University of Central Arkansas

Public, Four-years School Located in Conway, AR

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How much is the Central Arkansas tuition? For the academic year 2023-2024, Central Arkansas's tuition & fees is $10,118 for Arkansas residents and $17,258 for out-of-state students.
With indirect costs not billed by school, such as room & boards and personal living expenses, the total cost of attendance for one academic year is $24,988 for Arkansas residents and $32,128 for out-of-state students when a student lives on-campus.

Central Arkansas Tuition & Expenses

2022-2023 Rate
Arkansas Residents Tuition & Fees$10,118
Out-of-State Tuition & Fees$17,258
Books & Supplies Costs$1,200
On-campus Room & Board$8,250
On-campus Expenses$5,420
Off-campus Room & Board$8,143
Off-campus Expenses$7,565
2023-2024 Projection
Arkansas Residents Tuition & Fees$9,728
Out-of-State Tuition & Fees$16,628

How Much Does it Cost to Go to Central Arkansas for 4 Years?

For the class of 2027, who entering colleges in 2023, the 4 years tuition & fees is $74,676 at Central Arkansas. The estimated tuition rate is based on the changes over last 5 years. With room & board, books, and other personal expenses, the estimated 4 years costs of attendance is $138,169. After receiving financial aid including grants, scholarships, and/or student loans, the 4 years COA is down to $100,732.
The following table computes the 4 years tuition and COA by class of year.
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2023-24)$17,805$32,304$23,378
Sophomore (2024-25)$18,369$33,748$24,539
Junior (2025-26)$18,951$35,263$25,763
Senior (2026-27)$19,551$36,853$27,052
4 Years Total$74,676$138,169$100,732
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2024-25)$18,369$33,748$24,539
Sophomore (2025-26)$18,951$35,263$25,763
Junior (2026-27)$19,551$36,853$27,052
Senior (2027-28)$20,171$38,523$28,411
4 Years Total$77,042$144,388$105,764
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2025-26)$18,951$35,263$25,763
Sophomore (2026-27)$19,551$36,853$27,052
Junior (2027-28)$20,171$38,523$28,411
Senior (2028-29)$20,810$40,275$29,843
4 Years Total$79,483$150,915$111,068
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2026-27)$19,551$36,853$27,052
Sophomore (2027-28)$20,171$38,523$28,411
Junior (2028-29)$20,810$40,275$29,843
Senior (2029-30)$21,469$42,116$31,353
4 Years Total$82,001$157,768$116,658
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2027-28)$20,171$38,523$28,411
Sophomore (2028-29)$20,810$40,275$29,843
Junior (2029-30)$21,469$42,116$31,353
Senior (2030-31)$22,149$44,049$32,945
4 Years Total$84,599$164,963$122,550

Average Tuition By School Type and Comparison

Compared to four-years schools nationwide, Central Arkansas' tuition is slightly higher than the average tuition of $12,960. Compared to public, four-years colleges in Arkansas, its tuition is much higher than the average tuition of $8,461.
In-StateOut-of-State
University of Central Arkansas$10,118$17,258
U.S. Four-years Colleges$18,672
Public Schools$7,199$12,960
Private Schools$20,937
Arkansas Four-years Colleges$13,726
Public Schools$5,423$8,461
Private Schools$17,236

Compare Similar School's Tuition

The next table compares the tuition & fees between Central Arkansas and similar schools. The similar colleges are selected by school type & level (public, four-years), ranking, and comparison frequency by our users. The comparison is based on 2022-2023 tuition rate.
LocationIn-StateOut-of-State
University of Central ArkansasConway, AR$10,118$17,258
SUNY Buffalo State UniversityBuffalo, NY$8,486$18,906
Cameron UniversityLawton, OK$6,900$16,320
Langston UniversityLangston, OK$6,728$14,255
University of West AlabamaLivingston, AL$10,990$20,090
Southeastern Oklahoma State UniversityDurant, OK$7,200$16,410
Southeastern Louisiana UniversityHammond, LA$8,373$20,851
Citadel Military College of South CarolinaCharleston, SC$12,570$37,370
University of Houston-DowntownHouston, TX$7,708$17,788
Concord UniversityAthens, WV$9,700$20,600
Thomas Edison State UniversityTrenton, NJ$6,638$8,598

