University of Arkansas

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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.

Satellite Locations

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.

General Information

Admission Office

232 Silas Hunt Hall

Fayetteville, AR 72701

(479) 575-5346

(800) 377-8632

Fax: (479) 575-7515

Contact: Karen Hodges

Director of Admissions
Main Address

232 Silas Hunt Hall

Fayetteville, AR 72701

(479) 575-2000

Total undergrads: 15,426

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 3,011

Degree-seeking undergrads: 14,861

Graduate enrollment: 3,370


Urban setting

Small city (50,000 – 249,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:
First Professional

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $40

Online application fee: $40

Enrollment Rates

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%
Other $3,138 $3,632 $2,966 $3,518 +18.61%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $7,016 $7,422 $7,807 $8,042 +3.01%
Other $3,138 $3,632 $2,966 $3,518 +18.61%
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
Out-of-state Fees $902

Financial Aid

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
Agriculture 120 61 13
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations 52
Agricultural Economics 18
Agricultural Production Operations 7
Agronomy and Crop Science 7 18 5
Animal Sciences 33 6 1
Food Science 6 6 4
Horticultural Science 4
Ornamental Horticulture 11
Poultry Science 11 2 3
Architecture and Related Services 49
Architecture 40
Landscape Architecture 9
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
Entomology 1 2
Plant Pathology/Phytopathology 6 3
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 669 153 8 2
Accounting 96 37
Business Administration and Management 65 91 8
Business/Commerce 9
Business/Managerial Economics 24
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies 2
Finance 175
Human Resources Development 44
International Business/Trade/Commerce 26
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management 44
Management Information Systems 45 25
Marketing/Marketing Management 141
Communication and Journalism Programs 190 19
Journalism 88 3
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 102 16
Computing and Information Sciences 13 3 2
Computer and Information Sciences 13 3 2
Education 158 245 22 9
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, Other
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
Educational/Instructional Technology 11
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
Engineering 232 58 21
Agricultural Engineering 19 6
Chemical Engineering 31 4
Civil Engineering 44 17
Computer Engineering 12 4
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 36 11
Engineering 1 21
Engineering, Other 1
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Industrial Engineering 25 6
Mechanical Engineering 65 7
Transportation and Highway Engineering 1
Engineering Technology 210
Engineering/Industrial Management 210
English Language, Composition and Literature/Letters 91 16 4
Creative Writing 10
English Language and Literature 91 6 4
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 77 15 2
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 7
Comparative Literature 1 2
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
Athletic Training/Trainer
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
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies 1
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 66
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor 15 4
History 63 11 4
History 63 11 4
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 46
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 46
Human Services 38 32 6
Public Administration 10 10
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other
Public Policy Analysis 6
Social Work 28 22
Legal and Law Studies 14 139
Law 139
Legal Professions and Studies, Other 14
Mathematics and Statistics 31 9 2
Mathematics 31 1 2
Statistics 8
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies 4 2 1
Gerontology 1
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 4 2
Natural Resources and Conservation 12
Environmental Science 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
Physical Sciences 75 17 19
Chemistry 44 3 6
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other 5
Geology and Earth Science 11 8
Physics 20 6 3
Planetary Astronomy and Science 5
Psychology 67 8 8
Psychology 67 8 8
Social Sciences 202 36 5
Anthropology 38 10 5
Economics 8 8
Geography 9 5
International Relations and Affairs 42
Political Science and Government 59 7
Sociology 46 6
Visual and Performing Arts 92 24 3
Art/Art Studies 47 5
Drama and Dramatics/Theater Arts 9 5
Music Performance 36 14 3
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
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences
Agribusiness Operations B
Agronomy/Crop Science B
Animal Sciences B
Food Science B
Horticulture, Ornamental B
Poultry Science B

vArchitecture & Related Programs
Architecture B
Landscape Architecture B

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

Arts, Visual & Performing
Art – General B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Music – General Performance B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Bacteriology B
Biology B

vBusiness, Management, & Marketing
Accounting B
Business – General B
Business Administration/Management B
Business/Managerial Economics B
Finance/Banking B
International Business B
Logistics/Materials Management B
Marketing Management B

Communications & Journalism
Communications/Rhetoric B
Journalism B

Computer & Information Sciences
Computer/Information Sciences – General B
Data Processing Technology B

Agricultural Education B
Elementary Education B
Junior High Education B
Kindergarten/Preschool Education B
Trade/Industrial Education B

Agricultural Engineering B
Chemical Engineering B
Civil Engineering B
Computer Engineering – General B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Industrial Engineering B
Mechanical Engineering B

English Language & Literature
English Language & Literature – General B

Family & Consumer Sciences
Clothing/Apparel/Textile Studies B
Foods/Nutrition Studies B
Housing Studies B
Human Development/Family Studies B

Foreign Language & Literature
Classics B
French B
German B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences
Nursing (RN) B
Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology B

History – General B

Mathematics – General B

Natural Resources & Conservation
Environmental Science B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness
Health/Physical Fitness B
Parks, Recreation & Fitness – General B

Philosophy & Religion
Philosophy B

Physical Sciences
Chemistry B
Geology B
Physics B

Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services
Public Administration B
Social Work B

Security & Protective Services
Criminal Justice Studies B

Social Sciences
Anthropology B
Economics B
Geography B
International Relations 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.

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