University of Arkansas

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The University of Arkansas, often called U of A, UARK, and UA, is a public, research institution of higher learning in Fayetteville, Arkansas. It is the flagship school of the University of Arkansas System, which encompasses six main campuses throughout Arkansas. It is deemed a research university with highest research activity by the Carnegie Foundation. The campus of UARK sits on 512 acres and it houses 360 buildings, including Old Main, which was the first permanent academic structure. The University of Arkansas strives to be well known as of the country's top public research institutions with high ranked programs and departments. Its mission is to provide internationally driven education for undergraduate and graduate students in a wide array of areas, contribute new knowledge, economic growth, basic and applied search, and creative activity. It is also committed to providing service to the surrounding area. UARK is home to more than 27,000 students and offers over 188 undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs. The student to faculty ratio is approximately 19 to one.

The university houses 10 colleges of education including the Sam M. Walton College of Business, Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences, J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design, College of Engineering, College of Education and Health Professions, Honors College, School of Law, Graduate School of International Education, and Global Campus, which is the entity that offers all online and distance education programs. The University of Arkansas was established in 1871 as the first public university in the state. Classes started in 1872 with eight students and by the end of the year more than 100 students attended the university. Old Main was the university's first building and it was finished and dedicated in 1875. The institution grew slowly the first 50 years and in the 1920s various new buildings were constructed. Over the next few decades, schools of education were established and enrollment grew. In the mid-1970s, both William J. Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton were faculty members of the School of Law at UA. Over the past five years, the campus has undergone various improvements, including renovating and expansion. In 2011, the university was added as a top level research institution. In 2015, the 1937 Field House was renovated. The Champions Hall was also built for biological sciences, mathematics classes, and various study areas. Today, the U of A is consistently ranked as a top institution in the nation. The U.S. News and World Report ranks the university as number 135 in National Universities and 105 in Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs.

University of Arkansas Accreditation Details

The Higher Learning Commission regionally accredits the University of Arkansas to award undergraduate and graduate degrees. The engineering programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

University of Arkansas Application Requirements


• Submit undergraduate application online

• Submit official high school transcript that shows class rank, cumulative grade point average, and courses completed

• Submit official transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities

• Submit official scores from ACT and SAT standardized tests

• Pay $40 nonrefundable application fee


• Submit online application for Graduate School Admission

• Submit official transcripts from all previously attended institutions of higher learning

• Pay $40 nonrefundable application fee

• Submit official scores from graduate admissions examinations, such as the GMAT, MAT, and GRE

Tuition and Financial Aid



• Arkansas resident: tuition-$293.98 per credit hour, fees- $1,616 per year

• Non-resident: $772.25 per credit hour, fees- $1,616 per year

General Graduate

• Arkansas resident: tuition- $463.85 per credit hour, fees- $1,294 per year

• Non-resident: $1,100.67 per credit hour, fees-$1,294 per year

Graduate Business

• Arkansas resident: tuition-$608.05 per credit hour, fees- $1,566 per year

• Non-resident: tuition- $1,451.50 per credit hour, fees-$1,566 per year


• Arkansas resident: tuition-$523.43 per credit hour, fees-$1,760 per year

• Non-resident: tuition-$1,11235 per credit hour, fees-$1,760 per year

Financial Aid

A variety of financial aid options are available at the University of Arkansas to help students with financing their college education. Scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study are all available options.


• Chancellor's Merit Scholarship

• Chancellor's Scholarship

• Chancellor's Community Scholarship

• Honors College Academy Scholarship

• Silas Hunt Scholarship

• Razorback Bridge Scholarship

• Leadership Scholarship

• University Enrichment Scholarship

• Wal-Mart Scholars Endowed Fund

• Governor's Distinguished Scholarship Program


• Federal Pell Grant

• Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

• Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant

• GO! Opportunities Grant

• Workforce Improvement Grant

• Arkansas Academic Challenge

• Arkansas Health Education Grant

• Higher Education Opportunities Grant


• Federal Direct Subsidized Loan

• Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan

• Federal Direct PLUS Loan

• Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan

• Federal Perkins Loan


The University of Arkansas participates in the Federal Work-Study program that helps students earn money to pay for their college related expenses. This program is available to both undergraduate and graduate students. Students work part-time both on and off campus while enrolled in courses. Pay and hours vary depending on position and qualifications, but students cannot work more than 20 hours a week.

Engineering Programs at the University of Arkansas

The College of Engineering offers the most comprehensive engineering programs in the state. It features 100 labs and an environment of innovation and exploration. It offers bachelor's degrees in electrical engineering, biomedical engineering, biological and agricultural engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, industrial engineering, and mechanical engineering. The bachelor's degree programs result in a Bachelor of Science degree and require the completion of 124 to 128 credit hours. The programs feature general education courses, core major courses, electives, and laboratory components. The master's degrees include biological engineering, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, general engineering, environmental engineering, environmental engineering in collaboration with civil engineering, industrial engineering, and mechanical engineering. The master's degree programs require the completion of at least 30 credit hours and include general education courses, core major courses, electives, and thesis and non-thesis options. A Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering is also available for those seeking the most advanced program in engineering. With the doctoral degree, students can concentrate on biological engineering, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, or general engineering. A minimum of 78 credit hours is required for completion of the Doctor of Philosophy degree. The coursework includes advanced engineering courses and the completion of a dissertation.