Financial Aid and COA

At University of Central Arkansas, 6,875 students (83%) received grant or scholarship from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources. The average amount of grant/scholarship received is $8,652.
After receiving financial aid, the cost of attendance (COA) at Central Arkansas is $23,476 for students living on-campus and $25,514 for students living off-campus.
For beginning students (i.e. first-time freshmen), 1,790 students received any type of financial aid including grants/scholarship and student loans. The average amount of grant/scholarship for the first-time students is $8,177 and the average amount of student loans is $6,198.
The financial aid data is based on 2021-2022 statistics from IPEDS.
Arkansas ResidentsOut-of-State
COA (on-campus)$24,988$32,128
COA (off-campus)$27,026$34,166
Tuition & Fees$10,118$17,258
Indirect Costs (on-campus)$14,870$14,870
Indirect Costs (off-campus)$16,908$16,908
COA (on-campus) after Receiving Aid$16,336$23,476
COA (off-campus) after Receiving Aid$18,374$25,514
Average Financial Aid$8,652$8,652
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Grant or Scholarship6,87583%$8,652
Pell Grants2,99536%$4,913
Federal Student Loan3,41141%$7,484
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Any Financial Aid1,790100%-
Grants or Scholarships1,73597%$8,177
Federal Grants79744%$5,256
Pell Grants79744%$5,067
Other Federal Grants1559%$971
State/Local Grants1,18766%$1,812
Institutional Grants1,35376%$5,799
Student Loan Aid93052%$6,198
Federal Student Loans91051%$5,167
Other Student Loans955%$11,174
Income LevelNumber of StudentsNumber of Students AwardedAverage Amount Aid Awarded
All level1,1051,059$7,278
0-30,000362362$9,566
30,001-48,000221221$8,851
48,001-75,000194182$6,298
75,001-110,000149135$4,452
110,001 or more179159$4,124

Admission Stats and Requirements to Apply

Central Arkansas's acceptance rate is 92.37%. A total of 6,057 applicants applied to and 5,595 students were accepted. Of the admitted students, 1,854 enrolled finally, and the yield (i.e. enrollment rate) is 33.14%.
To apply to Central Arkansas, 3 items are required - Secondary school GPA, Secondary school record and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and 1 items are recommended to submit - Completion of college-preparatory program. SAT and ACT scores are considered during the admissions process but are not required to be submitted.
TotalMenWomen
Applicants6,0572,152$3,905
Admitted5,5951,969$3,626
Enrolled1,854670$1,184
Acceptance Rate92.37%91.50%92.86%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)33.14%34.03%32.65%
Secondary school GPARequired
Secondary school rankNeither Required Nor Recommended
Secondary school recordRequired
Completion of college-preparatory programRecommended
RecommendationsNeither Required Nor Recommended
Formal demonstration of competenciesNeither Required Nor Recommended
Admission test scoresConsidered But Not Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)Neither Required Nor Recommended

SAT and ACT Scores

The SAT and ACT scores are considered but not required to apply to Central Arkansas. The average SAT score of the enrolled first-time students is 1,070 and the average ACT score (ACT composite) is 23.
Its SAT score is lower than the national average score of 1,168. The ACT score is similar to the national average score of 24.
Average25th75th
SAT Total1,0709801,160
National Average1,168
Arkansas Average1,082
SAT EBRW550500600
SAT Math520480560
ACT Composite231926
National Average24
Arkansas Average21
ACT Math211725
ACT English242028

Student Population

University of Central Arkansas has a total of 9,913 students including 7,994 undergraduate and 1,919 graduate students. By gender, there are 3,710 male students and 6,395 female students attending Central Arkansas. The school offers online degree programs and 1,446 students enrolled online exclusively (14.59% of all students).
TotalMaleFemale
Total10,105 3,7106,395
Undergraduate8,244 3,2155,029
Graduate1,861 4951,366

Directory & Academic Information

Directory Information
Address201 Donaghey Ave, Conway, AR
Phone501-450-5000
WEBwww.uca.edu/
Degree & Programs
DegreeUndergraduate, Graduate
Program Offered126 Programs
Online Program Offered16 Online Programs
Graduate Program Offered39 Graduate Programs
Academic Stats
Acceptance Rate91.21%
Yield30.31%
Student Population9,913
Graduation Rate50%
Transfer-out Rate23%
Retention Rate74% (Full-time), 20% (Part-time)
Students to Faculty Ratio Rate14 to 1
Faculty & Staffs
Number of Faculties525 (Full-time), 154 (Part-time)
Number of Staffs1,341 (Full-time), 214 (Part-time)
Average Faculty Salary$65,269
Average Staff Salary$45,681