Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I find out who my advisor is?
- How do I change my major?
- How do I declare a minor?
- How do I declare a double major?
- How do I apply for graduation?
- Can I get credit for lower-level humanities/social science courses that are not on the approved list?
- How do I transfer credit to the University of Arkansas?
- How can I get permission to take more than the allowed number of hours (term overload)?
- When can I take the FE (Fundamentals of Engineering) exam?
- What is FERPA?
For any additional questions, please visit the Office of Student Records in Bell 3189 or call (479) 575-6012.
How do I find out who my advisor is?
It's simple to find out who your academic advisor is using UAConnect. After logging into UAConnect, simply navigate to the Student Center. On the lower right hand side of the page, there will be a block titled "Advisor". There your advisor will be listed. If the block says "None assigned", please contact your academic department, and they will assign one for you.
For questions concerning advisors or advisement, please contact your department, especially if you do not have an advisor assigned. Each department is responsible for assigning advisors for its students.
For other UAConnect tutorials, help, or information, please visit the help page or contact the Office of Student Records in Bell 3189 for assistance.
How do I change my major?
If you want to change majors within the College of Engineering (i.e. from electrical engineering to mechanical engineering) or you want to change into the College of Engineering from another college (i.e. from architecture to civil engineering), please come to the Student Records Office in Bell 3189 and complete the program/plan change request form. The office staff will process your major change in UAConnect.
However, if you would like to change out of the College of Engineering, you'll need to contact the Dean's office of the college you wish to transfer to in order to find out their procedures.
How do I declare a minor?
To declare a minor, you will need to fill out a Minor Form which can be picked up from the Office of Student Records in Bell 3189. We must have a copy of this form on file for you to officially declare the minor. Also make sure to have the form completedbefore applying for graduation or your minor will not be recognized.
How do I declare a double major?
Any major in addition to an engineering major (even another engineering major) is actually a dual degree. For example, if you decide to pursue a physics degree in addition to an engineering degree, you will need to contact the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office to declare it as a second degree rather than a second major. Be sure to clarify that you are declaring a second degree, so the Dean’s Office can fill out the form appropriately and submit it to the Registrar's Office to have it updated in UAConnect.
How do I apply for graduation?
You initiate a graduation application by logging on to UAConnect and going to your Student Center. See detailed instructions on the Registrar’s website.
Summary: From the Student Center in UAConnect, under Academics, there is a drop down box – select “Apply for Graduation.” At the ‘Submit an Application for Graduation” page, note the current degree and major listed on our records. If this information is incorrect you will need to stop your application and contact your Dean’s Office to have it corrected. If you do not see the Apply for Graduation link beside your current degree and major you have not earned enough hours to apply for graduation at this time.
- Any last minute changes (adding or dropping minors, honors, etc.) must be processed before you apply for graduation. Contact the Dean’s Office in BELL 3189 to complete the Plan Change form or email email@example.com to make changes. Please do this before you apply for graduation.
- When applying, your “Graduation Term” is the semester in which all the course work required for your degree is completed. All course work for any minors must also be completed to graduate with the minor.
- Commencement takes place each year in May and December; however, you can still walk in the ceremony of your choice if you apply for a different term. For example, if you plan to complete your degree requirements in the summer, you can still select to walk in the Spring/May commencement.
- Your diploma will be mailed to you from the Registrar’s Office six to eight weeks following the end of the semester you graduate. Therefore, it is important that you provide an accurate, long term address in your application.
If you have applied to graduate, but need to change your graduation term—please complete and return this form to the Registrar's Office.
Can I get credit for lower-level humanities/social science courses that are not on the approved list?
No. The lower-level humanities/social science courses are part of the state minimum core and no substitutions are allowed. Check with your department for their specific combination requirements.
How do I transfer credit to the University of Arkansas?
For some colleges and universities, the University of Arkansas has a transfer equivalency agreement. If you go to http://registrar.uark.edu/438.php you can view the courses that will be accepted for transfer from the listed institutions.
