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I really love UCA and the friends INot so brightPharmacy
I really love UCA and the friends I have made here. The education is great. The only thing I would say that is absolutely terrible is the housing. They say that Housing and Residence life is there to build community but they are really just awful to work with and to live with. It is a very toxic environment and make the college experience kind of awful. They also say that you are a student first, but that is very untrue. They make you put your job first and they are not very cooperative at all. To them, only money matters.
2nd Year Female -- Class 1920
University Resource Use/ spending: A+, Education Quality: F
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Teachers are great, the they have many unprofessionalSuper BrilliantPsychology
Teachers are great, the they have many unprofessional faculty members who make mistakes and leave you to fix the problem yourself. Also the response time when contacting UCA workers is very slow. Seems like the school is more focused on making money anyway they can regardless of how students may be struggling financially. All they want is money and they have a poor athletic department and cheap basketball arena with mediocre coaches and coordinators. Very bland entertainment as well. Really wish I wouldn't have came even though I have a 3.3 GPA.
2nd Year Male -- Class 2016
Education Quality: B, Individual Value: F
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In high school I turned down a scholarshipQuite BrightOther
In high school I turned down a scholarship to UCA Honors in favor of another in-state institution in a different city. It turned out to be a horrible mistake. I went there and hated everything about the place and ended up withdrawing in wake of the damage done to both my personal life and academic career.

I took several years off from school and eventually enrolled at UCA. It definitely doesn't have the reputation of academic prestige, but it has every avenue with which to learn and develop academically. Sure, there are plenty of people who graduate from the University that probably don't deserve to, but never think just because you attend UCA you will be unable to attend a top-flight graduate program or get your dream job. The opportunity and support are both there for anyone seeking to take advantage of it.

Also, it is the only college/university in the state offering a specialized degree in my field, and that is a big plus to me. I was worried about the generic nature or lack of writing degrees in other places.

The campus atmosphere can be very "high schooly" at times simply because of the large number of students from nearby towns simply going for a year due to expectation then dropping out. I don't have the figures, but I would imagine the freshman retention rate is not what it is at many or most establishments in the state. Overall, I recommend UCA. It's a decision I wish I'd made the first time around, but I consider it better late than never. If you're interested in UCA Honors I also highly recommend it, as well. It is an amazing experience.

2nd Year Male -- Class 2016
Education Quality: A+, Individual Value: C+
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