CAMPUS DONAGHEY HALL New facility at the corner of New facility at the corner of Bruce and Donaghey intersects campus and community p.6
Road trip, anyone?
Take a day trip or weekend getaway without breaking the bank
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8 The City of Colleges
See how UCA stacks up against other higher education institutions in the state.
Learn why Conway has been named one of the South’s Best College Towns.
6 Destination Donaghey
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No matter where you find yourself in Conway, you are not far from a park or recreational facility.
Donaghey Hall provides a new living experience for students and connects campus with community.
Meet other students who share your faith or learn about other traditions through UCA’s Recognized Student Organizations.
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Become familiar with the organizations on campus and around town committed to your health and safety.
ON THE COVER Spanning 67,500 square feet and four stories, Donaghey Hall is a mixed-use facility that opened on the UCA campus in the fall 2016 semester. Retailers and restaurants occupy the first floor, and the upper floors are dedicated as a residence hall. Read more about the new development on pages 6-7.
20 Road Trips Conway is just a short drive from some of the region’s most popular tourist destinations.
22 Dining Out Explore what’s beyond the food court and cafeteria.
900 Oak Street Conway, AR 72032 501-327-7788
28 The Natural State Conway is in the heart of The Natural State, making it a great place for an outdoor excursion.
While the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce has made every effort to ensure accuracy in this publication, we cannot guarantee the correctness of all information or the complete absence of error or omissions. For changes or to submit your comments, please contact the Chamber.
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UCA EARNS HIGH MARKS FOR EDUCATION “Teaching the teachers” College of Education • The College of Education’s teacher candidates consistently have a 98-100% pass rate on Praxis Assessments. • 61% of all first-year teachers in Arkansas public schools graduated from UCA in 2015. • Every year, UCA consistently scores in the top 10% for “satisfaction” in a survey administered to first-year teachers by the Arkansas Department of Education.
“Educational works of art” College of Liberal Arts • All the degree programs in the college offer opportunities for internships, undergraduate research projects, service-learning courses, and study abroad. • The acceptance rate for the graduates of UCA’s Political Science degree into law school has been 86% over the past five years. • The college offers new degree programs in Linguistics, Chinese, Anthropology, Criminology, and in African/ African-American Studies.
“Winning on and off the field” Athletic Department • Nearly 450 student-athletes • Combined GPA of student-athletes: 3.10 • 2,315 total hours of community service projects were completed by student-athletes in 2016. • Championships: UCA has won conference championships in baseball, softball, football, women’s basketball, and volleyball over the past four years and has also had individual champions in men’s and women’s golf, cross country, and track and field.
“A healthy respect for education” College of Health and Behavioral Sciences • UCA graduates more health-related professionals than any other university in the state. -- The employment rate is over 90% for all graduates. • The college has more than 1,100 contracts with various healthcare agencies for clinical experiences and internships for students at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
“Preparing future leaders” College of Business • Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). • More than 1,500 undergraduate students and 100+ graduate students make up the College of Business. • Graduates of the college are among the first recruits for corporations such as Dillard’s, Walmart, Acxiom, J.B. Hunt Transport, and more.
“Success that adds up” College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics • Produces more Math Education graduates than any other school in Arkansas • Provides authentic research experiences in all its major areas of emphasis • The Jewel Moore Nature Reserve serves as an outdoor classroom for many biology courses. • UCA is the home to the state’s only standalone Department of Geography.
“Live and learn” Residential College • UCA was the first public, four-year institution in Arkansas to open a classical residential college. • Residential College students have a 12% higher retention rate. • STEM@Arkansas’s retention rate is even greater with an average of 16.4% according to Institutional Research.
“All the world’s a stage” College of Fine Arts and Communication • Music Education graduates have a 100% placement rate in school positions. • UCA is home to: -- The only Digital Filmmaking degree offered in the state. -- The only Shakespeare repertory company in the state. 2016-2017 COLLEGE GUIDE
DESTINATION The fall of 2016 brought more than just new students to UCA. A new building, Donaghey Hall, and the five new businesses in it represent a new focus on turning Donaghey Avenue into a university-oriented destination.
DONAGHEY HALL BY THE NUMBERS 165 beds 67,500 sq. ft.
