Watch the video above to hear from University of Arkansas Dean of Students Melissa Harwood-Rom and her husband Curt Rom, Associate Dean for International Education as they talk to parents about students and alcohol.

Dear Class of 2020 Parents,

Sending your child off to college for the first time is never an easy thing to do. In the next four years, your child will grow and change in large part based on personal interactions and the environment in which he or she is living. We recognize that the culture at the University of Arkansas will have a big impact on your child’s growth.
We take every part of the University of Arkansas experience very seriously, and we have implemented a comprehensive prevention program to help our students – your children – make the safest, healthiest decisions possible.
One way we do that is through our partnership with EverFi, whose mission is to help students address critical life skills such as alcohol abuse prevention, financial literacy, digital citizenship, etc. in high schools and higher education institutions across the country. Each year over half a million students complete AlcoholEdu for College - their online, non-opinionated, science-based alcohol abuse prevention course. This 2-3 hour program uses the latest prevention techniques and research to educate students about the impact of alcohol on the mind and body.
As part of our comprehensive alcohol prevention program, the University of Arkansas expects each member of the first-year class to complete this course. Whether your student drinks or not, AlcoholEdu will empower them to make well-informed decisions about alcohol and help them better cope with the drinking behavior of their peers.
Every incoming first-year student should take AlcoholEdu for College and pass the course. We have communicated directly with your child regarding the information and instructions he/she needs to complete this course. To help ensure that your child meets this requirement, please remind your son or daughter that all students must complete Part 1 of the course by August 21, 2015.
While we are committed to making a difference with our students, we also understand that parents are the first line of defense against alcohol misuse and abuse. EverFi offers additional content that is designed to support your conversations about alcohol that will help shape the decisions your child must make in college surrounding alcohol use.
The content is available at and includes:

  • An overview of the AlcoholEdu for College course structure and key concepts.
  • A demo video that provides you with a overview of the course experience your child will be moving through.
  • Helpful resources, such as tips on talking to your college student about alcohol, warning signs of an alcohol problem and links to additional resources.
We are confident that AlcoholEdu for College will help ensure your child’s success at the University of Arkansas and in the future. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact New Student & Family Programs at 479-575-5002 or by e-mail at