Live Better in Arkansas

Located in the stunning Ozark Mountains, the University of Arkansas is the nation's seventh fastest-growing public research university and consistently ranks among the top public universities and best values in the United States. Founded in 1871 as a land grant institution, the state's first public university is classified by the Carnegie Foundation among only two percent of universities in America with the highest level of research activity. 

Top Rankings

Many University of Arkansas programs are ranked with the best in the nation, and University of Arkansas students continue to earn nationally competitive awards at an impressive rate. Some highlights include:

  • University of Arkansas students lead the Southeastern Conference in the all-time total of Goldwater Scholars (49) and Truman Scholars (18), ranking in the top 15 nationally among public universities for both.
  • The Sam M. Walton College of Business is ranked No. 1 nationally in percentage of MBA students employed at graduation.
  • The University of Arkansas School of Law was recently ranked as the best value in the country by the National Jurist's preLaw magazine
  • The Fay Jones School of Architecture's program was ranked 19th in the nation overall and the eighth best program among public universities in the 13th Annual Survey of America's Best Architecture and Design Schools, a study conducted in 2012 by the Design Futures Council.
  • The university is routinely ranked among the best values in higher education by publications such as Forbes, Kiplinger's Personal Finance and The Princeton Review.
  • The annual U.S. News & World Report ranks the university among the top 69 public research universities in the nation.


The University of Arkansas also boasts one of the most unique traditions found on any campus, the Senior Walk. Consisting of more than five miles of sidewalks engraved with the names of more than 150,000 graduates dating back to 1876, the Senior Walk is concrete proof of the university’s commitment to students.


Fayetteville, home to the university, is one of the country's finest college towns, and the area is regularly ranked as one of the best places to live, play, work and retire in the United States. A thriving city of 77,000, Fayetteville is located in the hilly northwest corner of the state. The Fayetteville Farmers' Market, an area tradition since 1974, was recently named one of "America’s Favorite Farmers' Markets."

Northwest Arkansas

Northwest Arkansas is one of the most economically stable regions in the nation and serves as the base of operations for Walmart, Tyson Foods Inc. and J.B. Hunt Transport Services. Because of their presence, many other corporations have established primary or secondary headquarters in the region. Their close proximity to the university offers exceptional opportunities for research partnerships, internships and post-graduation employment, as well as access to high-end amenities and world-class art, culture and entertainment.

Arkansas, nicknamed the "natural state," boasts forests, mountains and lakes, crisscrossed by picturesque rivers and streams. Spectacular outdoor experiences and hiking trails are within a short drive of campus, along with dream home locations with breath-taking views, lakeside or mountainside.

The Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport has direct flights to most major metropolitan areas, including Atlanta, Chicago, Cincinnati, Charlotte, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York and Orlando, and the city is within a day’s drive of several larger metropolitan areas, including Dallas, Kansas City, Little Rock, Memphis, St. Louis and Tulsa.