Quick Facts

Opportunities

  • We offer honors programs in all majors, tailored to students’ academic interests.
  • The 5:1 ratio of honors students to honors faculty ensures student access to the university’s most research-active professors.
  • We award up to 90 freshman fellowships annually, worth $70,000 over four years.
  • Each year we award more than $1,000,000 in research and study abroad grants to our students.
  • More than 50% of Honors College students who graduated in the last four years have studied abroad. Of these, more than one-third studied abroad more than once.
  • 100% of Honors College graduates have engaged in undergraduate research with faculty mentors

Awards

  • 142 National Merit Scholars are enrolled at the U of A.
  • The Honors College is nationally recognized for the high caliber of students it admits and graduates, consistently producing Fulbright, Truman, Marshall, Gates Cambridge and Goldwater Scholars, among many others, over the past 10 years. Check out the full list here.
  • In 2002 the University of Arkansas was named a Truman Honor Institute, an award recognizing high-performing institutions in the Truman Scholarship program.

National Rankings

The University of Arkansas Honors College was ranked 17th in "Overall Excellence" in a recent survey of the nation's top public honors programs. We tied for 2nd  in the category of "top value-added programs."

In 2011 the University of Arkansas was elevated to the highest possible classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university is one of just 108 schools to be placed in this highest category, which is defined as a doctoral-granting, research university with very high levels of research activity.

Here is a sampling of national rankings for our programs:

  • The Fay Jones School of Architecture’s architecture program ranked 19th in the nation, and the 8th best program among public universities, in the 2013 Annual Survey of America’s Best Architecture and Design Schools.
  • U.S. News & World Report recently ranked the Walton College of Business in a tie for 27th place among the nation’s undergraduate public business colleges and 47th among both public and private institutions. 
  • The School of Law is ranked 33rd among public law schools and ranked 1st in best value among American law schools.
  • The Creative Writing Program in the Fulbright College was recently ranked in the top 50 national creative writing programs by Poets & Writers magazine.
  • The departments of poultry science, animal science and food science in Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences are consistently ranked among the top 10 programs addressing meat and poultry industry issues by Meat and Poultry magazine.

Success after Graduation

  • Over the past ten years, 90% of our pre-med students, on average, have won acceptance to medical school –– more than twice the national average.
  • Our Honors College graduates are continuing their studies at top graduate schools across the nation and abroad, including (to name just a few):
    • Cambridge University
    • Oxford University
    • Brown University
    • Columbia University
    • Duke University
    • Emory University
    • Georgia Institute of Technology
    • Harvard University, Harvard Law School and Harvard Medical School
    • Johns Hopkins University
    • Pennsylvania State University
    • Princeton University
    • Rice University
    • Stanford Graduate School of Business
    • University of California – Berkeley
    • Yale University
  • Our Honors College alumni are also out in the real world doing great things, including:
    • practicing neurosurgery
    • running an award-winning graphic and web design firm
    • interning for Michelle Obama in the White House
    • working for the U.S. State Department in Istanbul
    • coordinating a joint business venture between an Arkansas and Japanese firm
    • working at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center on the future Webb Space Telescope
    • working as an RN at the Mayo Clinic neuroscience intensive care unit
    • helping to design a new museum for downtown Los Angeles
    • participating in Teach for America
    • working as a system performance engineer at Verizon Wireless