The UofA was ranked as the seventh fastest growing public school with an increase of 53 percent from 2002 to 2012, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.

The fall enrollment for this year is 26,301, with 21,903 of those students enrolled in the undergraduate program, according to a UA press release.

“We want to be the university for the entire state,” said Suzanne McCray, vice provost of enrollment and dean of admissions.

The target number for the freshman class is 4,500 students, and this year, the university met that goal, McCray said.

Five years ago, enrollment for the freshman class was 2,900. The freshman class reached the target goal because of an increase in recruiting, an increase in faculty and the new, attractive buildings the university has to offer, McCray said.

McCray said she credits such growth to the great programs UA officials provide. Coupled with a beautiful campus, the university is appealing to new students. The university has also increased and expanded scholarship programs.

Enrollment numbers decreased when the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery was reduced, but they have come back up with an increase in scholarships, McCray said.

“University Relations has done a great job letting people know what’s going on,” McCray said.

The UofA has also seen an increase in its graduate program and law school, which McCray said she thinks is a result of the faculty. The UofA hires faculty with terminal degrees, the highest degree in an academic field of study, McCray said.

The UofA has also increased its financial endowments. The university had an increase of nearly 31 percent in donations from 2012-2013, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education. As of last year, the UofA received $8.2 million in endowments, the largest in the state.

The UofA is No.135 in the national universities section and No.69 in the top public schools category in the 2015 edition of Best Colleges, produced by U.S. News & World Report.

The university is striving to be within the top 50 schools in the nation, McCray said.

The UofA has a 60 percent graduation rate, according to U.S. News & World Report.

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