STEM Residential College


STEM Residential College’s First Year




Statistics show that Residential College Program students have a 12% higher retention rate and 10% greater graduation rate than  students who do not join in a Residential College.  The STEM Residential College at UCA provides a living/learning environment that fosters the academic success ofstudents pursuing studies in science, technology, computer science, pre-engineering, and mathematics. Participants live together and learn together with other students who have similar interests.


Students who live in STEM Residential College can:

• Take advantage of early opportunities for starting undergraduate research in Cellular or Molecular Biology, Organic Chemistry, Robotics, Differential Equations, Acoustics, Bio-Physics, Aquatic Ecology, Bioinformatics, to name just a few of our active research programs.

• Learn about classes, programs of study, internships, research and career opportunities.

• Enroll in the same sections of classes as other STEM residential students.

• Form study groups with other students in the residential college.

• Participate in special-topics courses focused on current scientific and technical issues.

• Course sections reserved for students in the STEM Residential College.

• Attend informal seminars and workshops on many topics held in the residential college.

• Participate in academic activities on campus and at other scientific facilities in the region.

• Benefit from mandatory common quiet hours.


STEM students live in Arkansas Hall.  The hall has the capacity to house 114 males and 96  females. Features of Arkansas Hall include a large atrium with multiple study zones, an integrated classroom and study rooms (Nerd Nodes) on each floor. Any student who has an interest in the sciences, technology, pre-engineering, or mathematics is encouraged to apply to live in Arkansas Hall as a STEM Resident.   Applications should be submitted early because space is limited. There are no additional fees for living in the STEM Residential College.!

The STEM Residential College has:

• Classrooms with Wireless Internet Access and Smart Boards

• Eleven Nerd Nodes (Study Rooms)

• Security Access

• Resident Coordinator

• Peer Mentors

• Resident Master (Live-in Faculty Member)


Bachelor of Science Degrees

• Biology

• Biochemistry

• Chemistry

• Computer Science

• Mathematics

• Applied Mathematics

• Mathematics Education

• Physics

• Science Education (Life/Physical/Earth)

• Environmental Science

• Engineering (3+2 program with UofA Fayetteville)