University of Central Arkansas
201 Donaghey Ave, Conway, Arkansas 72035
Conway, Arkansas 72035
(800) 243-8245
Accrediting Agency:
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

The University of Central Arkansas is a four-year, public institution in Conway, Ark. The university was founded in 1907 as a teacher training school. Over the years, it has grown into a comprehensive university with a 2011 enrollment of 11,163. UCA is ranked No. 60 among regional universities of the south, and No. 26 among the top regional public colleges in the south, according to U.S. News & World Report. UCA is particularly proud of its Honors College, the mission of which is to foster “citizen-scholars” and attract academically gifted students who will become leaders in their communities. In addition to offering traditional degree programs, UCA offers online courses and degree programs with a full complement of online student resources.

Programs Offered

The University of Central Arkansas offers programs at the associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels, as well as undergraduate and graduate certificates. Some of its most popular programs are available through the university’s colleges of business and education, which offer programs in accounting, marketing, management, finance, early childhood education, teaching and learning, and leadership, among others. UCA also has nationally-ranked programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, nursing, and part-time MBA, according to U.S. News & World Report. Other notable graduate programs include the Master of Arts in Teaching, the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, and the Ph.D. in Leadership. Online education at UCA is concentrated at the graduate level, even though a limited number of undergraduate courses are available online. Online graduate programs are available in a wide range of areas, including health science, instructional technology, nursing, school counseling, educational leadership, and more.


The University of Central Arkansas has been accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission, since 1931. In addition, many of UCA’s programs hold specialized accreditation from various accrediting agencies, which prospective students can verify at College Navigator.


First-time freshmen must submit a completed application, pay a $25 application fee, submit an official high school transcript or GED, submit official ACT or SAT scores, and submit proof of two immunizations for measles and rubella, according to the UCA website. Transfer students must have official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended as well. Automatic admission is given to first-time freshmen who have a 2.5 GPA and ACT composite score of 19 or higher, while students who do not meet these criteria are evaluated on an individual basis. Graduate applicants must submit a completed application, pay a $25 fee, submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, and submit official entrance exam scores that are less than five years old. The GRE is required for most graduate programs, but the Master of Accountancy program requires the GMAT. Beyond this, applicants must meet all other requirements set by the individual graduate department.

Admissions Contact

University of Central Arkansas
Office of Admissions
201 Donaghey Avenue
Conway, AR 72035
800-243-8245 or 501-450-3128

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