University of Arkansas College of Engineering

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University of Arkansas
College of Engineering
Bell Engineering Center, Autumn.jpg
Type Public
Established 1913
Dean John English
Academic staff
Students 4,285 (Fall 2016)[1]
Undergraduates 3,335 (Fall 2016)[1]
Postgraduates 950 (Fall 2016)[1]
Address 800 West Dickson, Fayetteville, Arkansas, U.S.
36°04′01″N 94°10′17″W / 36.06705°N 94.17138°W / 36.06705; -94.17138Coordinates: 36°04′01″N 94°10′17″W / 36.06705°N 94.17138°W / 36.06705; -94.17138
Campus University of Arkansas

The College of Engineering is the University of Arkansas' college for engineering students.


The first engineering degree awarded by the University was in civil engineering in 1888, at the time, it was known at Arkansas Industrial University, and did not have a separate engineering college. The College of Engineering was established in 1913.

In 2006, a solar boat built by University of Arkansas mechanical engineering students and electrical engineering students won the Collegiate World Championships.[2]


There are eight different undergraduate degree programs, with 31 graduate degree programs, currently offered.[3]



University rankings
Forbes[5] 283
Times/WSJ[6] 444
U.S. News & World Report[7] 135 (tie)
Washington Monthly[8] 208
ARWU[9] 501 (tie)
QS[10] 801 (tie)
Times[11] 501 (tie)
U.S. News & World Report[12] 650 (tie)

The Industrial Engineering graduate program ranked 26th in the nation, and the Engineering program as a whole finished 98th, and is one of the "best values" for Arkansas students nationally.[13]


Prior to the establishment of a separate engineering college, education was conducted in Old Main. Engineering Hall, now known as the John A. White Jr. Engineering Hall became the primary engineering facility upon completion in 1927; in 1964, Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering moved to the new Mechanical Engineering Building and Science Engineering Hall, respectively. Mechanical Engineering remains the only department separated from the others, located one block west at 845 West Dickson, the Department of Electrical Engineering moved with the remaining departments to Bell Engineering Center at 800 West Dickson upon its completion in 1987. Science Engineering Hall, at 850 West Dickson, continues to be used for classroom space by the various engineering departments.

A closed factory in south Fayetteville was purchased in 1983, now known as the Engineering Research Center at 600 West Research Center Boulevard, the Nanoscale Material Science and Engineering Building (known as the Nano Building), housing the microelectronics-photonics (MicroEP) program opened September 2011 at 731 West Dickson.[14] The program is coordinated between several engineering departments, science departments, physics department, poultry science department, and the University of Arkansas Graduate School.

A gallery, with dates used by the College of Engineering in parentheses, shows the facilities used throughout the years.

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  1. ^ a b c "Fall 2016 11th Day Enrollment Report" (PDF). University of Arkansas Office of Institutional Research. October 20, 2016. p. 3. Retrieved August 27, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Arkansas Academy of Mechanical Engineering Newsletter." Arkansas Academy of Mechanical Engineering. October 2006. Newsletter. Retrieved April 7, 2010.
  3. ^ "College of Engineering-Fast Facts" University of Arkansas. 2007-2008 Fast Facts. Retrieved on July 9, 2008.
  4. ^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities 2017: USA". Shanghai Ranking Consultancy. Retrieved August 29, 2017. 
  5. ^ "America's Top Colleges". Forbes. July 5, 2016. 
  6. ^ "U.S. College Rankings 2018". Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education. Retrieved November 23, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Best Colleges 2017: National Universities Rankings". U.S. News & World Report. September 12, 2016. 
  8. ^ "2016 Rankings - National Universities". Washington Monthly. Retrieved September 6, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities 2017". Shanghai Ranking Consultancy. 2017. Retrieved August 29, 2017. 
  10. ^ "QS World University Rankings® 2018". Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2017. Retrieved 25 July 2017. 
  11. ^ "World University Rankings 2016-17". THE Education Ltd. Retrieved September 21, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Best Global Universities Rankings: 2017". U.S. News & World Report LP. Retrieved October 25, 2016. 
  13. ^ "National University Rankings". America's Best Colleges 2012. U.S. News and World Report. September 13, 2011. Retrieved September 4, 2012. 
  14. ^ "University Receives Increase in State Funding, Monies From General Improvement Fund". University of Arkansas, University Relations. June 7, 2013. Retrieved August 27, 2017.