The University of Arkansas boasts a tradition unique among the nation's universities: Senior Walk, consisting of more than three miles of sidewalks crisscrossing campus that are engraved with the names of more than 150,000 graduates, dating back nearly 140 years. It’s concrete proof of the university’s commitment to our students.
The YOU of A
That 'students-first' philosophy is a big reason why the U of A is consistently ranked among the nation's top public research universities and best values. We work hard to ensure a low student-to-faculty ratio that promotes plenty of personal attention and mentoring opportunities. The Carnegie Foundation classifies the university as having "the highest possible level of research," placing us among the top 2 percent of colleges and universities nationwide.
Founded in 1871 as a land-grant institution, the University of Arkansas is the flagship of the University of Arkansas System. Our 25,000 students represent all 50 states and more than 120 countries. The U of A has 10 colleges and schools offering more than 210 academic programs.
Our picturesque campus is located in Fayetteville in the hilly northwest corner of Arkansas and includes two arboreta overlooking the Ozark Mountains. Some of the nation’s best outdoor amenities and most spectacular hiking trails are within a short drive of campus. 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.
Welcome! This handy guide provides information about the campus and community including what to see and where to eat.
Key facts, figures, and some interesting trivia. For instance, did you know Bill and Hillary Clinton began their careers by teaching law at the U of A?
Learn more about the university as we approach the 150th anniversary of its founding.
Colleges & Schools
Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences
The Bumpers College prepares leaders for careers that matter – in areas of food, family and the environment. The business of foods, healthy families, quality of life, the stewardship of our environment, the impact of foods on health and a positive self-image affect everyone. The School of Human Environmental Sciences is a part of Bumpers College.
Fay Jones School of Architecture
The Fay Jones School of Architecture offers architecture, landscape architecture and interior design education, with the architecture program ranked among the nation's top 20. The renovation of our historic home and the addition of a modern design center provide an opportunity for collaboration in a world-class facility.
J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences
Fulbright College is the largest and most diverse academic unit on campus with 19 departments and more than 30 academic programs and research centers. The college provides the core curriculum for all University of Arkansas students and is named for J. William Fulbright, former university president and longtime U.S. senator. The School of Social Work is a part of Fulbright College.
Sam M. Walton College of Business
Founded in 1926, the Sam M. Walton College of Business currently ranks among the top business schools in the nation. The Walton College combines outstanding academic programs in a number of disciplines with a wide range of experiential learning to help students connect world-class scholarship with real-world business practice.
College of Education and Health Professions
The College of Education and Health Professions focuses on two very important areas – education and health – with disciplines as diverse as teaching, nursing, community health promotion, human resource development, kinesiology, recreation and sport management, and communication disorders. Students gain hands-on experience and work with faculty on research in these fields. The college includes the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing.
College of Engineering
The most comprehensive engineering program in Arkansas, the College of Engineering offers ABET-accredited bachelor's degrees, plus master's degrees and doctorates. With over 100 labs and a dedicated, supportive faculty, the College of Engineering provides an environment of exploration and innovation.
Our endowed Honors College unites the university's top undergraduate students and professors from all disciplines in a learning environment characterized by discovery, creativity and service. Honors students enjoy small, in-depth classes, priority registration, special housing and enhanced opportunities for hands-on research and study abroad.
The Global Campus supports the development and delivery of online, distance and professional education offerings. The University of Arkansas ONLINE is your portal for online and distance education programs and courses. High-quality teaching combined with technology gives students flexible, robust academic options, backed by the university's strong student support system.
Graduate School and International Education
The Graduate School and International Education is the home for all graduate students and all international students, both graduate and undergraduate, and all students seeking an educational experience abroad. Our vision, mission and goals encompass our dedication to the recruitment, admission, retention and graduation of students from Arkansas and across the U.S. and the world, as well as our service to the University of Arkansas.
School of Law
The School of Law, a National Jurist top 15 value in legal education and among U.S. News and World Report's top 36 public law schools, prepares students for success. The law school offers challenging courses taught by outstanding faculty, unique service opportunities and a community that puts law students first.
Office of the Chancellor
G. David Gearhart became the fifth chancellor of the University of Arkansas on July 1, 2008. Find out more about Chancellor Gearhart, his administration and staff, and other key communications from this office.
The Division of Academic Affairs works to enhance the university's excellence in instruction; research; outreach and public service; and student affairs; and is responsible for academic planning and budgeting, faculty development and promotion, and academic initiatives.
Cultivating a more diverse and inclusive campus is the purpose of Diversity Affairs. The units that comprise this administration arm support initiatives and facilitate programs that seek to enhance the university’s ability to recruit and retain underrepresented students, faculty and staff. Diversity Affairs strives to protect the rights of the underserved while nurturing a more welcoming campus environment.
Enrollment Services seeks to enroll and graduate a diverse group of capable students who will engage fully in academic and service programs, develop intellectually and personally, and contribute to the campus, the state, and the global community. To assist students in achieving their academic and career goals, the Enrollment Services Division offers support in academic success, admissions and orientation, financial aid and scholarships, nationally competitive awards, registrar, and ISIS.
Finance and Administration
The Division of Finance and Administration provides services that enable the university to support its learning mission. Services provided include maintenance of facilities, information technology systems, financial services, purchasing, budgeting, financial reporting, operation of business services, protection offered by the University Police, and human resources.
Ensuring every student's success is the focus of the Division of Student Affairs. Students benefit from multiple support services, programs and initiatives focused on community engagement, activities and entertainment, standards and conduct, Greek life, student media, housing, dining, mental and physical health, and career development.
The Division of University Advancement builds understanding and support for higher education in three key ways: enhancing the university's image by communicating the accomplishments of our outstanding students and faculty while highlighting special points of pride; involving alumni and other constituencies in proactive functions and raising private gift support. The division includes the Arkansas Alumni Association, Arkansas World Trade Center, and the offices of University Development, University Relations, Donor Relations and Special Events, and Central Arkansas Regional Advancement.
Coordinating university activities related to government and community organizations on a local, state and federal level is the focus of the Governmental Relations office. Locally, the office works with Chambers of Commerce and other community groups. At the state level, the office handles legislative issues and assists faculty and staff with issues involving state agencies and offices. The office also works with our congressional delegation on the university's priorities for federal initiatives.
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By 2021, the University of Arkansas will be recognized as one of the nation's top 50 public research universities with nationally ranked departments and programs throughout the institution.
The mission of the University of Arkansas is to provide an internationally competitive education for undergraduate and graduate students in a wide spectrum of disciplines; contribute new knowledge, economic development, basic and applied research and creative activity; and provide service to academic/professional disciplines and society, all aimed at fulfilling its public land-grant mission to serve Arkansas and beyond as a partner, resource, and catalyst.
A Great Place to Work
The University of Arkansas recognizes the challenge of balancing work with personal life, and we proactively look for ways to help our employees do well at both aspects of their lives. This includes creating health insurance and retirement plans that work well; offering flexible work-time options where possible; promoting career and personal development; and giving paid leave for holidays, illness, vacations, children's educational activities and military duty, among others.
In 2012, the state of Arkansas recognized our efforts with the Governor's Work-Life Balance Award. The same year, the Chronicle of Higher Education named us one of the top universities to work for based on surveys of our employees.
We believe in fostering a culture among our faculty, staff and students that promotes a healthy balance.
Learn more about our exciting work place.