U Arkansas (Fayetteville) 2010

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Re: U Arkansas (Fayetteville) 2010

Postby dgthree » Sun May 09, 2010 9:42 pm

^Still having problems with my ID; I guess I'll have to call the helpdesk tomorrow.

The comments about the photobook appear to be jejune to me. It is something unique the school does and in no way should be a deciding factor.

As for the comments/questions about the area I had the chance to visit this week and thought I would share what I experienced. First, I wasn't sanguine about living in NW Arkansas, but I liked the school and the scholarship offer. After visiting I am no longer worried about moving to NW Arkansas. The metro area hardly resembled a rural or "stereotypical" southern area. I am sure the further away from the metro you go the more rural and southern it gets, but Fayetteville and the metro reminded me of other larger mid-south/mid-atlantic cities. Of course being in the bible belt it was hard to go more than a mile without a church, but again it was more pronounced the further from the metro you went.

The university campus as a whole exceeded my expectations and the law school building was one of the nicest I have seen. The only draw back I saw was the library-the study areas and furniture were very old.

I also had the chance to talk to some students from the university when looking at apartments and they had nothing but positive things to say.

Overall, I was very impressed and now feel much more confident in my decision.

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Re: U Arkansas (Fayetteville) 2010

Postby darknightbegins » Sun May 09, 2010 11:56 pm

My account worked just fine. Odd that there is no financial award information posted for me yet. I filled out and submitted a FAFSA to them back in Jan. Doesn't even mention the scholarship they gave me. I've emailed the admission coordinator about this.

Nice to hear your visit went well. The rock bottom tuition prices there are very attractive.

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Re: U Arkansas (Fayetteville) 2010

Postby dgthree » Mon May 10, 2010 6:44 pm

darknightbegins wrote:My account worked just fine. Odd that there is no financial award information posted for me yet. I filled out and submitted a FAFSA to them back in Jan. Doesn't even mention the scholarship they gave me. I've emailed the admission coordinator about this.

Nice to hear your visit went well. The rock bottom tuition prices there are very attractive.


Had my account fixed; error in the transfer of information into ISIS. I also did not have any information about my scholarship or financial aid in ISIS. Did you hear anything back?

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Re: U Arkansas (Fayetteville) 2010

Postby darknightbegins » Mon May 10, 2010 8:30 pm

Kalesha emailed me back. Told me to call 479-575-3806 for financial aid information. After I get off work tomorrow at 1 PM I am going to try and call her and see what is going on. I'll pots what I find out.

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Re: U Arkansas (Fayetteville) 2010

Postby Ford Prefect » Tue May 11, 2010 9:06 am

Changing the subject here - I'd been thinking about picking up a Mac laptop for school and received this email from David Lewis (the computer support specialist) concerning computers and software:

The law school does indeed support both PC and Mac laptops. There are some specifics to consider if you do choose a Mac.

If you choose to take your exams using computer based testing you need to be aware that the testing software is only PC based at this time. If you are a Mac user you will need to setup Boot Camp and Windows so that you may boot into Windows during testing.

This will require that you purchase a full copy of the Windows OS for installation. You can pick up a copy of Windows 7 locally at MegaByte on Joyce St. for ~$119 I believe. If you have a full copy of another version of Windows with the installation code you could also use that for the install.

If you decide on a Mac I can assure that everything is setup correctly for you if you just want to drop it off by my office with the original Mac OS X Install DVD and a copy of Windows with the installation code. Setup usually takes 2-3 hours with all of the updates and anti-virus install that would need to be done.

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Re: U Arkansas (Fayetteville) 2010

Postby dgthree » Tue May 11, 2010 12:02 pm

mdallavis wrote:Changing the subject here - I'd been thinking about picking up a Mac laptop for school and received this email from David Lewis (the computer support specialist) concerning computers and software:

The law school does indeed support both PC and Mac laptops. There are some specifics to consider if you do choose a Mac.

If you choose to take your exams using computer based testing you need to be aware that the testing software is only PC based at this time. If you are a Mac user you will need to setup Boot Camp and Windows so that you may boot into Windows during testing.

This will require that you purchase a full copy of the Windows OS for installation. You can pick up a copy of Windows 7 locally at MegaByte on Joyce St. for ~$119 I believe. If you have a full copy of another version of Windows with the installation code you could also use that for the install.

If you decide on a Mac I can assure that everything is setup correctly for you if you just want to drop it off by my office with the original Mac OS X Install DVD and a copy of Windows with the installation code. Setup usually takes 2-3 hours with all of the updates and anti-virus install that would need to be done.


