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 30 baccalaureate and six master’s degree programs. Additionally, the university offers seven two-year associate degrees and 15 technical certificates through its Colleges of Technology in Crossett and McGehee.
UAM has established a reputation for academic excellence in areas such as forest resources, 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 facilities. In recent years, UAM has added new opportunities to its curriculum, including popular programs in social work and criminal justice, a fast-track master’s degree program to place more teachers in the classroom, and online master’s degree programs in coaching, education, education leadership and creative writing.
Points of Pride
- UAM has enrolled a record number of students in 10 of the last 12 years. During the spring semester 2014, the university welcomed 3,539 students.
- 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 sixth consecutive year and the Alpha Chi academic honor society has achieved Star Chapter status six of the past seven years.