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The University of Arkansas is a public land-grant and research university located in Fayetteville in northwest Arkansas. With only eight students enrolled the first year, it was founded in 1871 as a land-grant institution near the Ozark Mountains as part of the Morrill Land-Grant Colleges Act of 1962. It now serves over 26,000 students.

The university is the main campus of the University of Arkansas System, which includes five other satellite campuses across the state. With more than 200 fields of study, the University of Arkansas boasts a low student-to-faculty ratio in the classroom and a wide enrollment.

Facts and Figures:

Tuition: $7,204

Undergraduate population: 21,836

Graduate population: 4,918

Total student population: 26,754

Six-year Graduation Rate: 62.5


Campus Rating

    Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE): Yellow Light

    American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA): Grade: D; No required courses in Literature, Foreign Language, U.S. History, Economics, or Mathematics.

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    Univ. of Arkansas prevents prof. from studying race-based admissions data
  • A University of Arkansas at Little Rock law professor is suing the school for withholding public data that he claims will show that race-based admissions policies are a disservice to minority students. Prof. Robert Steinbuch, who has taught at the university’s Bowen School of Law since 2005, told Campus Reform that although the school has provided the exact same data sets to him on two...

  • STUDY: University researchers claim ‘disgusting odors’ cause political conservatism, homophobia
  • Researchers at the University of Arkansas have found that exposure to disgusting odors increases social conservatism. Using only a small pool of students and community members, a recent study called “Disgust and the Politics of Sex” found that repugnant smells directly correlate with political conservatism and a general disdain of specific social groups—in particular,...

  • Arkansas law prof: court wants me to pay for school’s mistakes
  • A law professor at the University of Arkansas believes he was exonerated by an investigation into alleged racial bias because the school wished to avoid judicial rebuke over the “inquisition.” Dr. Robert Steinbuch, a professor at the university’s Bowen School of Law, filed a lawsuit against administrators in November alleging that they had violated the state’s Freedom of...

  • Arkansas law prof. faces retaliation for studying race-based admissions policies
  • A University of Arkansas at Little Rock law professor claims that he faced retaliation from colleagues for trying to compel the university to release information on its admissions policies. Prof. Robert Steinbuch, a professor at the university’s Bowen School of Law, filed a lawsuit against the administration in November after being provided with heavily redacted admissions data in response...

  • Two largest public universities in Arkansas opt-out of new campus carry law
  • Trustees at the two largest public universities in Arkansas have voted to opt-out of a new state law which was designed to allow professors to carry concealed firearms on campus. The two largest public universities in Arkansas have voted to opt-out of a new law which would allow professors to carry concealed on campus. The votes, at Arkansas State University (ASU) and the University of...

  • Liberal law dean resigns after pushing conservatives too far
  • Michael Schwartz’s tenure as dean of the University of Arkansas’ Bowen School of Law has been embroiled in controversy, and he is now resigning after facing backlash for his reaction to the presidential election. Schwartz initially came under fire last year when Campus Reform reported that he had prevented one of his colleagues, Robert Steinbuch, from accessing school records to study...

  • Prof prevails in FOIA fight for race-based admissions data
  • An extended legal battle between the University of Arkansas and one its law professors has come to a close after the school agreed to let him study the effects of race-based admissions policies. Campus Reform initially reported in November 2015 that law professor Robert Steinbuch was provided with heavily redacted data in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request he had filed with...

  • EXCLUSIVE: School admits tenure policy ‘limiting’ to free speech
  • Officials behind the University of Arkansas’ proposed tenure policy understood that the new revisions would be “controversial” and greatly limit free speech of faculty, new documents show. The policy, which has been criticized for weakening tenure by making it possible to fire professors for “unwillingness to work productively with colleagues,” also includes a...