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University Spotlight: University of Arkansas (UA)

Slamstox tennis player Laura Rijkers has been a student athlete at University of Arkansas for 1.5 years now. Prior to joining the Razorbacks, she played tennis in the top ranks of the Netherlands, with a high ranking of #25 in singles and #14 in doubles. She has won two NRT tournaments in Rotterdam and mainly played in international ITF tournaments. Laura has finished her current season (sophomore-season) at Arkansas with three consecutive wins and is determined to continue this series in the next season.

“The Razorbacks represent the state of Arkansas. There are no professional sport clubs and therefore everyone in Arkansas supports the Razorbacks. You’re basically seen as a pro athlete and this makes our fanbase very very special. Also our sport facilities are absolutely insane.”  

Laura Rijkers

For a student athlete it is essential to have a good feeling about your chosen university. In addition to the athletic and academic aspects, there are other factors that come into play when choosing a university. For example: the coaching staff, the campus, university traditions, and factors such as housing and student organizations. Sometimes it could be nice to read a little more about the mascot. We wanted you guys to learn a bit more about University of Arkansas, and thought it was time for a new University Spotlight. Check it out!

 

Sport

Quick Facts

University of Arkansas is a member of the NCAA and plays at the highest levels: NCAA Division 1 and FBS. FBS is the NCAA Division 1 Football Bowl Subdivision. This is the highest level for college football. All teams play in the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The UA team is known as the Razorbacks or Hogs. The mascots are Tusk and Big Red. The UA colors are burgundy and white.

Mascots

UA currently has two mascots: Tusk and Big Red. Tusk is a real boar. He attends every home game of the Razorbacks. The boar is there throughout the whole game and can also be visited by everyone. Tusk is also trained to give kisses to people who like to receive one and to the ones without lovers. Taking the boar to home games has been a tradition since 1960. Big Red, on the other hand, is a costumed mascot. The university created Big Red as a follow-up to the real mascot. Big Red is also known as ‘the fighting razorback’.

Rivalries

Originally, UA’s biggest rival is the University of Texas Longhorns. Since the universities started to play in other conferences, the rivalry got mixed up a little bit and Arkansas found a new rival in the LSU Tigers at Louisiana State University. The winner of the college football game between these 2 teams always wins the Golden Boot: a trophy shaped in the two states. UA also has the Battle Line Rivalry with the Missouri Tigers from the University of Missouri. Check out the hype video of the Battle Line Rivalry here.

Varsity sports at UA

Men sports: baseball, basketball, football, golf, tennis, track & field and cross country.

Women’s sports: basketball, golf, track & field, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis, cross country and volleyball.

Check de athletics wesbite to know more about the different UA sports programs.

Academic

According to the U.S. News College Rankings, Arkansas ranks among the top 50 public universities. On average, the student-faculty ratio is 19: 1, and almost 46% of all lectures consist of less than 20 students. The five most popular studies are:

  • Business, Management & Marketing
  • Engineering
  • Health Professions
  • Communication & Journalism
  • Social Sciences

Curious about all the studies that UA offers at bachelor and master level? Take a look at the academic website and see if your desired field of study (major) is offered.

The campus

Campuses in America are (often) gigantic and have special facilities. This also applies to the UA campus. UA does not only offer housing, but also a wide range of sports centers. In addition, UA promotes sustainability and a large part of the campus is aimed at this. Check the virtual campus tour for better insights of the campus.

Sports and recreation

One of UA’s stadiums is the Bud Walton Arena. This arena is used by the Razorbacks basketball team. After UA’s entry into the Southeastern Conference in 1990, UA needed upgrades to compete for a spot at the top of the conference. Bud Walton (co-founder of Wal-Mart) was prepared to donate half of the $ needed for the stadium upgrade, leading to ‘Bud Walton Arena’. One of the newer sports facilities is where Laura plays tennis, the Billingsley Tennis Center. The Billingsley Tennis Center contains both outdoor and indoor courts and a beautiful indoor club area. How do you like it there, Laura?!

Sustainable campus

In recent years, the campus has had several projects that should make the campus more sustainable.

  • By 2021, the same amount of CO2 emissions must have decreased as the university has grown
  • 50% of more sustainable travelling. Think of cycling, walking, carpooling, etc.
  • No more plastic waste in 2040

In 2008, the university signed a contract whereby 56 buildings must be supplied with green energy. This project is called Razor’s EDGE.

Read more about UA’s goals and how they will reach their goals.

Fine Arts Center

The Fine Arts Center is also located on the UA campus. The Center was designed by Edward Durell Stone. He has designed the Radio City Music Hall and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, among others. This Fine Arts Center has multiple exhibitions and also complements all other art centers.

Student organizations

UA currently offers more than 380 registered student organizations on campus. From culture and religion to serious or funny interests. One of the benefits of being a student organization member is that you have access to rooms, stuff and services that normal students cannot access. Curious about which other student organizations University of Arkansas offers? Take a look at the organizations and all of the benefits.

Other statistics

  • University of Arkansas has a bachelor student population of 23,386 and a total student population of 27,778
  • 25% of the students live on campus
  • UA has a 6.5 km long path in which the graduates are engraved
  • Bill and Hillary Clinton started their careers by teaching at UA
  • Mike Conley studied here, Olympic gold in 1992 and 1993 with track and field
  • Veronica Campbell-Brown studied here, Olympic gold in 2007 and 2011 with track and field

Traditions

Calling the hogs 

  1. The Hog Call is one of the most recognizable chants in all of sports. Here are the basics:
  2. Raise your arms above your head during the The Hog Call, yell “Wooo” and wiggle your fingers for a few seconds.
  3. Next, bring both arms straight down with fists clinched while yelling, “Pig.”
  4. Then extend your right arm with the “Sooie.”
  5. Repeat these steps two more times and finish by yelling
  6. “Razor-Backs” like this:
    Wooooooooo. Pig. Sooie!
    Wooooooooo. Pig. Sooie!
    Wooooooooo. Pig. Sooie! Razorbacks!

Spoofer’s Stone

At the beginning of the university’s existence, men and women were separated. Back then, students hid love notes in crevices of a special stone, Spoofer’s Stone. Spoofer’s Stone developed into a popular way to propose marriage.

Senior ring

A new tradition has recently been added. Just as the NCAA hands out rings for champions, so does UA for graduates. They call this the Senior ring.

Fight song

Hit that line! Hit that line! Keep on going!Move that ball right down the field!Give a cheer. Rah! Rah!Never fear. Rah! Rah!Arkansas will never yield!On your toes, Razorbacks, to the finish,Carry on with all your might!For it’s A-A-A-R-K-A-N-S-A-S for Arkansas! Fight! Fight! Fi-i-i-ight!

Do you want to become a student athlete at UA like Laura? Or do you want more information? Contact us to discuss the possibilities!