History of Ozarks

Different is in our DNA.

Since 1834, we’ve been pushing boundaries and blazing new trails.
It's a tradition we plan to keep going.

A history of firsts

A history that began more than 180 years ago...
first University in Oklahoma/Arkansas Territory

A tradition of forward thinking.
first university in Arkansas to admit women

A tradition of equality.
first historically white university in Arkansas to graduate an African-American & integrate athletics

A tradition of innovation.
first university in the nation to establish a program for students with learning disabilities

A tradition of global responsibility.
first of three universities in Arkansas to partner with the Walton International Scholars Program

A history of firsts

Today, we continue to break new ground, adapting our curriculum to create a generation of bold new thinkers with the skills to lead in a changing world.