University of Central Arkansas: Narrative Description

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201 Donaghey Ave.
Conway, AR 72035-0001
Tel: (501)450-5000
Admissions: (501)450-5145
Fax: (501)450-5228
E-mail: [email protected]
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State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Founded 1907. Setting: 365-acre small town campus. Endowment: $11.1 million. Research spending 2003-04: $643,985. Educational spending 2003-04: $4402 per student. Total enrollment: 10,071. Faculty: 556 (450 full-time, 106 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 19:1. 5,342 applied, 68% were admitted. 25% from top 10% of their high school class, 53% from top quarter, 78% from top half. Full-time: 8,459 students, 60% women, 40% men. Part-time: 588 students, 60% women, 40% men. Students come from 38 states and territories, 55 other countries, 5% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 17% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 11% 25 or older, 42% live on campus, 7% transferred in. Retention: 70% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; health professions and related sciences; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, 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.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Required for some: minimum 2.75 high school GPA. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. State resident tuition: $4060 full-time, $145 per hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $7616 full-time, $272 per hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $993 full-time, $31 per hour part-time, $61 per term part-time. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. College room and board: $3920. College room only: $2200. 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: 32 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 10% of eligible men and 10% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, Royal Rooters, student orientation staff, Ambassadors. Major annual events: Bearfacts Days, Homecoming, Parents' Day. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, security personnel at entrances during evening hours. College housing designed to accommodate 3,600 students; 3,797 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. Torreyson Library with 505,000 books, 850,000 microform titles, 2,000 serials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $2.4 million. 1,500 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.

Community Environment:

Conway, population 45,000, is a growing center served by major highways, the Union Pacific Railway, and Little Rock National Airport which is 35 miles away. It is within a few miles of the geographic center of the state. Lake Conway, which covers approximately 6,500 acres, between Conway and Little Rock, is one of the principal resorts of the state. The Arkansas River, the largest to cross the state, is less than ten miles from Conway. Conway is a city with three colleges and is the government seat of Faulkner County. It has a diverse economic background, which includes manufacturers, education, government and service industries. Several major manufacturing firms including Kimberly Clark, Nucor Steel, Touksen and AmTran have facilities here. Axiom, a data processing center, has its corporation headquarters located in Conway and employs approximately 2,000 people. The city has many beautiful residences, churches, businesses, and public buildings.