University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, AR

About University of Arkansas

As the flagship institution of the University of Arkansas system, U of A was founded in 1871. Located in Fayetteville, AR, the school has 130 buildings situated on a total of 412 acres near the Ozark Mountains. The Carnegie Foundation places the University of Arkansas within the top two percent of learning institutions in the United States, declaring the university to be highly active in research.

The campus is home to a statue of J. William Fulbright, a former U.S. Senator and university president, who introduced a bill to begin the Fulbright Program in 1945. The Fulbright Program awards nearly 1,500 grants annually, which allows students to participate in a number of academic learning opportunities in over 155 countries around the globe.


The university is divided into nine schools and colleges that offer undergraduate programs in 78 different fields of study, as well as 86 master's degree and over 50 doctoral degree programs. Offering over 20 academic programs and nearly 30 interdisciplinary programs, the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences is made up of 19 departments including anthropology, history, political science, English and mathematical sciences, as well as the School of Social Work.

The Sam M. Walton College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International, and it houses two of the university's most popular degrees - a bachelor's degree in general finance and a master's degree in business management and administration. In the 2011 edition of U.S. News & World Report, the university tied for 26th place among U.S. public undergraduate business schools.

The University of Arkansas also has a Global Campus that allows domestic and international students access to various educational programs regularly offered on campus. Distance education options include undergraduate and graduate, licensure and certificate programs. Students may also choose to participate in independent study programs through distance learning, as well as professional studies and special programs.

There are also several libraries on campus, including the main David W. Mullins Library, the Robert A. and Vivian Young Law Library, the Fine Arts Library, the Chemistry and Biochemistry Library, and the Physics Library.


The University of Arkansas maintains a rolling admissions policy with applications accepted from September 1 to August 1 for fall admission. Undergraduates who wish to apply for early admissions should do so by November 1. In addition to an online application, prospective freshmen must submit high school transcripts and ACT or SAT test scores. Applicants who have a 3.0 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale and a 20 or higher on the ACT (or a score of 930 or higher on the SAT) qualify for automatic admissions. Prospective graduate students must seek admissions to both the Graduate School and the individual degree program.

Tuition & Financial Aid

During the 2012-2013 academic school year, students taking 30 credit hours who are residents of Arkansas pay $7,553 in tuition and fees and non-residents pay $18,435. The estimated cost for room and board is $8,672 and $1,278 for books. Academic scholarships available to new freshmen include the Chancellor's Merit Scholarship, Chancellor's Scholarship, Chancellor's Community Scholarship, Silas Hunt Scholarship, Honors College Academy Scholarship and more. Graduate assistantships are available to offset the cost of graduate tuition.

School Type Public, 4-year**
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees; postbaccalaureate and post-master's certificates**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Small city**
Student Body 19,027 undergraduates, 4,172 graduates in 2011**
Student Housing 16 residence halls or apartments*
Schools and Programs Nine schools and colleges; nearly 200 academic degree programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 19 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-11:
Bachelor's: General Finance (178)
Master's: Engineering/Industrial Management (258)
Doctoral: Law (122)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate 34% in four years
59% in six years
63% in eight years**
Admission Rate 61% in 2011**
Entering Class Size About 4,414 in 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates 83% for full-time and 63% for part-time students**
ACT Score of Admitted Students Middle 50% ACT scores: 23-28 in 2011**
Undergraduate Application Due Date Rolling admissions; applications excepted from September 1 to August 1 every year*
Tuition In 2012-2013 (includes all estimated student expenses):
Residents: $21,472
Non-residents: $32,352*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percentage of Students Receiving it) In 2010-11: Federal grants (24%), state and local grants (56%), institutional scholarship (36%), federal loans (38%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 84% in 2010-11**

Sources: *University of Arkansas; **National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: University of Arkansas, Office of Admissions, 232 Silas H. Hunt Hall, 1 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701
  • Phone: (479) 575-5346 / (800) 377-8632
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