4 stories 5 new businesses 3,000 pounds
of stainless steel bear (“Otis”)
DONAGHEY HALL BUSINESSES Uncle T’s Food Mart Independently owned convenience store with made-to-order deli sandwiches Blue Sail Coffee Second location for the downtown local favorite Mosaique Bar and Grill Full-service, sit-down “American Fusion” dining Marble Slab National chain offering fresh ice cream with loads of “mix-ins” Chainwheel Little Rock-based cycling shop specializing in Trek bikes
UCA professor Bryan Massey designed and sculpted Otis, a 15-foot-long stainless steel bear clinging to the side of Donaghey Hall. Weighing in at 1½ tons, Otis was installed during Homecoming 2016.
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HOME AWAY FROM
Life off campus in the City of Colleges
There’s a lot to consider when choosing a college: affordability, degree options, reputation, proximity to home, etc. Attending the University of Central Arkansas, which consistently ranks among the top public universities in the South, is a great choice for many reasons – one of those being the city where it’s located. Conway is a college town to the third power, earning it its “City of Colleges” nickname.
Four facts you may not have known about Conway:
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It’s young. The median age of Conway’s population is only 27.6 years old. For comparison’s sake, the median age of the state of Arkansas is 37.6 – 10 years older. The reason? Many students from UCA, Central Baptist College, and Hendrix College like Conway so much they decide to stay here and look for employment after graduation. It’s smart. Because many college graduates stay in the area after graduation, Conway’s educational attainment rate is impressive. More than 40% of Conway’s adults have a post-secondary degree. It’s growing. Conway has experienced significant population growth since the 1990s, and it continues to grow year after year. The graph to the right shows the estimated population growth since the last U.S. Census was taken in 2010.
The Conway Area Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with UCA, has produced this guide to introduce you to the city of Conway. If you decide to attend UCA, this publication will help you navigate the “City of Colleges” and discover some hidden gems in and around your future college town. Whether you come from a big city, the country, or somewhere in between, you’ll find Conway to be the perfect place to call your home away from home.
Population 25 years and older: 34,680
High school graduate
Some college, no degree Associate degree
Bachelor’s degree or higher
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2010-2014 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates
Conway Population 65,000 64,000 63,000 62,000
60,000 59,000 58,000
It’s affordable. Conway has earned national recognition for being easy on your wallet. CNN Money, Kiplinger, Yahoo Homes, CBS MoneyWatch, and MSN Real Estate have all listed Conway among the top 10 cheapest places to live in the U.S.
Less than high school, no diploma
57,000 56,000 55,000 2010
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2008-2012 American Community Survey
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Recognized Religious Student Organizations at UCA
Conway is home to numerous churches offering traditional and contemporary worship styles in different denominations. In addition, UCA offers more than 200 recognized student organizations (RSOs), and 18 of these are religious in nature. Check out the list to find one that’s right for you.
Baptist Collegiate Ministry
Christian Student Fellowship
BCM Collective is a ministry at Conway BCM that takes place each Monday at 7 p.m. at 1073 Front Street. Freshmen-only small groups and small groups for all students are held throughout the week.
Christian Student Fellowship meets on campus every Tuesday at 7:45 p.m. in the Mirror Room of McAlister Hall. An off-campus ministry series takes place on Thursday nights.
Cru’s weekly meetings take place every Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on the second floor of the Student Center in Rooms 223/224. Cru also offers small-group fellowship.
Catholic Campus Ministry
HORAD College Ministry
A ministry of City Church, College City takes place at “The House on South,” located at 1950 South Boulevard, on Thursdays at 8 p.m.
HORAD is a ministry department from the House of Refuge and Deliverance church located in nearby Mayflower, Arkansas.
Interdenominational Christian Council
Worship night takes place on Mondays at 7:30 p.m. in Ida Waldran Auditorium, located on campus in Old Main. D-Groups, or discipleship groups, are available to students.
College students who have a heart for ministry and working with kids can apply to lead small groups for boys and girls from fifth through 12th grades.
The ICC, a ministry of True Holiness Saints Center, meets on campus every Thursday at 8 p.m. at Ferguson Memorial Chapel.
