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What Makes Us Unique

The University of Arkansas is located in Fayetteville, a quintessential university town of 60,000 people and the center of the Northwest Arkansas metroplex, ranked by the U.S. Census Bureau as the sixth fastest growing region in the nation. Unique among Arkansas’ 45 private and public institutions, it is the largest and most distinguished institution of higher education in the state - a flagship public university comparable to other major universities.

The U of A is also the state’s only major research university, as defined by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. That means opportunities exist for students to work with faculty members on their own research projects. It also means that students learn from faculty members who are inventors of knowledge; University of Arkansas faculty members write the books and publish the studies that other institutions use in their own teaching.

The university offers 208 undergraduate and graduate degrees. The relatively intimate faculty/student ratio of 1:17 means smaller classes and more personal attention than students get in larger institutions.

The University of Arkansas Honors College is designed to attract and challenge the most academically talented students in Arkansas and the United States. This distinguished college was established and endowed in 2002 courtesy of the largest private gift ever made to a public university - $300 million from the Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation.

U of A students uphold the proud tradition of "big league" Razorback athletics, which energizes the entire campus. In addition, students can choose from any of the 290 student organizations that fit their interests, such as film societies, information technology clubs, ethnic and religious organizations, fraternities and sororities, and debate teams. Students write for the campus’s newspaper and literary magazine, deejay at the student-run radio station, learn the ropes of video production at UATV, and volunteer in the community.

Famous Alumni

  • J. Walter Keller - Developer of the heart pacemaker
  • J. William Fulbright - Former U.S. Senator; creator of the Fulbright Program for International Education Exchange
  • Jerry Jones - Owner of the Dallas Cowboys; Member of the 1964 National Champion football team
  • Pat Summerall - Sportscaster for professional football on the Fox Network.
  • Professor Emeritus E. Fay Jones - Recipient of the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal, the highest award in architecture.
  • S. Robson Walton - Chairman, Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
  • Tommy Holloway - Manager of NASA's space shuttle programs
  • Joe Johnson - NBA guard for the Altanta Hawks and Phoenix Suns

Fun Facts

We have not always been known as the Razorbacks. From 1894, when UA football began, until 1910, we were the Cardinals. On October 30, 1909, Arkansas Football Coach Hugo Bezdek gave a speech to students at the Fayetteville train station, after returning from a 16-0 victory over Louisiana State. Coach Bezdek informed the crowd that his team had performed not like football players but "like a wild band of Razorback hogs." The students loved the comparison, and the nickname became increasingly popular. In 1910, the student body voted to change the official University mascot from the Cardinal to the Razorback.


Traditions / School Myths

Senior Walk is one of our most revered traditions and is unique amongst American universities. It was begun by the Class of 1905 who carved their names into a sidewalk. A few years later, the class of 1904 added their names. Each graduating class since then has had their names engraved in the walk. Originally, the names were stamped by hand but in 1986, University employees invented the Sand Hog, a machine designed specifically for the purpose of etching the names in Senior Walk. Senior Walk now stretches over 5 miles and contains the names of more than 120,000 graduates.

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