University of Arkansas Honors College

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University of Arkansas
Honors College
Ozark Hall addition.jpg
Honors College offices are housed in Ozark Hall
Type Public
Established 2002 [1]
Parent institution
University of Arkansas
Endowment $200 Million [2]
Dean Lynda L. Coon
Students 2,652 (2012)[3]
Location Fayetteville, Arkansas, U.S.
Campus University of Arkansas

The Honors College at the University of Arkansas enhances the learning of students by sharing unique learning experiences with participants. Around 15% of Arkansas undergraduates participate in Honors. Entering freshman for the Honors College have an average score of 31 on the ACT and 4.0 high school GPA.[4] Although Honors students are assisted with applying for prestigious post-graduate honors and fellowships, students also benefit from smaller classes, a more hands-on approach, as well as priority scheduling.[2] The dean of the University of Arkansas Honors College is currently Bob McMath, former vice-provost of Georgia Tech.[2] The Honors College serves all undergraduate majors.[2]

In April 2002, the Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation donated $300 million to the University of Arkansas.[2] The donation was the largest in the history of public education.[2] After the donation, the Honors College announced its goal to enroll 2,000 Honors College undergraduates by the year 2010. This goal was met three years early.[2] The University of Arkansas also set records for students in a freshman class, total enrollment, and minority enrollment in 2007.[5]

Honors students at the University of Arkansas Honors College have received numerous honors, scholarships, fellowships, and accolades since the college was established. Honors College students have enjoyed a 100% acceptance rate to medical school in recent years,[6] and received Gates Cambridge, Rhodes, Madison, Marshall, Fulbright, Boren, Gilman, Truman, Goldwater, and National Science Foundation scholarships.[4] The Honors College is one of only seven universities (including Princeton University, Northwestern University, University of California, Berkeley, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Yale University, and the United States Military Academy at West Point) to have multiple Gates Cambridge scholarship recipients, ninth ranked overall in Goldwater Scholarship recipients in the United States for the last ten years, and has been a Truman Honor Institution since 2002.[7]

Study Abroad grants[edit]

Over forty grants are available to financially aid students who wish to study abroad.[2] Up to $12,000 can be awarded for year-long foreign study.


  1. ^ "Newswire" First Entering Class Of UA Honors College Fellows Named Retrieved on 5-10 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "History." Honor College History Retrieved on 5-10 2010.
  3. ^ "Fall 2012 11th Day Enrollment Report" (PDF). University of Arkansas Office of Institutional Research. October 23, 2013. p. 3. Retrieved January 23, 2013. 
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  5. ^ Voorhies, Steve. "University of Arkansas Honors College Reaches Enrollment Goal 3 Years Ahead of Schedule." September 13, 2007. Daily Headlines University of Arkansas. Retrieved on 19-4 2008.
  6. ^ "University of Arkansas Honors College Students Enjoy 100 Percent Acceptance Rate into Medical School" University of Arkansas Honors College Students Enjoy 100 Percent Acceptance Rate into Medical School Retrieved on 5-10 2010.
  7. ^ "Talking Points" Talking Points Retrieved on 5-10 2010.