December 2013

Calendar at a Glance 


December 4

Last Day of Classes


December 7 - 16

Final Exams  - Fall 2013

December 13 - 15

Commencement Ceremonies


December 17

Residence Halls Close for Winter Break at 5 p.m.

First Day of Classes - Winter Intersession


January 10

Final Exams - Winter Intersession

Residence Halls Open for Spring 2014 semester


January 12

Registration Ends for Spring Term - Regular Session


January 13

First day of classes - Spring 2014


January 13 - 17

Late Registration


February 15 

Parent and Family Association Scholarship Application Due


Final Exam Schedule

The Fall 2013 final exam schedule can be found here.

Rent cars on campus through Connect by Hertz

Does your student not have a car on campus? Students can use Connect by Hertz to rent an environmentally friendly car by the hour or by the day, all for a low price.


Visit Hertz On Demand or call 877-654-4400 for more information. 

Deck the Mall

Deck the Mall is the event that marks the official start of the winter season at UTA. Students make holiday decorations while enjoying refreshments and karaoke. The holiday event, which is normally on the library mall, moved indoors because of wintry weather. Participants enjoyed holiday treats and music along with a life-size snow globe and other activities in the E.H. Hereford University Center.


David Hong, industrial engineering sophomore, skates on the temporary ice rink at Deck the Mall.

Career Center offers job search resources

If your student is looking for an internship or job, the Career Center can help. Encourage your student to begin preparing now for the Job Fair on February 19, 2014. View the Career Center's tips and tricks for surviving the job fair here.


Is your student looking for on-campus employment? These jobs can be found through the SNAP Job System.


Spend the holidays with UT Arlington Men's and Women's Basketball at College Park Center. The teams have five dates of action over the break and you can enjoy any or all of them for half price! The games are Dec. 21, Jan. 2, Jan. 4, Jan. 8 and Jan. 9. Visit UTATICKETS.COM to get your half price tickets today.

Tobacco Free UT Arlington is in its second year of being a tobacco-free campus, a decision that became official on August 1, 2011.


This change was made to improve the overall health of the University community by restricting the use of cigarettes, smokeless cigarettes, chewing tobacco, or any product containing tobacco on campus.


Click here for more information.  

Don't forget to use your P&F Association ID card to take advantage of the Maverick Discount Program!
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 Applications open for the Spring 2014 Parent and Family Association Scholarship

Encourage your student to apply now for the Parent & Family Association Scholarship for the Spring 2014 semester. The Association awards three, $800 scholarships every fall and spring semester. One scholarship is awarded to a freshman student, one is awarded to an upperclassman student, and one is awarded at random to any student in the Association, All students who have a parent or family member in the Association and are in good standing with the University are eligible to apply.


Students can find the scholarship information and application on the Parent and Family Association website. Applications can be submitted online, or students can download the paper application and turn it in to the Parent & Family Center office (located in the lower level of the University Center, B150).


The deadline to apply for the Spring 2014 Scholarship is February 15, 2014.

University Extends Hours due to Ice Storm

Campus operations returned to normal on Tuesday after the ice storm that started Friday. 
Exams that were scheduled for Monday, Dec. 9, have been rescheduled for Monday, Dec. 16, at the same times and locations.  
The reporting of grades for classes with exams on Monday Dec. 16, will be due by 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 20. This revised due date is only for classes with final exams scheduled on Monday. Grades for all other classes remain due Tuesday, Dec. 17.
Residence halls, libraries, the University Center, and dining facilities will remain open through Tuesday, Dec. 17, to serve and accommodate students with exams on Monday. 
As a result of some exams being rescheduled for Monday, the first day of the winter intersession will be delayed by one day and will now begin on Tuesday, Dec. 17, to ensure classroom availability. Instructors will work with their individual classes to identify ways to make up for the lost day of class for the intersession.
All students who are registered to participate in Commencement ceremonies will be allowed to participate, even if they will still be taking exams on Monday, Dec. 16.

Congratulations Graduates!



The December Commencement Ceremonies will take place on December 13 - 15, 2013 in the College Park Center. All Candidates for graduation are encouraged to invite their family and friends to help them celebrate this significant milestone and momentous occasion. Parents and guests can find ticket information here


December 2013 Commencement Schedule


Friday, Dec. 13

7:30 p.m.

College of Nursing


Saturday, Dec. 14

10:00 a.m.College of Business
2:30 p.m.College of Engineering 
7:00 p.m.College of Liberal Arts 


Sunday, Dec. 15

11:30 a.m.School of Urban and Public Affairs, School of Social Work, University College
3:30 p.m.College of Education and Health Professions
7:00 p.m.College of Science and School of Architecture

Home for the Holidays

For many families, winter break will be the first time students will spend an extended period of time back home. While parents and students are no doubt excited to spend time together, it is not uncommon for parent and students to have different expectations about what the winter break will look like. Discussing your expectations ahead of time can help you and your student plan for the transition during the first long visit home.


Here are some common expectations of students to get you started with your conversation. Expect students to:


  • Want to sleep a lot
  • Want to reconnect with friends
  • Want to spend time with significant others
  • Want a new curfew
  • Want to eat a lot of home cooking
  • Want to hang out all night with other people than you
  • Want to have some space to do nothing
  • Be surprised with what has changed
  • Want you to do their laundry
  • Want you to keep their things as they left them

Cohen, H. (2010). The happiest kid on campus: A parent's guide to the very best college experience (for you and your child). Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks, Inc. 

Scholarship opportunities for your student

Any student who is affiliated with the Parent & Family Association may apply for the Parent & Family Association scholarship. Three $800 awards will be given every fall and spring semester. Each semester, one scholarship is awarded to a freshman student at random, one is awarded to an upperclassman student at random, and one is awarded at random from all students in the Association. The Spring 2014 application can be found online and is due by Feb. 15, 2014.


Free Scantrons and blue books for your student

Students may pick up these testing materials in the Parent & Family Center, which is located in the lower level of the University Center, Suite B150. They do not need your membership card or any form of ID to receive these materials.


Participation in the Mav Discount Program

Several Arlington-areas vendors will provide discounted rates to anyone with a UT Arlington ID, including students, staff, and Parent & Family Association members. Just mention that you have a UT Arlington ID to any of these vendors to receive the discount.


Monthly E-Newsletters 

You will receive monthly e-newsletters like this one, keeping you informed about campus events and deadlines, changes to policies and procedures, and resources for you and your student.


10% discount at UTA Bookstore

You will receive a 10% discount at the UTA Bookstore on apparel and gifts with your membership card.


Please also remember that if you ever have questions or concerns, the Parent & Family Center is standing by to help.  Just call 817-272-2128 or email parents@uta.edu, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

UTA ranked among country's top 10 transfer colleges 

The U.S. News and World Report recently listed the 10 colleges with the most transfer students in fall 2010, and UTA came in fifth. Other schools in the list included Arizona State University, University of Central Florida, University of Houston, and University of North Texas.

Last academic year, 3,701 out of 6,348 incoming UTA students were transferring from a higher-education institution. Read more about transfer students at the Shorthorn, UTA's student newspaper.

Happy Holidays!

The Parent & Family Center wishes you and your family a healthy and happy holiday season!