2024 Comprehensive Report on Rankings, Costs, Graduation Rate and More

$14,042

Net Price

92%

Admitted

33%

Enrolled

49%

Graduation Rate

15/1

Student / Faculty

University Detail

University of Central Arkansas

is a public, four or more years institution with a total student enrollment of 10,105. In 2021, there were 170 psychology and social work graduates. This institution ranks #7 in Arkansas and ranks #525 in the U.S. for schools that offer psychology degree programs.

Psychology Degrees Offered

Bachelor, Master, Post Master Certificate, Doctor

Psychology Graduates

170

Total Enrollment

10,105

Type

Public, Four or more years

Institution Accreditation

Higher Learning Commission

Ranking for University of Central Arkansas

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#7

Arkansas Rank

Combining ranking factors for 20 schools that offer psychology degrees in Arkansas, University of Central Arkansas ranks #7.

#525

U.S. Rank

Combining ranking factors for 1,438 schools that offer psychology degrees in the U.S., University of Central Arkansas ranks #525.

Psychology Programs Offered

For psychology degrees, University of Central Arkansas offers General Psychology at the bachelor level. At the master level, the university offers Mental Health Counseling. At the post master certificate level Counseling and Applied Psychology and School Psychology are offered. At the doctorate level Counseling and Applied Psychology are offered.

In the table below, see the programs offered and the number of graduates in each program.

Psychology Graduates in 2021BSMAPMCPhD
Counseling and Applied Psychology58
General Psychology129
Mental Health Counseling23
School Psychology5
Total Graduates12923108
US Department of Education

Psychology Program Accreditation(s)

  • Counseling Psychology (COPSY) – PhD Doctoral programs
  • School Psychology (SCPSY) – PhD Doctoral programs

Admission, Enrollment, Graduation

In the fall of 2021, 6,057 students applied to the University of Central Arkansas. The university admitted 92% and 33% of those who were admitted also enrolled.

By comparison, the average number of applicants for Arkansas universities is 3,999. On average, all Arkansas institutions admit 66% and 34% of those who were admitted end up enrolling into the institution.

The percentage of University of Central Arkansas students who return after their first year to begin their second year is 71%. Compared to all Arkansas four or more years colleges, the percentage is 67%.

The overall graduation rate for University of Central Arkansas is 49%, compared to 46% for all Arkansas universities, while the number of students who transferred out of the program is 60%.

  • Credits Accepted: Dual enrollment, Advanced placement (AP) credits

Compare UCA to Arkansas Four or more years Colleges
Offering Psychology Degrees

Compare admission, acceptance, retention and graduation rates of University of Central Arkansas to the average of all Arkansas four or more years schools that offer psychology degrees.

Why it Matters

Compare Admission and Enrollment

Low admission rates and high enrollment rates denote not only how selective a school is, but also how in-demand the school is. High graduation rates show the overall success of an institution.

UCA

6,057

Applicants

92%

Percent Admitted

33%

Percent Enrolled

71%

1st Time Student Retention Rate

49%

Graduation Rate

AR Colleges

3,999

Applicants

66%

Percent Admitted

34%

Percent Enrolled

67%

1st Time Student Retention Rate

46%

Graduation Rate

Student & Faculty Information

In the fall of 2021, there were 532 or 78% full-time instructional or research faculty members of all faculty and there were 152 or 22% part-time faculty members employed at University of Central Arkansas. The number of full-time instructional faculty was 532 or 78%.

Part-time teachers are paid less and cost less, so any organization with a disproportionate number of part-time teachers can invest money in more important areas. However, as part-time teachers, participants can work full-time in their profession and bring experience to the classroom.

Why it Matters

Compare Faculty Numbers

Low student faculty ratios and high full-time instructional percentages indicate that institutions focus their investments in areas that matter most to students.

UCA

15 / 1

Student Faculty Ratio

78%

Percent Full-Time

22%

Percent Part-Time

78%

Percent Full-Time Instructional

AR Colleges

14 / 1

Student Faculty Ratio

64%

Percent Full-Time

36%

Percent Part-Time

63%

Percent Full-Time Instructional

Tuition and Student Expenses

For the 2021-2022 academic year at University of Central Arkansas the average cost of undergraduate tuition is $6,870, and the average cost for books and supplies is $1,200.

