Parent and Family Programs

Parent & Family Programs recognizes the crucial role that parents and family members play in their student’s college success. It is our goal to help you be a supportive voice for your student by providing you with resources, relationships, education, and communication. These initiatives will provide you with the knowledge and understanding needed to help your student learn, grow, and ultimately reach their full potential at the University of Arkansas.

Goals of Parent & Family Programs:

  • To encourage healthy and supportive family/student relationships.
  • To serve as the link between the University of Arkansas and parents/families.
  • To provide parents and families with resources, events, and communication to encourage their student’s growth and personal success.

Parent Partnership Association (PPA)
Every parent of an enrolled University of Arkansas student is automatically a General Member of the Parent Partnership Association. Families also have the option of becoming a Cardinal Member of the Association as well. The two membership levels are outlined below.

General Membership:
Razorback Parent e-Newsletter (subscribe at http://parents.uark.edu)

  • Digital Copy of the Parent Handbook
  • Parent Hotline/E-mail
  • Access to family events including Family Weekend, Spring Family Reunion, and Regional Parents Clubs

Cardinal Membership includes all of the above benefits, and:

  • PPA Book Scholarship opportunity for your student
  • Parent Advisory Council involvement opportunity
  • 10% discount and early registration for Family Weekend
  • 10% discount at the University Bookstore (does not include textbooks)
  • Proud Razorback Parent Car Decal
  • Parent Partnership Association Tote Bag
  • Parent ID Card
  • Parent Discount Card (various nationwide hotels and car rental companies)

Cardinal Membership is $55 per family mailing address, even if the family has more than one student enrolled at the University of Arkansas. Visit http://parents.uark.edu for more information and to register for Cardinal Membership in the Parent Partnership Association.

Family Weekend and Spring Family Reunion
Parent & Family Programs sponsors two main events throughout the academic year, Family Weekend and Spring Family Reunion. These events are great times to visit your student, learn about the University of Arkansas campus, and get to know other Razorback families.

Family Weekend
Scheduled for September 19 – 21, 2014, Family Weekend is an opportunity for families to visit their student and make memories while enjoying a variety of family-friendly activities. Friday Night Live, Casino Night, a traditional Tailgate Party, a Razorback football game, and Sunday Brunch are just a few of the activities awaiting your family during this exciting event!

Spring Family Reunion
Parents are invited back to campus in the spring semester to reunite with their students and the University of Arkansas. In addition to partaking in activities like Friday Night Live, guests will enjoy a Tailgate Party prior to the Red v. White Spring football scrimmage.

Information on Family Weekend and Spring Family Reunion is available at http://parents.uark.ed.edu/familyevents.php.

Regional Parents Clubs
As a parent, it is hard to be involved in the University of Arkansas community when you are in a different city, region, or state. In an effort to make things a little easier, Parent & Family Programs created Regional Parents Clubs in various areas across the region to better serve you and your family.

Membership in a Regional Parents Club is extended to any parent or guardian of a University of Arkansas undergraduate student. Some events require a fee to cover the costs of an event, but there are no membership dues to be a member in a Regional Parents Club. Typical events include Razorback sports watch parties, meet and greets with parents and families, care package assembly for students, and more.

Regional Parents Clubs are currently located in the following areas:

  • Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas
  • Kansas City, Missouri
  • Northwest Arkansas
  • Little Rock, Arkansas

For more information about Regional Parents Clubs including upcoming events and how to get involved with the club in your area, visit http://parents.uark.edu/4461.php.