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University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, Arkansas

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University of Arkansas overview
Location Fayetteville, Arkansas
Online uark.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Small City
University of Arkansas overview
Size Large
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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The University of Arkansas, located in Fayetteville, is a public research institution established in 1871. It is situated in the Ozark Mountains, offering students a campus environment with a blend of historic and modern architectural styles, including the iconic Old Main, a National Historic Landmark. The university is approximately a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Little Rock, the state's capital. With a broad academic portfolio, the University of Arkansas is known for strong programs in business, engineering, architecture, and agricultural and food sciences. It has a moderately selective admissions process. On-campus housing is available, accommodating a range of living preferences for students. The university also fields a variety of athletic teams, known as the Razorbacks, with particular prominence in basketball and football within the NCAA Division I Southeastern Conference.

In the most recent statistical year 21,462 prospective students applied, and 17,743 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 6,065 enrolled in the school.  23,282 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 5,786 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2021/2022, excluding room and board, is $7,666 plus fees of $1,908. Arkansas is ranked 397 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Arkansas is rated within the top 42% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 6 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

University of Arkansas overview
SAT 1050/1220
ACT 21/28
GPA 3.74

Applications Accepted

University of Arkansas overview
Applications Due Aug 1, 2024
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $40

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Annual Cost to Attend

Arkansas Resident Tuition

In State Costs for University of Arkansas
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,100
Other Fees$1,908
Room and Board $11,942
Budget for Other Expenses$4,362
Total One Year Cost$26,978

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for University of Arkansas
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,100
Other Fees$1,908
Room and Board $11,942
Budget for Other Expenses$4,362
Total One Year Cost$43,794

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$50,400 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

59% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by University of Arkansas students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 24%
Engineering 9%
Social Sciences 8%
Communication 7%
Health Professions 6%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=106397 IPEDS survey data for University of Arkansas.

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