For graduate students, the average cost for tuition is $5,063 and the average cost for graduate fees is $1,710.

In the table below, find the average total expenses to attend University of Central Arkansas in 2021-2022 including tuition, room, board and living expenses for both undergraduate and graduate students.

Note that the average total expenses do not include financial aid, grants, loans or scholarships. You can find the average financial aid and net price data in the sections below.

Expenses for University of Central Arkansas2021-2022
On Campus Room & Board$7,896
On-Campus Living Expenses$4,992
Total Living Expenses$12,888
Tuition for In-State, Undergraduate$6,870
Books and Supplies, Undergraduate$1,200
Total Undergraduate Expenses$20,958
In-State, Graduate Tuition$5,063
In-State, Graduate Fees$1,710
Total Graduate Expenses$6,773
US Department of Education

Net Price

Average Net Price

The average net price to attend University of Central Arkansas is $14,042. Average net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board, living costs, books, supplies together and then subtracting the average financial (grants, scholarships and loans) for federal financial aid recipients.

In other words, the average net price is the average amount students pay to attend this university for one year.

Average net price is calculated from the most recent data supplied by each institution to the US Department of Education and is found by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. The total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.

Net Price by Family Income

Depending on the federal, state, or institutional grant aid available, the table below shows the average amount students pay to attend University of Central Arkansas presented by family income bracket.

Students may pay more or less depending on their individual circumstances; however, these are the average costs as tracked by the university and reported to the U.S. Department of Education.

Average Net Price by Income2020-20212021-2022
$0 – $30,000$14,136$12,358
$30,001 – $48,000$15,016$13,336
$48,001 – $75,000$16,798$14,940
$75,001 – $110,000$19,344$17,081
$110,001 and more$19,270$17,399
US Department of Education

Compare University of Central Arkansas to all Arkansas universitas that offer psychology degrees for the cost to attend, average financial aid, percent of students receiving aid and the average net price to attend.

For program ranking, we see a lower overall cost of tuition and cost of living expenses minus the average financial aid a student may receive as the ranking factor student may want to consider.

Why it Matters

Compare Average Cost to Attend and Net Price

Low student faculty ratios and high full-time instructional professors indicates to us institutions that focus their investments in areas that matter most: the education of students by the best instructors possible.

UCA

$20,958

Cost to Attend

$8,633

Average Financial Aid

96%

Percent Receiving Aid

$14,042

Net Price

AR Colleges

$27,424

Cost to Attend

$13,730

Average Financial Aid

97%

Percent Receiving Aid

$13,593

Average Net Price

Financial Aid

The number of beginning students who enter postsecondary education for the first time and receive financial aid is 1,632 or 96%.

The number of undergraduate students who receive a grant or scholarship is 7,285 and the average amount of their grant or scholarship is $8,633.

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid# Receiving AidAverage Aid Received
Grant or Scholarship Aid7,285$8,633
Pell Grants3,151$4,832
Federal Student Loans3,722$7,446
US Department of Education

Below, compare the financial aid students receive at the University of Central Arkansas to all schools across the United States that offer psychology degrees.

We see higher percentages of those receiving aid and the percent that aid covers the net price of education as an indicator of the strength of the institution.

Why it Matters

Compare Financial Aid

Financial Aid can make the difference between being able to afford college or being priced out of college. Many students may find college far more affordable than they could imagine, when accounting for the various kinds of financial aid available.

UCA

7,285

Grant or Scholarship Aid

51%

Grants or Scholarships

3,151

Number of Pell Grants

22%

Pell Grants

3,722

Federal Student Loans

26%

Federal Student Loans

AR Colleges

3,193

Grant or Scholarship Aid

52%

Grants or Scholarships

1,345

Number of Pell Grants

22%

Pell Grants

1,631

Federal Student Loans

26%

Federal Student Loans

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