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The University of Arkansas - a breath of fresh air, the home of the Hogs, and your future home. Located in the beautiful Ozarks of Fayetteville, Arkansas, the U of A is a University of pride, tradition, spirit and excellence. Our public University is home to roughly 24,000 students across the board with 50% of those students being proud collegietes. Wondering about our tuition? If you’re looking for in-state, approximately one year at the University is an estimated $7,800. Out-of-state residents can attend the U of A for $19,000.
Fun fact: “I came from Texas, and one of the greatest things about the University is that you can apply to get in-state tuition. It seriously helps.”
The University of Arkansas houses a massive Greek Life program, each fraternity and sorority offer warm welcomes and fantastic social environments for incoming (and transferring) students! The Greek Life program at the U of A has donated over $560,000 to charities across the country in 2012-2013, as well as served over 24,000 collective hours of community service. 27% of our student population has chosen to go Greek, and the cumulative Greek Life G.P.A. on our campus has reached 3.237 as of the Spring of 2013.
“I love my chapter. The girls have been like a second family to me, I think we have some of the strongest sisterhoods of any college campus.”
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit University of Arkansas’ website at http://admissions.uark.edu.
Why Choose U Ark?
Why would you choose the University of Arkansas? From its time-honored traditions to the gorgeous campus, there are so many reasons to want to be a Razorback. Don’t take our word for it — hear it from the Hogs themselves!
“I chose the University of Arkansas because of its athletic programs. There are a ton of professional and olympic competitors that have graduated here.”
“I really wanted a school with tradition, and everyone knows the Hog call! It’s something different and original that defines us.”
“I love the night life of Fayetteville. I’m from Fayetteville and my family and I used to go down Dickson Street all the time and eat and see different shows, and now I get to experience that in a whole new way with my friends on campus. There’s so much to do.”
Come see for yourself what the University of Arkansas buzz is all about!
Arkansas is home to breathtaking views, especially with our campus sitting right on top of “the hill” which overlooks mountaintops and more right on campus. The sight-seeing isn’t the only thing that brings students to Arkansas. Try the family feel of the student body, the convenience of campus, our personal professors and more!
“One of Arkansas greatest traditions is our alma mater. We sing it after every game, win or lose, and cross arms. It doesn’t matter if you know the person standing next to you are not, we all link arms and start to sing. It gives you chills when everyone in the stadium is singing ‘mother of mothers, we sing unto you’, and then point towards Old Main.”
“I love the Wal-Mart on campus. You almost don’t even need a car when you live on campus, because everything is right there for you.”
"The University of Arkansas is home to the smallest Wal-Mart in the state of Arkansas — one the students on campus will refer to as “Small-Mart”. The Small-Mart is open to the public, but is centered on campus for the convenience of students. When the cold weather sets in, it’s a great idea to stay off the roads and set out on foot to your local Wal-Mart just around the corner!"
“The students here are so friendly; I love everyone in Arkansas. I came from Chicago, and I feel like no one will just reach out and talk to you the way that people from Arkansas will, and they’re always holding doors open for you and being talkative. The southern hospitality is a nice change.”
“The concerts here are really awesome. They always pick really good artists that people actually listen to. The students go nuts, and we get in for free. Right now, there’s a rumor going around that Kappa Alpha is bringing Waka Flocka to Row Week. I really hope it’s true!”
“I hate the parking situation on campus. We have so many students and not enough space to accommodate their cars. It makes things hard because some people park where they aren’t supposed to, which causes people who actually pay for that spot have to park somewhere really far out.”
“I would suggest keeping some kind of music on, or like a fan that makes noise at night to drown out the noisy neighbors. Some resident hall RA’s don’t enforce quiet hours while you’re trying to sleep. Even if they do, you’ll want to block out the noise of everyone coming in late and laughing.”
“It’s really hard to do laundry sometimes because the washer and dryers are always full in the dorms. If you’re all about doing your laundry on a certain day at a certain time, I would recommend going to the Laundromat down the road or use the campus Hog Wash service! They'll do your laundry for you somewhere else.”
New Collegiette on Campus
“Well, I didn’t want to live on campus my first year. All of my friends did, and they loved it. I lived in an apartment off-campus as a freshman, and the bus routes run right by there. The University is really great about helping you find housing off-campus that is basically within walking distance from campus. Living on campus is seriously convent too, but it’s great to have that option that not many colleges allow students to have.”
