The University of Central Arkansas is a state-run institution located in the city of Conway, Arkansas
The university is famous for its innovative Honors College, which has received national recognition for its excellence. Small classes, distinguished faculty, TAG and URGE grants for students, high ACT and SAT scores, and outstanding medical and graduate school admission rates are hallmarks of the College. The Carnegie Foundation said the UCA Honors College was “One of the most widely imitated programs in the country,” and former U.S. Secretary of Education Terrell Bell described the Honors College as being “An Ivy League education at a bargain basement price.”
In 2006, U.S. News & World Report ranked UCA 61st in the South in academic excellence. This marks the first year that UCA has been ranked. UCA was the only public Arkansas university in that category.
In the 2009 Edition of U.S. News & World Report America’s Best Colleges, UCA was ranked 54th in Master’s Universities South. UCA was also ranked 23rd in the Top Public Schools in Master’s Universities South.
In January 2010, UCA mass communication students launched The Fountain (now The Fountain Magazine), a daily source of news and information. The student-created website is named “The Fountain,” after the historic landmark located at the university’s campus. The Fountain merged with The Echo, UCA’s oldest student media outlet, in January 2014 to combine print and online resources. The Fountain Magazine was created following the merger.