University Of Central Arkansas

University Of Central Arkansas

University of Central Arkansas, a state-run institution, was established in 1907 as the Arkansas State Normal School. It is located in the city of Conway. By terms of enrollment, it is the second largest university in the state of Arkansas and third largest college system in the entire state. The university offers enrollment to more than 10,000 students every year. The University of Central Arkansas is well known for its programs in education, physical therapy, and occupational therapy.

There are six colleges under this university:

  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Education
  • College of Fine Arts and Communication
  • College of Health and Behavioral Sciences
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

In addition to courses taught at these colleges, there is a study abroad program. There are also four residential colleges:

  • Hughes Hall
  • Minton
  • Short/Denny
  • State Residential College

The sports teams of the University of Central Arkansas are called the UCA Bears and the Sugar Bears. They participate in football, basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball, soccer, golf, cross country and track, and tennis.

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Contacting Central Arkansas

University of Central Arkansas
201 Donaghey Ave
Conway , AR 72035-0001
General Phone: (501) 450-5000

Central Arkansas Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management364business, business management, accounting, finance, MIS, marketing, insurance
Education and Teaching313education, elementary/middle school admin, superintendency and administration, special ed, school counseling, college student counseling, middle school teaching, kindergarten/preschool teaching, early childhood education, ...
Liberal Arts258area and Cultural studies, French language, Spanish language, English, English composition, speech and rhetoric, general studies, library science courses, international studies, ...
Therapy and Counseling187psychology, counseling psychology, school psychology, psychology courses, substance abuse counseling, community health services, physical therapy
Family and Social Work131family and consumer science, community organization, public administration
Medicine125health professions
Science121biology, biological and physical sciences, chemistry, physics
Medical Support and Technology113audiology and speech pathology, nuclear medical tech, radiation therapist, clinical lab tech
Nursing and Emergency Medicine80registered nursing
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy72exercise science, athletic trainer, occupational therapy
Media59journalism, public relations and advertising
Music32music, music performance
Art Studies31art studies
Mathematics28mathematics, applied mathematics
Computer Science and Engineering21computer and info science, computer science
Photography and Commercial Art18cinematography
Conservation and Resource Management12environmental studies
Religion and Philosophy8philosophy, religion
Drama and Performing Arts6drama
Medical Administration1health care administration

Number of programs and degrees for Central Arkansas in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree1,48056
Postbaccalaureate certificate03
Master's degree43931
Post-master's certificate21
Associate's degree242
Doctor's degree352
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years01

Central Arkansas Student Body

In 2007-2008, Central Arkansas had a total enrollment of 12,619 students (11,203 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 40%
Women 60%
Full-Time 98%
Part-Time 2%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 82%
Graduate 18%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 4%
Black 1%
Hispanic 79%
Asian 2%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 5%
(Foreign Students) 7%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 8%
18-19 29%
20-21 26%
22-24 17%
25-29 7%
30-34 3%
35-39 3%
40-49 3%
50-64 2%
65+ 1%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)2%

Central Arkansas Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 71 %
Part-Time 32 %

Central Arkansas Room and Board (2007)

Central Arkansas offers campus housing for 3,927 of its 11,203 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Conway, Arkansas for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Arkansas Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Central Arkansas Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
ACT Verbal1825
ACT Math2028
ACT Composite2027

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT96%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsrequired

Central Arkansas Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 6,505
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 11,605
Room and board $ 4,740
Room charge $ 2,720
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,020
Books and supplies $ 1,000
Other expenses $ 5,460

Financial Aid:
Central Arkansas participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 109200)

Central Arkansas Faculty

Central Arkansas has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year22$97,1917$97,025
Associate professorcalendar year7$89,5965$90,935
Instructorcalendar year7$49,2687$48,512
Lecturercalendar year1*0*
All faculty totalcalendar year37$85,19619$77,549

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year53$78,33912$69,325
Associate professoracademic year48$63,30731$60,004
Assistant professoracademic year90$55,82969$56,692
Instructoracademic year34$45,39085$43,547
Lectureracademic year12$43,76320$42,471
All faculty totalacademic year237$60,269217$51,404

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Central Arkansas Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Southland Conference
Basketball Southland Conference
Baseball Southland Conference
Track Southland Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports296796

Central Arkansas Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
Finance, General
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Business Teacher Education
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, General
Elementary and Middle School Administration/Principalship
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
Mathematics Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Reading Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Social Studies Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General
Superintendency and Educational System Administration
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Levels & Methods, Other

Family And Social Work
Community Organization and Advocacy
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
Public Administration

Liberal Arts
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies, Other
Economics, General
English Composition
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
General Studies
Geography, Other
History, General
International/Global Studies
Library Science, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies

Applied Mathematics
Mathematics, General

Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, Other

Medical Administration
Health/Health Care Administration/Management

Medical Support And Technology
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist
Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist

Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other

Music Performance, General
Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Occupational Therapy/Therapist

Photography And Commercial Art
Cinematography and Film/Video Production

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biological and Physical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling
Counseling Psychology
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Psychology, General
Psychology, Other
School Psychology
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling

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What Sets Central Arkansas Apart:

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% students on athletic fin. aid
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% of accepted students who choose to enroll
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
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Top 16%Central Arkansas Dorm rooms per full-time student
% of degrees in medicine
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Top 17%Central Arkansas % of degrees in medicine
% of degrees in music
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% of degrees in family and social work
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Top 18%Central Arkansas % of degrees in family and social work

checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Has ROTC (army)
checked Offers athletic scholarships
checked NCAA athletic conference member

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