The University of Arkansas, often referred to as U of A, UARK, or simply UA, is a public, four-year, coeducational, research university located in Fayetteville, Arkansas. According to the Carnegie Foundation, U of A is classified as a research university with “very high research activity.” It is also the flagship campus for the University of Arkansas System. The university was first established as the Arkansas Industrial University in 1871. Twenty eight years later, in 1899, its name was changed to the University of Arkansas. U of A is well-known for its exceptional academic and professional programs in business, architecture, agriculture, communication disorders, history, law, creative writing, and Middle Eastern studies.
Current enrollment at U of A is roughly 24,500, making it one of the largest universities in the State of Arkansas, and the entire country. U of A is located on a 345 acre campus which is home to over 130 buildings, including Old Main, the university’s oldest building and a recognized symbol of higher education in Arkansas. U of A offers over 200 academic programs and has an attractive student-to-faculty ration of 17 to 1. While average tuition rates across the nation rose at nearly 7% between 2009 and 2010, tuition rates at U of A did not increase due to a large financial donation from the university’s Athletics Department. However, in 2010, tuition increases of 3 to 6 percent were announced by the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees in order to compensate for a decrease in state funding of higher education. During the 2011 academic year, University Arkansas experienced a nearly 5% increase in tuition and fees, on par with the rest of the nation.
Academics and Rankings
The University of Arkansas offers an extensive selection of bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and law degrees in over 210 areas of study. Most of U of A’s programs are offered through one of the university’s 10 academic colleges and schools. Many of U of A’s programs are nationally recognized as the best within their respective subject areas. And recently, the University of Arkansas has been recognized as one of the nation’s “50 Best Public College Values” institutions, a “Best Southeastern College”, a “Top-Tier National University”, and one of the “Best 371 Colleges”. Many of the university’s individual academic colleges have also ranked among America’s best. These include the following:
- Sam M. Walton College of Business – ranked 42nd business school in the nation among public and private business schools and 24th in the nation among public business schools. The U of A business school has also be recognized for its Public Marketing program, which was recently ranked 6th in the nation, as well as its Public Corporate Strategy program, which was also ranked 6th. Other highly ranked University of Arkansas business programs include their 15th ranked Supply Chain Management program, and their 25th ranked MBA program.
- Fay Jones School of Architecture – ranked 20th in the nation among undergraduate architecture programs and also ranked in America’s World Class Schools of Architecture list of top architecture schools.
- University of Arkansas School of Law – ranked as a top 100 “Best Law School” by U.S. News & World Report in 2010.
- J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences – the Creative Writing program has been ranked 5th in the nation by College Confidential.
Other University of Arkansas academic colleges that have received special distinction or have been nationally ranked include the College of Engineering and Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences.
Academic Colleges and Campuses
The following academic colleges are located on the University of Arkansas’ main campus in Fayetteville:
- Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences offers programs for students interested in animals, plants, food, and the natural and human environment. The college offers 14 majors, a top faculty and several nationally ranked programs.
- Fay Jones School of Architecture offers education programs in several fields of architecture. The school has received special distinction for having achieved 100% job placement for graduates in recent years.
- J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences is a distinguished academic college offering programs for students interested in earning a degree and gaining an education in liberal arts. In 2012, the Fulbright College granted more undergraduate degrees than any other U of A college.
- Sam M. Walton College of Business, a distinguished national business school, is funded by and named after Sam M. Walton, the founder of Wal-Mart. The Sam Walton College of Business is ranked in the top 50 among all business programs nationally, and the top 25 of undergraduate business programs.
- College of Education & Health Professions offers a variety of reputable degree-granting programs at the undergraduate and graduate degree level for students interested in education, training and teaching at all levels.
- College of Engineering at University of Arkansas is ranked 98th in nation, and their Industrial Engineering graduate program ranked 26th.
- University of Arkansas Graduate School is a center for postgraduate education at the University. The school offers over 140 programs through six academic colleges.
- School of Law at University of Arkansas has an enrollment of roughly 445 and offers Juris Doctorate (J.D.) and Master of Law (LL.M) programs. The University of Arkansas School of Law is the only law school in the nation to offer the LL.M in agricultural law.
University of Arkansas has two other recognized divisions: the Honors College and Global Campus. Neither of these divisions award degrees but they do provide distance education programs and degree programs with honors coursework. About 15% of U of A undergraduate students are members of the Honors College. On average, freshmen entering the Honors College have an ACT score of 32 and a 4.1 high school GPA.
In total, University of Arkansas is composed of 11 branches and 4 ancillary units, which include the University of Arkansas at Monticello, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock and a branch campus in Pine Bluff.
