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.

Faulkner Performing Arts Center, Champions Hall Open

The Faulkner Center provides an acoustically designed auditorium for musical performances, and Champions Hall offers classroom and lab space.

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.

Don Tyson Center for Agricultural Sciences Opens

The 54,000-square-foot building is named after the late Don Tyson, longtime leader of Tyson Foods Inc.

Removal of SEFOR Nuclear Reactor Starts Near Strickler

The university is awarded a grant to pay for dismantling of an experimental nuclear reactor that was decommissioned in the 1970s.

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.

Brewer Entrepreneurship Hub Opens

The hub on the Fayetteville Square and supports collaborative entrepreneurship and innovation efforts across campus

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.

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