The University of Arkansas has stated its intention to become a Top 50 public research university by 2021. The Providing Transparency and Accountability to the People of Arkansas (TAP) document identifies 15 goals to enhance the university in reputation, quality of life, aesthetics and services.

The goals identified here are drawn from the TAP document and provide the initial steps needed to begin the ascent to a Top 50 institution. The United States is home to 629 four-year public research institutions, and the University of Arkansas strives to be in the top 8 percent of that group.

What do we know?

U.S. News and World Report

University of Arkansas
Public Institution Rank
  • 65
    2012
  • 67
    2013
  • 63
    2014

Top 50 Public Universities  

University of Arkansas
National University Rank
  • 132
    2012
  • 134
    2013
  • 128
    2014

National University Rankings  

What Data Counts the Most in Rankings?


Alumni Giving - 5%
Graduation & Retention - 22.5%
Graduation Rate Performance - 7%
Undergraduate Academic Reputation - 22.5%
Faculty Resources - 20%
Financial Resources - 10%
Student Selectivity - 13%

How U.S. News Calculated Scores  

Top American Research Universities - 2012

Top Research

University of Arkansas

Overall Ranking

Public Ranking

Total Research Expenditures (2010)

136

97

Federal Research Expenditures (2010)

176

128

Endowment Assets (2011)

88

30

Annual Giving (2011)

55

31