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University of Arkansas: Narrative Description


800 Hotz Hall
Fayetteville, AR 72701-1201
Tel: (479)575-2000
Free: 800-377-8632
Admissions: (479)575-5346
Fax: (479)575-7515
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State-supported, university, coed. Part of University of Arkansas System. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees. Founded 1871. Setting: 357-acre suburban campus. Endowment: $626.4 million. Research spending 2003-04: $88.3 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $6872 per student. Total enrollment: 17,269. Faculty: 847 (797 full-time, 50 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 17:1. 5,819 applied, 78% were admitted. 36% from top 10% of their high school class, 64% from top quarter, 90% from top half. 45 National Merit Scholars, 160 valedictorians. Full-time: 11,302 students, 50% women, 50% men. Part-time: 2,515 students, 50% women, 50% men. Students come from 50 states and territories, 103 other countries, 14% from out-of-state, 2% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 5% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 13% 25 or older, 29% live on campus, 8% transferred in. Retention: 83% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; engineering/engineering technologies; education. Core. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 3.0 high school GPA. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 8/15, 11/15 for early action. Notification: 11/15, 12/15 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $30. State resident tuition: $4115 full-time, $137 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $11,405 full-time, $380 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $1020 full-time, $34 per credit part-time, $34 per term part-time. College room and board: $5927. College room only: $3481. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 273 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 15% of eligible men and 20% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: University programs, Booster Club, Associated Student Government, Black Students Association, Alpha Phi Omega. Major annual events: Welcome Week, Redeye, Homecoming. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, RAD (Rape Aggression Defense program). College housing designed to accommodate 3,704 students; 3,741 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. David W. Mullins Library plus 4 others with 1.7 million books, 4.6 million microform titles, 22,485 serials, 25,291 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $11.7 million. 1,252 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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