|Type||State university system|
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The University of Arkansas System is a state university system in the U.S. state of Arkansas. It comprises six campuses; a medical school; two law schools; a graduate school focused on public service; a historically black college, statewide research, service, and educational units for agriculture, criminal justice, and archeology; and several community colleges. Over 50,000 students are enrolled in over 188 undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs.
Legally, the entire system carries the name University of Arkansas. Nonetheless, to avoid confusion with its flagship campus in Fayetteville, the system usually refers to itself as the University of Arkansas System and the Fayetteville campus usually refers to itself as the University of Arkansas.
The original and flagship campus was established in Fayetteville as Arkansas Industrial University in 1871 under the 1862 Morrill Land-Grant Colleges Act. The system now includes both of the state's land-grant colleges, as UAPB was later designated as such under the 1890 Morrill Act; it left the system in 1927, but returned in 1972. The Division of Agriculture and UAM's forestry programs also contribute to the system's land-grant mission. The Division of Agriculture includes the statewide Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station (AAES) and the Cooperative Extension Service (CES). AAES and CES were managed by the dean of the College of Agriculture and Home Economics on the Fayetteville campus until 1959, when the Board of Trustees established the statewide Division of Agriculture as a unit of the U of A System.
The University of Arkansas System as an organized educational alliance (system) could be said to date from the founding of UAPB (1873) or perhaps UAMS joining the system (1911). The Division of Agriculture was established in 1959 as a statewide system unit with its own line-item appropriation from the state Legislature. University of Arkansas President David Wiley Mullins, along with the Board of Trustees, brokered a series of mergers in the late 1960s. The Little Rock and Monticello campuses joined the system in 1969 (UALR) and 1971 (UAM), and UAPB returned to the system in 1972. In 1975, a University of Arkansas Board of Trustees policy officially adopted the name "University of Arkansas System" as an alternative identification for the system, along with the present names of the campuses, in order to allow the Fayetteville campus to continue its identification as the "University of Arkansas". The policy has been amended over the years as other campuses were added.
The administrative offices for the University of Arkansas System are located in Little Rock.
Up until 1982, the president was the chief administrative officer of the Fayetteville campus and the University of Arkansas System. In 1982, the position of chancellor was created to be the top administrator at the Fayetteville campus, and the title of president referred only to the University of Arkansas System.
|Noah P. Gates||1871-1873|
|Albert W. Bishop||1873-1875|
|Noah P. Gates||1875-1877|
|Daniel Harvey Hill||1877-1884|
|George M. Edgar||1884-1887|
|Edward H. Murfee||1887-1894|
|John L. Buchanan||1894-1902|
|Henry S. Hartzog||1902-1905|
|John N. Tillman||1905-1912|
|John Hugh Reynolds (acting)||1912-1913|
|John C. Futrall||1913-1939|
|J. William Fulbright||1939-1941|
|Arthur M. Harding||1941-1947|
|Lewis Webster Jones||1947-1951|
|John T. Caldwell||1952-1959|
|Storm Whaley (acting)||1959-1960|
|David Wiley Mullins||1960-1974|
|Charles E. Bishop||1974-1980|
|James E. Martin||1980-1984|
|B. Alan Sugg||1990-2011|
|Donald R. Bobbitt||2011–present|
|Campus||Official name||Founded||Enrollment||Endowment||Athletics||NCAA Division||Main conference|
|eVersity||University of Arkansas System, eVersity||2014|
|Fayetteville||University of Arkansas||1871||26,754||$1.06 Billion||Arkansas Razorbacks||Division I (FBS)||SEC|
|Little Rock||University of Arkansas at Little Rock||1927||13,167||$136 million||Little Rock Trojans||Division I (non-football)||Sun Belt|
|Monticello||University of Arkansas at Monticello||1910||3,762||$22.8 million||UAM Boll Weevils||Division II||Great American|
|Pine Bluff||University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff||1873||3,332||$1.9 million||UAPB Golden Lions||Division I (FCS)||SWAC|
|Fort Smith||University of Arkansas at Fort Smith||1928||7,329||$38.8 million||UA Fort Smith Lions||Division II||Heartland|
|Location||Official name||Affiliated campuses||Founded||Enrollment||Endowment|
|Little Rock||University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences||Fayetteville||1879||2,400||$75.9 million|
(Neither one is officially independent of its parent campus, though the Bowen School of Law is on a separate campus from UALR proper)
