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University of Arkansas Overview

Located in Fayetteville, Arkansas, University of Arkansas is a public institution. Fayetteville is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

What Is University of Arkansas Known For?

5,186 Undergraduate Awards
$35,655 Avg Cost After Aid
66% Acceptance Rate
  • The student loan default rate at UARK is 5%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • The highest award offered at UARK is the doctor's degree.
  • In 2017-2018, 86% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, UARK bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $44,900 a year. That's about 10% more than their peers at other schools.

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University of Arkansas Rankings

UARK is ranked #4 out of 29 schools in Arkansas.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

UARK has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#57 Most Popular Online Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at UARK.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Foreign Language, Literature & Linguistics (Other) Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Most Popular Online Engineering Technologies Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Most Popular Online Engineering-Related Fields Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Recreation Administration Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Most Popular Online Communication & Media Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#14 Most Popular Online Communication & Journalism Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#29 Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#36 Most Popular Online Business, Management & Marketing Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#71 Best Communication & Media Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#93 Most Popular Online Health Professions Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards UARK has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#30 Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies College Factual
#36 Best Colleges for Health & Physical Education College Factual
#43 Best Colleges for Teacher Education Grade Specific College Factual
#63 Best Colleges for Business Administration & Management College Factual
#75 Best Colleges for Criminal Justice & Corrections College Factual
#96 Best Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing College Factual

Where Is University of Arkansas?

Location of University of Arkansas

Contact details for UARK are given below.

Contact Details
Address: Administration Bldg 425, Fayetteville, AR 72701
Phone: 479-575-2000
Website: https://www.uark.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UofArkansas
Twitter: http://twitter.com/uarkansas

How Do I Get Into UARK?

You can apply to UARK online at: https://admissions.uark.edu/apply/

Admission Requirements for UARK

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank considered but not required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program considered but not required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL considered but not required

How Hard Is It To Get Into UARK?

66% Acceptance Rate
58% Of Accepted Are Women
24% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 66%, UARK does not let just anybody through their doors! Make sure you spend enough time polishing up your application so you will make a great impression.

Approximately 42% of accepted students are men and 58% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 66%, and the acceptance rate for women is 66%.

Average Test Scores

About 24% of students accepted to UARK submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 560 and 640. Math scores were between 550 and 640.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Arkansas  ( 560 to 640 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for University of Arkansas  ( 550 to 640 )
200
800
UARK received ACT scores from 93% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 23 and 30. Math scores were between 22 and 28. Composite scores were between 23 and 29.

ACT English Scores for University of Arkansas  ( 23 to 30 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for University of Arkansas  ( 22 to 28 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for University of Arkansas  ( 23 to 29 )
1
36

Can I Afford University of Arkansas?

$35,655 Net Price
42% Take Out Loans
4.9% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of UARK is $35,655. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At UARK, approximately 42% of students took out student loans averaging $7,803 a year. That adds up to $31,212 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UARK is 4.9%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

University of Arkansas Undergraduate Student Diversity

21,005 Full-Time Undergraduates
54% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 23,386 undergraduate students at UARK, with 21,005 being full-time and 2,381 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  UARK

There are also 4,392 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 21,005 full-time undergraduates at UARK, 46% are male and 54% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  UARK

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of University of Arkansas students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of UARK Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 502
Black or African American 848
Hispanic or Latino 1,799
White 16,021
International Students 657
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,178

Geographic Diversity

Arkansas students aren't the only ones who study at University of Arkansas. At this time, 38 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 118 countries are represented at UARK. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and Panama.

Online Learning at University of Arkansas

2,328 Took All Classes Online
7,694 Took At Least One Class Online
8.9% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 5 bachelor’s degree and 19 master’s degree programs available online at UARK. In 2017-2018, 7,694 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at UARK has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 3rd most popular in Arkansas for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of UARK

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University of Arkansas was 8.9%. This is the #1,403 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at UARK regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of UARK majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Agricultural Production 30%
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations 11%
Business, Management & Marketing 9%
Communication & Journalism 1%
Communication & Media Studies 9%
Curriculum & Instruction 18%
Education 17%
Educational Administration 27%
Electrical Engineering 13%
Engineering Technologies 6%
Engineering-Related Fields 6%
English Language & Literature 2%
General Business/Commerce 19%
Geography & Cartography 18%
Health Professions 6%
Instructional Media Design 47%
Interdisciplinary Studies 22%
Legal Professions 4%
Legal Professions (Other) 42%
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 7%
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies 4%
Social Sciences 6%
Special Education 7%
Teacher Education Grade Specific 9%
Teacher Education Subject Specific 39%
Writing Studies 11%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at UARK ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at UARK.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Agricultural Production #4
Legal Professions (Other) #6
General Family & Consumer Sciences #8
Interdisciplinary Studies #9
General Engineering #20
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods #24
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations #24
Geography & Cartography #25
Electrical Engineering #28
Engineering-Related Fields #29
Writing Studies #41
Social Work #43
Communication & Media Studies #58
Legal Professions #61
English Language & Literature #63
Engineering #68
Human Resource Management #77
Instructional Media Design #81
Engineering Technologies #82
Curriculum & Instruction #82
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences #83
Communication & Journalism #89
General Business/Commerce #101
Social Sciences #114
Special Education #114
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #120
Teacher Education Subject Specific #121
Public Administration & Social Service #128
Teacher Education Grade Specific #161
Educational Administration #164
Nursing #305
Education #390

