University of Central Arkansas Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Tuition, Graduation Rate & More

Wingo Hall at the University of Central Arkansas
Wingo Hall at the University of Central Arkansas. adam*b / Flickr

University of Central Arkansas Description:

The University of Central Arkansas is a public university located in Conway, Arkansas. Hendrix College is just a few minutes away. UCA students come from 39 states and 66 countries. Undergraduates can choose from 80 degree programs from UCA's six colleges. Business and health-related fields are extremely popular with undergraduates, but the school has strengths ranging from the arts to the sciences. High achieving students should look into the UCA Honors College with its living/learning environment and interdisciplinary curriculum. Academics at the University of Central Arkansas are supported by a 18 to 1 student / faculty ratio. Student life is active and includes a Greek system with twelve fraternities and nine sororities. In athletics, the UCA Bears compete in the NCAA Division I Southland Conference for most sports. The university fields seventeen intercollegiate Division I sports.

Admissions Data (2016):

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 11,487 (9,616 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 41% Male / 59% Female
  • 83% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $8,224 (in-state); $14,447 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,200 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $6,248
  • Other Expenses: $5,471
  • Total Cost: $21,143 (in-state); $27,366 (out-of-state)

University of Central Arkansas Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 100%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 97%
    • Loans: 57%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $7,316
    • Loans: $7,588

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Biology, Business Administration, Childhood Education, Family and Consumer Sciences, Health Sciences, Marketing, Nursing, Psychology

Transfer, Retention and Graduation Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 73%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 37%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 24%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 42%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Football, Soccer, Track and Field, Basketball, Golf, Baseball
  • Women's Sports: Softball, Volleyball, Basketball, Tennis, Track and Field, Soccer

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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University of Central Arkansas Mission Statement:

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"The mission of the University of Central Arkansas is to maintain the highest academic quality and to ensure that its programs remain current and responsive to the diverse needs of those it serves. A partnership of excellence among students, faculty, and staff in benefit to the global community, the university is committed to the intellectual, social, and personal development of its students; the advancement of knowledge through excellence in teaching and research; and service to the community. As a leader in 21st-century higher education, the University of Central Arkansas is dedicated to intellectual vitality, diversity, and integrity."