University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff


Founded in 1873 as Branch Normal College, a branch of Arkansas Industrial University, UAPB is an 1890 land-grant HBCU and the second oldest land-grant institution in Arkansas. Seven years later, it was said that the first colored student to ever graduate and receive a degree in the state had graduated from Branch Normal College. The school went through two name changes before becoming the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

Notable Alumni Include: pastor and singer Smokie Norful; jazz musician Jamil Nasser; and U.S. Representative Danny K. Davis.