Located in Conway, Arkansas, University of Central Arkansas is a public, state-run institution and the fourth largest university by enrollment in the state as well as the third largest college system in Arkansas. Highly respected for its programs in the areas of Education, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy, the University of Central Arkansas (commonly abbreviated UCA) began in 1907 as a teachers college. Created by the Arkansas State Legislature as the Arkansas State Normal School, its purpose was to properly educate teachers and to centralize the state’s teacher training. As the school grew, so did its scope and in 1967 the new name of State College of Arkansas was adopted in order to better reflect the new mission of the college which had expanded to include liberal arts studies and health care. In 1975 UCA achieved university status.
Academic ProgramsUniversity of Central Arkansas’ mission statement declares its commitment to “excellence through the delivery of outstanding undergraduate and graduate education that remains current and responsive to the diverse needs of those it serves.” UCA’s mission statement continues, “The university’s faculty and staff promote the intellectual, professional, social, and personal development of its students through innovations in learning, scholarship, and creative endeavors. Students, faculty, and staff partner to create strong engagement with the local, national, and global communities. The University of Central Arkansas dedicates itself to academic vitality, integrity, and diversity.”
University of Central Arkansas has been accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1931. The University offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs and is comprised of several colleges, namely the College of Business, the College of Education, the College of Fine Arts & Communication, the College of Health & Behavioral Sciences, the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics, the Schedler Honors College, and the University College.
Student LifeUniversity of Central Arkansas has a total enrollment figure of more than 11,500, including nearly 10,000 undergraduate students. On-campus student housing is offered through the University’s several residence halls and apartment complexes. UCA’s Residential College Program also consists of several living and learning communities (as well as one commuter learning community) which offer housing – each one with its own unique theme and character. Several dining and meal plan options are available to all students – resident or commuter, – offering flexibility and convenience.
University of Central Arkansas recognizes several student clubs and organizations which are active on campus, including a number of Greek letter organizations. These and other campus events and activities provide students with ample opportunity to interact with one another outside of the classroom and allow them to develop valuable leadership qualities and skills. Students at UCA are also given the opportunity to volunteer and participate in service learning. As an NCAA Division I-AA school, UCA’s varsity athletic teams compete in the Southland Conference.