University of Arkansas System

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University of Arkansas System
TypeState university system
ChairmanJohn Goodson
PresidentDonald Bobbitt
Administrative staff
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The University of Arkansas System comprises six campuses within the state of Arkansas; a medical school; two law schools; a unique graduate school focused on public service; a HBCU, statewide research, service and educational units for agriculture, criminal justice and archeology; and several community colleges. Over 50,000 students are enrolled in over 188 undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs.

Legally, the entire system carries the name University of Arkansas. Nonetheless, to avoid confusion with its flagship campus in Fayetteville, the system usually refers to itself as the University of Arkansas System and the Fayetteville campus usually refers to itself as the University of Arkansas.

University Campuses[edit]

Campus Official name Founded Enrollment Endowment Athletics NCAA Division Main conference
eVersity University of Arkansas System, eVersity 2014
Fayetteville University of Arkansas 1871 26,754[1] $1.06 Billion Arkansas Razorbacks Division I (FBS) SEC
Little Rock University of Arkansas at Little Rock 1927 13,167 $136 million Little Rock Trojans Division I (non-football) Sun Belt
Monticello University of Arkansas at Monticello 1910 3,762 $22.8 million UAM Boll Weevils Division II Great American
Pine Bluff University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff 1873 3,332 $1.9 million UAPB Golden Lions Division I (FCS) SWAC
Fort Smith University of Arkansas at Fort Smith 1928 7,329 $38.8 million UA Fort Smith Lions Division II Heartland

Medical School[edit]

Location Official name Affiliated campuses Founded Enrollment Endowment
Little Rock University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Fayetteville 1879 2,400 $75.9 million

Law Schools[edit]

(Neither one is officially independent of its parent campus, though the Bowen School of Law is on a separate campus from UALR proper)

Location Campus Official name Founded Enrollment Endowment
Fayetteville University of Arkansas at Fayetteville University of Arkansas School of Law 1924 445 $84.2 million
Little Rock University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law 1975 450 $43.4 million

Graduate School[edit]

Location Campus Official name Founded Enrollment Endowment
Little Rock Independent University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service 2004 96 $0.00 million

Community Colleges[edit]

Location Campus Preferred name Founded Enrollment
De Queen Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas Cossatot 1975 1,486
Batesville University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville UACC Batesville 1997 1,745
Hope University of Arkansas Community College at Hope[2] UACC Hope 1965 1,358
Morrilton University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton UACC Morilton 1961 2,421
Helena-West Helena Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas Phillips 1965 2,350
North Little Rock University of Arkansas – Pulaski Technical College Pulaski Tech 1945 6,576
Mena University of Arkansas Rich Mountain UA Rich Mountain 1973 824

Advanced High School[edit]

Other System Units[edit]

Bags of long grain rice from the UA Division of Agriculture Research and Extension - Rice Research and Extension Center


The original and flagship campus was established in Fayetteville as Arkansas Industrial University in 1871 under the 1862 Morrill Land-Grant Colleges Act; the system now includes both of the state's land-grant colleges, as UAPB was later designated as such under the 1890 Morrill Act; it left the system in 1927, but returned in 1972. The Division of Agriculture and UAM's forestry programs also contribute to the system's land-grant mission; the Division of Agriculture includes the statewide Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station (AAES) and the Cooperative Extension Service (CES). AAES and CES were managed by the dean of the College of Agriculture and Home Economics on the Fayetteville campus until 1959, when the Board of Trustees established the statewide Division of Agriculture as a unit of the U of A System.

The University of Arkansas System as an organized educational alliance (system) could be said to date from the founding of UAPB (1873) or perhaps UAMS joining the system (1911); the Division of Agriculture was established in 1959 as a statewide system unit with its own line-item appropriation from the state Legislature. University of Arkansas President David Wiley Mullins, along with the Board of Trustees, brokered a series of mergers in the late 1960s; the Little Rock and Monticello campuses joined the system in 1969 (UALR) and 1971 (UAM), and UAPB returned to the system in 1972. In 1975, a University of Arkansas Board of Trustees policy officially adopted the name "University of Arkansas System" as an alternative identification for the system, along with the present names of the campuses, in order to allow the Fayetteville campus to continue its identification as the "University of Arkansas"; the policy has been amended over the years as other campuses were added. [5]

The administrative offices for the University of Arkansas System are located in Little Rock.

University presidents[edit]

Up until 1982, the president was the chief administrative officer of the Fayetteville campus and the University of Arkansas System. In 1982, the position of chancellor was created to be the top administrator at the Fayetteville campus, and the title of president referred only to the University of Arkansas System.

President Tenure
Noah P. Gates 1871-1873
Albert W. Bishop 1873-1875
Noah P. Gates 1875-1877
Daniel Harvey Hill 1877-1884
George M. Edgar 1884-1887
Edward H. Murfee 1887-1894
John L. Buchanan 1894-1902
Henry S. Hartzog 1902-1905
John N. Tillman 1905-1912
John Hugh Reynolds (acting) 1912-1913
John C. Futrall 1913-1939
J. William Fulbright 1939-1941
Arthur M. Harding 1941-1947
Lewis Webster Jones 1947-1951
John T. Caldwell 1952-1959
Storm Whaley (acting) 1959-1960
David Wiley Mullins 1960-1974
Charles E. Bishop 1974-1980
James E. Martin 1980-1984
Ray Thornton 1984-1990
B. Alan Sugg 1990-2011
Donald R. Bobbitt 2011–present


  1. ^ "U of A Enrollment Edges to 26,754, Up Nearly 2 Percent". Retrieved August 12, 2016.
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