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About University of Arkansas Main Campus

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 170,000 graduates, dating back nearly 140 years. It’s concrete proof of the university’s commitment to our students.

Seeking admission to the University of Arkansas? Take time to explore what we offer. We think you’ll like what you find.

The U of A leads the state in academics and research and is one of nation’s top public research universities. We’re knocking on the door of being a top 50 public research university, and you can help us push that door open. We’re also consistently rated among the nation’s best values. We award $85 million in financial assistance and scholarships each year to students based on merit and need. High-achieving students can choose from several prestigious fellowship programs — Honors College fellowships for undergraduates and Distinguished Doctoral and Doctoral Academy for graduate students.


Total Students


Student Ratio
Female 50%
Male 50%


Total Faculty


Student/Faculty Ratio
19 : 1


Estimated Cost



Total Applicants






Test Scores

SAT Math


SAT Reading


SAT Writing

ACT Composite


Students & Faculty

  • 26,744Total Students
  • 13,373Male Students
  • 13,371Female Students
  • 1,384Total Faculty
  • 692Male Faculty
  • 692Female Faculty
  • 19:1Student/Fac Ratio


total applicants

admitted (10129)

enrolled (4447)

SAT Scores:
25th-75th percentile
ACT Scores:
25th-75th percentile

Note: 25th-75th percentile ranges show the range of scores achieved by the middle 50% of students who were admitted to the school.

Other Requirements:
Admissions Test Scores?
Other Test?
Neither required nor recommended
College Prep?
*All data is provided by the school or compiled from IPEDS as of May 2013

Degrees & Programs

Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations
Agricultural and Extension Education Services
Agricultural Economics
Agricultural Engineering
Agricultural Production Operations, General
Agricultural Teacher Education
Agronomy and Crop Science
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Animal Sciences, General
Apparel and Textiles, General
Art/Art Studies, General
Athletic Training/Trainer
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
Business/Managerial Economics
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
Chemical Engineering
Chemistry, General
Civil Engineering, General
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Comparative Literature
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Computer Engineering, General
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Creative Writing
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
Curriculum and Instruction
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Economics, General
Education, Other
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Autism
Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research, Other
Educational Assessment, Testing, and Measurement
Educational Evaluation and Research
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Educational Statistics and Research Methods
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision
Educational/Instructional Technology
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Elementary Education and Teaching
Engineering, General
Engineering, Other
Engineering/Industrial Management
English Language and Literature, General
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
Environmental Science
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
Finance, General
Food Science
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General
French Language and Literature
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
Geology/Earth Science, General
German Language and Literature
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration
History, General
Horticultural Science
Human Development and Family Studies, General
Human Resources Development
Industrial Engineering
Interior Design
International Business/Trade/Commerce
International Relations and Affairs
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Landscape Architecture
Legal Professions and Studies, Other
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Materials Chemistry
Mathematics Teacher Education
Mathematics, General
Mechanical Engineering
Music Performance, General
Ornamental Horticulture
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Physics, General
Planetary Astronomy and Science
Plant Pathology/Phytopathology
Political Science and Government, General
Poultry Science
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
Psychology, General
Public Administration
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other
Public Health Education and Promotion
Public Policy Analysis, General
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Retail Management
Russian Language and Literature
Secondary Education and Teaching
Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education
Social Work
Spanish Language and Literature
Special Education and Teaching, General
Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Statistics, General
Technical Teacher Education
Trade and Industrial Teacher Education
Transportation and Highway Engineering
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor

Our Perspective is Global

The University of Arkansas offers you a place to achieve your goals in a comfortable, friendly, and safe setting. Located in Fayetteville, AR, in the beautiful northwest corner of the state. You may hear Northwest Arkansas, as this encompasses the entire area including Fayetteville. We are now connecting over 1,545 international students from over 114 countries to success through our fully accredited academic programs leading to bachelor’s, master’s, PhD, and EdD degrees.

Students from Australia to Vietnam, Bolivia to Yemen, Croatia to Zambia and everywhere in between call the University of Arkansas home. Our international students have diverse backgrounds, but they share the common goal of wanting to receive a quality education from a university known for its academic and research excellence.

Pursuing an education outside of your native country can be exciting and a little scary, but at the U of A you are not alone. Nestled in the heart of the Ozark Mountains, you will find our campus welcoming and full of people and resources dedicated to helping you get the most out of your time as a student at the U of A.

Admissions Requirments

Applicants having had the equivalent of 12 years of schooling may be eligible for admission to the University if their secondary school record indicates above average performance. Students are expected to have included the studies of their native language, English, mathematics, natural and/or physical science, social science and the humanities in their secondary school curriculum.

Applicants from countries where there are only eleven standard years included in the primary-secondary system may be considered for admission if they have achieved a strong academic record and can submit the final official leaving-school certificate. Generally, those who have received Certificates of Education or Leaving School Certificates (i.e. GCSE, SPM, MCE, WASC), must have a minimum of five GCSE equivalent passes in subjects, substantially equivalent to those studied in the U.S., including English.

Along with official copies of academic work, students are encouraged to submit a letter from their headmaster of principal indicating the applicant's rank in class and the total number enrolled. We recommend that freshmen applicants sit for the SAT.

Application Deadlines

Priority will be given to applicants who meet the following application deadlines:
  • Fall semester (August - December): June 1. However, by applying in January, you may be considered for financial support (degree seeking only).
  • Spring semester (January - May): October 1
  • Summer semester (May - July): March 1

Tests and Minimum Scores for ADMISSION

Applicants seeking regular admission whose native language is not English must submit minimum satisfactory scores on one of the following standardized tests. No other measures of English proficiency are accepted by the University of Arkansas for the purpose of gaining admission.

