University of Central Arkansas Rankings

The University of Central Arkansas (UCA) is a top tier public institution offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. It is one of the fastest growing public universities in the nation, offering more than 100 undergraduate courses of study, 33 master's degree programs, and four doctoral programs.

The University has 6 colleges:
- College of Business
- College of Education
- College of Fine Arts and Communications
- College of Health and Behavioral Sciences
- College of Liberal Arts
- College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

The University of Central Arkansas is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, the National Association of Schools of Music, and the National Association of Schools of Theatre.

Rankings:

- Ranked 45th out of 117 total institutions (both public and private) in the South, and ranked 17th out of 69 public universities in the category of "Best Master's Level Universities in the South", according to the U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges" 2010 edition, moving up from 54th in the previous year.

- Placed in the Top Tier and rated 54th among the "Top Schools" for Master's degrees in the South, moving up two places from 56th in the previous year (USNWR 2009). It was also ranked 23rd among the Top Public Schools. The rankings are based on a number of indicators including freshman retention rate, class size, the percentage of full-time faculty, and acceptance rate.

- 146th in the US News Ranking of Top Speech-Language Pathology Schools (2009).

- 41st for Physical Therapy program, 65th for Occupational Therapy program (2009 edition of U.S. News & World Report Graduate Schools ranking).

- 61st in the South in academic excellence (USNWR 2006). It was the only public Arkansas university in that category.

- Listed in the 2008 list of "Top 50 Entrepreneurial Colleges" compiled by Entrepreneur magazine and The Princeton Review.

- The College of Business is ranked in the 2008 edition of The Princeton Review's "Best 290 Business Schools".

Accreditations:

- The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) as a bachelor's, master's, specialist's, and doctoral degree granting institution and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

- The teacher education program is accredited by The National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

- The Child Study Center is accredited by The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

- The master's and baccalaureate degrees in business administration are accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

- The baccalaureate degree in athletic training is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.

- The graduate dietetics internship program and the undergraduate didactic program in dietetics are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education.

- The baccalaurate program in interior design is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation.

- The master's and baccalaureate programs in nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

- The master's degree in occupational therapy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education. The physical therapist education program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.

- The doctoral program in school psychology is accredited by the American Psychological Association, and the master's program in school psychology is accredited by the National Association of School Psychology.

- The master's degree program in speech-language pathology is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology.

- The baccalaureate degree in computer science is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET.

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