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article imagePrinceton Review of best US colleges is out and Arkansas is in Special

By Kay Mathews     Aug 4, 2010 in World
The University of Arkansas is included in the "best colleges" guide published by The Princeton Review, which ranks it among the top universities in the Southeast and one of the top 50 “Best Value Public Institutions”.
Located in Fayetteville, Arkansas, which is nestled in the Ozark Mountains, the University of Arkansas "is the only public university in Arkansas to be included in the annual Princeton Review guide to higher education, the 2011 edition of The Best 373 Colleges. It is also ranked as one of the top 50 'Best Value Public Institutions,' and one of the top 133 colleges and universities in the Southeast," according to a press release issued by UA.
On August 3, The Princeton Review released its college guidebook, "The Best 373 Colleges: 2011 Edition." According to a press release, this book has been published annually since 1992. It features 62 ranking lists that “are based on surveys of 122,000 students (average 325 per campus) at the 373 schools in the book during the 2009-10 and/or previous two school years. The 80-question survey asked students about their school's academics, administration, campus life, student body, and themselves.”
Bell Engineering building at the University of Arkansas.  Fayetteville  Arkansas
Bell Engineering building at the University of Arkansas. Fayetteville, Arkansas
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As reported by 4029tv.com, "The University of Arkansas received high scores in 'quality of life' and a 'green' rating, related to sustainability efforts." The video above speaks to the University of Arkansas' commitment to sustainability and outlines efforts underway on the campus.
In response to this recognition, Chancellor G. David Gearhart said, “It’s always a pleasure to be recognized in a consumer guide like the Princeton Review. I’m happy to see that we are being recognized for our students, our academics and the environment here on campus – as well as for the value that we provide for our students."
For those of us who are graduates of this institution, the UA ranking comes as no surprise. Even in the early 1980s, students were aware of the prominent names associated with the University. Famous Razorbacks include J. William Fulbright, former U.S. Senator and creator of the Fulbright Program for International Education Exchange, law school professors Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham who founded the UA Legal Clinic before marrying Bill Clinton, Professor Emeritus E. Fay Jones, recipient American Institute of Architects Gold Medal – the highest award in architecture, and political science professor Diane Blair.
Statue of J. William Fulbright in front of Old Main.  Fayetteville  Arkansas
Statue of J. William Fulbright in front of Old Main. Fayetteville, Arkansas
The University of Arkansas also has its share of student athletes who have gone pro. NFL players like Lance Alworth, Dan Hampton, and Steve Atwater and NBA players such as Sidney Moncrief, Ron Brewer (Senior and Junior), and Joe Kleine were Arkansas Razorbacks.
One of the things that contributes to the wonderful environment at UA are its traditions. One of the most recognized is “Calling the Hogs.” The razorback is the mascot for UA teams, and Razorback fans have been yelling "Wooo, Pig, Sooie" since the tradition began in the 1920s.
 Il Porcino  fountain at the University of Arkansas.  Fayetteville  Arkansas
"Il Porcino" fountain at the University of Arkansas. Fayetteville, Arkansas
According to the Arkansas Alumni Association, another tradition that “is unique among American universities and is one of the most widely known University of Arkansas traditions,” is Senior Walk. Since 1904, each graduating class has had their names etched in the sidewalk. “Senior Walk now stretches over 5 miles and contains the names of more than 120,000 UA graduates,” notes the AAA.
Senior Walk at the University of Arkansas.  Fayetteville  Arkansas
Senior Walk at the University of Arkansas. Fayetteville, Arkansas
Since the 1980s, the University of Arkansas has grown tremendously and has added new, state-of-the-art facilities including the Bell Engineering building, the Center for Excellence in Poultry Science located in the John W. Tyson Building, and the Nanotechnology Building, which is currently under construction.
The UA press release states, "The Best 373 Colleges is intended as a tool to help high school students decide where they want to apply to college, according to the guide" and "Only about 15 percent of all four-year higher education institutions in the United States are chosen to be profiled in the Princeton Review."
The University of Arkansas is in The Princeton Review college guidebook, "The Best 373 Colleges: 2011 Edition," and for good reason. When you are on the University of Arkansas campus, students, faculty, staff, alumni, and visitors find that they really are in “hog heaven.”
 Hog Heaven  sign at the University of Arkansas.  Fayetteville  Arkansas
"Hog Heaven" sign at the University of Arkansas. Fayetteville, Arkansas
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