My Visit to University of Arkansas
By Coach Aaron
The University of Arkansas’ flagship campus in Fayetteville, AR is a public research university with nationally-ranked departments and programs, nestled in the heart of Washington County. Recently, we had one of our Coaches visit the campus. Started as a land-grant university in 1871, the University of Arkansas was first known as Arkansas Industrial University and was given the mission of serving Arkansas by creating an educated workforce. This is still part of University of Arkansas’ mission, though the institution has greatly expanded its array of educational programs. The University of Arkansas currently offers 78 bachelor’s, 89 master’s, and 57 doctoral degree programs, with 23 certificate programs as well. The biggest academic programs for the university are business, engineering, architecture, agriculture, and law. The Carnegie Foundation classifies the University of Arkansas as having “the highest possible level of research,” placing the University of Arkansas in the top 2 percent of colleges and universities nationwide for research. Undergraduate students can participate in graduate-level research, assisting graduate students with gathering or processing research materials, 100 percent of Honors College students take on a research project, and most degree programs allow for research opportunities for junior and senior undergraduates. In addition to research opportunities, the university also offers students many ways to study abroad. More than 900 students studied abroad in the 2014-15 academic year, visiting more than 50 countries. Most programs are between 2-5 weeks long during the summer. These shorter, more-focused experiences can make it possible logistically and financially for more students to participate. There are scholarships and departmental grants specifically for helping students cover the cost of study abroad, and students can also use some of the financial aid they’re already receiving to help cover costs. The University of Arkansas has a robust athletics program and is one of the few in the United States that operates within the revenue that it generates. Without a state football team to compete in the National Football League, the Arkansas sports fans rally behind the university’s NCAA Div. 1 Arkansas Razorbacks, which compete in the Southeastern Conference. U of A also offers club sports, intramural competition and recreational sports, including an outdoor recreation program that is more than 40 years old. True to the state’s nickname (The Natural State), Fayetteville offers a wealth of outdoor activities, including spelunking, canoeing, biking, and hiking in the scenic Ozark Mountains. Many of the school’s traditions revolve around sports, such as the iconic “Hog Call,” but the university also has a few other unique traditions that set it apart from other schools. The school’s Senior Walk is more than 5 miles of sidewalks engraved with the names of more than 175,000 University of Arkansas graduates, dating back to 1876. There is also Spoofer’s Stone, a remnant of the limestone rock left on the university’s lawn in front of Old Main after the building’s construction. The stone became a place for courting students to meet and also a place to leave notes tucked into the rock’s crevices. It is now a popular site for marriage proposals and much smaller than it used to be as students have chipped off pieces for keepsakes through the years. The university’s alumni dedicated the stone in 1932, and U of A has since discouraged students from chipping away at the stone. The university’s on-campus culture is bolstered by 380 registered student organizations and a strong Greek Life, with 26 percent of students participating in a sorority or fraternity on campus. The University of Arkansas has a high freshman retention rate (83%) because it offers new students a plethora of activities that let them get comfortable on campus and build friendships with other new and returning students through fun experiences. The University of Arkansas is a great fit for a student who is seeking research opportunities, wants what a big public university can offer with a small-campus feel, or students who love to explore the outdoors. Contact our CAA Coaches to see if University of Arkansas is a good fit for you! You can Also learn more about the University of Arkansas through our website and exploring the school’s website at www.uark.edu.