I own a Mac and I think Boot Camp is the best way to go. If price is not a major concern it will out perform most PC's for a similar price. Another Mac positive is NoteBook by CP; I have a copy and its great. Once you get around some of the corny GUI features its very functional and has some unique features.

Also, 119 is a good price to get in store, but Amazon and NewEgg have it for around 105.

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Re: U Arkansas (Fayetteville) 2010

Postby Thomas.of.Hunter » Thu May 13, 2010 11:24 am

I'm 90% sure that I will be going to Texas Tech now.
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Re: U Arkansas (Fayetteville) 2010

Postby darknightbegins » Thu May 13, 2010 3:08 pm

darknightbegins wrote:Kalesha emailed me back. Told me to call 479-575-3806 for financial aid information. After I get off work tomorrow at 1 PM I am going to try and call her and see what is going on. I'll pots what I find out.


With regards to this I have tried calling the number, left a voicemail and called the number yet again the day later. I have also sent Kalesha an email about the matter and have heard nothing back thus far. I will continue to try and call and I'll post whenever I get a hold of someone.

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Re: U Arkansas (Fayetteville) 2010

Postby Thomas.of.Hunter » Thu May 13, 2010 5:15 pm

I don't know what to do. Anyone know if Fayetteville is better than Lubbock (the towns).
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Re: U Arkansas (Fayetteville) 2010

Postby lookingforlaw » Sat May 15, 2010 12:50 am

Was there some question as to the difference between UALR and Fayetteville? I think this may sum it up.

UALR: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_3Xm_3UKz8

Fayetteville: N/A

Keep it classy, Bowen.

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Re: U Arkansas (Fayetteville) 2010

Postby deadlast » Wed May 19, 2010 9:08 pm

Does anyone know if our scholarship award information should be showing up along with our financial aid information on ISIS? Mine isn't, but I'm not sure if thats abnormal. I would think it would be factored into "Estimated Financial Aid Budget Breakdown", but perhaps its not.

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Re: U Arkansas (Fayetteville) 2010

Postby darknightbegins » Wed May 19, 2010 11:58 pm

Alright I am out at Arkansas. Hopefully my scholarship money and spot going to a deserving person. Good luck to you guys!

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Re: U Arkansas (Fayetteville) 2010

Postby hsprophet » Thu May 20, 2010 9:08 am

darknightbegins wrote:Alright I am out at Arkansas. Hopefully my scholarship money and spot going to a deserving person. Good luck to you guys!


What made you change your mind? Where are you going instead?

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Re: U Arkansas (Fayetteville) 2010

Postby darknightbegins » Thu May 20, 2010 12:50 pm

Well I actually got an email notified that they dropped me. Somehow they knew I had just withdrawn from another school (Texas Tech) and still had seat deposits at other schools (UNM, LSU). But it is just as well as I was going to withdraw from the school. The bottom line for me was just that I could go to UNM for about the same price as Arkansas and I like Albq a bit more than Fayetville and New Mexico is my home state. If I go to school in the South I would rather go to LSU than Arkansas as I really liked that campus alot as well as Baton Rouge and New Orleans. I don't have anything bad to say about Arkansas. I wish you guys luck in the SEC, unless I go to LSU.

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Re: U Arkansas (Fayetteville) 2010

Postby hsprophet » Thu May 20, 2010 4:28 pm

They dropped you because you had seat deposits at other schools? That sounds crazy. Lots of people put deposits at other schools to hold seats until they make a final decision.

Makes me worried since I have deposits at two schools.

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Re: U Arkansas (Fayetteville) 2010

Postby dgthree » Thu May 20, 2010 6:19 pm

I was initially embarrassed, but now it looks like it may be a blessing, I also had my admissions revoked. My situation is a little different, but in my application I put my LSDAS gpa instead of my institution (oversight error on my part) and according to their honor code, intentional or unintentional, I broke it and I was withdrawn. I took summer courses at a local community college and it changed my gpa by .02 (LSDAS was higher). The dean said that since it appeared to be an honest mistake they were only withdrawing me and not reporting me to "law services". Luckily I still had extended deadlines for other schools so I was not completely SOL.

So I went from really liking the school and the area to basically loathing the institution. My gpa error was not completely erroneous (keep in mind they had all my transcripts and LSDAS report), they could of took over action such as withdrawing my scholarship; especially since my error was so minor. Good luck to others in the future :roll:

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Re: U Arkansas (Fayetteville) 2010

Postby darknightbegins » Thu May 20, 2010 7:07 pm

Jesus Christ.

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Re: U Arkansas (Fayetteville) 2010

Postby william wallace » Sun May 23, 2010 6:57 pm

Okay can we please focus on why the UofA is ranked higher than UALR by USNEWS?

