Returning Student

We'll work with you every step of the way to make sure you have what you need to unleash your full potential.At Arkansas Tech University, we believe in providing the tools and support to empower you to create the future you dream of. 

We got you. We see the challenges you've overcome to get to this point. And we know how it feels to take that next step because we've been there, too. Welcome Back!


The Arkansas Tech faculty are experts in their field. And with an 18 to 1 student to faculty ratio, they’ll have the time to provide you with personal attention and advice. For added flexibility, there's no better option than an online degree at ATU. You will benefit from the same academic resources with the ability to earn a degree on your own time.


Are you ready?

If you’re ready to get started, we’ll support you every step of the way.

Below are a few steps to help you begin.

Step 1: Submit the Returning Student Application

The first step in becoming an ATU student is applying to attend. Our application is available 24 hours a day for your convenience.

Helpful info:

  • Students who want to study at the ATU Ozark campus in Ozark, Arkansas, please complete the Ozark Application
  • Students who want to study at the ATU Russellville campus in Russellville, Arkansas, please complete the Russellville Campus Application

Apply today

Have questions about applying? Contact the Russellville Campus Admissions Office at (479) 968-0343 or You may contact the Ozark Campus Admissions Office at (479)508-3330 or 


Step 2: Apply for Financial Aid

The federal government authorizes billions of dollars every year to help students earn their college degree. This first step in applying for federal aid is filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Helpful info:

Apply for Federal Aid

Have questions about the financial aid process? The Financial Aid office is here to help. You can contact them at (479) 968-0399 or


Step 3: Activate Your OneTech Portal

 Once you’ve applied, you’ll receive an email decision about five days after submitting your application. In that email, you’ll get instructions to activate your OneTech Portal.

Helpful info:

  • OneTech is how you get information about aid, communicate with your professors, and view your classes.
  • Your admission decision email will have all of the instruction you need to activate your portal login.

Already got your admission decision email? Visit the site below to activate your OneTech account.

Activate OneTech

Have questions about activating your OneTech account? The Office of Information Systems is here to help. You can contact them at (479) 968-0646 or


Step 4: Register for Classes

Once you’ve applied and been admitted, you’ll be able to find your advisor. Our advisors will work with you to schedule classes, answer questions you may have, and support you every step of the way.

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Step 5: Stay the Course

Once you’ve started your course work, there are lots of resources to help you achieve your goals. Don't wait until you need help - get familiar with the offices at ATU that are ready to help you succeed. You can start using these free resources on your first day of classes.

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take your next steps with ATU

With supportive professors and a campus culture that puts students first-- ATU is the initial step in a journey that will lead you to your best self and beyond. If you're ready to transform your life by earning your degree, you've come to the right place.