  • TOEFL Internet-Based - score 79
  • TOEFL Paper-Based - score 550
  • IELTS - score 6.5
  • PTE-A Pearson Test of English-Academic - score 58
  • SAT Critical Reading Subscore - score 500
  • ACT English Subscore - score 19

Students presenting these forms of English proficiency will be required to take the University of Arkansas English Language Placement Test upon arrival to campus. The results of this exam will determine appropriate class placement and will have no influence on your admission status.

Applicants whose native language is English are exempt. Native language is defined as the language you grew up speaking in your family, community, and nation. Completing English Composition I and II in a country that lists English as an official language such as India, Pakistan, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Nigeria, or Singapore does not exempt you from the English language proficiency requirement.

English Proficiency Alternative for Conditional Admints

If a conditionally admitted undergraduate student has spent at least one 9-week term enrolled in Spring International Language Center, has reached level 5 or 6 with a B average and has the recommendation of the Director of Spring International, that student can proceed to full-time University of Arkansas academic enrollment in the next available term.

For more information please visit the University of Arkansas International Admissions.

Housing and Meals

Our University Housing office will assist you in securing on-campus housing. Single students can find residence hall accommodations readily available in a variety of settings. Meal Plans are available to students living on or off campus. Off Campus Connections can assist you with off campus housing options, but you must make your own arrangements. Some restrictions apply (freshman under 21 must live on campus unless special permission has been obtained from University Housing).

Nationally Ranked

All academic programs on our campus are fully accredited by their disciplines’ national accreditation organizations and many are nationally ranked.

The Sam M. Walton College of Business has several highly ranked programs, including:

  • The undergraduate accounting program ranked 35th among public and private universities
  • The College of Engineering is ranked 64th among all undergraduate engineering programs at national public institutions by U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Colleges of 2015” annual report.
  • The Fay Jones School of Architecture recently was ranked 19th in the nation in the annual survey of “America’s Best Architecture and Design Schools”, a study conducted by the Design Futures Council.
  • U.S. News & World Report has ranked the Walton College supply chain specialty 13th among all undergraduate programs nationally.

The Atlantic Monthly designated the university’s creative writing program as one of the top five programs of its kind in the country.

Other graduate programs that ranked nationally—per the U.S. News & World Report survey—are rehabilitation education and research (15th); biological engineering (16th); and industrial engineering (26th).

Our Law School has the only agricultural law master’s degree (LLM) program in the U.S.

Interdisciplinary Research Strengths

We've identified six broad research strengths that stretch across multiple colleges and schools of the university. They don't cover everything we do, but they suggest how much we embrace interdisciplinary work.
  • Health – We explore solutions to cure chronic diseases, deliver health care more efficiently and create clearer policies for public health.
  • Nanotechnology — Our researchers and graduate students create nano materials with real-world applications, from atomic-level lubricants to microscopic drug-delivery systems to electrical circuitry at the scale of one billionth.
  • Energy and Environment – We focus on the human and planetary scale by developing new technologies that redefine the power grid, photovoltaics, biomass and environmental policy. University researchers direct their efforts toward reducing energy consumption and conserving the environment.
  • Art, Architecture and Humanities – Our creative writing, history and architectural design programs rank among the best in the nation. The university's interdisciplinary approach combines art and humanity to produce a fuller picture of the world.
  • Food Safety – We study the entire food-safety cycle from the organic production of crops to the development of nutritional blends of food. Arkansas is an agricultural state and policies developed here have a far-reaching effect on the residents of our state and across the country.
  • Supply Chain, Retail and Transportation – Our research into distribution, logistics and multi-modal transportation isn't theoretical. We see the business impact firsthand with the world's largest retailer Walmart, international meat and poultry leader Tyson Foods and trucking giant J.B. Hunt Transportation all headquartered in the area.

Things To Do


Enjoy lectures by some of the biggest names in the world. His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Jane Goodall, Anderson Cooper, and President George H.W. Bush, have all spoken recently on campus through the Distinguished Lecture Series.


From the most popular headliners in music to trendsetters fresh on the scene, we bring the best concerts in the area. And they're free! Headliner Concerts Committee and University Programs showcase hot acts like the Foo Fighters, Kid Cudi, Blake Shelton and Spoon.


Comedy shows, late-night programs, outdoor feature films, art openings and live theater add to the fun and cultural side of our campus.

Get Involved

Don't just attend campus events. Plan them. These committees are made of students just like you. Want to see an awesome event for free? Join up and design your own entertainment.

Student Government

Try your hand at politics. Enter the strong and student government, split into the three traditional branches of executive, legislative and judicial service.

Registered Student Organizations

Build campus culture on a grassroots level with more than 380 registered student organizations, from cultural and religious to professional and special interests. Can't find a group for you? Start your own!


Students give their time, their skills and even their sweat to help neighbors near and far. Work in our campus food pantry or help lead relief efforts to communities in need.

Stay Healthy

A healthy student translates into a successful student. We want to help you make healthy decisions. You’ve got a head start with a tobacco-free campus. Eat well and exercise in our fitness center. Visit a doctor or consult a counselor on campus. Check out these resources.

University Recreation

Our campus recreation facilities provide an Olympic-sized swimming pool, fitness rooms, bike repair, a rock-climbing wall, racquetball courts and outdoor equipment rental. Check out the HPER building and the state-of-the-art UREC Fitness Center located in the Arkansas Union.

Competitive Sports

Oh, and yes we play Quiddich, cricket, ultimate Frisbee, and just about everything else you can think of. Get into the game with our many Club and Intramural Sports opportunities.

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