CCM offers a 7 p.m. Sunday Mass and small groups throughout the week. A free lunch at the on-campus CCM House is available every Thursday from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.
UCA’s Gospel choir rehearses on campus every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in Ferguson Memorial Chapel.
StuMo is a nonprofit organization that builds college students into future leaders for Christ. StuMo hosts two major events during the year: SMC during winter break and Kaleo during the summer.
Lux: Pagans United
The Lux Group meets every Wednesday at 6 p.m. on the second floor of the Student Center in Room 213. Muslim Students Association The UCA Muslim Students Association aims to provide a communal setting for Muslims to practice their religious customs and an educational platform to educate students of other religious affiliations about Islam. Ratio Christi at UCA ratiochristi.org/uca
Ratio Christi provides resources and local events to other Christian ministries to maximize their influence on university campuses. Reformed University Fellowship ruf.org
RUF gathers every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in Room 203B of the Student Center.
The GreenHouse is a studentrun, college ministry house of The Summit Church. The GreenHouse is located directly beside UCA at 221 Baridon Street.
A TOP COLLEGE TOWN
The South’s Best College Towns SouthernLiving.com
Southern Living – your mom’s favorite magazine – named Conway one of the South’s Best College Towns. The publication defined “small town” as a city with a population of less than 350,000 whose college (or colleges, in Conway’s case) is “a driving force in the character of the town.”
UCA Wesley Foundation facebook.com/ucawesley
UCA Wesley, the Methodist campus ministry, worships on campus every Monday at 7:15 p.m. in Room 214 of the Student Center. The Wesley House is located at 2331 College Avenue. Young Life College at the University of Central Arkansas conway.younglife.org
YLC at UCA is a place for old and new friends of Young Life to meet, get involved, and grow in community. Young Life is active in various middle schools and high schools and on college campuses.
ALABAMA Auburn: Auburn University Florence: University of North Alabama Huntsville: University of Alabama Huntsville Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama ARKANSAS Conway: University of Central Arkansas, Hendrix College, and Central Baptist College FLORIDA St. Augustine: Flagler College Winter Park: Rollins College GEORGIA Rome: Berry College Dahlonega: University of North Georgia Savannah: Savannah College of Art and Design KENTUCKY Danville: Centre College MISSISSIPPI Jackson: Millsaps College Oxford: University of Mississippi NORTH CAROLINA Davidson: Davidson College Boone: Appalachian State University SOUTH CAROLINA Greenville: Furman University TENNESSEE Knoxville: University of Tennessee Murfeesboro: Middle Tennessee State University TEXAS Georgetown: Southwestern University VIRGINIA Williamsburg: College of William and Mary Lexington: Washington and Lee University
GoPurple.UCA.edu Your first step toward college in Conway is visiting GoPurple.UCA.edu. You can apply online, register for upcoming events, and stay informed about key deadlines.
Upcoming Events Bear Facts Day
High school seniors, transfer students, and their families are invited to spend the day with us for Bear Facts Day. This event is designed to give students a sneak peek of campus life, academic opportunities, and housing facilities. Check the website for dates of the next Bear Facts Days.
Come see our gorgeous campus! Campus tours are available Monday through Friday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. when the university is open for operation. We also provide tours every second Saturday between August and May at 10 a.m. Sign up for a campus tour at gopurple.uca.edu or call us at 1-800-243-8245. Students can also visit campus anytime through our virtual tour at uca.edu/virtualtour.
Bear Necessities Day High school juniors have a unique opportunity to get a jump-start on the college selection process at Bear Necessities Day. Weâ€™ll help students prepare for the college application process and provide tips for selecting a university that best fits individual needs.
Do you want to bring a group of high school students, junior high students, or even elementary kids? We would love to show them how to be a bear! You may complete a group tour request so we can serve your group to the best of our abilities. Go to uca.edu/admissions/groupcampus-tours to complete our form and an admissions representative will contact you.
We hope to see you soon!
IMPORTANT STUFF YOU NEED TO
With more than 11,000 students, faculty, and staff, UCA is a community in its own right. Providing public safety and health and wellness services to thousands is no small job, and it’s something the university doesn’t take lightly. A fully staffed health clinic and a 28-officer police department are evidence of its commitment to the health and safety of the campus community.
