About the University

The University of Arkansas was founded in 1871 as a land grant university for the State of Arkansas. The first classes were held in 1872. Today the enrollment has grown to more than 21,500 students. Students come from every state in the United States, and approximately 1145 international students are enrolled from more than 120 countries.

Students and faculty members bring a wealth of experience to the campus and are eager to share it with others. The University employs over 800 faculty members and a staff of nearly 3,000. The campus consists of 130 buildings on a total of 345 acres.

The University offers a broad spectrum of academic programs leading to baccalaureate, master's, doctoral, and professional degrees, not only in traditional disciplines with arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, but also in the core professional areas of agriculture, architecture, business, education, engineering, life sciences, and law.

Many University of Arkansas Colleges, Departments and Programs rank among the best in the United States:

  • High marks in graduate program development and funded research are only two factors that have put the UA industrial engineering department onto the American Society of Engineering Educator's list of the 10 best industrial engineering programs in the U.S.
  • The Department of Chemical Engineering ranks 5th in the nation in the amount of externally funded research. The UA College of Engineering was the first college to be evaluated and accredited under the "Criteria 2000" by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).
  • Our Sam M. Walton College of Business has tied for #25 among public business schools, according to the 2005 U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges." The University was listed in Fortune magazine as one of the top 66 schools in the U.S. that produce chief executives of major American companies.
  • The University of Arkansas named as one of the 20 "Best Bargains" in the country in The Princeton Review's 2005 edition of The Best 357 Colleges.
  • The University of Arkansas named as one of 77 best values in education in The Princeton Review's "America's Best Value Colleges".
  • U.S. News and World Reports placed the University of Arkansas in the top tier of it's rankings of America's Best Colleges. The University of Arkansas was also placed among the top public universities in the nation--one of 64 institutions.
  • The UA Honors College serves all undergraduate majors. Honors students enjoy small classes, priority registration, special housing, increased interaction with faculty, and enhanced opportunities for hands-on research.
  • Students and faculty in the School of Architecture receive national and international awards and recognition in design competitions. The prestigious "Gold Medal"— awarded to only 18 Americans in the history of the award—was bestowed on E. Fay Jones, Emeritus Professor and first student and Dean of the School of Architecture.
  • The Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences features the Center of Excellence for Poultry Science offering the finest training for poultry scientists in the U.S.
  • The programs in Creative Writing and Translation are ranked among the five best in the U.S. Since those programs began in 1965, graduates have published over 100 books of fiction, poetry, and translation.
  • The Department of Geography maintains one of the few dendroclimatology laboratories in the country. Researchers at the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies focus on Geographic Information Systems and related technologies.

Helpful University of Arkansas Phone Numbers

Note: Long distance phone numbers require an additional 1+479 area code prefix. For mailing addresses, add: "University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701 USA".

Department Name Phone Number
Graduate & International Admissions and Sponsored Student Programs 575-6246 Ozark Hall 213
Graduate School 1-866-234-3957 (Toll Free For All Graduate School Offices)
Graduate School Dean's Office 575-4401 Ozark Hall 213
Graduate Recruitment 575-5869 Ozark Hall 213
Center for Students with Disabilities 575-3104 Arkansas Union 104
Computing Services 575-2905 Admin. Services (155 Razorback Road) 220
University Dean of Students 575-5004 Administration Building 325
Financial Aid 575-3806 Silas Hunt Hall 114
Health Center 575-4451 600 Razorback Road
Housing Office 575-3951 Hotz Hall 900
International Students and Scholars 575-5003 Holcombe Hall 104
Non-Traditional and Commuter Students Office 575-7351 Arkansas Union 628
Registrar's Office 575-5451 Silas Hunt Hall 146
Student Accounts (Treasurer's Office) 575-5651 Administration Building 205
Teaching and Faculty Support Center 575-3222 Northwest Quad D-108
Testing Services 575-3948 Hotz Hall 730
Transit and Parking 575-7275 Admin. Services Building 131
UofA Police Department 575-2222 155 Razorback Road
University Switchboard 575-2000 (For phone numbers not listed here)