FREE Money Time / Another Record-Breaking Enrollment

If you stopped by the spring transfer fair yesterday, you probably found out tons of information about transferring to a number of four-year colleges in Arkansas. If you're interested in Arkansas Tech University, read on to find out about their transfer scholarship opportunities.
  • Any student planning to transfer to Arkansas Tech University for the Fall 2010 semester who has completed 30 to 60 hours of college classes can apply for a transfer scholarship to ATU. ATU allows the UACCM Scholarship Committee to select one student each spring for this scholarship, and preference will be given to students graduating with an AA degree in May 2010. This scholarship will pay up to $2550 per semester and is renewable for two years as long as the student maintains 15 hours with a 3.25 GPA. Applicants must complete a UACCM scholarship application in the Financial Aid Office.                                 DEADLINE TO APPLY: Thursday, April 1
UACCM has reported a record-setting enrollment of 2234 students for the spring 2010 semester, an increase of 17 percent above the spring 2009 semester. The official report was submitted to the Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE).

Full-time students make up 67 percent of the student body. 33 percent are considered part-time students, enrolled in courses ranging from 1 to 11 credit hours.

Students enrolled in technical, business, health, and service-related occupational programs account for 53 percent of the student body. Students pursing Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees, two-year degrees designed for university-transfer, also account for 40 percent of credit students. The remaining 7 percent are non-degree seeking students, undeclared majors, and concurrently enrolled high school students.

The average age of total student enrollment is 26 years of age. Students residing in Faulkner County make up 40 percent of UACCM students. The remainder of the student body is comprised of individuals from Conway County, 20 percent; Pope County, 17 percent; Van Buren County, 6 percent; Perry County, 6 percent; Yell County, 5 percent; and counties outside UACCM’s bordering service area, 6 percent.

The full-time equivalent (FTE) enrollment also increased by 280 to 1701. FTE is determined by converting the part-time student enrollment into a full-time equivalent, or dividing the student semester credit hours by 15 credit hours. The state uses the FTE number in its funding formula.

According to UACCM Director of Public Relations and Marketing Mary Clark, spring enrollment numbers are generally not as high as those during fall semesters, as graduating high school seniors from the previous school year typically enroll during the fall semesters. However, in recent years, UACCM has experienced a significant increase in students during both fall and spring semesters.

Clark stated, “Our growth in recent years shows that more people are recognizing the importance of a college education than ever before. Community colleges traditionally show significant growth during sluggish periods in our economy, and UACCM is no exception.” She added that college administrators are pleased with the growth the college has shown and expect the trend to continue, as community colleges are gaining more widespread recognition across the country.

Established in 1961 as Petit Jean Vocational Technical School, UACCM has experienced tremendous growth since becoming a two-year college in 1991. Enrollment has increased approximately 650 percent since 1991, and total enrollment has doubled since merging with the University of Arkansas System in 2001.


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