HEALTH CARE UCA Student Health Clinic Student Health Building – 1st Floor 501-450-3136 uca.edu/studenthealth
UCA has an on-campus Student Health Clinic on the first floor of the Student Health Building, located between the HPER Center and Baridon Hall. The clinic offers a wide range of medical services free of charge to students (made possible by the health services fee), including X-rays, immunizations, women’s health services, labs, and much more. A full-time physician and four nurse practitioners are on staff. Student Health Clinic Hours: Fall and Spring Semesters: Monday–Friday 8-11:30 a.m. and 1-4:30 p.m. Summers and Between Semesters Monday–Friday 8-11:30 a.m. and 1-4:15 p.m. The Student Health Clinic observes the same closings and holidays as UCA. 14
URGENT CARE FACILITIES IN CONWAY If you feel under the weather during a time when the Student Health Clinic is closed, you can take advantage of your parents’ health insurance and visit one of the many urgent care clinics in town. These clinics offer extended hours in the evenings and on weekends, and walk-ins are welcome. Of course, if you have a medical emergency, dial 911. Conway Regional After Hours Clinic 437 Denison Street, Suite 2 501-504-2330 conwayregional.org/afterhoursclinic
Hours: Monday–Friday from 3-11 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Distance from UCA: 0.9 miles (4-minute drive)
PrimeCARE Medical Clinic Salem 605 Salem Road, Suite A2 501-764-1800 pcmc-ar.com
Hours: Monday–Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. Distance from UCA: 1.4 miles (4-minute drive)
PrimeCARE Medical Clinic Harkrider 1014 Harkrider Street, Suite B 501-327-7100 pcmc-ar.com
Hours: Monday–Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. Distance from UCA: 1.8 miles (5-minute drive)
MedExpress Urgent Care
Sherwood Urgent Care
805 Oak Street 501-504-2329 medexpress.com
222 Dave Ward Drive 501-505-8400 urgentteam.com/sherwood-urgent-care
Hours: Open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Christmas Eve, Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day)
Hours: Monday–Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 1-6 p.m.
Distance from UCA: 1.8 miles
Distance from UCA: 2.3 miles
PUBLIC SAFETY UCA Police Department
Located on campus between State Hall and Hughes Hall (Intersection of Marian Ross Avenue and W.J. Sowder Street) 501-450-3111 (Non-Emergency) ucapd.org @UCAPoliceDept
With a mission to protect and serve the academic community, the UCA Police Department provides aroundthe-clock law enforcement, public safety, emergency management, and 9-1-1 services to the UCA community. The department consists of 28 full-time, sworn police officers; nine full-time support staff; and several part-time staff. Here are some of the services UCAPD offers in order to give you peace of mind on campus: UCAAlert The UCAAlert System is used to send emergency notifications to the campus community via text, voice message, and email. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to provide their contact information through the myUCA portal. Safe@UCA Info Line Call the Safe@UCA Info Line at 501-852-INFO (4636) at any time of the day or night to hear a recorded message about the status on campus. This 24-hour emergency information hotline is updated periodically during emergency situations or school closures. Blue Light Emergency Telephones These emergency telephones are located throughout campus. If you need assistance, press the call button to reach an on-duty dispatcher. The dispatcher instantly knows the location of the caller.
When you find yourself off campus, the Conway Police Department is there to serve and protect the estimated 65,000 residents of Conway. The department consists of 127 sworn officers and 44 non-sworn personnel.
Motorist Assistance If you lock your keys in your vehicle or need a jump, the UCA Police Department can help. Stranded motorists can call the non-emergency number or press the call button on any blue light emergency phone. Safety Programs The UCA Police Department updates its website regularly to announce programs that promote on-campus safety. These programs include pedestrian safety (â€œBrake for Bearsâ€?), theft prevention, sexual assault prevention, drug and alcohol awareness, and hazing prevention awareness.
Law enforcement and medical professionals work on campus full-time to provide health and public safety services to the UCA community.
Health clinics both on and off campus offer convenient, comprehensive medical services.
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With well-maintained parks scattered throughout the city, two indoor sports centers on the east and west sides of town, and an expo center and fairgrounds, Conwayâ€™s Parks and Recreation Department has something for everyone. No matter where you find yourself off campus, youâ€™re never too far from an opportunity to explore the great outdoors, be active, or simply sit and enjoy nature.
