Fayetteville Community Info

About the Area

Artist Credit: Cari Humphrey

If you are new to the area, here is a bit about the area to help make your stay here more enjoyable. 

The University of Arkansas is a public land-grant, doctoral research university located in Fayetteville, Arkansas. It is the flagship campus of the University of Arkansas System and the largest, best-known university in the state. More than 27,500 students are enrolled in over 200 undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. It is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a research university with the highest level of research activity.

Founded as Arkansas Industrial University in 1871, its present name was adopted in 1899 and classes were first held on January 22, 1872. It is noted for its strong architecture, agriculture (particularly animal science and poultry science), business, communication disorders, creative writing, history, law, and Middle Eastern studies programs.

The university campus consists of 378 buildings spread across 512 acres of land in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Some well known architecture on campus includes Old Main, the first permanent academic building erected. Academic programs are in excess of 200. The ratio of students to faculty is approximately 19:1. The university also received a combined total of $103.2 million in research awards for the 2017 fiscal year.

Although we’ll be meeting during the day for our Institute, feel free to check out any of these places on your downtime:

University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, AR
Population: 73,580
Est. in 1871


Undergraduate – 23,044
Graduate – 4,161
Law – 353

Degrees Awarded:

Baccalaureate – 4524
Master’s – 1192
Doctoral – 168

Sunrise over the Ozark Mountains.

If you’re a morning person, check out the Sunrise at Artist’s Point.

Fayetteville Farmers Market
The Farmer’s Market takes place Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays in the Fayetteville Square.

Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville

We’ll visit Crystal Bridges – and other art sites on an open day (check the schedule).

Local Places to Visit

  • Arsaga’s Coffee
  • Rick’s Bakery
  • Nightbird Books
  • Smoke & Barrel
  • Shindig Paperie
  • Dickson Street Books
  • Bliss Cupcakes
  • Riffraff
  • Lake Fayetteville Park

Fayetteville Climate & Dress Code

Fayetteville in June is hot — average temperatures can be in the low 90s and upwards. It will also be humid. Although Summer Scholars will be inside during the daily activities, the short walk to and from the classrooms and the dining hall will be outside. Summer Scholars should pack appropriate clothing, as well as any additional clothing or sweaters for our air-conditioned classrooms.

As for the dress code for the Institute, Summer Scholars should not feel the need to dress up for the Institute. We are not expecting business professional or even business casual: instead, we encourage Summer Scholars to wear what they would feel most comfortable teaching in.