University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
Joined System: 1972
At a Glance
An 1890 land-grant institution, the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) is the second-oldest public university and the only public historically black institution in Arkansas. The institution’s historic mission is to teach in areas related to agriculture and the mechanical arts, as well as scientific and classical studies and help solve economic, agricultural and other problems in the community, state and region.
UAPB offers 33 undergraduate and 11 master’s degree programs and a newly added PhD program (Aquaculture/Fisheries) and is home to one of the country’s leading programs in aquaculture and fisheries, which supports Arkansas’s $165 million aquaculture industry. The university’s bachelor degree program in regulatory science is a designated Center of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Other areas of emphasis at UAPB include teacher education, mathematics and science, minority business development and student leadership development.
Points of Pride
- UAPB offers Arkansas’s only under¬graduate regulatory science and aquaculture and fisheries degree programs. The regulatory science program prepares students for entry-level employment in four of the U.S. Department of Agriculture regulatory agencies.
- UAPB’s aquaculture and fisheries program recently gained approval to offer the university’s first doctoral degree program.
- Started in 2003, the UAPB STEM Academy is a federally funded program designed to increase the number of minorities and women choosing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics careers. The program has a retention rate of 80 percent and offers students international internship opportunities, support for graduate students seeking degrees in STEM areas and partnerships with numerous other institutions.
- UAPB has a diverse faculty with more than 60 percent having earned doctoral degrees. The university’s 18-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio allows for a learning environment with close interaction between teachers and students.