Quick Facts

Quick Facts

Founded 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 classes in 1872 showed the same dedication to learning and commitment to excellence that has carried the University of Arkansas into the 21st century.

More than 145 years later, the university’s enrollment is more than 27,500 and its students represent 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.

University of Arkansas

Quick Facts

  • Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • Founded: 1871
  • Chancellor: Joseph E. Steinmetz
  • Endowment market value: $898.9 million (end of FY 2016)
  • Research expenditures: $153 million (FY 2017)
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  • Enrollment: 27,778 (Fall 2018)
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 19:1
  • Average ACT: 26
  • Average high school GPA: 3.69
  • Six-year graduation rate: 65.5 percent (2012 cohort)
Faculty and Staff

Faculty and Staff

  • Faculty: 1,353
  • Staff, full-time: 3,150
  • Staff, part-time: 77


  • Undergraduate majors: 84
  • Master's degree programs: 88
  • Doctoral and specialist programs: 54
  • Graduate certificate programs: 28

Did You Know?

Senior Walk

We have over 4 miles of sidewalks imprinted with the names of our graduates. To add your name to Senior Walk, it only takes another two inches (and four years of dedication for your college degree).

Bill and Hillary Clinton

Bill and Hillary Clinton began their careers by teaching law at the University of Arkansas. Before she was a U.S. senator or the nation's secretary of state, Hillary founded our university's legal clinic

Fulbright Statue

The Fulbright Scholarship Program, the largest international exchange of scholars in the world, was created by J. William Fulbright, a graduate, former president of the university and the longest-serving chair of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Famous Razorbacks

Arts and Entertainment

  • Janis Kearney, presidential diarist
  • Bob Sauerberg, president of Condé Nast
  • Ed Wilson, former Fox TV president
  • T.J. Holmes, journalist and television personality

Business and Education

  • William T. Dillard II, president/CEO of Dillard's department stores
  • Sonja Hubbard, CEO of E-Z Mart Stores Inc.
  • Jerry Jones, owner, Dallas Cowboys
  • Robert Maurer, co-inventor of fiberoptic cable
  • Doug McMillon, president and CEO, Wal-Mart Stores Inc.


  • Veronica Campbell-Brown, Olympic Gold Medalist
  • John Daly, PGA golfer
  • Cliff Lee, MLB pitcher and Cy Young winner
  • Stacy Lewis, LPGA golfer
  • Darren McFadden, NFL player


  • Asa Hutchinson, Arkansas governor
  • Mike Beebe, former Arkansas governor
  • John Boozman, U.S. senator
  • Mark Pryor, former U.S. senator
  • Princess Areej Ghazi of Jordan
  • Dale Bumpers, former governor and U.S. senator
  • David Pryor, former governor and U.S. senator