Once you’ve been accepted to attend Ouachita, you may have some questions about what is next. Check the below for answers about getting a visa, signing up for classes and more.
Once you have been accepted to Ouachita and have presented financial guarantee documents (bank statement, certification of finances, affidavit of support) showing that you have adequate resources to support your studies at OBU for one academic year, your admissions counselor will issue your Form I-20 and will send you the receipt from your SEVIS Fee.
Contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate to make an appointment for an F-1 non-immigrant student visa.
Take the following items to your interview:
Be prepared to talk about why you are coming to Ouachita and what you plan to study.
If your visa is approved, notify your admissions counselor and send a scanned copy of your student visa by email.Find your nearest U.S. Embassy Learn more about F-1 student visas
How do I sign up for classes?
You can begin signing up for fall classes during pre-registration in April. Your advisor will contact you by email and help you to come up with a schedule that meets your goals. You will then fully complete registration online through your web portal before classes start in August.
If you are an ESL student, you will probably be placed in classes once you arrive on campus. This ensures that we get you into the right classes and levels challenge you to succeed.
What is my web portal?
Your web portal has all of your most important information online, including information about your course schedule, payments, housing and more. Learn more about your portal in the next tab, and access it at info.obu.edu.
Who is my advisor?
All OBU students have an academic advisor who helps them make their schedule every semester and to help make sure they’re moving towards graduation with their classes.
As a new international student, Mrs. Sharon Cosh is your advisor. Mrs. Cosh is coordinator of the ESL program, and she will help get you settled into academic life at OBU in a way that challenges you without overwhelming you. You can contact Mrs. Cosh via email at email@example.com.
What are CORE classes, and why do I have to take them?
Ouachita is a liberal arts university, which means that all of our students study a variety of topics before going deep into their chosen field of study. For a list of CORE classes that will be required during your time at OBU, look online at Ouachita’s catalog.
Web Portal Functions
You’ll use your web portal for many things while you’re at Ouachita, including:
Your parents can also use the portal if you give them access. This allows them to see and pay your bill and to see your class schedule, mid-term and final grades, unofficial transcripts, financial aid award letter and more.
Set Up Your Tigermail Email/MOODLE Account
All official correspondence from OBU will go to your new Tigermail account, so start checking it regularly. MOODLE is the online learning platform many of your professors will use to deliver course content, grades and more.
Send your credit card information by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You will then be charged $100 as a tuition deposit, $50 as a housing deposit and $200 for SEVIS. You will be sent a receipt for all three transactions. Your tuition and housing deposits are refundable. The SEVIS payment is non-refundable, as OBU makes the $200 payment on your behalf to the U.S. government.
An updated account statement is posted to the student’s OBU web portal account monthly. A monthly e-statement will also be sent to emails on file. Please check the ‘contact 1’ and ‘contact 2’ email addresses listed in the student web portal for accuracy. Learn more about the web portal on the previous tab.
The university’s official policy states that payment for each semester must be made in full before beginning classes for the following semester. We offer two payment options:
Accounts not paid in full by the first class day of the semester will automatically be placed on the monthly payment plan. A $20 late fee will be applied for missed monthly payments
Certainly! You can pay your bill by wiring money for the entire semester, or month by month. Here are the details for sending a wire transfer:
Bank of the Ozarks
1410 Albert Pike
Hot Springs, AR 71913
Routing # – 082907273
Acct # – 2055014522
Final Beneficiary – Ouachita Baptist University, Operating Account
Have you called your credit card company to let them know that you’ll be using it overseas? If not, you should do so. Explain that you’re an international student and let them know how long you plan to be at OBU.
Absolutely! Here’s what you need to take with you to a local bank in order to open a local bank account:
All of our international students are required to buy medical insurance. This insurance will help if you are in an accident or if you wish to see a physician for a personal illness. Many overseas health policies will not cover these costs.
There are two payments during the year: fall payment and spring/summer payment. This way you are covered the entire year as a student at OBU. There are no other alternative payment plans. The cost for the fall semester is $630 and the cost for the spring/summer is $630. You will not be able to attend class until this is paid each semester.
Where is Ouachita: Arkadelphia is a small town located one hour away from Little Rock, which is the capital of Arkansas, and about forty-five minutes away from Hot Springs, another popular city.View Arkadelphia on Google Maps Learn more about Arkadelphia
Shopping: There is a Walmart store close to campus, and a ride will be provided if you need to buy anything on the first day that you’re here. You can check prices online to avoid wasting room in your suitcase with things you can buy here.Visit Walmart.com
Bedding & Toiletries: Do not worry about bringing bedding or towels; they will be provided by the school. We also will provide some shampoo and soap.
Prescriptions & Glasses: Do you take prescription medicines or wear glasses? You may want to have your prescriptions translated into English to simplify things. You can easily and inexpensively find medicine for common problems like colds, headaches, stomach problems, etc. in the U.S. You might consider having your eye doctor write out the prescription for your glasses in case you end up needing a new pair while you’re here.
Local Weather: August is a warm month in Arkadelphia; the average temperature is 92°F (33°C), so you are welcome to bring light clothes. By the October or November, you will probably need warmer clothes. It would be good to have a heavy coat, but you can always buy more here.View the weather forecast for Arkadelphia
August 15: New International Students & TCKs Arrive
Please make every effort to arrange for your flight to arrive in Little Rock by 6 p.m. on Aug. 15. An OBU representative will pick you up from the airport and help you get checked in to your residence hall. As soon as you have flight information, please email it to Amy Gattis at email@example.com.
August 16: International Orientation
International Student Orientation is specifically tailored to the needs of new international students and TCKs and will be fun and informative.
August 17-21: Welcome to Ouachita’s World
WOW is the orientation program for all new students at Ouachita. It is a great time to get to know other incoming American students.
August 23: Classes Begin
September 4: Labor Day – No Classes
October 20-21: Fall Break – No Classes
November 26-27: Thanksgiving Holiday – No Classes
December 11-15: Final Exams