In addition to 4-year campuses, the U of A also includes several 2-year campuses (community colleges) located in Batesville, Hope, Morrilton, De Queen (Cossatot Community College), and the Phillips Community College located in Helena, Arkansas.
Other schools and units within the U of A System include the Criminal Justice Institute, the Arkansas Archaeological Survey, the Clinton School of Public Service, and the Winthrope Rockerfeller Institute.
The Main Campus
The main campus of University of Arkansas is situated in the hilltops of western Fayetteville. The campus is composed of over 130 buildings, including 11 which have received special recognition by the National Register of Historic Places (the United States federal government’s list of structures and buildings worthy of preservation). Together these eleven buildings constitute the University of Arkansas Campus Historic District.
Early development of University of Arkansas campus began to take shape with the construction of Old Main in 1873. Old Main was built with local sandstone and brick in the Second Empire architectural style. Despite plans to tear down Old Main in the early 1930s, the building remains today and serves as the campus’ signature building. Other historic buildings built in the same style as Old Main include the Vol Walker Hall, Agriculture Building, Engineering Hall, Home Economics Building , and Chemistry Building. Other noteworthy structures include the Fine Arts Center, which was designed by Edward Durrell Stone, a local architect that designed many famous buildings throughout the United States.
The University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville is situated adjacent to Dickson Street, which is considered one of the two most popular entertainment districts in the entire state. Dickson Street is lined with restaurants, bars and unique retail shops. Directly south of campus you’ll find Fayetteville High School, one of the best secondary education institutions in the state.
232 Silas Hunt Hall
Fayetteville, AR 72701
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232 Silas Hunt Hall
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Total undergrads: 15,426
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 3,011
Degree-seeking undergrads: 14,861
Graduate enrollment: 3,370
College has an application fee: Yes
Regular application fee: $40
Online application fee: $40
Percent applicants admitted: 58%
Percent students who return sophomore year: 81%
Tuition & Fees
|Estimated Expenses for Academic Year||2008-’09||2009-’10||2010-’11||2011-’12||% change 2010-’12|
|Tuition and fees||$6,038||$6,400||$6,460||$6,768||+4.77%|
|Books and Supplies||$966||$1,008||$1,083||$1,162||+7.29%|
|Living Arrangement – On Campus|
|Room and Board||$7,016||$7,422||$7,807||$8,042||+3.01%|
|Living Arrangement – Off Campus|
|Room and Board||$7,016||$7,422||$7,807||$8,042||+3.01%|
|Total Expenses||2008-’09||2009-’10||2010-’11||2011-’12||% change 2010-’12|
|In-state On Campus||$17,158||$18,462||$18,316||$19,490||+6.41%|
|In-state Off Campus||$17,158||$18,462||$18,316||$19,490||+6.41%|
|In-state with Family||$7,004||$7,408||$7,543||$7,930||+5.13%|
|Average Graduate Student Tuition & Fees|
|Tuition for In-state Students||$5,516|
|In-state Student Fees||$902|
|Tuition for Out-of-state Students||$13,051|
|Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students|
|Type of Aid||Students||Percent||Amount||Average Per Student|
|All students financial aid||2,063||69%|
|Grant or scholarship aid||1,489||50%||$10,834,528||$7,276|
|• Federal grants||535||18%||$2,304,114||$4,307|
|• Pell grants||535||18%||$1,797,420||$3,360|
|• Other federal grants||425||14%||$506,694||$1,192|
|State/local government grant or scholarships||583||20%||$2,461,014||$4,221|
|Institutional grants or scholarships||1,054||35%||$6,069,400||$5,758|
|Student loan aid||1,180||40%||$7,107,681||$6,023|
|• Federal student loans||1,176||39%||$6,300,682||$5,358|
|• Other student loans||89||3%||$806,999||$9,067|
All Degrees and Programs
|Program Completions for Most Recent Year||BA/BS||MA/MS||Doctor||AA/AS||CERT|
|Total of All Education Programs||2744||1033||284||–||15|
|Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations||52||–||–||–||–|
|Agricultural Production Operations||–||7||–||–||–|
|Agronomy and Crop Science||7||18||5||–||–|
|Architecture and Related Services||49||–||–||–||–|
|Area, Gender, Cultural, Ethnic, and Group Studies||2||–||–||–||–|
|American/United States Studies/Civilization||2||–||–||–||–|
|Biology and Biomedical Sciences||146||10||20||–||–|
|Biology and Biological Sciences, General||146||2||9||–||–|
|Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology||–||1||6||–||–|
|Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc.||669||153||8||–||2|
|Business Administration and Management||65||91||8||–||–|
|Human Resources Development||44||–||–||–||–|
|Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management||44||–||–||–||–|
|Management Information Systems||45||25||–||–||–|
