You've chosen a great time to visit the University of Arkansas. Our student body and faculty have never been more academically and professionally accomplished, and our campus is continuously benefiting from nearly $500 million spent toward new facilities and other enhancements during the past few years alone. The University's unprecedented growth, the caliber of our incoming freshmen, and expenditures devoted to research and innovation are at record highs and climbing.
It's no surprise that the University of Arkansas is consistently ranked among the best public colleges and higher education values in the U.S.
We would like you to experience the excitement at the University of Arkansas for yourself. I invite you to spend a few hours, a weekend, or the next few years exploring our beautiful campus, meeting the people and sharing in the experiences that make the YOU of A special.
We're glad you're here.
G. David Gearhart
A few things to see on your visit:
- The Arkansas Union — A primary gathering place for more than 40 years, the Arkansas Union serves as a place for students to attend educational and cultural events, access campus resources, eat, study and just meet friends between classes. The facility offers a food court, fitness center, technology center, bank, post office, Razorback shop, art gallery, theatre and much more.
- Chi Omega Greek Theatre — Inspired by an amphitheater in Greece, the original Chi Omega Greek Theatre is a popular place for concerts, pep rallies or just catching some rays between classes. Chi Omega, founded at the U of A in 1895 and now the largest women's fraternity in the nation, donated the Greek Theatre in 1930.
- Fulbright Peace Fountain and Sculpture — These two impressive landmarks commemorate the legacy of the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright, a graduate and former president of the University of Arkansas. Fulbright famously helped create the Fulbright Scholarship Program, the largest international exchange program of its kind. Internationally renowned architect E. Fay Jones, a U of A graduate and former dean of the School of Architecture, designed the Peace Statue.
- Old Main — This architectural centerpiece of campus opened for classes in 1875, making it the oldest building at the University of Arkansas. Visit the restored classrooms, take a closer look at the inner workings of the tower clock on the fourth floor and enjoy the shade of the trees on the scenic Old Main Lawn.
- The Inn at Carnall Hall – Built in 1905, the first women's residence hall on campus is now a historic inn. The Inn at Carnall Hall is also home to the award-winning Ella's Restaurant and Lambeth Lounge, the perfect spot for a little R&R on campus.
- Silas Hunt Memorial Sculpture – Near Old Main, you'll find this tribute to the first black student to integrate a major Southern public university since Reconstruction. A veteran of World War II, Hunt was admitted without litigation into the University of Arkansas School of Law in 1948.
- Pi Beta Phi Centennial Gate — A new landmark, the gate serves as a formal entrance to the university's historic core. The striking entranceway was a gift, commemorating the first 100 years of Pi Beta Phi on campus.
- Il Porcellino — This wild boar statue and fountain is a replica of the original Il Porcellino, in Florence, Italy. It's Italian title, which means "piglet," comes from the local Florentine nickname for the statue. One of many Razorback tributes on campus!
- Razorback Stadium/Hall of Champions Museum —Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium is one of the finest collegiate football facilities in the nation and home to the Jerry Jones/Jim Lindsey Hall of Champions Museum, located in the Frank Broyles Athletic Center. Bud Walton Arena houses two more athletic museums.
- Walmart On Campus — The nation's first Walmart on Campus will always be one of the smallest Walmart stores in the country. It's located in the Garland Center, which also includes the U of A Bookstore as well as boutiques, salons and dining options.
Visit campusmaps.uark.edu for an interactive, online version of the campus map including directions, parking and transit information, dining locations and more.
Exploring Fayetteville and Northwest Arkansas
Fayetteville is routinely considered among the country's finest college towns and the surrounding Northwest Arkansas region is regularly ranked one of the best places to live in the U.S. You'll find a number of attractions that will contribute to a rich college experience or simply enliven a weekend visit.
Food, Shopping and More
Dickson Street, one of the state's most popular entertainment districts, is just a short walk from campus. A part of Fayetteville's downtown historic district, Dickson Street offers a variety of restaurants, boutiques, galleries, and clubs unique to the area. Fayetteville's historic square, College Avenue and the area around the Northwest Arkansas Mall are also great places for shopping and dining. The Fayetteville Farmers' Market, an area tradition since 1974, was recently named one of "America's Favorite Farmers' Markets."
Pinnacle Hills Promenade in Rogers offers the region's newest open-air shopping experience with many of the nation's most popular shops and eateries.
Eureka Springs, a Victorian mountain village known as the "Little Switzerland of the Ozarks," makes a great day trip with more than 100 specialty shops and 70 restaurants. It's about a 45-minute drive from campus though, so make sure you have enough time to see it all.
Arts and Culture
Quickly gaining recognition as a nationwide center for arts and culture, Northwest Arkansas is home to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. This world-class museum features a permanent collection of art spanning five centuries, from the Colonial area to the current day. The collection includes several works considered masterpieces. Crystal Bridges also offers miles of wilderness trails and a unique dining experience. If that's not enough, admission is free.
The Natural State Surrounds You
Northern Arkansas is a natural wonder of forests, mountains and lakes framed by picturesque rivers and streams. Some of the nation's best outdoor amenities and most spectacular hiking trails are within a short drive of campus. Devil's Den State Park is a short distance south of Fayetteville. Beaver Lake is 30 minutes to the northeast. Hawksbill Crag and the Buffalo National River, America's first National River and one of the few remaining undammed rivers in the lower 48 states, are an hour's drive to the east. Even closer to campus, Fayetteville's Botanical Garden of the Ozarks is another great outdoor option.
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