Students choose the University of Arkansas because it is an internationally competitive student-centered research university that represents the best of public higher education.
Since 1871, Arkansas’ flagship university has been a place where creativity is nurtured, and problems are solved through research and discovery. It is a place where aspirations become reality, where student voices are heard, and where faculty are driven to change lives with their teaching and research. It is a place where students will find a vibrant campus life, a community rich with culture and opportunity, and where traditions are etched in stone.
The Graduate School offers 130 graduate programs that are designed to help students build a better world. Whatever students are looking for during their graduate journey, they can find it at the University of Arkansas.
A Place That Values Excellence in Research
As a Research I university, the University of Arkansas has been recognized by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education as a doctoral university with the highest level of research activity. Numerous programs, both on campus and online, are nationally ranked. They provide students with the opportunity to work with experts in their fields who are striving to answer today’s most challenging questions in the arts, sciences, business, medicine, law, engineering, and more.
The Graduate School at the University of Arkansas has a reputation for producing influential leaders and intellectuals, and is a place where aspirations become reality. Currently, over 250 doctoral fellows are enrolled, as well as 13 NSF Graduate Research fellows, 50 Benjamin Franklin Lever fellows, and 50 Fulbright scholars. Students ask tough questions, drive innovation, break barriers, explore every angle, and solve complex problems.
A Place Where Diversity is Welcome
Students from all over the United States and the world have found a home at the University of Arkansas. Over 4,000 graduate students are currently enrolled, with a nearly 50:50 ratio of male to female students. Individuals from under-represented groups represent 15% of the graduate student body, while nearly 1,500 international students from 120 countries call the University of Arkansas home.
A Place Where Support is Available
Graduate education is a significant investment of time, energy and money. Therefore, the Graduate School is proud to offer a variety of financial and community resources to help ease students’ burdens. Each year, students receive NASA, NSF, Fulbright, and other prestigious national awards. Additional sources of funding are also available to further students’ educational journeys: over 1,500 students serve in graduate assistant roles, while over 500 more impact other student lives as teaching assistants.
A Place Rich With Culture and Opportunity
The University of Arkansas is a place where students can find a home that will make their graduate years special. Over 380 registered student organizations provide an outlet for students to connect with peers over culture, religion, professional affiliations, or special interests. A multitude of on-campus events are offered to students, including live theater, art exhibits, free concerts from nationally renowned artists, and engaging lectures from distinguished global speakers and world leaders.
Fayetteville, located in Northwest Arkansas, is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the Top Five Best Places to Live in the United States due to its strong job market, low unemployment, high quality of life, short commutes, mild climate and low cost of living.
Northwest Arkansas, linked by the 36-mile Razorback Regional Greenway trail, offers a multitude of recreational activities and cultural events from kayaking on the Buffalo River and hiking the trails of Devil’s Den State Park, to seeing Broadway shows at the Walton Arts Center on Dickson Street or viewing art installations at the award-winning Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville.
A Place Where Voices Are Heard, Careers Are Launched, and Tradition is Etched in Stone
While at the University of Arkansas, students have a powerful resource in the Graduate Student Congress, where ideas, opinions, and concerns are recognized. The GSC serves as an institutional voice that advocates for the interests of graduate students, and all students are encouraged to actively participate in congressional meetings to effect change on campus.
Once students have completed their journey at the University of Arkansas, their professional futures are bright. Placement rates for master’s graduates are nearly 90%, while doctoral graduates enjoy a 92% placement rate. Students are remembered once they have left campus, as names of graduates are etched in stone on Senior Walk, with over four miles of pavement listing over 170,000 graduates and counting.
A Place to Call Home
Ultimately, the University of Arkansas is more than a location on a map - it is a place to call home. A place where, every day, graduate students and expert faculty come together to engage in world-class research, where excellence is standard, where diversity is celebrated, where voices are heard, and where lives are transformed.