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Re: U Arkansas (Fayetteville) 2010

Postby deadpanic » Sun May 23, 2010 7:09 pm

william wallace wrote:Okay can we please focus on why the UofA is ranked higher than UALR by USNEWS?


Well, for one thing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_3Xm_3UKz8

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Re: U Arkansas (Fayetteville) 2010

Postby darknightbegins » Sun May 23, 2010 10:44 pm

I thought it was because UofA was the flagship of the state was the reason it was ranked higher.

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Re: U Arkansas (Fayetteville) 2010

Postby TruffleMomma » Mon Jun 07, 2010 10:54 am

I am a current student at Univ of Ark-Fayetteville. I am a minority, non-traditional, was a non-resident, and came to Fayetteville from Atlanta solely for school. I am on the executive board of the largest fraternity on the campus :D , involved in the law school in general- but not the UA party scene, and willing to try to help out anyone who is seriously considering attending or who has committed and has questions about getting adjusted to the area. I felt like the process of being accepted and making the move to Arkansas was one of little assistance by the school. Very little information came in from the admissions office (yes, I got the photo book too and it does end up very helpful when you arrive) and I felt somewhat blind at the orientation week (I did not have the luxury of an advance visit). I have spoken to the Deans about this, so I am not saying anything here I have not said directly to the school.

I can answer questions about being reclassified "in-state", possibly some technical questions about ISIS, testing, computer use, etc. Also if you want information about the career services, fraternities (of course I will boast on mine), summer opp's and the sort. One thing I noticed on this threat was some commentary on "Bible Belt" concerns... I am Buddhist, so there is definitely some input in this area.

Let me know if I can help! I will log on daily and answer any questions that are in my realm of knowledge and ability.
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Re: U Arkansas (Fayetteville) 2010

Postby doubled99 » Tue Jun 08, 2010 8:58 am

I am actually moving down, from out of state, early in order to get in state residency for the second semester. Can you sort of outline how this process works and when I should submit for the in state residency?

Also, what kind of schedule is given for the orientation week? Is it a drawn out process or do you feel like it was useful and informative?

What do you like most/least about the university so far? How about the professors?

Thank you for any help!

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Re: U Arkansas (Fayetteville) 2010

Postby TruffleMomma » Tue Jun 08, 2010 10:45 am

Dear Doubled99:
Thank you for the questions. In order to get state residency, run- don't walk- to the Driver License office on Razorback Road and get your license and registration taken care of. While it is said that these things don't matter "per se", they DO. I got my license in February thinking I should wait a semester to see if I liked the experience before making residency official. The result was denial of residency for the Summer Sessions (which I appealed and was eventually granted). Get your bank account established, change your voting preference, and these things along with your intention to remain in the state should help you breeze through the process. The reclassification process took a matter of days, not weeks. Going in person seemed to help. I still own a home in Georgia, my husband and son live there, but I am a resident of Arkansas. It can work out.

The orientation process was lengthy, but interesting as I was not from the area and was a bit terrified upon arrival for what I had just committed to- a new life away from my husband and child who remained in Atlanta. You will start LRW classes immediately, so that keeps things interesting. Be sure to ask questions when you arrive. I was determined to figure out everything alone...this made the process more difficult than necessary!

You will get a schedule when you arrive. You will be assigned a section of either 1 or 2 for your first 4 classes and a different section number for your LRW (writing) class. Your book list will vary based on which section you get, and the cost will be remarkably horrible (around 1,000). Professors are undoubtedly tougher the first year- it felt like a weeding-out process. First year students have two brand new professors so I am not sure how they will be. Ultimately, the doors have always been open and professors are available at all times to work with you. You have to ask! Be prepared and keep in mind that the law school process is something planned to be challenging both book-wise but also pressure-wise. It feels like a daily initiation!

Personally, I am so pleased with my choice to attend UA. I love the atmosphere and the area. Something for everyone. I look forward to greeting you in our hallways in just a month or two!!!

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Re: U Arkansas (Fayetteville) 2010

Postby Thomas.of.Hunter » Tue Jun 22, 2010 2:39 am

anyone get a financial aid email yet? I'm still waiting to decide on Texas Tech though.
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Re: U Arkansas (Fayetteville) 2010

Postby deadlast » Tue Jun 22, 2010 10:51 am

Thomas.of.Hunter wrote:anyone get a financial aid email yet?


I received a scholarship letter in the mail a few days ago, confirming my scholarship. It also posted to ISIS. I haven't received any student loan information though. I tried to call the financial aid office yesterday to check on my status and was given someones voice mail, but my call was never returned.




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