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

University of Arkansas Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 0 416 1 68 13 498
Marketing 0 345 0 0 0 345
Finance & Financial Management 0 327 0 0 0 327
Nursing 0 292 0 3 18 313
Engineering-Related Fields 0 0 97 156 0 253
General Biology 0 233 0 8 6 247
Accounting 0 183 0 51 0 234
Health & Physical Education 0 175 0 15 7 197
Communication & Media Studies 0 179 0 14 0 193
General Psychology 0 167 0 9 5 181
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 88 2 71 4 165
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 64 50 36 0 150
Mechanical Engineering 0 137 0 8 0 145
Political Science & Government 0 137 0 4 0 141
Journalism 0 133 0 6 0 139
Public Health 0 110 0 4 1 115
Law 0 0 0 0 104 104
Agricultural Economics & Business 0 83 0 19 0 102
Animal Science 0 80 0 10 12 102
Educational Administration 0 0 10 67 24 101
Communication Sciences 0 77 0 23 0 100
Social Work 2 58 0 38 0 98
History 0 86 0 2 7 95
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 94 0 0 0 94
Computer Science 0 83 0 9 0 92
Electrical Engineering 0 65 0 25 0 90
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 0 87 0 0 0 87
General English Literature 0 71 0 13 2 86
Civil Engineering 0 69 0 15 0 84
Chemistry 0 75 0 3 2 80
Industrial Engineering 0 69 0 10 0 79
Textile & Apparel Studies 0 75 0 0 0 75
Chemical Engineering 0 73 0 0 0 73
General Engineering 0 0 0 37 33 70
Sociology 0 68 0 2 0 70
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 0 64 0 0 0 64
Mathematics 0 42 0 13 6 61
Romance Languages 0 53 0 6 0 59
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 6 0 50 0 56
International Relations & National Security 0 56 0 0 0 56
General Architecture 0 55 0 0 0 55
Fine & Studio Arts 0 42 0 6 0 48
Biomedical Engineering 0 47 0 0 0 47
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 25 0 16 5 46
Music 0 28 4 14 0 46
Anthropology 0 37 0 5 3 45
International Business 0 40 0 0 0 40
Human Development & Family Studies 0 38 0 0 0 38
General Education 0 37 0 0 0 37
Legal Professions (Other) 0 0 12 24 0 36
Food Science Technology 0 22 0 7 3 32
Plant Sciences 0 10 0 17 4 31
Physics 0 24 0 1 6 31
Business/Managerial Economics 0 30 0 0 0 30
Special Education 0 15 4 11 0 30
Drama & Theater Arts 0 15 0 15 0 30
Biological Engineering 0 29 0 0 0 29
Computer Engineering 0 24 0 5 0 29
Economics 0 17 0 6 3 26
Computer Information Systems 0 25 0 0 0 25
Student Counseling 0 0 0 18 6 24
Natural Resources Conservation 0 24 0 0 0 24
Interdisciplinary Studies 0 23 0 0 0 23
Agricultural Public Services 0 22 0 0 0 22
Geography & Cartography 3 14 0 5 0 22
Design & Applied Arts 0 22 0 0 0 22
General Business/Commerce 0 21 0 0 0 21
Human Resource Management 0 21 0 0 0 21
Instructional Media Design 0 0 2 17 0 19
Allied Health Professions 0 0 0 19 0 19
Recreation Administration 0 0 0 19 0 19
Writing Studies 0 0 4 14 0 18
Philosophy 0 14 0 1 2 17
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 0 0 6 10 16
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 0 15 1 16
Horticulture 0 15 0 0 0 15
Materials Sciences 0 0 0 5 8 13
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 1 2 8 11
Agricultural Production 0 0 0 10 0 10
Germanic Languages 0 10 0 0 0 10
Statistics 0 0 1 9 0 10
Landscape Architecture 0 9 0 0 0 9
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 0 0 4 5 9
Botany/Plant Biology 0 0 0 5 3 8
Zoology 0 0 0 4 4 8
General Family & Consumer Sciences 0 2 0 6 0 8
Education Philosophy 0 0 0 0 7 7
Agricultural Engineering 0 0 0 6 0 6
Teaching English or French 0 0 0 5 0 5
Foreign Language, Literature & Linguistics (Other) 0 0 0 5 0 5
Educational Assessment 0 0 3 0 1 4
Health Sciences & Services 0 0 0 0 4 4
Sustainability Science 0 0 4 0 0 4
Public Administration 0 0 0 4 0 4
Public Policy 0 0 0 0 4 4
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 0 3 0 0 3
Classical Languages & Literature 0 3 0 0 0 3
Information Technology 0 0 1 0 0 1
Environmental Engineering 0 0 0 1 0 1
Health/Medical Prep Programs 0 1 0 0 0 1
Area Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ethnic Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 0 0 0 0 0 0
Gerontology 0 0 0 0 0 0
Astronomy & Astrophysics 0 0 0 0 0 0
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Public Administration 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 5 5,181 199 1,102 331 6,818

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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