However, if a course is not on the list, contact your advisor in your academic department. You may need to fill out a transfer petition form. Additionally, each department evaluates the courses that it will or will not accept as credit toward a major. Depending on the accreditation of your prior institution, what the course(s) covered, and other factors will determine the possibility of transfer credit for major coursework. Please contact your academic department prior to taking courses at another institution. For more information on University policies for transfer credit and for resources for transfer students, please visit http://registrar.uark.edu/440.php
How can I get permission to take more than the allowed number of hours (term overload)?
Students are permitted to take up to 18 hours each regular academic semester (fall or spring) or 12 hours for the entire summer term (6 per summer session). For approval to take up to 21 hours during fall or spring academic semesters, or up to 14 for the entire summer term (7 per summer session), complete the "College of Engineering Exceeds Enrollment Form" and return it to the Student Records Office in Bell 3189. If approved, your enrollment cap will be increased to the requested number of hours in UAConnect, and you will be able to self-enroll. However, if your request is denied, you will receive an e-mail.
In order to request to take more than 21 hours during the fall or spring academic semesters, more than 14 for the entire summer term, or more than 7 for one or more summer sessions, additional steps will be taken. You will need to complete both the College of Engineering Exceeds Enrollment Form and the Overload Petition (from the Office of the Registrar). Each case will be evaluated and then sent on to the Academic Standards Committee, which meets periodically throughout the semester. The Committee will then approve or deny the request, and you will be notified of the decision.
For any other questions concerning overloads, contact Thomas Carter III by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (479) 575-5009.
When can I take the FE (Fundamentals of Engineering) Exam?
Undergraduate students receiving an ABET accredited degree (see Accreditation) can sign up to take the Fundamentals of Engineering FE exam prior to graduation. The success/pass rate decreases significantly among those who wait to take the exam after they graduate. Please contact your academic departmental office for questions about the version of the exam you should register for and the recommended time, in your academic program, that you should take the exam.
To initiate test registration:
Students must create an account on the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) website. Once an account is created, you may register and pay for the exam directly with NCEES. NCEES will send an email back to the student in two to three days giving them an opportunity to pick a time and location for the examination.
The University of Arkansas has a PearsonVUE testing center on our campus at Testing Services (http://test.uark.edu/) where you may take the exam. It is located at 1435 W. Walton Street, on Razorback Road across from the football practice fields.
The following are links to important information available at NCEES:
- Information regarding the FE Exam including videos
- Request a FREE FE Reference Handbook
- NCEES examinee guide of policies and procedures -
Registration as an Engineering Intern (EI)
Registration as an EI with the State of Arkansas is not automatic. Once you have passed the FE exam and received your EAC of ABET degree, you may choose to register with the Arkansas State Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Professional Surveyors at: http://www.pels.arkansas.gov/Pages/default.aspx. There will be a separate fee for registering with the Arkansas Board.
If you still have questions, you may contact NCEES for FE questions and the Arkansas Board for IE questions:
- NCEES Client Services: 800-250-3196
- Arkansas Board: Virginia Davis 501-683-3861, Virginia.Davis@arkansas.gov
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What is FERPA?
FERPA stands for Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, which is a federal law that protects the privacy rights of a student's educational record. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under any program administered by the U.S. Department of Education. Under FERPA, schools may disclose without consent "directory" or "public" information about a student (such as name, address, dates of attendance), provided that the student has reasonable opportunity to restrict, in writing, the disclosure of such information.
You can restrict the information the University releases through UAConnect by visiting the Personal Information area of the Student Center and clicking Privacy Settings from the drop-down menu. You can elect to restrict only limited information (such as address or phone) or restrict all directory information from release to campus directories or third parties. FERPA restrictions can be updated at any time by clicking the EditFERPA Directory Restrictions link in the Student Center.
Restricting your FERPA information has several implications. Some FERPA restrictions may prevent your name from going on the sidewalk, your name and degree information from going in the commencement bulletin, public release of Dean's List recipients, and any news release concerning awards, internships, etc., unless you fill out the appropriate paperwork or only restrict selected information such as phone number and current address. So be aware that if you restrict your FERPA information, it could have some undesirable effects.
For more information about FERPA see the Undergraduate Catalog of Studies or contact the Registrar's Office at (479) 575-5451.