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University of Arkansas

United States
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About University of Arkansas

The University of Arkansas is a public, co-educational, land-grant, space-grant, research university. It is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a research university with very high research activity. It is the flagship campus of the University of Arkansas System and is located in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Founded as Arkansas Industrial University in 1871, its present name was adopted in 1899 and classes were first held on January 22, 1872. It is noted for its strong architecture, agriculture (particularly animal science and poultry science), business, communication disorders, creative writing, history, law, and Middle Eastern studies programs.

The University of Arkansas completed its "Campaign for the 21st Century" in 2005, in which the university raised more than $1 billion for the school, used in part to create a new Honors College and significantly increase the university's endowment. Among these gifts were the largest donation given to a business school at the time ($50 million), and the largest gift given to a public university in America ($300 million), both given by the Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation.

Campus information

The Fine Arts Center was designed by Fayetteville native Edward Durell Stone, who also designed Radio City Music Hall and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The buildings are indicative of Stone's idiosyncratic modern style which included patterns of ornament.

The east end of the University of Arkansas campus is adjacent to Dickson Street, which is one of the premier entertainment districts in the state. To the south of the university is Fayetteville High School, which contains nationally recognized academics and athletics programs.

From the South:
Take I-40 to I-540 N. (Exit 12). From I-540 N., take the Wedington Dr. exit (Exit 64). Turn right on Wedington, drive east for 1.5 miles and turn right on Garland Ave. Turn left at Cleveland Street. Entrance to the garage will be on your right.

From the North:
Take I-540 S. to Fayetteville. From I-540, take the Hwy 112 exit (Exit 66). Turn right on Hwy 112 and travel south for 2 miles and turn left on Cleveland Street. Entrance to the garage will be on your right.

Directions from Airport:
From XNA to Fayetteville: Turn east (left at airport exit) and go to Cave Springs. From Cave Springs, continue traveling east six miles on Hwy 264 to I-540. See directions from the North.



The University of Arkansas recognizes the benefits students receive from living on campus their first year. Therefore, all single freshmen under twenty-one (21) years of age are required to live on campus in a residence hall, or in their parent or legal guardian's permanent home. Students who are admitted to the University of Arkansas as a transfer student from another post-secondary institution, and who have completed at least 24 credit hours at that institution are not required to live on campus.


New freshmen will be given priority with regard to campus housing due to the fact that their developmental level and familiarity with the campus puts them at greater risk of not succeeding academically if they are not housed on campus.


Courses available 10

Accounting & Finance 1 Agriculture Studies 2 Computer Science, IT 1 Engineering 5 Mass Communication & Media 1


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