City of Conway Parks Facilities
Pavilion/ Picnic Playground Area
Airport Park 425 6th Street
Bainbridge Park 80 Kensington Drive
Beaverfork Lake Park 20 Kinley Drive
Cadron Settlement Park 6200 Highway 319
Curtis Walker Park 1700 Museum Road
Walking/ Jogging/ Biking
Conway Station Park 1501 Robins Street
City of Colleges Park 1025 East Siebenmoregen Road
Don Owen Sports Complex (Indoor) 10 Lower Ridge Road
Fifth Avenue Park 600 5th Avenue
Gatlin Park 2325 Tyler Street
Laurel Park Robinson Avenue & Prince Street
McGee Center (Indoor) 3800 College Avenue
Pine Street Park 690 Pine Street
Pompe Park 2550 Prince Street
Simon Park 805 Front Street
Tucker Creek Walking/Bike Trail 275 Salem Road
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Out on the Open Road
With its central location in The Natural State, Conway is just a short drive from some of the region's most popular tourist towns, giving you the perfect excuse for a day trip or weekend getaway.
Little Rock Drive Time: 30 min. Don’t Miss: River Market
Memphis Drive Time: 2 hours 26 min. Don’t Miss: Beale Street
Drive Time: 1 hour 22 min. Don’t Miss: Oaklawn
Drive Time: 2 hours 28 min. Don’t Miss: Dickson Street Crystal Bridges Museum
Drive Time: 4 hours 37 min. Don’t Miss: Bricktown
Dallas Nashville Drive Time: 5 hours 38 min. Don’t Miss: Live Music
Drive Time: 5 hours 3 min. Don’t Miss: Professional Sports Theme Parks
New Orleans Drive Time: 7 hours 26 min. Don’t Miss: French Quarter
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More than 200 Conway restaurants lay just beyond the food court and the cafeteria. Food trucks, ethnic cuisines, late-night eats, coffee, and more are all minutes away from campus.
Zetêo Cozy coffee spot tucked under the gateway to downtown.
La Huerta Downtown spot has lightningfast Mexican favorites. Try the “college special.”
Blue Sail Sprawling coffee crafter with WiFi and outdoor seating at their Front Street and Donaghey Hall locations.
BREAKFAST Stoby’s New building (early 2017) at the intersection of Donaghey and Robinson will have even more room for the big breakfast crowds. The Patio Café Quaint downtown eatery serves breakfast all day. Enjoy weekend brunch on the patio.
COMFORT FOOD Holly’s Country Cookin’ Count on lines out the door for this down-home lunch spot. Hole in the Wall Café Traditional Southern favorites served downtown during lunch.
LATE NIGHT JJ’s Grill Live music six nights a week. The Draft Full-service sports bar with 23 screens. Old Chicago Downtown pizza and tap room.
TOP DATE NIGHT PICKS ACCORDING TO YELP Mike’s Place Upscale downtown eatery serving Cajun-style seafood, steaks, and wood-fired pizza.
TripAdvisor Rankings Summer of 2016
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MIKE’S PLACE Great for special occasions, dates, or when your parents are paying. DAVID’S BURGERS Regional chain with the highest quality burgers and all-you-can-eat fries. TACOS 4 LIFE Creative tacos, burritos, and more. Each meal purchased earns a donated meal. PASTA GRILL Giant portions to share make this cozy downtown spot great for date nights. ZAZA FINE SALAD & WOOD-OVEN PIZZA CO. Build-your-own salads and Napoli-style pizza. TAZIKI’S MEDITERRANEAN CAFÉ Regional fast-casual chain specializing in Greek and Mediterranean options. CRACKER BARREL National chain serving American comfort food. MARKETPLACE GRILL A variety of fresh American standards in this traditional sit-down restaurant. CROSS CREEK SANDWICH SHOP Downtown sandwiches and awesome desserts inside an antiques store. Lunch only. STOBY’S Iconic local restaurant with famous cheese dip, sandwiches, and more.
