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University of Central Arkansas

Conway, Arkansas, United States
The University of Central Arkansas (often referred to as UCA) is a public research university in Conway, Arkansas. Founded in 1907 as the Arkansas State Normal School, the university is one of the oldest in the U.S. state of Arkansas.

Bachelor's programmes

Applied Sciences & Professions (2)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (2)



The University of Central Arkansas aspires to be a premier learner-focused public comprehensive university, a nationally recognized leader for its continuous record of excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, scholarly and creative endeavors, and engagement with local, national, and global communities.

Founded in 1907 as the Arka


Academic Programs: Total  certificates and degrees offered – 152 (2 Certificate of Proficiency, 2 Technical Certificates, 3 Associate’s Degrees, 84 Undergraduate, 10 Graduate Certificate, 32 Master’s Degrees, 11 Post-Master’s Certificates, 1 Specialist Program, and 7 Doctoral)

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Student services

Student Accounts 

Our mission is to professionally assist students, parents, and third party agencies through the payment process and serve as the main monetary collection point for the University of Central Arkansas.  We strive to offer the best possible service consistent with policies and regulations.

We provide information, assistance, and education to students and parents so that they can fully understand the cost of attending the University, the dates when these costs are due, and the methods of paying the costs.  In addition, we provide documentation and invoice certain third party agencies who have committed to providing cost assistance to students for their education.

Housing services

You are about to begin one of the most rewarding and exciting experiences of your college career: living with other students. Living in the residence halls or other campus housing offers you everything you need for college survival, as well as many advantages. You will have convenient access to campus facilities, comfortable living accommodations, and a residence life staff to help you

Library services

Torreyson Library has:

  • 29 individual study rooms
  • 24 group study rooms
  • 2 group study rooms with overhead projector
  • Projector equipment can be checked out at the circulation desk.

Medical services

We are pleased to offer a wide range of medical services to our students, faculty and staff:

  • General Family Practice services
  • Lab
  • X-Ray
  • Immunizations
  • Procedures
  • Women's Health services
  • Much more

Student Life

Sports facilities

COPA is located at the back of the HPER Center, next to the racquetball courts.  The UCA community can rent out camping gear, bikes and register for upcoming courses that will make you better prepared for your next outdoor adventure! Experience COPA and get to know the great outdoors!


It means being in good physical condition. We often think of athletes as being very fit. They tend to focus on performance-related fitness for sport. However, you don’t have to be an athlete to be fit. Doing more physical activity improves your fitness and health, no matter what shape or size you are. Making small changes in your daily lifestyle helps improve your fitness.

Student clubs

The University is home to more than 200 registered student organizations, with more forming every year.

Notable other RSO's include The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (N.A.A.C.P), Young Democrats, College Libertarians, College Republicans, Sigma Alpha Lambda Honors Society, Student Council for Exceptional Children, PRISM, Business and Information Technology (BIT), Computer Science Club, Model UN, Campus Dialogue, Pre-Med Society, Pre-Pharmacy Club, The Society of Physics Students (SPS at UCA), RUSH Collegiate Ministries, and a myriad of other religious organizations.


The University of Central Arkansas is a member of and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) as a bachelor’s, master’s, specialist’s, and doctoral degree granting institution.The master’s and baccalaureate degrees in business administration are accredited by AACSB International–The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) accredits the teacher education program at the initial teacher preparation and advanced levels.

Student Reviews

Great School!!
Sierra rated 5 out of 5 stars

UCA is a fantastic school! The faculty truly care about their students, and will go out of their way to help you. The social life here is great as well! With over 12,000+ people here you are sure to find a great group of friends. There is also a WIDE variety of undergraduate and graduate programs. I would 100% recommend this school!

Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

I recommend you this city and this University because it seems to me a really calm place where you can enjoy nature, studies and friends at the same time.

Conway, Arkansas, United States

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