|Fayetteville||University of Arkansas at Fayetteville||University of Arkansas School of Law||1924||445||$84.2 million|
|Little Rock||University of Arkansas at Little Rock||William H. Bowen School of Law||1975||450||$43.4 million|
|Little Rock||Independent||University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service||2004||96||$0.00 million|
|De Queen||Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas||Cossatot||1975||1,486|
|Batesville||University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville||UACC Batesville||1997||1,745|
|Hope||University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana||UAHT||1965||1,358|
|Morrilton||University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton||UACC Morilton||1961||2,421|
|Helena-West Helena||Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas||Phillips||1965||2,350|
|North Little Rock||University of Arkansas – Pulaski Technical College||Pulaski Tech||1945||6,576|
|Mena||University of Arkansas Rich Mountain||UA Rich Mountain||1973||824|
Fayetteville is the third-largest city in Arkansas and county seat of Washington County. The city is centrally located within the county and has been home of the University of Arkansas since the institution's founding in 1871. Fayetteville is on the outskirts of the Boston Mountains, deep within the Ozarks. Known as Washington until 1829, the city was named after Fayetteville, Tennessee, from which many of the settlers had come. It was incorporated on November 3, 1836 and was rechartered in 1867. The four-county Northwest Arkansas Metropolitan Statistical Area is ranked 105th in terms of population in the United States with 463,204 in 2010 according to the United States Census Bureau. The city had a population of 73,580 at the 2010 Census.
The University of Arkansas is a public land-grant, research university in Fayetteville, Arkansas. It is the flagship campus of the University of Arkansas System and the largest, best-known university in the state. Founded as Arkansas Industrial University in 1871, its present name was adopted in 1899 and classes were first held on January 22, 1872. It is noted for its strong architecture, agriculture, business, communication disorders, creative writing, history, law, and Middle Eastern studies programs.
Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University is a public, historically black, land-grant university in Normal, Alabama. Founded in the 1870s as a normal school, it took its present name in 1969. AAMU is a member-school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University Historic District, also known as Normal Hill College Historic District, has 28 buildings and four structures listed in the United States National Register of Historic Places.
The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) is a public historically black university in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Founded in 1873, the second oldest public institution in the state of Arkansas. UAPB is a member-school of the University of Arkansas System and Thurgood Marshall College Fund.
The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is a public medical university in Little Rock, Arkansas. It is part of the University of Arkansas System and consists of six colleges including the graduate school, six institutes, several research centers, a statewide network of community education centers, and the UAMS Medical Center.
The University of Arkansas at Monticello (UAM) is a public university in Monticello, Arkansas with Colleges of Technology in Crossett and McGehee. UAM is part of the University of Arkansas System and offers master's degrees, baccalaureate degrees, and associate degrees. UAM is also home to Arkansas' only School of Forest Resources.
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is a public research university in Little Rock, Arkansas. Established as Little Rock Junior College by the Little Rock School District in 1927, the institution became a private four-year university under the name Little Rock University in 1957. It returned to public status in 1969 when it merged with the University of Arkansas System under its present name. The former campus of Little Rock Junior College is now (2019) the campus of Philander Smith College.
The Arkansas Forest Resource Center is a University of Arkansas System Center of Excellence. It is primarily located on the University of Arkansas at Monticello campus, but center faculty members extend to Little Rock, Fayetteville, Hope, Pine Tree, and Batesville as well. It is both a major source of Arkansas Department of Agriculture research as well as the location of the University of Arkansas at Monticello's School of Forest Resources. The University of Arkansas' Spatial Analysis Lab is also located at AFRC.
