UCA Among “Top Public Schools” in the South

The University of Central Arkansas continues to rank among the best institutions in the South, according to the 2012 Best Colleges rankings by U.S. News & World Report released Tuesday.

UCA ranks 23rd in the category of “Top Public Schools” among regional universities in the South. The university remains the highest ranked Arkansas public university in the region.

“The University of Central Arkansas is delighted to learn of its recognition by U.S. News & World Report.This year’s rankings once again confirm our commitment to providing an exceptional educational experience founded upon a vast array of superior academic programs,” said Dr. Robert Parrent, vice president for enrollment management.

“UCA has transformed its mission of simply teaching students to one that engages students in research, service and global learning,” he continued. “We use teaching as a means to a greater end – improving economic opportunity and quality of life for the communities we serve. It is this commitment to scholarship, student success and service that sets UCA apart as a leader in American higher education.”

Overall, UCA is 54th out of 89 private and public institutions that ranked in the category of “Best Regional Universities” in the South. A regional university is defined as an institution that provides a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s programs, according to the U.S. News & World Report. Universities in the “Best Regional Universities” category were ranked against their peer groups in one of four geographic regions.

The U.S. News & World Report 2012 Best Colleges guidebook includes rankings of 1,600 institutions nationwide. The rankings are based on peer assessment; retention and graduation rate of UCA’s student body; faculty resources; student selectivity; financial resources; and alumni giving.

The University of Central Arkansas is committed to excellence through the delivery of outstanding undergraduate and graduate education that remains current and responsive to the diverse needs of those it serves. UCA offers more than 100 undergraduate courses of study, 33 master’s degree programs, and four doctoral programs for students to explore. More than 11,000 students from 66 different countries and 39 states are part of UCA’s community.