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University of Central Arkansas Overview

University of Central Arkansas is a public institution located in Conway, Arkansas. The location of UCA is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

What Is University of Central Arkansas Known For?

1,818 Undergraduate Awards
$22,145 Avg Cost After Aid
90% Acceptance Rate
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at UCA.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 78% of the faculty were full-time.

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University of Central Arkansas Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Program Level Awards

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

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Library Science Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Other Library & Archives Assisting Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

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

Rank Ranking Name Source
#18 Highest Paid Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Graduates College Factual
#19 Highest Paid Health & Physical Education Graduates College Factual
#49 Best Value Colleges for Health & Physical Education College Factual
#52 Best Value Colleges for Education College Factual
#55 Best Value Colleges for Teacher Education Grade Specific College Factual
#151 Best Value Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing College Factual

Where Is University of Central Arkansas?

Location of University of Central Arkansas

Contact details for UCA are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 201 Donaghey Ave, Conway, AR 72035-0001
Phone: 501-450-5000
Website: www.uca.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ucentralarkansas
Twitter: http://twitter.com/ucabears

How Do I Get Into UCA?

You can apply to UCA online at: uca.edu/admissions/apply

Admission Requirements for UCA

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript neither required nor recommended
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into UCA?

90% Acceptance Rate
65% Of Accepted Are Women
4% Submit SAT Scores
Since UCA has an acceptance rate of 90%, it is not too hard to gain acceptance into the school. Still, you need to be sure you complete your application in full and send in any other requested documents.

Approximately 35% of accepted students are men and 65% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 87%, and the acceptance rate for women is 92%.

Average Test Scores

About 4% of students accepted to UCA submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 470 and 555. Math scores were between 500 and 580.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Central Arkansas  ( 470 to 555 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for University of Central Arkansas  ( 500 to 580 )
200
800
UCA received ACT scores from 94% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 19 and 25. Math scores were between 21 and 28. Composite scores were between 21 and 27.

ACT English Scores for University of Central Arkansas  ( 19 to 25 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for University of Central Arkansas  ( 21 to 28 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for University of Central Arkansas  ( 21 to 27 )
1
36

Can I Afford University of Central Arkansas?

$22,145 Net Price
52% Take Out Loans
7.5% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of UCA is $22,145. 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 UCA, approximately 52% of students took out student loans averaging $8,544 a year. That adds up to $34,176 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UCA is 7.5%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

University of Central Arkansas Undergraduate Student Diversity

7,863 Full-Time Undergraduates
61% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 9,425 undergraduate students at UCA, with 7,863 being full-time and 1,562 being part-time.

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

There are also 1,752 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 7,863 full-time undergraduates at UCA, 39% are male and 61% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  UCA

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of UCA Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 171
Black or African American 1,262
Hispanic or Latino 442
White 5,199
International Students 405
Other Races/Ethnicities 384

Geographic Diversity

Arkansas students aren't the only ones who study at University of Central Arkansas. At this time, 25 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 84 countries are represented at UCA. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Côte d’Ivoire, Bahamas, and China.

Online Learning at University of Central Arkansas

1,003 Took All Classes Online
3,317 Took At Least One Class Online
1.3% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 2 bachelor’s degree and 10 master’s degree programs available online at UCA. In 2017-2018, 3,317 students took at least one online class at the school.

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

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This school is the 10th 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 UCA

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University of Central Arkansas was 1.3%. This is the #1,942 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at UCA regardless of major.

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

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Business, Management & Marketing 1%
Economics 24%
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 5%
General Family & Consumer Sciences 16%
Health Professions 2%
Marketing 15%
Mental & Social Health Services 12%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at UCA 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 UCA.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Community Organization & Advocacy #7
General Family & Consumer Sciences #16
Geography & Cartography #36
Mental & Social Health Services #61
Instructional Media Design #118
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences #155
Special Education #177
Teacher Education Subject Specific #182
Social Sciences #185
Public Administration & Social Service #194
Nursing #435

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 Central Arkansas Undergraduate Concentrations

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

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 86 0 72 0 158
Nursing 0 84 6 37 5 132
General Psychology 0 119 0 0 0 119
Mental & Social Health Services 0 83 0 33 0 116
Business Administration & Management 0 55 0 55 0 110
General Biology 0 98 0 10 0 108
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 0 47 54 101
General Family & Consumer Sciences 0 67 0 26 0 93
Other Health Professions 0 89 0 0 0 89
Liberal Arts General Studies 71 6 0 0 0 77
Computer Information Systems 0 72 0 0 0 72
Communication Sciences 0 41 0 30 0 71
Marketing 0 67 0 0 0 67
General Business/Commerce 0 62 0 0 0 62
Health & Physical Education 0 50 0 9 0 59
Student Counseling 0 0 0 55 0 55
Accounting 0 39 0 14 0 53
Management Information Systems 0 51 0 0 0 51
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 28 5 10 0 43
Finance & Financial Management 0 41 0 0 0 41
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 0 39 0 2 0 41
Educational Administration 0 0 29 11 0 40
Other Library & Archives Assisting 0 0 0 38 0 38
Public Relations & Advertising 0 37 0 0 0 37
Fine & Studio Arts 0 37 0 0 0 37
Allied Health Professions 0 35 0 0 0 35
Music 0 19 3 13 0 35
Special Education 0 16 9 7 0 32
Chemistry 0 31 0 0 0 31
History 0 27 0 3 0 30
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 26 0 4 0 30
General English Literature 0 22 0 7 0 29
Writing Studies 0 25 0 3 0 28
Mathematics 0 22 0 3 0 25
Criminology 0 25 0 0 0 25
Journalism 0 24 0 0 0 24
Sociology 0 24 0 0 0 24
Communication & Media Studies 0 19 0 0 0 19
Insurance 0 18 0 0 0 18
Economics 0 17 0 0 0 17
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 16 0 0 0 16
Natural Resources Conservation 0 16 0 0 0 16
Geography & Cartography 0 8 2 6 0 16
Design & Applied Arts 0 16 0 0 0 16
Political Science & Government 0 15 0 0 0 15
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 13 0 0 0 13
Physics 0 13 0 0 0 13
Computer Science 0 0 0 10 0 10
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 6 0 0 4 10
Biological & Physical Science 0 8 0 0 0 8
International Studies 0 8 0 0 0 8
Drama & Theater Arts 0 8 0 0 0 8
Applied Mathematics 0 0 0 7 0 7
General Education 0 0 0 6 0 6
Philosophy 0 6 0 0 0 6
Anthropology 0 4 0 0 0 4
Community Organization & Advocacy 0 0 0 4 0 4
Public Administration 0 4 0 0 0 4
Instructional Media Design 0 0 0 3 0 3
Romance Languages 0 0 0 3 0 3
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 3 0 0 0 3
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 0 3 3
Ethnic Studies 0 1 0 0 0 1
Religious Studies 0 1 0 0 0 1
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 0 0 0 0 0
Information Technology 0 0 0 0 0 0
Computer Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0
Engineering Physics 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nutrition Science 0 0 0 0 0 0
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 71 1,747 54 528 66 2,466

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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