Transforming tomorrow: Planned gift will make a mark for future Bears

As a two-time alumna of the University of Central Arkansas and now as dean of UCA’s Schedler Honors College, Patricia Smith ’01, ’03 has witnessed the profound influence higher education can have on students’ lives. That firsthand experience has made her passionate about making education accessible to as many students as possible. Smith wanted to play an active part in providing … [Read more...]

In photos: UCA celebrates graduates at commencement

The Farris Center at the University of Central Arkansas was a site of celebration and recognition May 5-6 as the University awarded more than 1,160 degrees during spring commencement ceremonies. Revisit the excitement of commencement with this gallery of photos. … [Read more...]

UCA honors college dean named fellow of the National Collegiate Honors Council

Patricia Smith, dean of the Norbert O. Schedler Honors College at the University of Central Arkansas, has been recognized as a 2022 fellow for the National Collegiate Honors Council for her substantial time and dedication to furthering the cause of honors education. She was formally recognized during the NCHC awards ceremony on Nov. 5 in Dallas.  To be considered for the Fellows distinction, … [Read more...]

Three UCA alumni chosen for prestigious science fellowship

Three University of Central Arkansas alumni have been selected as part of the 50th class of Science and Technology Policy Fellows by the American Association of the Advancement of Science. Destiny Davis, Heather Masson-Forsythe and Jordan Wilkerson, all graduates from UCA’s Norbert O. Schedler Honors College and the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, will spend the year helping to … [Read more...]

UCA Honors College students conduct service-learning projects in Mississippi

Serving communities, promoting good citizenship and giving back is the thrust behind a trip for students of the University of Central Arkansas’ Honors at UCA program, who traveled to Biloxi, Mississippi, for several days of community-based, service-learning projects.   Students in the Norbert O. Schedler Honors College joined the efforts of Community Collaborations International, an … [Read more...]

UCA announces incoming Honors Scholars for Fall 2022

The University of Central Arkansas Honors College has selected more than 100 incoming first-year students to participate in the Honors at UCA program. Seventy-five incoming students have been selected as Norbert O. Schedler Honors College Scholars while a further 27 incoming students have been chosen as University Scholars. Collectively, the first-year students have an average high school grade … [Read more...]


The University of Central Arkansas Norbert O. Schedler Honors College has selected 75 incoming first-year students as its newest class of Honors Scholars. The entering class of 2018 has an average high school GPA above 4.0 and an average ACT score of 30. The class also includes four out-of-state students. This year’s applicant pool was one of the largest in the 36-year history of the … [Read more...]