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Overview

College enrollment can be confusing, and we know that you have questions. Take a look at the frequently asked questions below, and find the answers to help you register and become an AVIATOR.  If you don't see your question listed, email us at

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COVID-19

Will ASUN be open for Spring 2021? 
Yes! As was our intent in fall, our goal is to provide as much flexibility to meet students’ needs while still following safety guidelines and best practices. We will continue to provide you with an excellent learning experience and are ready to adapt should public health conditions change. If you need assistance, please do not hesitate to e-mail recruiting@asun.edu or call 870-512-7800. Please note face coverings are required while inside campus buildings, and any person wishing to enter a campus building must complete the Self Screening Tool-Going to Campus Checklist.

Will classes be held on campus, and will it be safe for me to attend? 
We are pleased to announce our upcoming schedule includes courses in several different formats, including in-person; online synchronous (class meets online at scheduled times); online asynchronous (class does not meet at scheduled times, except for testing); and a blend of options. Safety is our top priority. To help ensure we can provide quality in-person instruction, ASUN has implemented a number of new safety practices. Our classrooms have been rearranged to ensure social distancing, including spacing seats six feet apart. Our goal is to offer as many in-person and blended courses as our physical space will allow, but this may mean some classes will be held in different rooms than in the past. We are also cleaning and sanitizing surfaces routinely and are encouraging everyone to wipe down their work areas before and after they use them. Hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies are available for everyone to use.

Do I have to wear a mask on campus?
Any person in a public or common space within the buildings on any of the ASUN campuses must wear a cloth or disposable face covering, even when they are not within six feet of others. Learn more about ASUN's face covering requirements. ASUN encourages everyone to bring their own mask. Hand sanitizer and other safety items will be in many places throughout the buildings.

What is the Self-Screening Tool, and do I have to do it? 
To protect the health and safety of students and employees from the direct threat resulting from the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace to the extent reasonably possible, ASU-Newport is requiring mandatory self-screening of all employees, students, contractors, and visitors prior to entering campus buildings for potential exposure to COVID-19 and symptoms of COVID-19. Students, employees, and visitors must complete a self-screening assessment each day they wish to come to campus. To view the campus checklist and self-screening tool, click here. To read more about this tool, including an FAQ document, visit our COVID-19 page. Those with additional questions concerning ASUN and COVID-19, email covid@asun.edu.

How do I decide if I should stay home? 
Anyone feeling ill should stay home and refrain from coming to campus. Please check with your healthcare provider to decide if COVID-19 testing is necessary. If you are unsure about coming to campus, use this screening flyer to help you make this decision. Anyone coming to campus should perform a self-screening prior to arriving at ASUN.

What happens if there is a resurgence of COVID-19? 
The ASUN faculty and staff are preparing to adapt to changing health guidelines. Thanks to their amazing work, we have the flexibility to quickly pivot if conditions change.

Admissions

How do I apply for admission? 
Apply online at www.asun.edu/getstarted! Please select “Get Started and Earn a Degree at ASU-Newport.” This selection will get you to the application, and it will be a great resource for you to read before you apply.

What documents are required for admission?
For students who will complete high school in May 2021 and enroll in college for the first time in Fall 2021, we need the following items:

  • Final High School Transcript
  • College Entrance Scores
  • Shot records

I hear that some schools are waiving ACT & SAT scores. Do I really have to provide scores? What if I cannot take the ACT? 
You may register for an ACCUPLACER test at one of ASUN’s testing centers at the location most convenient for you: Jonesboro, Marked Tree, or Newport. Here’s a link to ASUN’s Testing Center page: www.asun.edu/testing_services.

What programs do you have available? 
Visit our Programs & Degrees page to explore all of ASUN’s programs.

Can I take courses at ASU-Newport and transfer the credits to another college or university? 
Yes, you can! This can be a great strategy for keeping your progress towards your educational goals while staying close to home. ASUN has many articulation agreements for several Transfer Pathway degrees which are accepted for transfer to other state colleges and universities. Click here to learn more about transferring from ASUN to other colleges. Questions about transferring from ASUN, please email us at advising@asun.edu.

