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University of Central Arkansas

Conway, AR, USA
3.87 Average Rating

Founded in 1907, the University of Central Arkansas is a 4-year public school and one of the oldest universities in the state. UCA awards undergraduate degrees in 86 academic programs and is one of the largest producers of teachers in Arkansas. For recreation, Central Arkansas hosts a challenge course and a campus recreation center featuring a cardio room and three exercise studios, including one dedicated to spin classes. Additionally, Central Arkansas fields 15 men’s and women’s athletic teams known as the Bears.

Admissions

Key Admissions Stats

Institution Type
Public
  • Not for Profit
  • Coed

Need Blind

This school does not consider an applicant’s financial situation when deciding admission

Level of Institution
4 Year
Campus Setting
Small city

0
100
90%
Acceptance Rate

Admissions Requirements

SAT
Yes
ACT
Yes
Transcript
Yes

Important Deadlines

Rolling Admissions

The college has rolling admissions, which means applications are accepted any time throughout the year.

Admitted Student Stats

In-State Students
86%
Out-Of-State Students
9%
94%
Submitting ACT
4%
Submitting SAT
Average ACT Composite: 24
0
36
Average SAT Composite: 1068
0
1600
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Academics

Key Academic Stats

Highest Degree Offered
Doctorate
Total Number of Students
11,343
Total Number of Undergrads
9,548
Academic Calendar

Semester

Classroom Sizes

2-19 Students
48%
20-39 Students
46%
40-99 Students
4%
0
100
23%
Graduate in 4 Years US National: 28%
0
100
41%
Graduate in 6 Years US National: 52%
Student:Faculty Ratio
16:1
US National: 21:1
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Tuition, Cost & Aid

Key Financial Stats

Average Net Price
$14,005
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Tuition
In-State Tuition In-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who meet the state's or institution's residency requirements. In-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students residing in the locality in which they attend school and may be a lower rate than in-state tuition if offered by the institution.
$8,524
Out-of-State Tuition Out-of-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who do not meet the state’s or institution’s residency requirements. Out-of-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students not residing in the locality in which they attend school.
$15,047
Additional Costs
Room and Board The weighted average for room and board and other expenses is generated as follows:
  • (amount for on-campus room, board and other expenses * # of students living on-campus.
  • + amount for off-campus (with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus with family
  • + amount for off-campus (not with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus not with family)
divided by the total # of students. Students whose living arrangements are unknown are excluded from the calculation. For some institutions the # of students by living arrangement will be known, but dollar amounts will not be known. In this case the # of students with no corresponding dollar amount will be excluded from the denominator.
$6,518
Books and Supplies
$1200

Aid & Grants

Students Receiving Gift Aid Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid. Federal gift aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
95%
Average Aid Per Year
$6,868
Students Receiving Grants Percent of undergraduate students awarded grant aid. Grant aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
95%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$4,678
Average Institution Grant Aid Per Year
$5,771

Student Loans

Students Borrowing Loans Loans to students - Any monies that must be repaid to the lending institution for which the student is the designated borrower. Includes all Title IV subsidized and unsubsidized loans and all institutionally- and privately-sponsored loans. Does not include PLUS and other loans made directly to parents.
52%
Average Loan Amount Per Year
$8,235
Average Debt at Graduation The median federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated. This figure includes only federal loans; it excludes private student loans and Parent PLUS loans.
$20,901
Median Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 5.05% interest rate.
$222
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Campus Life

Key Campus Stats

Student Gender
Male
Female
41%
59%
Student Organizations
190
Size of Town
Small city
LGBTQIA Student Resource Groups
Yes
On Campus Women's Center
Yes

Housing

0
100
50%
Undergrads Living on Campus
On-campus living required of freshman
Yes

Athletics

Divisional Sports Nickname
Bears
School Colors
Purple/Grey
Varsity Athletics Association
NCAA
Varsity Athletics Conference Primary
Southland Conference

Campus Safety

24-HR security patrol
Yes
Campus emergency phones
Yes
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After Graduation

Post Grad Stats

Top 5 Cities
Little Rock
Fayetteville
Dallas
Memphis
Fort Smith
Average Salary
6 years after graduation
$38,300
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What Students Are Saying

3.87 Average Rating
The University of Central Arkansas is a wonderful college to consider! The staff are all very professional and helpful, the academic advisors take great interest in your academic needs, and the campus is absolutely stunning! It's the perfect home away from home!
Madison from Maumelle, AR
the university of central arkansas is a perfect fit for those who prefer a bigger college that also maintains the small town feel as well personal relationships. many of the staff, teachers, and students are friendly and willing to help either with studying or advice about the college experience. the univserity is in a good down that still has some room to grow but it also well established similar to the college itself, and uca has several nationally ranked programs such as its nursing, physical therapy, and occupational therapy programs.
allyson from cabot, ar
the rate i that give university of central arkansas from a scale 1-10 is a 10. this college has great service when it comes to making sure uca is a comfort to students as well as the faculty . university of central arkansas is a college i will recommend to anyone .
alexus from west memphis, ar
The campus is absolutely gorgeous, perfect for those from a small town or a big town wanting to size down. If anyone is struggling in anyway the professors are always willing to help, but only if you ask.
Brittany from Vilonia, AR