About the U of A

The University of Arkansas, the state’s flagship university, overlooks the Ozark Mountains in Fayetteville. For nearly 150 years, it has been at the center of higher education in the state of Arkansas; recently it has become a national center of attention in the world of higher education.  Students and faculty are more academically accomplished, facilities are more sophisticated, and research efforts are more inclusive now than at any other time in the university's history.  All indicators of academic success are at record highs and climbing. The university’s 27,778 students come from every county in Arkansas, across the United States, and some 100 nations, and they can choose from nearly 200 academic programs of study. Through the integration of teaching, research, and service that puts students first, the University of Arkansas is taking its place among the nation’s great comprehensive academies.


  • Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • Founded: 1871
  • Chancellor: Joseph E. Steinmetz
  • Research expenditures: $145 million (FY 2016)


  • Enrollment: 27,778 (Fall 2018)
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 19:1
  • Average ACT: 26
  • Average high school GPA: 3.72
  • Six-year graduation rate: 65.5 percent (2012 cohort)


  • Faculty: 1,384
  • Staff, full time: 3,103
  • Staff, part time: 66  


  • Undergraduate majors: 86
  • Master's degree programs: 86
  • Doctoral and specialist programs: 52
  • Graduate certificate programs: 23