Welcome to Families – Picnic Park/MacLean Hall Mall

1:15 PM                     Families and Parents Depart from Campus


Move-In Overview

The Office of Residential Life is incredibly excited to welcome you to Ozarks this fall! 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.

Students have been assigned a specific move-in/commuter check-in timeframe. Please monitor your email for more information.

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: Friday, August 20, 2021 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Should you have an extenuating circumstance requiring an alternate move-in date and time, please contact us directly by August 2, 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, 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 guests upon arrival.
  • 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 orientation!
  • When you arrive on campus during 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.
    • Guests 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 from the Walton Fine Arts Parking Lot to the Smith/King parking lot.
Transfer Student Move-In Overview

Transfer Student Move-In Date: Friday, August 20, 2021 11:00 am – 12:00 pm.

Should you have an extenuating circumstance requiring an alternate move-in date and time, please contact us directly by August 2, 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, 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 guests upon arrival.
  • Students traveling to campus with supportive guests must limit their visitors to two people per student.
  • Check-in for move-in will be located in 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 orientation!
Returning Student Move-In Overview

Returner Student Move-In Date: Sunday, August 22, 2021 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., in the Rogers Conference Center (RCC) on the second floor of the Seay Student Center.

If you need to arrive outside of the 10:00AM – 4:00PM window, please call one of the RAs on Duty (479-979-4003 or 479-979-4005) and they will meet you in the Student Center to check you in.

Should you have an extenuating circumstance requiring an alternate move-in date and time, please contact us directly by August 2, 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, 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 guests upon arrival.
  • 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.
Mandatory Opening Meetings

Lastly, all returning students have mandatory opening hall meetings on August 23, 2021, at 8:30 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! This meeting will be held virtually and will provide an opportunity for you to meet the Resident Assistants, review Residential Life policies, and answer any questions you may have. A zoom link will be sent to your Ozarks email address inviting you to the All Hall 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.

Monitor your email to ensure you know which move-in/commuter check-in timeframe you have been assigned to for Friday, August 20, 2021.
  • 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 is going to 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 New Student Orientation, please send your request to Connie High, Director of Student Success Center, at 479-979-1300 or email chigh@ozarks.edu.  Any request should be made by August 2, 2021.  


Fall 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 from August 19 – 23, 2021. 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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