“Being a Razorback your first year is like…I don’t know, like being a celebrity or something! Everyone wants to know you and your major, and they all want to be friends with you and there are Freshman pep rallies…it’s really cool.”
“The coolest freshman tradition is the “A” that we all get to make on the football field. It’s so awesome to finally get to be on the field, and you’re just surrounded by hundreds of students who are in the same boat as you, you know? You all get together and make this “A” for Arkansas, and everyone gets a free poster copy. Mine is hanging in my dorm.”
All About Academics
“My final project for one of my classes was to create a movie, which was so much fun. I learned so much in that final project rather than just writing a paper. The professors here don’t always go for the conventional route.”
“If you want to talk to your advisor, all you have to do is call your department or the registrar’s office and set up an appointment. I’m on the pre-med track, so I can set up an appointment with someone who specializes in that track to make sure I’m getting all the right classes.”
“I like to study in Mullins, which is the library on campus. There are four floors, and the higher up you go, the quieter it is. You can also reserve soundproof study rooms with marker boards and televisions. If you’re not a quiet library fan, a lot of people study in the Union with their friends or in the dining halls where they can eat at the same time.”
“I go to the hill outside of the Greek Theater every Tuesday and Thursday; it’s super peaceful, and it’s just beautiful. Students also hammock between the trees and study. Most of them fall asleep or flip over, though.”
Learn From the Best
Professors from Broadway, professors from France —- you name it, it’s probably in the form of a professor! Diversity is the word that comes to mind when you talk about our staff.
“My Theater Appreciation professor has been in several professional theater productions, and he’s a trained comedian. His classes are absolutely hysterical.”
“I once had this professor that had been to basically every point on the globe, and he would bring us a cool object from each of the places every day we had class. It kind of made me want to go every day, just so I could see what he would show us.”
“I never had a problem going to see my professor during her office hours. They always really love to see you. It also really helps when they know you on a first-name basis.”
“It’s always good to go to class, but sometimes things just get in the way, you don’t feel good, or whatever. As long as I read the chapter, I do well; my professor doesn’t take attendance! If I have any questions, I always just go and see her during her office hours.”
Interests and Involvement
Getting involved is probably the easiest thing to accomplish on the University of Arkansas campus; from Greek Life to ASG (Associated Student Government), you’ll never be bored. In fact, it’s entirely too easy to over-book yourself!
“One of our sororities, Chi Omega, was actually founded on the Arkansas campus. I always thought that was so neat — it’s something that we began, and it’s become national.”
“The stuff you can do goes beyond the school year too. You can do stuff during the summer like become an orientation mentor or a R.O.C.K Camp mentor. You can also apply to be an RA during the school year —- all of those things are activities on campus, and they pay, too.”
“We have a Quidditch team…that says a lot.”
“You can even create your own RSO; you just need enough members and a sponsor. We’ve got a LARPing club, and then we also have a movie appreciation society. It’s kind of cool, because sometimes even the professors are part of the organizations.”
"If you’re looking for the most popular organizations on campus, look into joining the Associated Student Government or go live with the Broadcasting Network if it’s your major! Join various volunteer committees or religious groups, and don’t miss the artistic societies that never cease to amaze us."
"It's really important to dress up for football games! A t-shirt and blue jeans will not do."
"I played on a football intramural team my freshman year. It was a great way to bond and get to know some of my sorority sisters!"
"School spirit here is contagious, so there are other sporting events to go attend like basketball games and gymnastic meets."
"Intramural sports are huge on our campus too. Whether or not you played volleyball, basketball or softball in high school, the U of A has everything you could imagine to play. "
"Being a girl on campus definitely has its perks. Don’t even bother bringing your cute shirts to college because your wardrobe will soon be filled with oversized t-shirts, norts (Nike shorts), and leggings for when it gets cold."
"Unless you’re an Apparel Studies major or you just like going to your 8 a.m. class all done up, then leave the heels and your favorite dress in your closet. Regardless of what you wear to class, it is crucial to have cute outfits for the weekends, you never know when you may need a Girl's Night Out."
"The guy to girl ratio isn’t terrible, but honestly we could use a bit more eye candy."
