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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B-
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    B-
Central Arkansas is an above-average public university located in Conway, Arkansas in the Little Rock Area. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 7,863 undergraduate students. The Central Arkansas acceptance rate is 91%. Popular majors include Psychology, Biology, and Business. Graduating 41% of students, Central Arkansas alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $29,600.
201 Donaghey Ave
Conway, AR 72035
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Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Southland Conference

University of Central Arkansas Rankings

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Central Arkansas Admissions

Acceptance Rate
91%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
970-1170
ACT Range
21-27
Application Fee
$25
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$14,241/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$7,519/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
98%

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
15:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
76%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.85 responses
63%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.94 responses
48%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.94 responses
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Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
1
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
1
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    21%
  • On Campus
    76%
  • Online
    3%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
7,863Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,562
Undergrads Over 25
6%
Pell Grant
42%
Varsity Athletes
5%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 72 responses
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  • Diverse
    25%
  • Happy
    18%
  • Stressed
    14%
  • Stressed during finals but driven and happy!
    14%
  • Unique
    13%
  • Motivated!
    11%
  • Mostly clueless about life
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
53%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.118 responses
Poll
62%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.160 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 82 responses
Report
  • Enjoyable
    26%
  • Stressful , strong education, and its became home.
    21%
  • Home
    17%
  • Strong education
    16%
  • Stressful as can be
    11%
  • Learning to Pursue
    5%
  • Dedication of professors towards education
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$38,300/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
41%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
90%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.72 responses
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I'm not going to pretend to say I had an unforgettable first semester at the University of Central Arkansas. I had a rough first semester as a freshen. I was trying to adjust to the college life and it took me longer to get the swing of things than most college students. The campus and resources itself are great. There's no complaining. I wish the professors where a little more hard on the students because it feels like they don't care that much, but they're amazing professors. University of Central Arkansas isn't the school for me and I know it's not. Therefore, I will be transferring to Arkansas State University in the fall of 2020 to have a fresh of breath air!
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When I first got to UCA, I was undeclared in my major but after many meetings with my adviser I was finally able to decide my major and major concentration. UCA offers so many career options and graduate program options, and they offer many different departments such as biology, liberal arts, mathematics, therapy, health care, etc. UCA offers a spot to anyone who is trying to better their careers! The campus is beautiful and the safety that UCAPD provides the community is unbeatable. Also, there is many helpful programs such as the food pantry, sexual abuse reach out, and different helpful opportunities to reach out during rough patches in life. The professors that I have had are so caring and take the time to work with us so we understand the material and are genuinely good caring people. Also, class times at UCA are easily managed because every class offers different times and you can always fix your schedule to make it work for your daily life.
I'm an upcoming freshmen at the University of Central Arkansas; though I have only visited there a couple times, the few times I have visited I've always felt such a warm welcome and the feelings of a good and friendly environment. The campus police are very protective over not only the campus but the students and I love how all around the UCA campus they have emergency buttons just in case danger occurs or help is needed. The cafeteria has such a wide variety of food it's amazing! The dorms are very nice and are slowly getting renovated from what some of the staff informed me on. I also got to meet one of the professors in the Behavior Health and Sciences, he was super nice and friendly he also was very great on not only giving advise but also relating it back to his personal college experience at UCA. All I can say is now is that I am beyond excited to start college, further my education and make new friends at my home away from home at the University of Central Arkansas! GO BEARS!