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University of Central Arkansas

Conway, AR

UCA Centennial Plaza
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  1. UCA's Honors College welcomes exchanges from partner Honors programs.
  2. 16 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
  3. UCA ranks as the most beautiful campus in Arkansas.

About This Campus

The University of Central Arkansas offers outstanding academics and a lively campus community. With more than 160 academic programs all taught by dedicated faculty members, UCA delivers in quantity and quality. At UCA, there’s no shortage of activities to refresh your mind and connect you with fellow students. UCA is located in Conway, Arkansas, a tight-knit community with a vibrant downtown that makes our campus a home away from home. UCA has a diverse student body of more than 10,000 students. UCA offers 90 undergraduate degrees and 64 graduate degrees and certificates. The campus includes a nature preserve and walking trails on more than 350 acres. UCA students represent all of Arkansas’ 75 counties, almost all 50 U.S. states, and more than 70 foreign countries.

Location Information

Located in the heart of Arkansas and just a 30 minute drive from the state's capital, our campus provides the perfect balance of both natural beauty and city attractions! Conway is located in one of America's fastest growing areas. It has a vibrant downtown with shopping, dining, entertainment, and miles of biking and walking trails. The campus is also within a short drive of breathtaking rivers, lakes, and state parks.

2023/2024 Placement

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2024/2025 Placement

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Fast Facts

Location | Conway
Population | 67,638
Enrollment | 10,869
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home & Host
Term Dates
Fall | 08/25-12/16
Spring | 01/12-5/5

Campus Diversity

1st Nation/Native | 1%
Asian | 2%
Black | 15%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 0%
Hispanic/Latino | 5%
Two or more | 4%
White | 68%
Other | 5%
International | 0%


RegistrationClosed Programs
Nursing major. Teacher Licensure program in concentration areas.

Art and music programs may require portfolio review/audition or other demonstration of ability.

Notable Academic Programs

  • BS in Cybersecurity - The multidisciplinary Bachelor of Science program in Cybersecurity is designed to produce graduates who can identify, assess, and manage cyber threats.
  • BS Mathematics: Data Science track - This track is designed for students interested in pursuing careers in data science and analysis.
  • Philosophy - This program is uniquely pluralistic, including expertise in non-Western philosophies.
  • Engineering Physics - This program has a focus on robotics and automation.
  • Computer Information Systems & Analytics - Computer Information Systems & Analytics (CISA) uses both business and technical expertise to exploit data and systems for organizational competitive advantage. Many CISA students are involved in project management helping to develop system innovations or new systems.

Unique Academic Programs

  • UCA has the only Film degree in Arkansas. - The Film Program at UCA is one of approximately 50 programs in the country that offers both a B.A and M.F.A degree in film, and of only a handful in the south. Additionally, it is one of the only film programs in the nation to be housed at a mid-size state university, which makes it one of the most affordable film programs (if not the most affordable) in the country.
  • UCA has the only Chinese major program in Arkansas. - UCA's Chinese Program is the only one in Arkansas that offers a Major in Chinese. Students can work on one of the following three concentrations: traditional, business, K-12 teacher education.
  • UCA College of Business - As technology and methods advance, the UCA College of Business maintains an innovative curriculum that is well suited for businesses today. A trusted partner in the business community, the College of Business has one of the most active internship programs in the state, which allows students the opportunity to gain work experience and network in their career field.

Special Programs

Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

Accounting, African American Studies, African Studies... ++ show all


GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • No students accepted from NSE members within my own state
  • 2.5 GPA
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept Home/Host Pay
Canadian Students
  • Will accept Home/Host Pay

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 05/16/23

  • Campus Budget
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Host Payment Students
  • Estimated cost: $4889.
  • Expect 5-15% increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on 15 hours. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your actual enrollment.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Host Payment students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment: 15 ($231 per additional hour)
  • Home Payment: 15 ($231 per additional hour)

Financial Aid for NSE Students
Regardless of Payment Plan, financial aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Housing Deposit $100 Semester Host & Home Mandatory

Important Notes: Please use the UCA Tuition & Fees Calculator to estimate your costs: https://uca.edu/studentaccounts/calculator/

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 05/16/23

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • On-Campus Housing
  • 32% living on campus
  • Double: $4415 (includes meals)
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • Students must live on campus
Notes About Housing
All NSE students are required to live on campus and will pay in-state tuition. Out of state tuition is waived for students in campus housing.

Meal Plans

Notes About Meal Plans


Figures per Semester are current as of 05/16/23

Important Notes about Health Insurance
No health insurance is required for domestic U.S. students.

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $750 per semester.


    Other Health Related Comments
    Please click link below for Canadian health insurance requirement.


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