The University of Arkansas at Monticello College of Forestry, Agriculture, and Natural Resources is located within the Henry H Chamberlin Forest Resource Complex on the UAM campus in Monticello, Arkansas. The Chamberlin Forest Resources Complex also houses the Arkansas Forest Resource Center. The School employs 17 faculty and offers three Bachelor of Science degrees, one Associate of Science degree, one Masters of Science degree, and five minors.
The Little Rock Trojans are the athletic teams representing the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. The Trojans are a non-football member of the Sun Belt Conference and a wrestling affiliate member of the Pac-12 Conference. The University offers 7 men's and 8 women's varsity sports. Little Rock has Sun Belt rivalries with all the West Division schools. Little Rock's primary Sun Belt rival is Arkansas State.
The UA Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law is a public law school, part of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. The school is both American Bar Association (ABA) accredited and a member of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS).
John Clinton Futrall was an American football coach and college administrator. An alumnus of the Arkansas Industrial University, later renamed the University of Arkansas, he was the first head coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks football program, serving from 1894 to 1896, while the school's mascot was still the Cardinal. Futrall later served as president of the University of Arkansas from 1913 to 1939. He was killed in an auto accident in 1939. The first student union on the University of Arkansas campus was named Futrall Memorial Hall in his honor when it opened later that year.
The Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station (AAES) is the statewide research component of the University of Arkansas System's Division of Agriculture. The Division also includes the Cooperative Extension Service. The AAES and CES work together to develop and test new agricultural technology and extend it to the public. Research faculty and staff are based on five university campuses, at five Research and Extension Centers; six research stations and seven specialized units.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is the primary research and information support agency for the agricultural sector in Arkansas and also conducts statewide programs in support of environmental sustainability; 4-H, youth, family and community development; food safety and security; and human nutrition and health.
Little Rock is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Arkansas. As the county seat of Pulaski County, the city was incorporated on November 7, 1831, on the south bank of the Arkansas River close to the state's geographic center. The city derives its name from a rock formation along the river, named the "Little Rock" by the French explorer Jean-Baptiste Bénard de la Harpe in the 1720s. The capital of the Arkansas Territory was moved to Little Rock from Arkansas Post in 1821. The city's population was 197,881 in 2018 according to the United States Census Bureau. The six-county Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) is ranked 78th in terms of population in the United States with 738,344 residents according to the 2017 estimate by the United States Census Bureau.
The History of the University of Arkansas began with its establishment in Fayetteville, Arkansas, in 1871 under the Morrill Act, as the Arkansas Industrial College. Over the period of its nearly 140-year history, the school has grown from two small buildings on a hilltop to a university with diverse colleges and prominent graduate programs. Its presidents have included Civil War general Daniel Harvey Hill, John C. Futrall, and J. William Fulbright.
UAMS College of Medicine is a medical school that is part of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, a state-run university in the U.S. state of Arkansas and part of the University of Arkansas System. The primary campus is in Little Rock and is affiliated with UAMS Medical Center, Arkansas Children's Hospital, and Central Arkansas Veterans HealthCare System. A branch campus, UAMS Northwest is in Fayetteville. It is one of three medical schools in Arkansas, with NYITCOM in Jonesboro and Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Smith being the other two.
UAMS Medical Center is a teaching hospital and a Level I trauma center in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Carlos James is an American college baseball coach, currently serving as head coach of the Arkansas–Pine Bluff Golden Lions baseball program. He was named to that position prior to the 2011 NCAA Division I baseball season.
The COVID-19 pandemic was confirmed to have reached the U.S. state of Arkansas in March 2020. The first case in Arkansas was reported on March 11, 2020, in Pine Bluff, Jefferson County.