Pasta Grill Italian, steaks, and seafood in an intimate downtown setting. Umami Sushi Lounge & Grill Fusion Fresh sushi, hibachi grill, and Asian takes on American favorites.
From high-energy venues with big screens or live music to quiet places to study and sip coffee, Conway has a place to fit your mood.
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UCA: CLOSE TO EVERYTHING UCAâ€™s convenient location puts parks, miles of trails, downtown, and two other colleges within a short walk or bike ride.
For a complete list of FAQs, visit uca.edu/admissions and select “Frequently Asked Questions” under the “Apply & Learn” menu item.
How will I find out if I’m admitted? Once we receive all required admission documents, an admissions analyst will review your application. We will notify you of your status by mail. It typically takes approximately three weeks for review and notification.
Should I live on campus? Studies show that freshmen who live on campus, as a whole, attain a higher grade point average than those who do not. On-campus living provides greater access to the library, computers and study labs, as well as support amongst peers.
Do I have to choose a major when I apply? You do not have to declare a major when you apply for admission. Coursework taken throughout your first two years is flexible for most majors. However, we always recommend that you speak with your advisor about your academic standing and when you should be declaring a major.
COSTS & FINANCIAL AID How do you apply for scholarships and/or financial aid? For first-time freshmen, the application for admission serves as the academic scholarship application. To be considered for an academic scholarship, you must be unconditionally admitted by the scholarship deadline. The December ACT/SAT is the last test that will be considered for scholarship purposes. The transfer scholarship requires a separate application. Performance scholarships are awarded by individual departments and foundation scholarships are managed by the Foundation Office. All degree-seeking students are encouraged to apply for financial aid through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA will show your eligibility for grants and student loans. If you have specific questions about institutional scholarships or financial aid, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at firstname.lastname@example.org or 501-450-3140.
Freshmen are required to live on campus their first year, unless they meet certain exemption criteria. If you have specific questions about on-campus housing requirements, you may contact the Office of Housing & Residence Life at email@example.com or 501-450-3132. How can I get involved? Getting involved on campus is as simple as identifying your interest or cause. Whether you want to get a taste of Greek Life, help plan student activities, or promote a worthwhile cause, you can find your match through one of the more than 200 recognized student organizations (RSOs). Find your group by visiting the RSO webpage at uca.edu/rso. There’s no excuse for not getting involved!
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Coffee Shops | Independent Boutiques | Restaurants | Nightlife
CULTURE Make the most of your college experience by taking advantage of the many arts and cultural opportunities in the City of Colleges.
✓ See a play in a downtown theater. ❏ ✓ Attend a Conway Symphony Orchestra concert. ❏ ✓ Visit an art gallery. ❏ ✓ Take a painting class with friends. ❏ ✓ Watch a live performance at Reynolds Performance Hall. ❏
501.327.7788 • ConwayArkansas.org
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Explore the Great
oUTDOORs With its location in the heart of The Natural State, Conway is a great place for an outdoor adventure. Possibilities for fishing, boating, swimming, or other water sports are just a short drive away, as are hiking trails, picnic areas, and camping grounds.
Pinnacle Mountain State Park Drive Time: 40 minutes
Minutes from Little Rock. Scenic hikes with sweeping views of central Arkansas. Petit Jean Mountain State Park Drive Time: 53 minutes
One of Arkansas’s premier state parks. Tons of trails, waterfalls, camping, and lodging options. Little Red River Drive Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Home to world-record brown trout, full-service resorts, and easily accessible fishing. Mount Magazine State Park Drive Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
The highest point in Arkansas and one of the highest in the central United States. Resort-quality lodge, hiking trails, and climbing. Greers Ferry Lake Drive Time: 1 hour 8 minutes
40,000-acre lake with camping sites, cliff diving, and public beaches. Buffalo River Drive Time: 2 hours 16 minutes
America’s first “National River.” 500-foot cliffs line this 150-mile waterway that sees tens of thousands of visitors each year. Woolly Hollow State Park Drive Time: 36 minutes
Only 12 miles north of Conway, this park has a 40-acre lake, campsites, and miles of hiking and mountain bike trails. Cadron Settlement Park Drive Time: 19 minutes
Scenic overlook of the Arkansas River Valley. Mountain bike trails, pavilions, and historic markers minutes from campus.
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