The University of Central Arkansas (UCA) is a public university with approximately 11,000 students. It was founded in 1907 in Conway, Arkansas, about 30 miles north of capital city Little Rock. The area, which is also home to two other colleges, is often referred to as the “City of Colleges” because so many of its residents are college students.
UCA offers more than 80 undergraduate degrees, 39 master’s programs, and five doctoral programs broken down into six colleges. Each college provides a unique educational experience that will help shape your time at the University. For example, the College of Business offers a state-of-the-art facility with small class sizes and 12 seminar rooms that foster individual learning. The College of Liberal Arts stresses a community environment with collaborative learning and a free exchange of ideas.
Students who want to study abroad during their college career should visit the Study Abroad Office to learn about available opportunities. UCA students can participate in semester-long and year-long programs, including special exchange programs with UCA’s partner schools all over the world. Students can also learn about financial aid opportunities and scholarships for specific study abroad programs. International travel can be a big part of your college education – dream big, start planning early, and it’s easy to make your study abroad plans a reality!
The Honors College
The Honors College gives exceptional students the opportunity to challenge themselves both inside and outside the classroom. Once students have been accepted to UCA through the general admissions process, they may apply for the selective Honors College through a separate application that includes two essays and letters of recommendation. Part of the process of acceptance is the ‘Inform and Interview Day,’ when prospective students visit campus to learn more about the College and to meet with Honors faculty. On this day, students are also assessed on the basis of skills and values. Less than 20% of applicants to the Honors College are accepted, but those that are have access to scholarships, additional academic resources, closer relationships with professors, and an interdisciplinary curriculum that stresses leadership and citizenship.