University of Central Arkansas

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School Overview

In-State Tuition
A-List Ranking

Out-of-State Tuition
A-List Ranking

The University of Central Arkansas (UCA), located in Conway, Arkansas, is the fourth largest university in Arkansas, the third largest college system in Arkansas, and one of the larger universities in the United States. This state-run higher education institution has several distinctions and honors that make it stand out from the pack. For starters, the university runs a prestigious UCA Honors College which has received national recognition for its excellence. The Carnegie Foundation stated that the UCA Honors College was one of the most widely imitated programs in the country. The former U.S. Secretary of Education, Terrell Bell, described the Honors College as an Ivy League education at a bargain basement price. Small classes, high SAT and ACT scores, URGE and TAG grants for students, distinguished faculty, and amazing graduate school and medical school admission rates are also trademarks of UCA.


In 2006, U.S. News & World Report ranked UCA 61st for academic excellence in the South. That was the first year UCA ranked and it was the only public university in Arkansas to be ranked in that category. In 2009, the U.S. News & World Report America’s Best Colleges ranked UCA 54th in Master’s Universities in the South. Finally, UCA ranked 23rd for the Top Public Schools in Master’s Universities in the South.

Degree Programs and Colleges

Beyond these honors, UCA is also highly respected for its programs in Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Education. The university is home to four Residential Colleges and several other reputable colleges. Altogether UCA colleges offers over 80 undergraduate majors. UCA colleges include: the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Health and Behavioral Sciences, the College of Fine Arts and Communications, the College of Education, and the College of Business.


Men’s athletic teams are known as the Bears and women’s are known as the Sugar Bears. The Bears and Sugar Bears play in the NCAA at the Division I level as a member of the Southland Conference, with 14 varsity sports involving more than 400 student athletes.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

UCA offers an array of resources to help students defray costs: loans, grants, scholarships and work-study opportunities. All financial aid applicants must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Library System

The Torreyson Library’s stated mission is to serve as the center for illectual life at the university, inviting all community members to take advantage of its resources. Its electronic database offers quick access to all library materials.

Student Housing

There are three residential clusters. Cluster One is made up of Hughes Hall, Arkansas Hall, Short/Denney Hall, State Hall and Farris Hall. Cluster Two is comprised of Bear Hall, New Hall, Baridon Hall, Western Heights Apartments, Stadium Park Apartments and Bear Village Apartments. Cluster Three is made up of Bernard Hall, Carmichael Hall, Conway Hall, Erbach Apartments, Oak Tree Apartments, Torreyson Apartments and Baldridge Family Housing Apartments.

General Information

Admission Office
201 Donaghey Avenue
Bernard 101
Conway, AR 72035
(501) 450-3128
(800) 243-8245
Fax: (501) 450-5228

Contact: Melissa Goff
Director of Institutional Research & Admissions
Main Address
201 Donaghey Avenue
Conway, AR 72035
(501) 450-5000
Total undergrads: 11,047
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 2,111
Degree-seeking undergrads: 9,669
Graduate enrollment: 1,926

Suburban setting
Small city (50,000 – 249,999)
Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee
College has an application fee: No
Enrollment Rates
Percent applicants admitted: 58%
Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 72%

College Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies
African-American Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing
Art – General B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Film Production/Cinematography B
Interior Design B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing
Accounting B
Business – General B
Business Administration/Management A,B
Finance/Banking B
Insurance/Risk Management B
Management Information Systems B
Marketing Management B

Communications & Journalism
Advertising B
Journalism B
Public Relations B

Computer & Information Sciences
Computer/Information Sciences – General B

Business Teacher Education B
Family/Consumer Sciences – Education B
Junior High Education B
Kindergarten/Preschool Education B
Mathematics Education B
Physical Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Social Studies Teacher Education B

English Language & Literature
English Composition B
English Language & Literature – General B
Speech/Rhetorical Studies B

Family & Consumer Sciences
Family/Consumer Sciences – General B
Foods/Nutrition Studies B

Foreign Language & Literature
French B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences
Athletic Training/Sports Medicine B
Clinical Laboratory Science B
Community Health Services B
Health Services – General B
Medical Radiologic Technology B
Nuclear Medical Technology B
Nursing (RN) B
Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology B
Substance Abuse Counseling B,C

History – General B
Liberal Arts & Sciences
General Studies A
Liberal Arts & Sciences B

Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Biological/Physical Sciences B
Global Studies B
Leadership studies B

Natural Resources & Conservation
Environmental Studies B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness
Exercise Sciences B

Philosophy & Religion
Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences
Chemistry B
Physics B

Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services
Public Administration B

Social Sciences
Economics B
Geography B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

A = Associate degree
B = Bachelor’s degree
C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

University of Central Arkansas Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (501) 450-5000
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online:
Address: 201 Donaghey Ave, Conway, AR 72035-0001
Setting: City: Small
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 10,869
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 41%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 16 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 6,306 (58% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Associates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $9,188
Out-of-state Tuition: $15,998
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 98%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $7,623

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

University of Central Arkansas Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at University of Central Arkansas.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 1
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 11
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 102
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 3
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 31
Education 578
Engineering 2
English Language and Literature/Letters 32
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 22
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 21
Health Professions and Related Programs 11052
History 11
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 42
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 12
Library Science 1
Mathematics and Statistics 12
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 41
Natural Resources and Conservation 1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 12
Philosophy and Religious Studies 2
Physical Sciences 2
Psychology 1112
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 11
Social Sciences 161
Visual and Performing Arts 162
Grand total 13372335

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at University of Central Arkansas and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $9,188
Out-of-state $15,998
Books and supplies $1,200

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $6,539
Out-of-state $11,558

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 1,983 98%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,933 96% $7,623
Student loan aid 1,107 55% $8,963

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 7,939 84% $8,116
Federal student loans 4,443 47% $8,258

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for University of Central Arkansas. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled University of Central Arkansas students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 5,397 1,949 3,448
Percent admitted 100% 88% 92%
Percent admitted who enrolled 34% 35% 33%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

University of Central Arkansas Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 10,869
Undergraduate enrollment 9,134
Graduate enrollment 1,735

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

University of Central Arkansas Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
    • Occupational Therapy (OTM) - Programs leading to a Master's Degree
    • Occupational Therapy (OTD) - Programs leading to a Doctoral Degree
    • Occupational Therapy (OTD) - Programs leading to a Doctoral Degree
  • American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
    • Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapist
  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
    • Counseling Psychology (COPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
    • School Psychology (SCPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
    • Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation
    • Theatre (THEA) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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