UAPB Experiences 30% Growth in Student Applications

TV Screens 1Students Applicants from U.S., Middle East, India, Europe, Central and South America

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) today announced applications for fall 2016 admission have increased by more than 30% over the same time period in 2015.

The Office of Admissions had received more than 5,200 applications as of February 29, 2016, three months earlier than the 5,200-plus applications it had received by June 2015. During the month February, there were 31% more applications received compared to February 2015.

“UAPB has always delivered a wonderful education and produced exceptional graduates; now, we are telling a much better story about the experiences students have on our campus,” said Dr. Linda Okiror, Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and Student Success.

“We are also committed to helping make college affordable by offering a myriad of academic and need-based scholarships.”

Fall 2016 student applicants, through the end of February, represent 39 states including nearly 1,898 applicants from Arkansas. Students have applied for admission from 23 countries in Central and South America, Asia, Africa, Europe and the Caribbean with the largest number of students coming from Nigeria.

Last fall, first-time freshmen enrollment increased by 38.1%, with 685 students enrolled. Overall student enrollment, including graduate students, increased by 6.1 percent, with a student population at 2,666.

Several academic enhancements have occurred over the last two years, including:

  • The return of the Bachelor of Science, Nursing degree program
  • The completion and opening of the STEM Center
  • Expanded opportunity for students in the summer LIONS program

Those interested in applying for admission to the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff can do so by visiting or calling the Office of Admissions at (870) 575-8492.

About the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) is an 1890 Land-Grant HBCU with a diverse student population, competitive degree offerings and stellar faculty. For more than 140 years, UAPB has worked to create an environment that inculcates learning, growth and productivity while affording a basic need to its students – a chance to advance. UAPB offers Certificate and Associates degree programs, more than thirty Undergraduate programs, Master’s degree programs and a Doctorate program in Aquaculture/Fisheries. Students are active in more than 100 organizations, an internationally renowned Vesper Choir, Marching Band, Concert Bands, Wind Symphony, nationally recognized debate team, award-winning theater department and accomplished athletic program. UAPB has an extended campus in North Little Rock and offers courses in Gould and Marianna as well as online courses. With the addition of the Arkansas Research and Education Optical Network (ARE-ON), students can engage in information exchange with others anywhere in the world.


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