Built for Success
Benefiting from $1.3 billion facilities investment
We’ve poured a lot of resources into the improvement of our campus during the last decade, renovating, expanding and building anew, part of a $1.3 billion investment in new construction. Just this last year, a new academic building and a new performing arts center opened on campus.
Two academic buildings on the National Register of Historic Places — Gearhart Hall and Vol Walker Hall — were also renovated with additions, one to create a home for our nationally prominent Honors College and a second to provide facilities for our top-ranked School of Architecture and Design.
The disciplines of math and biology share the newly constructed Champions Hall, which opened for classes in fall 2015. The 62,000-square-foot building houses 12 teaching labs and classroom spaces, as well as the new Math Resource and Testing Center, offices, and indoor and outdoor spaces for studying and socialization.
The Jim and Joyce Faulkner Performing Arts Center is the primary performance venue for the university’s musical groups, including the Wind Ensemble, Wind Symphony, Concert Band, Campus Band, New Music Ensemble, University Symphony Orchestra, Schola Cantorum, Concert Choir, Inspirational Chorale, Women’s Choir, Percussion Ensemble, Pan Band, Jazz Band, and Opera. The center also provides space for guest artists and lecturers and for some theatrical performances. Located next to the Arkansas Union in the newly renovated historic Field House, this state-of-the-art venue provides seating for 588 people. Visit music.uark.edu for a listing of performances.
We also invested in updates to the Arkansas Union, the hub of our student social life. The Union was recently named one of the 25 best student unions in the nation. Something — career fairs, international bazaars or cultural performances — is always happening in the International Lounge. Our student organizations and many of the centers that directly help students are there. The Arkansas Union also includes a ballroom, a theatre, a food court and conference rooms.
Finding Your Degree Path
The University of Arkansas promotes undergraduate research in virtually every discipline and has an outstanding national reputation in many areas, including sustainability and environmental sciences, nanoscience, creative writing, business, agriculture, rehabilitation education, architecture, engineering and high-density electronics. The university is consistently ranked among the nation’s best public colleges and best values by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Forbes, The Princeton Review and others.
The Graduate School offers more than 140 graduate degree programs leading to graduate certificates, master’s and doctoral degrees, preparing our students for the highest levels of success in their professional or academic careers. In addition, several specialist and certificate degrees are offered.
The Honors College serves all undergraduate majors. Students enjoy small classes, priority registration, special housing, increased interaction with faculty and enhanced opportunities for hands-on research, study abroad and significant financial support.