"Work up the courage to sit by the guys in class on the first day. It’s a great way to get to know someone outside of a frat house and they will have more respect for you than the girl they hooked up with the night before. Not to mention they can help you with homework and you will always have a date to functions!"
Food and Drink
Campus has four dining halls and it gives high school cafeterias a run for their money. Brough, the Quads, Pomfret and the Union are the dining halls on campus. Each cafeteria typically has the same types of food, but the Union offers “late night” where students can get Chik-fil-a, Mexican food, Stir fry, sandwiches and Italian after the other cafeterias close. Hello freshman 15. Do not forget where the gym is if you are going to indulge in late night. There is also the Hill Grill on the opposite side of campus that offers late night grub.
"The cafeterias actually surprised me my freshman year. They have different stations that range from a Subway-like sandwich station to vegan/vegetarian options. My favorite meal was a salad and flat bread. Most people do not go to the dining halls their entire college career. Regardless of where you live, you can still have a meal plan on campus if you choose."
"There are other restaurants on campus that students like to go to as well. There is Subway, Papa Johns, Slim Chickens, Quiznos Subs and even Starbucks. It’s super convenient to have these when you get tired of the cafeterias or if you don’t have a meal plan and you still want to grab lunch on campus."
"Students love going to Dickson Street to grab food as well. Arsaga’s and Hammontree’s Grilled Cheese are two staples for places to eat in Fayetteville. Campus is within walking distance to these places so you don’t have to move your car or waste gas to grab a bite to eat!"
"There is always something to do in Fayetteville. There are typically fraternity houses that are having parties or just hanging out; so most people spend their Friday and Saturday nights at frat houses. Sororities typically have functions on Thursday nights, commonly known as Thirsty Thursday.”
"After freshman and sophomore year, juniors and seniors move the parties to apartments or houses. There is always a party to go to if you choose and you can count on being able to find alcohol. The drinking atmosphere is huge and easy to get into, but if you choose not to drink there are still fun things to do!"
"Freshman year students are social butterflies and are always willing to meet new people. However, once people find that one friend group it’s hard to get people to branch out."
"The nightlife never stops in Fayetteville. There are girls that go out on Monday nights, but there are also girls that never go out. Getting around at night isn’t difficult because the fraternities have pledge drivers and the University offers Safe Ride so you don’t have to walk on-campus alone at night."
"You become so comfortable with the people you live around and it not only gives you a familiar face to sit next to in a huge lecture hall, but you form this community of people because you are all going through the same experiences."
"I never felt unsafe in the dorms because students must have a fob to get into the building."
Yocum and Humphreys (a.k.a. Hump Dump) are across the street from the Business Building and near Brough. They are extremely old and need some major remodeling. However, I lived in Yocum my freshman year and it was social and an incredible location on campus, especially for journalism and business majors.
Buchanan-Droke, Gladson-Ripley, and Walton Hall are located behind some of the fraternity houses and near the HPER. Pomfret is not only a dining hall, but it is also a dorm. Pomfret is famous for being located at the bottom of “the hill,” but you will be conveniently close to get in line for football games, go to the HPER and visit fraternity houses.
Gibson, Gregson and Founders Hall are the most convenient locations on campus. Gibson is an all-girl dorm, but don’t be turned off by that – they have huge rooms and carpet! Founders Hall is the newest addition to housing on this campus and they have Slim Chickens inside. (Yummy.)
Holcombe and Futrall are extremely close to Mullin’s Library and the Law School building. Northwest Quad “the Quads” are also extremely close to the Union and Mullin’s. The Quads also have a dining hall built inside.
"Fayetteville is a very college-oriented town. It has rustic bookstores, outdoor activities and a ton of shopping. Dickson Street is Fayetteville’s go-to for a way to spend your weekend. It has shopping, bars, restaurants and even theaters."
"My friends and I like to hiking at Devil's Den on the weekends. Their trails are awesome!"
"My favorite thing about Fayetteville is that it offers so many opportunities for students to learn and grow. I am always getting emails about local businesses searching for interns or potential employees. People do internships during the semester too, so it’s fun when you get to stay in Fayetteville while you get experience within your field of work!"
"I took my boyfriend to Crystal Brides last semester and we had a blast! It's only 20 minutes from campus! Crystal Bridges is an art museum that has a cafe and neat walking trails."
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