The University of Arkansas – Fayetteville is the flagship campus of the University of Arkansas system. UA was founded in 1871 under the Morrill Land-Grant College Act of 1862, whereby federal land sales provided funds for new colleges devoted to agriculture and the mechanic arts, scientific and classical studies, and military tactics.
The citizens of Fayetteville and surrounding Washington County rallied together to raise $130,000 to purchase a plot for the university’s location, selecting a former hilltop farm overlooking the Ozark Mountains. The first classes were held in February 1872.
In 1875 the first university building was constructed, a two-towered brick edifice in the Second Empire style that has since been lovingly nicknamed Old Main. It served as the primary instructional and administrative building for many years and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Today, it houses the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences.
The University of Arkansas became the first traditionally white Southern university to admit a black student in 1948 when Silas Hunt, a veteran of World War II, enrolled in the UA School of Law.
Today, the University encompasses more than 276 buildings and offers nearly 200 academic programs.
The University of Arkansas is situated on 357 hilly acres on the western side of Fayetteville. Of its more than 130 buildings, 11 have been named to the National Register Historic Places: the Agriculture Building, Chemistry Building, Chi Omega Chapter House, Chi Omega Greek Theater, Ella Carnall Hall, Home Economics, Memorial Hall, Men’s Gymnasium, Old Main, Ozark Hall, and Vol Walker Hall.
Some other buildings of note on campus are:
The David W. Mullins Library, which is located in the center of campus and contains 1.6 million volumes, 3.3 million microforms, 24,000 audio-visual items, and more than 17,000 periodical subscriptions.
Silas Hunt Hall is the site of admissions, enrollment, financial aid and cashier services, as well as the UA Information Desk.
Wal-Mart provides a lot of funding for new facilities and renovations on campus, and as a result, its presence can be felt acutely. Recent projects supported by Wal-Mart include the Center for Innovation in Health Care Logistics and the Applied Sustainability Center, among others.
Our student union is one of the most popular places to hang out on campus. It provides amenities like a computer lab, fast food, a bookstore, a television room, tech support, a merchandise store, and so much more. There are plenty of places to both socialize and study.
Within the union is our coffee shop, called RZ’s. Open early and closing late, RZ’s is always packed with students, and it offers gourmet coffee, smoothies, soft drinks, and cold breakfast and lunch foods. RZ’s often hosts a poetry slam or a karaoke night on Fridays. Its biggest competitor is the new Starbucks across campus. While some students are fiercely loyal to RZ’s, others are happy to have a Starbucks, with its modern interior and outdoor patio, within walking distance.
Another fairly quiet hangout is the library. It’s only a few years old and has all the gadgets and amenities a student could need. There is also a common area with a coffee bar and café that is always teeming with people.
The Hyper is our large gym, which students can use free of charge. While it’s of course a great place to work out and take fitness classes, many students use the Hyper to meet friends and make new ones. The building contains basketball courts, an indoor pool, a weight room, personal trainers, and a rock climbing wall. The Outdoor Connections program is highly popular among those who love to hike, kayak, or canoe.
On days when the weather is beautiful, students are eager to get outside. One of the most popular places for enjoying the sun is UA’s outdoor Greek theater. Built in true Greek style, this amphitheater’s architecture is striking. Because it’s quiet on most days, the theater is a good place to meet up with friends, catch a nap, or do homework during breaks. Pep rallies are also held there.
The city of Fayetteville is situated in Northwest Arkansas on the Ozark Mountain Plateau. Currently, it is a city of more than 62,000 residents, but the region’s booming economy ensures that it will continue to expand. Fayetteville was named one of the “Best Places to Live in America” by "Money" magazine in 2006 and ranked #8 in "Forbes" magazine’s 2007 list of “Best Places for Business and Careers.”
Fayetteville boasts a thriving cultural scene, plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation, quirky and eclectic shops, and restaurants offering everything from comfort food to organic cuisine.
Where do Razorbacks go when they aren’t on campus? I can sum up the answer in two words: Dickson Street. The street itself begins at one corner of campus, and a fifteen-minute walk will get you to the heart of the avenue’s sights and sounds. Dickson is lined with clubs, bars, pubs, restaurants, and boutiques. While those over 21 have more access to all that Dickson has to offer, students 18 and over can still get into plenty of venues. There’s lots of food, local and national musical acts, and of course, enough alcohol to keep the average college student satisfied.
