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University of Arkansas

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Plaque on University of Arkansas campus

The University of Arkansas (also known as the U. of A. or simply Arkansas) is a public, coeducational, land-grant university system. The main campus is located in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Founded in 1871, Arkansas is known for strong programs in agriculture and business.

The University enrolls approximately 16,000 students. Its chancellor is John White.

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Campuses and Academic Divisions

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University of Arkansas, Old-Main, Fayetteville

Altogether, there are eleven branches and three other units in the University system, including the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. Other branch campuses are in Pine Bluff, Monticello, Little Rock, and Fort Smith. Additionally, the system is comprised of community college campuses in Hope, Batesville, De Queen, Morrilton, and the Phillips Community College in Helena. Other units coming under the University include the Criminal Justice Institute, the Arkansas Archeological survey, and the Division of Agriculture.

The following degree-granting academic divions are located on the Fayetteville campus:

Sports

See also Arkansas Athletics

The sports teams and fans for the University of Arkansas are called Razorbacks. (A Razorback is a type of wild boar.) The school competes in the Southeastern Conference in Division I of the NCAA.

Arkansas enjoys athletic success in many different sports. The school's men's football team is led by Houston Nutt. The men's basketball team, coached by Nolan Richardson, won the 1994 National Championship, and the baseball team, under Dave van Horn reached the 2004 College World Series. Likely one of the most successful programs in NCAA history, the Arkansas track and field teams, led be head coach John McDonnell are the most decorated teams in the athletics departments. The program has won over 41 national titles in Cross Country and Track & Field. One of its most famous stars is recent graduate Ailster Craigg who competed for Ireland at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Greece.

Unusual traditions

Every graduating student at the University of Arkansas has their name carved into one of the concrete walkways or sidewalks on campus. This tradition was started by the first graduating class, who chisled their names into the walkway in front of Old Main, the oldest building on campus. As the campus has grown, and the graduating classes have gotten bigger, various years with the names listed afterwards can be found on almost every walkway on campus. The physical plant at the school has developed a special machine to etch the thousands of names required each year.

Also, during sporting events, fans stand and do a "hog call" or "call the hogs" ("Woo pig soooiieee") due to the fact that their team mascot is the Razorback, a type of wild hog.

Interesting Facts

The University of Arkansas Press is known for publishing works on local and Southern history.

The university is also home to two radio stations: KUAF, a public radio station and NPR affiliate, and KXUA, an eclectic student-run station.

Notable students

Notable faculty

States..and award winning Green Thumb. 1999 - 2002

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