The University of Arkansas at Monticello is a public university and college for vocational and technical education located in Monticello, Arkansas, United States.
The University is governed by the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees, which also oversees the operation of universities and other post-secondary educational institutions in Batesville, DeQueen, Fayetteville, Arkansas, Fort Smith, Helena, Hope, Little Rock, Morrilton, and Pine Bluff, Arkansas.
UA-Monticello offers in-state tuition rates not only to Arkansas residents, but also to residents of Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Tennessee.
The University of Arkansas at Monticello is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools), the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, the National Association of Schools of Music, the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, the Society of American Foresters, and the Council on Social Work Education.
Technical programs have been approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing, the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education.
The University offers technical certificates, associate, baccalaureate, and master’s degree programs.
Documents concerning accreditation are available for review upon request to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs on the Monticello campus; the Vice Chancellor College of Technology at Crossett; or the Vice Chancellor College of Technology at McGehee.
The distant predecessor of the University of Arkansas at Monticello was established in 1909 by an act of the Arkansas General Assembly to serve the educational needs of southern Arkansas. Originally called the Fourth District Agricultural School, the school opened its doors September 14, 1910. In 1925, the General Assembly authorized the school's name to be changed to the Arkansas Agricultural and Mechanical College. Arkansas A&M received accreditation as a junior college in 1928 and as a four-year institution in 1940.
During World War II, Arkansas A & M College was one of 131 colleges and universities nationally that took part in the V-12 Navy College Training Program which offered students a path to a Navy commission.
Arkansas A&M became part of the University of Arkansas system on July 1, 1971, and it was then that it actually became the University of Arkansas at Monticello. In that year, the University of Arkansas increased its racial diversity by adding three new campuses in Little Rock, Pine Bluff, and Monticello that either already had large numbers of Black students, or which in the case of the new campus in Little Rock, would soon acquire many of these.
On July 1, 2003, the University of Arkansas at Monticello expanded its mission to include vocational and technical education when the UAM College of Technology-Crossett and the UAM College of Technology-McGehee became part of the University of Arkansas at Monticello to create a larger system of postsecondary education in Southern Arkansas.
UAM is composed of eight distinct schools:
UAM also has two specialized divisions:
University of Arkansas at Monticello athletic teams are known as the Boll Weevils and Cotton Blossoms. UAM is a member of the NCAA Division II and currently competes within the Gulf South Conference (GSC) for ten sports, including: baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, football, men's and women's golf, softball, and women's volleyball. In 2011 the university left the GSC to become a charter member of the Great American Conference (GAC) with six other GSC member schools.