Attending Class & Academic Services

What programs do you have available? 
Visit our Programs & Degrees page to explore all of ASUN’s programs.

How will I take my classes?
Through CANVAS, which is ASUN’s online course management system https://community.canvaslms.com/community/answers/guides/.  You will not see any of your courses listed in CANVAS until the first day of class, as it appears on your schedule.

What if I need help with Canvas and technology support? 
Canvas Support - Remember you have access to a variety of resources including Canvas 24/7 support and the ASUN IT services staff who can be contacted directly at 870-512-7783 or
Technology Support - If you need assistance with technology, please email its@asun.edu. The ASUN Information Technology Services also has a number of options available for students to borrow technology necessary for coursework. Please click here for more information. Also, Microsoft Office is free for all ASUN students, click here for more information

Who do I contact if I’m having trouble with my classes? 
If you ever find yourself struggling or needing help with your classes, there are several resources and options available:

When are campus buildings open? 
College business hours are 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, but campus buildings will be accessible to students and visitors following the schedule below. Note: some areas such as the ASUN Bookstore may have different hours than those listed here, and classes may still be in session after doors lock. Students will still be able to leave the building, but there will be no entry after the times listed.

What if there is severe weather? 
Our priority is to provide a safe learning and working environment. However, should the weather become too dangerous for students and staff to travel to and from campus, College Leadership elect to postpone or cancel classes, or close campus early. These decisions are not made lightly, and many factors are considered before making the decision.  If the decision to close/cancel is made, students will receive an email via the ASUN Alert System. The system can also send text messages.

Bookstore

How do I get books? 
The ASUN Bookstore is open, and books must be ordered online and picked up in-person. Please see below for answers to some of your questions:

Can I come into the Bookstore to get my books?
Yes, books need to be ordered online through the ASUN’s bookstore website.

How long does an online order take?
Orders typically take 1 – 3 business days except during peak ordering times when orders can take up to 5 – 7 days. Order early to avoid the rush.

Can I have my books shipped to me?
Yes, your books can be shipped directly to you.

Can I pick up my books on campus?
Yes, you may pick up your books on campus.

Can I come into the Bookstore to buy clothing or supplies?
Yes, as long as there are five or fewer people in the Bookstore.

Cost & Financial Aid

How much will this cost? 
The cost to attend ASUN can be found on our tuition and fees page. To see what payment options are available visit our payment plan page. ASUN will not unregister you for non-payment! However, we advise you to make payment arrangements quickly, and pay off your balance as soon as possible. In order for ASUN to release your official transcript, you must have a zero balance. Students who have a balance of $100.00 or more may not register for any subsequent terms without approval from the business office. You may contact the student accounts office at studentaccounts@asun.edu.

Are financial aid and scholarships available?
ASUN has lots of scholarships! You can read about each scholarship opportunity on our scholarship page. Be sure to complete the 2021-22 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using your 2019 tax information. Also, be sure to enter ASUN’s school code 042034.  Complete FAFSA at www.studentaid.gov.

Student Services

Will Student Services be available? 
We are here to support you along your journey, and we are committed to supplying student support services in a safe and flexible way. All support services are available online, as well as in-person by appointment. Our academic advisors and Navigators also available to help students with any adjustments they may need to make to their class schedules.

Can I bring my children with me when visiting campus for student support services? 
When using student support service areas visitors are strongly encouraged to leave children at home. Children are not allowed in classrooms. If childcare is not available, parents should keep children close at hand and tend to them at all times.

Will  food services be available? 
ASUN will have food service available at both the ASU-Newport and ASUN-Marked Tree.

  • The Hub in Newport
    Monday-Thursday, TBA
  • The Delta Grill in Marked Tree
    Monday-Thursday, TBA

Will there be Student Life activities? 
Student Life will continue to offer several events both on campus and virtually. Visit ASUN's Student Life page for more information