General Information


The University of Arkansas represents the best of public higher education, advancing Arkansas while building a better world.


The University of Arkansas is determined to build a better world by providing transformational opportunities and skills, promoting an inclusive and diverse culture, nurturing creativity, and solving problems through research and discovery, all in service to Arkansas. 

Since 1871, our fundamental purpose as a land-grant institution and state flagship remains unchanged — to serve the state of Arkansas as a partner, resource and catalyst by:

  • Providing access to a comprehensive and internationally competitive public education, and fostering student success across a wide spectrum of disciplines.
  • Utilizing research, discovery and creative activity to improve the quality of life, develop solutions to the challenges we face and drive the state's economy.
  • Contributing service and expertise through outreach, engagement and collaboration.

Quick Facts

  • Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • Founded: 1871
  • Enrollment: 29,068 (Fall 2021)
  • Average ACT: 24.5
  • Average high school GPA: 3.74

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Founded just over 150 years ago in 1871 as a land-grant college and state university, the University of Arkansas established its campus on a hilltop overlooking the Ozark Mountains. There were few facilities and little money that first academic year, but the eight students and three faculty members who gathered for the first class in January 1872 showed the same dedication to learning and commitment to excellence that has carried the University of Arkansas into the 21st century.

More than 150 years later, the university’s enrollment has passed 29,000, and its students represent all 75 counties of Arkansas, all 50 states and 120 countries. The university is the state’s foremost partner and resource for education and economic development. It serves as the major provider of graduate-level instruction in Arkansas. And its public service activities reach every county in Arkansas, throughout the nation, and around the world. Read a fuller history of the university.