There are a couple of parks around Fayetteville, but Wilson Park is the closest to UA and the most popular. It’s dog-friendly and contains tennis courts and a walking/running path. Many people take advantage of the park to get a daily workout, but others stop by on a nice day to play Frisbee or to study under a tree.
The Fayetteville Mall is also a frequent stop for UA undergrads. While it certainly isn’t one of the biggest malls in the country, as Northwest Arkansas expands, so does our mall. The clothing selection includes PacSun, Hot Topic, Hollister, American Eagle, Rave, Abercrombie, Victoria’s Secret, Aeropostale and many others, and the mall is generally a good venue for wandering around with friends and spending too much money.
And finally, one of the most unique date spots in town is our very own drive-in movie theater. It’s about eight bucks a carload and on weekends visitors are treated to a double feature.
The graduating class of 1905 was the first to have its names etched into sidewalks on campus known as the Senior Walk, which now stretch over five miles and contain the names of more than 120,000 UA graduates.
Since the 1920s, Razorback fans have been “Calling the Hogs.” Local legend has it that a group of farmers started the tradition by issuing hog calls to encourage a lagging Razorback team: “Wooooo! Pig! Sooie!”
Row Week is a weeklong celebration thrown by the frat houses on campus. Houses usually invite bands to play and build fences around frat row to keep law enforcement and uninvited guests out.
Jerry Jones (1965) is the owner of the Dallas Cowboys. While at UA, he was a member of the 1964 Razorback football team that won the national championship.
J. Walter Keller (1946) is the developer of the heart pacemaker.
Ronald LeMay (1972) is the former CEO of Sprint.
S. Robson Walton (1966) Walton is the chairman of the Board of Directors of Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer.
Lucinda Williams (1989) is a Grammy Award-winning country singer and record producer.
The University of Arkansas is very proud of its Razorbacks, particularly the football and basketball teams. It is an NCAA Division I institution fielding eight men’s and 11 women’s programs.
The Razorback football team has appeared in 34 bowl games, including six since 1999, though it hasn’t won a national championship since 1964. The men’s basketball team has earned 28 bids to the NCAA tournament and six trips to the Final Four, bringing home a championship title in 1994. The baseball team has earned 18 NCAA tournament bids, including five trips to the College World Series. But perhaps the most impressive Razorback team is the men’s track and field program, which has won 42 national championships under legendary coach John McDonnell, making it one of the most decorated squads in NCAA history.
UA’s mascot was changed from the Cardinal to the Razorback in 1910.
“Big Red” is the name of the school’s uniformed mascot. The female hog is known as “Sue E,” while the child is called “Pork Chop.”
Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium houses the largest video board of any sports venue in the world. The LED board measures a full 30’ x 107’.
The Bud Walton Arena is the fifth-largest university basketball arena in the nation.
The college counts Bill and Hillary Clinton among its former faculty.
The University of Arkansas has ten major dorms on campus, with a new apartment complex for upperclassmen opening in the fall of 2008. All of the dorms are large and house more than 100 students, with some containing as many as 700 residents. A little under one third of UA undergrads live on campus.
At the top of many students’ housing lists are the newest and most expensive dorms of the Northwest Quad and Maple Hill. Both are made up of more than one building and contain suite-style arrangements in which each student gets his or her own bedroom and shares a common area with his or her suite-mates. In the Quad, there are bathrooms in each suite, as well as sinks and refrigerators. While these dorms offer the newest facilities and the most comfort, they are the most expensive, and the Quad in particular is known for housing athletes.
Two of the most sought-after dorms are Gregson and Holcombe. Gregson has some of the biggest rooms, is co-ed, and has fewer floors, so it tends to be less chaotic than others, and it is also centrally located. Holcombe is a little farther from the center of campus, but its rooms are also substantial; the built-as-single rooms are especially coveted, and they include a refrigerator and microwave. Holcombe is also the site of our International Living and Learning Community.
Reid is an all-female hall that mostly consists of freshmen, sophomores, and sorority pledges. It’s a high-rise style residence with small rooms that is known its social environment. Many of those who live in Gibson are also women, with upperclassmen and Honors students making up the majority of residents in this well-located dorm. Pomfret is UA’s Honors dorm, and it also happens to be one of the least accessible, as it’s located at the bottom of ‘the Hill.’ Residents seem to either love it or hate it. Futrall is an all-freshman hall.