As one of the few remaining open admissions universities in the
region, the University of Arkansas at Monticello is proud of its
heritage of offering educational opportunities to the people of
in 1909 as the Fourth District Agricultural School, UAM begins its
centennial year with a renewed commitment to meeting the challenges of
higher education in the 21st century.
UAM currently offers the bachelor of science degree in 13
fields, the bachelor of arts degree in eight major areas, the associate
(two-year) degree in arts and applied sciences, and master’s degrees in
forestry and education to a student body of more than 3,400 students.
UAM also offers technical education at its College of Technology in
Crossett and McGehee.
Through education, research and public service, the University
of Arkansas at Monticello is continuing its commitment to providing
educational opportunities to the people of the state, region and nation.
The mission the University of Arkansas at Monticello shares
with all universities is the commitment to search for truth and
understanding through scholastic endeavor. The University seeks to
enhance and share knowledge, to preserve and promote the intellectual
content of society, and to educate people for critical thought. The
University provides learning experiences that enable students to
synthesize knowledge, communicate effectively, use knowledge and
technology with intelligence and responsibility, and act creatively
within their own and other cultures.
The University strives for excellence in all its endeavors.
Educational opportunities encompass the liberal arts, basic and applied
sciences, selected professions, and vocational/technical preparation.
These opportunities are founded in a strong program of general education
and are fulfilled through contemporary disciplinary curricula,
certification programs, and vocational/technical education or workforce
training. The University assures opportunities in higher education for
both traditional and non-traditional students and strives to provide an
environment that fosters individual achievement and personal
The University of Arkansas at Monticello seeks to fulfill its mission by:
- Offering quality educational opportunities in the form of
master’s, baccalaureate, and associate degree preparation, as well as
certification in a variety of vocational/technical programs, or
- Offering a well-rounded program of general education
designed to broaden and enrich students’ awareness of the world around
- Providing contemporary curricula which prepare students for
careers in selected fields, for personal development, and for meeting
- Strengthening students’ capabilities as thoughtful
contributors to society by encouraging them to take personal
responsibility and seeking the benefits of life-long learning;
- Providing support programs which increase the probability of
success for those students needing additional academic preparation to
meet college standards;
- Assisting students in developing interpersonal skills needed by responsible and productive members of society;
- Providing viable programs of public service, continuing
education in selected areas, and cooperative programs with other
- Promoting research programs which strengthen the institution
and contribute new information to the existing body of knowledge and
the extension of knowledge to serve the public;
- Providing cultural and aesthetic experiences that will serve to enhance appreciation of the arts;
- Maintaining regional and national recognition of the
institution and its academic and technical programs by continuing to
meet the standards of accrediting bodies, available but yet to be
- Preparing students to live and work in a technological and global society.
President's Quote:“UAM has a history and a heritage of providing true opportunities for
a lot of people,” says Lassiter. “That is what has made us successful. I
want to keep those doors open and insure educational opportunities for
future generations.” -- Chancellor Jack Lassiterttop
1909 (First classes Sept. 14, 1910)
Joined the University of Arkansas System July 1, 1971
(Was known originally as the Fourth District Agricultural School before becoming Arkansas A&M College in 1928)
School Mascot: Boll Weevils (men); Cotton Blossoms (women)
How UAM Became the Boll Weevils:
The UAM Boll Weevil is one of the most unusual mascots in college
athletics and the subject of much confusion (mostly among Yankees!). The
Boll Weevil is a small gray insect that can wipe out a cotton crop in
the blink of an eye. When UAM was founded in 1909, cotton was still king
in Arkansas and the Boll Weevil was the more feared pest in the South.
UAM’s early students, most the sons and daughters of delta cotton
planters, selected the Boll Weevil as their mascot in admiration of its
toughness, its persistence, and the fear it caused whenever its name was
mentioned. It’s been said that the Boll Weevil is the only thing tough
enough to ever truly lick the South.
Only At UAM:
UAM has the only School of Forest Resources in Arkansas and is
also home to one of the nation’s leading programs in spatial information
- Frank Hickingbotham, Founder, TCBY Enterprises, Inc.
- Larry Lacewell, Retired Coach and Director of Scouting, Dallas Cowboys
- Paul Carter, Executive Vice President, Wal-Mart