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SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT: University of Arkansas

The University of Arkansas is the nations’ fastest growing public university. The university was founded in 1871, making it the oldest public in state institution. Located in Fayetteville, the university is home to more than 26,000 students annually. U of A has 10 different colleges and schools which offer students 200 academic programs to choose from.

Bill and Hillary Clinton both started their careers in the 70’s at U of A as professors in the law school. The couple got married on campus, and a few blocks away their first home together now serves as the Clinton House Museum.

University of Arkansas student

Name: Darbie Dee Kuykendall

Year: Junior

Major: Political Science and Economics w/ Legal Studies

Hometown: Clarksville, AR

Why did you choose to attend the University of Arkansas?

The University of Arkansas was the only choice for me in the state. I knew without a doubt that that is where I would go if I chose to stay in Arkansas. My father and mother both went to school here, and I’ve been raised as a Razorback fan since day 1. Me coming to school here just made sense.

What do you like most about the U of A?

The University of Arkansas is basically like its own little world. There is so much diversity here, and there truly is a place for anyone to feel like they are at home at this school. You get the chance to meet all kinds of different people and experience new things all the time. It’s a place where you can grow into whoever you want to be.  

What do you like most about living in Fayetteville?

Fayetteville may just be the coolest little town there is. Off campus, you have tons of fun things to do, like enjoying the outdoors or the upcoming music scene. To me, I can’t see how any college town could beat Fayetteville. There is truly no place like it.

What do you like to do for fun/extracurricular/hobbies?

I always like to get outdoors, and enjoy the fresh air. I am a big runner, so it’s nice to have so many scenic places to take my runs at. I’m also really into politics, and there are tons of offices around here that let you do things like working for congressional members or campaign, which is one of my favorite things to do.

Do you have any advice to incoming freshman?

I would recommend getting involved as much as possible, and taking advantage of every opportunity. Really take the chance to put yourself out there and be open to trying new things and discovering new information about yourself. This is a time to become who you want to be, so take every chance you can to make that happen.

If you are interested in attending the University of Arkansas you can check out the Online Guide. On the online guide you can see local restaurants and shops, view campus and admissions information, learn about university top points of pride, view the campus map and more!

View the University of Arkansas Online Guide