When we moved to Arkansas my family and I weren't sure what steps we needed to take to move forward. We just knew that we had to. Making the choice to go to UA Rich Mountain was one of the best decisions I could have made. The faculty and staff are so friendly and knowledgeable; it made returning to school after 10 years less frightening. When I started my journey I was pregnant with my second daughter, my instructors were very understanding and more than helpful when I asked to take my finals early because I was due right at the end of the semester, and they also accommodated me as a nursing mother.
When I began the LPN program the following year, I was absolutely astounded at the help and support I received from not only my instructors, but the entire staff at Rich Mountain. The small ratios and the personal contact with everyone on campus made going through nursing school a less stressful ride. There isn't a single thing the staff isn't willing to do to help you with your college experience. I was terrified that at the age of 27 with two children, I would be too old or too busy to change my career path. Just two short years later, I have maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout my college experience; and I am a Licensed Practical Nurse, working at a job I love. I am moving forward with my education and I am going to get my RN. I couldn't have done it without Rich Mountain.
My name is Yanel Rios and I am a graduate from Wickes High School. Currently I am attending UA Rich Mountain to receive my Business Administration Associates. UA Rich Mountain is a great place to study. The faculty focuses exclusively on teaching and providing personal attention to students while offering a wide variety of support services. I love the college’s small class sizes which provide an atmosphere in which you can easily ask questions and talk to your instructors and classmates, not only does this help you to grasp concepts, but also to build relationships.
After I had heard all the things that UA Rich Mountain could do to help me meet my higher education goals, I was sold on attending. You can get all your basics at a lower cost than almost any other college in the state while receiving the same high quality education as at any other college or university. I could get all my basics down for my business degree in the future while saving money to transfer to a 4-year university. My family’s business requires me to be home or near home in case my help is needed. UA Rich Mountain makes it easier because it’s close to home and small so it is easy for me to maneuver around the college to get to where I need to go. UA Rich Mountain staff has made my transition to the UA Fort Smith so much easier for me to transfer by advising me on the basics I need to stay on track for my degree and helping me with admission and financial aid requirements to UA Fort Smith.
I chose UA Rich Mountain because of all the effort they spent to help me. The attention and perseverance they put in, such as helping me receive scholarships and taking the correct classes was incredible. There is many ways to get involved at UA Rich Mountain and I feel like they offer a variety of clubs and programs. For me, the biggest worry about college was to receive a 4 year degree in engineering and get out debt free, and thanks to UA Rich Mountain they have set me on the right track for that possibility to become a reality. Also the staff is amazing here, you’re able to get along with everyone and have the opportunity to grow a relationship with them. This comes in very handy when it comes to your professors because they are always on call to help you whenever needed. There is often some event going on at the college whether it is a movie night, Halloween haunted hayrides, senior day, and we just recently had Craig Karges visit the school. UA Rich Mountain is obviously electric when it comes to getting students involved and putting them on the path to success. The past year and a half at UA Rich Mountain has been absolutely wonderful. As bad as I wanted to run off to the UA in Fayetteville right out of high school, I am glad I didn’t and chose UA Rich Mountain for my first two years of college. It would have been a huge mistake and I would have missed out on all the great opportunities and help that I have received here at UA Rich Mountain.