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Greetings from the Chancellor

So you’ve decided to learn more about the greater northwest Arkansas region? Let me be the first to congratulate you on what you are about to discover: a vibrant community offering countless economic, cultural and recreational benefits—all anchored by the state’s flagship institution of higher education, the University of Arkansas.

Never before in the University’s history have our students and our faculty been more academically accomplished, our facilities more sophisticated or our research efforts more comprehensive. Student enrollment, incoming freshman GPAs and ACT scores, research expenditures and the endowment are all at record highs and climbing.

In fact, there has never been a better time to attend or work at the University of Arkansas, where we work together to empower people, lead the state and positively change the world. We think of it as the YOU of A, where you are central to our purpose.

For nearly a century and a half, the University of Arkansas has been at the center of higher education in the state of Arkansas. In recent years, it has moved to the center of higher education in the nation. Simply put: we offer a great education at a reasonable price. The University is ranked in 100 Best College Buys, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s “100 Best Values” and in the top tier of U.S. News & World Report’s 2010 edition of America’s Best Colleges.

Even better, the University is located in my hometown of Fayetteville, Arkansas, which is annually ranked one of the nation’s most livable cities. Visit and you’ll see why it is a great place to study, work or raise a family.

Our nearly 20,000 students come from every county in Arkansas, nearly all 50 states and approximately 100 different nations. We currently offer 70 different undergraduate degree programs and 124 graduate and doctoral degree programs. We have nationally respected programs in fields as wide-ranging as food-science, creative writing, business, nanoscience and architecture, to name just a few.

During the semester there’s no shortage of things to do both on- and off-campus. The HPER Center, the University’s state-of-the-art recreational facility, offers a great place to climb, swim, run, lift weights, do aerobics and yoga or play a game of pick-up basketball. Cultural and recreational options include attending lectures, readings, performances, unique shopping opportunities, dancing to live music on nearby Dickson Street, canoeing the Buffalo River or hiking and camping in the Ozark Mountains.

In my opinion, though, the University of Arkansas experience isn’t complete without a stroll along Senior Walk, preferably among the gorgeous fall leaves on your way to a football game at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium to cheer on the Hogs with 72,000 other fans.

But don’t just take my word for it. I invite you to read through the following pages to learn more about what’s going on at the University of Arkansas. You also can visit us online at, or better yet, come visit us. We’d love to host you.

G. David Gearhart
University of Arkansas

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