University of Central Arkansas

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201 Donaghey Avenue

Conway, AR 72035

Phone: (501) 450-5000
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#66 Overall Score: 44 out of 100. Regional Universities (South)

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University of Central Arkansas is a public institution that was founded in 1907. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 9,604, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 262 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Central Arkansas's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (South), 66. Its in-state tuition and fees are $7,595 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $13,340 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Over the last century, the University of Central Arkansas has become a four-year, public institution offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. It is one of the best and most affordable options for higher education in the South. UCA offers more than 100 undergraduate courses of study, 33 master's degree programs, and four doctoral programs for students to explore.

Regardless of where your interests lie, UCA offers programs and extracurricular activities to pursue your passions. Do you enjoy browsing a great art exhibit? The Baum Gallery is an education art museum for students, faculty, and staff featuring local, national. and international touring exhibitions. Maybe you prefer to listen to a world-call music performance? Donald W. Reynolds Performance Hall is a state-of-the-art performance hall bringing renown dance troupes, plays, and musicians to campus.

UCA housing is top rate, offering 10 halls and abundant apartment housing. UCA has three residential colleges that are co-education living and learning communities that provide opportunities to connect to every aspect of student life. Residential college students are enrolled in the same cluster of classes to promote collaborative learning and have the added bonus of living side by side UCA faculty and older mentoring students.

Do you enjoy being physically active or participating in sporting events? The new HPER center located on campus features basketball courts, volleyball, badminton, an indoor track, and exercise class studio and a fitness center complete with a full slate of cardio and strength training equipment. For the competitive type, our intramural sports give every UCA student a chance to participate in a competitive sports activity. In fact, sports plays a HUGE role in the UCA experience! The University of Central Arkansas proudly participates in 15 NCAA Division I varsity sports: Seven men's sports and eight women's sports. As a member of the Southland Conference, UCA competes against schools from Texas and Louisiana. Join the Bear Den and get involved in the excitement that is UCA sports!

Are you looking for opportunities to learn outside the traditional classroom setting? The UCA Honors College is designed to take an interdisciplinary approach to learning and is designed to provide some of our most creative and talented students with the opportunity to fulfill some general education requirements through small classes taught in seminar format.
And this is just a glimpse of what UCA has to offer! Which leaves us thinking...

Why not UCA?

Bring out the bear in you!

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1907
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $22,681,771


When applying to University of Central Arkansas, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. The application fee at University of Central Arkansas is $25. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 90 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 90.0%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by N/A

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of Central Arkansas is 16:1, and the school has 45.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of Central Arkansas include: Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other; Biology/Biological Sciences, General; Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching; Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; and Accounting. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 70.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 16:1
4-year graduation rate 23%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other 7%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 6%
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching 5%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 5%
Accounting 4%

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Student Life

University of Central Arkansas has a total undergraduate enrollment of 9,604, with a gender distribution of 42.5 percent male students and 57.5 percent female students. At this school, 37.6 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 62.4 percent of students live off campus. University of Central Arkansas is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 11,107
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

University of Central Arkansas offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. University of Central Arkansas also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at University of Central Arkansas, 74 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at University of Central Arkansas.

Students who have cars on campus 74%
Health insurance offered Yes

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In-state tuition and fees $7,595 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $13,340 (2013-14)
Room and board $5,550 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics N/A

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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