|Communication and Journalism Programs||190||19||–||–||–|
|Speech Communication and Rhetoric||102||16||–||–||–|
|Computing and Information Sciences||13||3||2||–||–|
|Computer and Information Sciences||13||3||2||–||–|
|Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching||–||42||4||–||–|
|Agricultural Teacher Education||13||4||–||–||–|
|Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services||–||15||2||–||–|
|Curriculum and Instruction||–||–||5||–||3|
|Education/Teaching of Individuals with Autism||–||–||–||–||1|
|Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research, Other||–||–||–||–||–|
|Educational Assessment, Testing, and Measurement||–||–||–||–||1|
|Educational Evaluation and Research||–||–||–||–||–|
|Educational Leadership and Administration||–||8||2||–||2|
|Educational Statistics and Research Methods||–||–||1||–||1|
|Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision||–||–||–||–||1|
|Elementary Education and Teaching||89||69||–||–||–|
|Higher Education/Higher Education Administration||–||17||8||–||–|
|Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching||14||9||–||–||–|
|Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching||35||–||–||–||–|
|Mathematics Teacher Education||–||–||–||–||–|
|Physical Education Teaching and Coaching||–||–||–||–||–|
|Secondary Education and Teaching||–||55||–||–||–|
|Social and Philosophical Foundations Of Education||–||–||–||–||–|
|Special Education and Teaching||–||15||–||–||–|
|Technical Teacher Education||7||–||–||–||–|
|Trade and Industrial Teacher Education||–||–||–||–||–|
|Electrical and Electronics Engineering||36||11||–||–||–|
|Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering||–||–||–||–||–|
|Transportation and Highway Engineering||–||1||–||–||–|
|English Language, Composition and Literature/Letters||91||16||4||–||–|
|English Language and Literature||91||6||4||–||–|
|Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics||77||15||2||–||–|
|Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics||7||–||–||–||–|
|Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other||–||–||–||–||–|
|French Language and Literature||20||4||–||–||–|
|German Language and Literature||5||3||–||–||–|
|Russian Language and Literature||–||–||–||–||–|
|Spanish Language and Literature||45||7||–||–||–|
|Health Services and Allied Health Sciences||117||45||6||–||–|
|Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist||30||19||–||–||–|
|Clinical Nurse Specialist||–||1||–||–||–|
|Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling||–||10||–||–||–|
|Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other||20||–||2||–||–|
|Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse||66||–||–||–||–|
|Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor||–||15||4||–||–|
|Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services||46||–||–||–||–|
|Criminal Justice/Safety Studies||46||–||–||–||–|
|Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other||–||–||–||–||–|
|Public Policy Analysis||–||–||6||–||–|
|Legal and Law Studies||–||14||139||–||–|
|Legal Professions and Studies, Other||–||14||–||–||–|
|Mathematics and Statistics||31||9||2||–||–|
|Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other||–||4||2||–||–|
|Natural Resources and Conservation||12||–||–||–||–|
|Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies||104||34||1||–||–|
|Health and Physical Education/Fitness||86||–||–||–||–|
|Kinesiology and Exercise Science||–||22||1||–||–|
|Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management||–||12||–||–||–|
|Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies||18||–||–||–||–|
|Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other||–||–||5||–||–|
|Geology and Earth Science||11||8||–||–||–|
|Planetary Astronomy and Science||–||–||5||–||–|
|International Relations and Affairs||42||–||–||–||–|
|Political Science and Government||59||7||–||–||–|
|Visual and Performing Arts||92||24||–||–||3|
|Drama and Dramatics/Theater Arts||9||5||–||–||–|
|Work and Family Studies||150||9||–||–||–|
|Apparel and Textiles||41||–||–||–||–|
|Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences||2||9||–||–||–|
|Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies||55||–||–||–||–|
|Housing and Human Environments||20||–||–||–||–|
|Human Development and Family Studies||32||–||–||–||–|
Agriculture & Related Sciences
vArchitecture & Related Programs
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies
Arts, Visual & Performing
Biological & Biomedical Sciences
vBusiness, Management, & Marketing
Communications & Journalism
Computer & Information Sciences
English Language & Literature
Family & Consumer Sciences
Foreign Language & Literature
Health Professions & Clinical Sciences
Natural Resources & Conservation
Parks, Recreation & Fitness
Philosophy & Religion
Public Administration & Services
Security & Protective Services
Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:|
B = Bachelor’s degree
C = Certificate or diploma
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