University of Arkansas at Monticello
Joined System: 1971
At a Glance:
Founded in 1909 as the Fourth District Agricultural School, the University of Arkansas at Monticello (UAM) is one of the region’s few remaining open admissions universities. Serving southeast Arkansas, UAM offers 28 baccalaureate and four master’s degree programs. Additionally, the university offers seven two-year associates degrees and 17 technical certificates through its Colleges of Technology in Crossett and McGehee.
UAM has established a reputation for academic excellence in areas such as forestry, nursing, teacher education, pre-medicine, health-related sciences, business and social science. The university is home to the Arkansas Forest Resources Center and one of the South’s top exercise physiology laboratories. In recent years, UAM has added new opportunities to its curriculum, including a program in spatial information systems, popular programs in social work and criminal justice, a fast-track master’s degree program to place more teachers in the classroom, and an online master’s degree program in coaching.
Points of Pride
- UAM has enrolled a record number of students in 10 of the last 11 years. This fall, the university welcomed 3,945 students, an increase over the previous record set in 2011.
- UAM awarded 1,058 academic degrees in 2011-12, representing an increase of more than 70 percent in the number of degrees awarded over the past decade.
- UAM recently completed construction of the $6 million George H. Clippert Forest Resources Annex, a 15,000 square-foot facility housing classroom, laboratory and office space for the School of Forest Resources. Gov. Mike Beebe provided $2 million in General Improvement Funds for the facility and another $1 million was provided by a donation from the family of the late George H. Clippert.
- UAM’s Phi Alpha Theta History honor society has been named national chapter of the year for the fifth consecutive year and the Alpha Chi academic honor society has achieved Star Chapter status the past six years.