History of the University of Arkansas

Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas is the flagship campus of the U of A System, the primary institution of higher education in the state and a national leader in applied research.

Today, the university is among the 2 percent of public universities classified in the Carnegie Foundation's highest research category.;xNLx;Among the top 65 public research universities, the University of Arkansas has more than 200 academic programs, more than 300 student organizations, and an Honors College among the best in the nation.;xNLx;Read about our history and you'll see why we're so optimistic about our future.;xNLx;;xNLx;

UATV Begins Broadcasting

UATV, the student television station, airs its first broadcast.

First Honorary Degree Awarded

The university awarded its first honorary Doctor of Laws to R.W. Trimble, a reverend and former member of the Georgia Board of Vocational Education.

Darrell Brown Walks on as First African American to Join Football Team

Darrell Brown, a freshman from Horatio, was the first African American student to join the Razorback team.

Campus Quarantined Because of Flu

More than 230 students – a quarter of the enrolled students – contracted the Spanish flu and several died during the epidemic.

Students Start Engineer's Day

Engineering students created a day, which eventually turned into Engine Week, to celebrate St. Pat and St. Patricia, saints of the engineering field.

Old Main Bell Rung for Bicentennial

Joe Talley, facilities manager, rang the bell in the North Tower of Old Main on July 4, 1976, to celebrate the nation's 200th birthday.

University Connects to Internet

Funding from the National Science Foundation allows connection to the NSFnet and development of an ARKnet.

Schola Cantorum Performs at White House for President Kennedy

After winning the Guido d'Arezzo International Polyphonic Competition in Arezzo, Italy, the vocal group was invited to perform in the Rose Garden.

Board of Trustees Fires Faculty

After reports of discord among the faculty and between them and the president, the AIU trustees vote to replace all faculty with new teachers.

Electricity Comes to Old Main

A steam-operated powerhouse is built just south of Dickson Street near the railroad tracks to supply electricity to Fayetteville and the university.

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