University of Arkansas – Why Work For Us?



The University of Arkansas boasts a tradition unique among the nation's universities: Senior Walk, consisting of more than three miles of sidewalks crisscrossing campus that are engraved with the names of more than 150,000 graduates, dating back nearly 140 years. It’s concrete proof of the university’s commitment to our students.


That 'students-first' philosophy is a big reason why the U of A is consistently ranked among the nation's top public research universities and best values. We work hard to ensure a low student-to-faculty ratio that promotes plenty of personal attention and mentoring opportunities. The Carnegie Foundation classifies the university as having "the highest possible level of research," placing us among the top 2 percent of colleges and universities nationwide.

Founded in 1871 as a land-grant institution, the University of Arkansas is the flagship of the University of Arkansas System. Our 25,000 students represent all 50 states and more than 120 countries. The U of A has 10 colleges and schools offering more than 210 academic programs.

Our picturesque campus is located in Fayetteville in the hilly northwest corner of Arkansas and includes two arboreta overlooking the Ozark Mountains. Some of the nation’s best outdoor amenities and most spectacular hiking trails are within a short drive of campus. Fayetteville is routinely considered among the country’s finest college towns and the surrounding Northwest Arkansas region is regularly ranked one of the best places to live in the U.S.

The University of Arkansas recognizes the challenge of balancing work with personal life, and we proactively look for ways to help our employees do well at both aspects of their lives. This includes creating health insurance and retirement plans that work well; offering flexible work-time options where possible; promoting career and personal development; and giving paid leave for holidays, illness, vacations, children's educational activities and military duty, among others.

In 2012, the state of Arkansas recognized our efforts with the Governor's Work-Life Balance Award. The same year, the Chronicle of Higher Education named us one of the top universities to work for based on surveys of our employees.

We believe in fostering a culture among our faculty, staff and students that promotes a healthy balance.


Benefits at the University of Arkansas

The following benefits are a valuable part of your total compensation package at the University of Arkansas.   Appointed employees (non-student titles) working one-half time or greater are eligible for most benefits through the University.  Eligible dependents include your lawful spouse and children from birth until the date they attain age26.

Employees must enroll in their benefits within 31 days of their benefits-eligible appointment dates.   Benefits are effective the first day of the month following the enrollment date as long as the enrollment forms are received in Human Resources within the 31-day enrollment eligibility window.        

All benefit-eligible employees must participate in a retirement plan.   Two categories of retirement are available, a 403B and 457B Defined Contribution Plan and a Defined Benefit Plan.   Employees make an irrevocable decision upon hire which option they will participant in.   The 403B/457B Defined Contribution plan offers retirement investment options with TIAA-CREF and Fidelity Investments.  The Defined Benefit Plan available is the Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System (APERS).

Medical Coverage:
You may choose between two plans:   The Point of Service Plan and the Classic Plan, both administered by UMR (a division of United Health Care). Neither plan has pre-existing condition restrictions.  Each plan has four coverage levels: employee only, employee + spouse, employee + child(ren), or family.  The University of Arkansas pays at least 72% of the total premium for full-time employees.

Dental Coverage:
Dental coverage is available for individuals and their families through Delta Dental of Arkansas.  Twice a year checkups and cleanings are covered in full.  The plan has a $50 deductible for other services and pays up to $1,500 annual maximum benefit per person.   The University of Arkansas pays half of the total premium for full-time employees. 

Vision Insurance:
Lower your out-of-pocket costs when you purchase frames, lenses and contacts.  Services provided by Superior Vision.

Life insurance:
You receive one times your annual salary, up to $50,000, in personal term life insurance at no cost. You may purchase additional coverage for yourself, your spouse, and eligible dependent children.

Long Term Disability (LTD) Insurance:
LTD insurance provides you income protection should you not be able to work for more than six months due to serious illness or injury.    The benefit is generally 60% replacement of salary.   The University of Arkansas picks up the cost of basic coverage and you can purchase additional coverage.

Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance:
AD&D covers accidents which cause injury or death. AD&D coverage is available in multiples of $25,000, up to $300,000. 

Flexible Benefit Plan:
Reduce your taxable income by enrolling in a Medical FSA or a Dependent Care FSA.   You predict your calendar year healthcare and daycare expenses, deduct it from your check on a pre-tax basis, then file claims to be reimbursed.

Voluntary Products:
Critical Illness Insurance, Long Term Care Insurance and Group Rated Auto/Home Insurance.  Convenient payroll deduction and group discounted rates

Welcome to the University of Arkansas' Human Resources Diversity website. This website serves the University community by providing multicultural resources. It is not intended to be exhaustive but to provide useful and interesting campus, local, web, and legal information for our diverse populations. We welcome any suggestions for further resources.

Diversity Values Statement

In order to enhance educational diversity, the University of Arkansas seeks to include and integrate individuals from varied backgrounds and with varied characteristics such as those defined by race, ethnicity, national origin, age, gender, socioeconomic background, religion, sexual orientation, disability, and intellectual perspective.

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University of Arkansas Awards & Accolades

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Headquarters Fayetteville, AR
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1871
Type College / University
Industry Education

Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville is the flagship institution of the University of Arkansas System, offering 213 baccalaureate, master's, doctoral, professional and specialist degree programs. The U of A boasts one of the most unique features and traditions found on any college or university campus: Senior Walk, three-miles of concrete sidewalks that... More

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