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University of Arkansas
University of Arkansas seal.svg
Latin: [Universitas Arkansiensis] Error: {{Lang}}: text has italic markup (help)
Former names
Arkansas Industrial University
Motto Veritate duce progredi (Latin)
Motto in English
To Advance with Truth as our Leader
Type Public flagship land-grant research university
Established 1871; 153 years ago (1871)
Parent institution
University of Arkansas System
Academic affiliations
  • CDIO
  • Space-grant
Endowment $2.6 billion (2021)
Budget $866 million (FY 2018)
Chancellor Charles Robinson (interim)
Provost Terry Martin (interim)
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 29,068 (Fall 2021)
Undergraduates 22,825
Postgraduates 4,354
Other students
383 (Law)
Location , ,
United States

36°04′07″N 94°10′34″W / 36.068681°N 94.176012°W / 36.068681; -94.176012
Campus College Town, 412 acres (1.67 km2)
Newspaper The Arkansas Traveler
Colors      Cardinal
     Apple Blossom
Nickname Razorbacks
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division I FBS – SEC
Mascot Tusk & Big Red
University of Arkansas logo.svg

The University of Arkansas (U of A, UArk, or UA) is a public land-grant research university in Fayetteville, Arkansas. It is the flagship campus of the University of Arkansas System and the largest university in Arkansas. Founded as Arkansas Industrial University in 1871, classes were first held on January 22, 1872, with its present name adopted in 1899. It is noted for its strong programs in architecture, agriculture (particularly animal science and poultry science), communication disorders, creative writing, history, law (particularly agricultural law), and Middle Eastern studies, as well as for its business school, of which the supply chain management program was ranked the best in North America by Gartner in July 2020. In a 2021 study compiled by DegreeChoices and published by Forbes, the University of Arkansas ranked 13th among universities with the most graduates working at top Fortune 500 companies.

The university campus consists of 378 buildings spread across 512 acres (2.07 km2) of land in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Some well known architecture on campus includes Old Main, the first permanent academic building erected. Academic programs are in excess of 200. Enrollment for the fall semester of 2019 was 27,559. The ratio of students to faculty is approximately 19:1. The university is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity" and totaled expenditures of $175.5 million in FY 2018.

UA's athletic teams, the Arkansas Razorbacks, compete in NCAA Division I as members of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) with eight men's teams and eleven women's teams in thirteen sports. The university is known for its traditions, including Calling the Hogs at sports events, and the Senior Walk, more than 4 miles (6.4 km) of campus sidewalk etched with the names of all UA graduates since 1871. The University of Arkansas is also known for being the home of the founding chapter of Chi Omega sorority.


The athletics teams of the university are called the Razorbacks and the women's teams are called the Lady Razorbacks. They have 19 varsity teams and they compete in the Southeastern Conference.

Notable people

Though neither attended the university, both former president Bill Clinton and former secretary of state and presidential nominee Hillary Clinton taught at the university's law school in the early 1970s. The house where they lived in Fayetteville is now a historic site and museum.

The University of Arkansas Alumni Association operates chapters in 30 states throughout the United States. Throughout the university's history, faculty, alumni, and former students have played prominent roles in many different fields. Among its Distinguished Alumni is Ricardo Martinelli, former president of the Republic of Panama from 2009 to 2014. Seventeen Arkansas graduates have held the position of governor, including the current Governor of Arkansas Asa Hutchinson. Twenty-six University of Arkansas graduates have also represented the state of Arkansas in the United States House of Representatives, including at least one in every Congress from the start of the 57th Congress in 1901 to 2009. Six Arkansas graduates have also held at least one US Senate seat from Arkansas since 1945. From 1979 to 2003, both seats were held by Arkansas graduates: the late J. William Fulbright and current US Senator John Boozman.

Arkansas alumni have also become prominent in the music world. Singer songwriter Ben Rector graduated from The University of Arkansas in 2009. A notable single of his includes "Brand New", which was featured in the trailer for the Nicholas Sparks film The Choice.

Arkansas alumni have made contributions to the business world and academia. These alumni include Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. Other Arkansas business alumni include executives of major corporations like S. Robson Walton of Wal-Mart, Scott T. Ford of Alltel, and Ed Wilson of Fox Broadcasting Company & Tribune Broadcasting. Other Arkansas alumni have also held Chancellor and President positions at numerous universities including John Tyler Caldwell who served as the Chancellor of North Carolina State University, and Ray Thornton who served as President of Arkansas State University.

Arkansas alumni have also made contributions to professional sports. Arkansas Razorbacks have moved on to play in the NFL, NBA, WNBA, and MLB. Notable alumni in the world of sports include MLB Cy Young Award winning pitcher Cliff Lee and seven-time NBA All Star Joe Johnson. Others former Razorbacks include 10 Olympians who have won 14 Olympic medals including Mike Conley, Sr. who won Olympics medals at the 1984 and 1992 Olympics. Eight Pro Football Hall of Famers including Dan Hampton attended the University of Arkansas.

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