University of Arkansas at Monticello
|Motto||Veritate Duce Progredi (To Advance with Truth as our Guide)|
|Type||Public coeducational university|
|Established||September 4, 1910|
|Students||3,925 (as of Fall 2016)|
|Location||Monticello, Arkansas, United States|
|Colors||Green and White|
|Nickname||Boll Weevils & Cotton Blossoms|
|Affiliations||Great American Conference|
The University of Arkansas at Monticello is a four-year liberal arts university located in Monticello, Arkansas, United States with Colleges of Technology located in Crossett and McGehee, Arkansas. UAM is part of the University of Arkansas System and offers master's degrees, baccalaureate degrees, and associate (two-year) degrees in a variety of fields. UAM is also home to Arkansas' only School of Forest Resources.
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, 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 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 have Black students enroll.
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:
- School of Computer Information Systems
- School of Nursing
- School of Business
- School of Arts and Humanities
- School of Agriculture
- School of Education
- School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences
- School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
- School of Forestry and Natural Resources (the only Forestry school in the State of Arkansas, and appropriately located in the timber-producing region of Arkansas)
UAM also has one specialized division:
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 Great American Conference (GAC) 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 Gulf South Conference to become a charter member of the Great American Conference (GAC) with six other GSC member schools.
- Derick Armstrong, Canadian football wide receiver who plays for the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League
- Garland Bayliss (Class of 1947), American historian and administrator at Texas A&M, resided in both Bryan and College Station
- Gene Jeffress, member of the Arkansas Senate
- Art Kaufman, collegiate football coach
- Jeff Wardlaw, District 8 member of the Arkansas House of Representatives, a farmer in Bradley County
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