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Founded in 1928, the University of Arkansas (UA)—Fort Smith offers excellent academic programs in education, history, biology, applied sciences, business, and healthcare. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, UA—Fort Smith provides students the opportunity to earn bachelor or associate degrees as well as certificates.

UA—Fort Smith offers undergraduate programs in seven colleges: College of Applied Science & Technology; College of Education; College of Business; College of Health Sciences; College of Languages & Communication; College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics; and, College of Humanities & Social Sciences.

In the College of Applied Science & Technology students earn a bachelor or an associate degree, a technical certificate, or a certificate of proficiency. The degree programs prepare students for technical and occupational positions within the workforce.

The College of Education is designed to prepare students for the field of teaching by incorporating classroom instruction with field study within area school districts. Students may choose the bachelor degree program or the associate degree program. In addition, a certificate program is offered for those working in nursery schools.

The College of Business prepares students for the business world by focusing on several core business areas such as finance, accounting, management, economics, and marketing. Students earn bachelor degrees in business administration or accounting.

In the College of Health Sciences, students earn a bachelor degree in nursing and imaging sciences. Students may also earn associate degrees in one of the following areas of study: dental hygiene, radiography, nursing, and surgical technology. A certificate program is also offered for students seeking certification in practical nursing.

The College of Languages & Communication consists of two departments: English, Rhetoric, & Speech; and, World Languages in which students may pursue bachelor degrees in English, Spanish, Rhetoric and Writing, or licensing to teach English or Spanish.

The College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics includes the departments of mathematics, science, engineering, and information technology. Students have the option of a bachelor’s degree in one of the following disciplines: biology, chemistry, mathematics, information technology or teaching licensure in chemistry, biology, or mathematics.

The College of Humanities & Social Sciences provides an extensive liberal arts education with a concentration in several disciplines. It includes six departments which provide students a wide knowledge base of the world today. Students may choose a bachelor degree in a variety of fields of study including music, history, graphic design, music education, psychology, criminal justice, as well as some teaching licensure programs.

In addition, some classes are offered online for students with busy schedules and who require a flexible learning environment. The university also maintains the Center for Business & Professional Development which offers associate degrees, certificates of proficiency in leadership as well as technical certificates. Other services include customized training for area businesses.

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University of Arkansas (UA)—Fort Smith serves all students interested in obtaining associate and bachelor degrees, as well as occupational certificates. Students interested in applying must be high school graduates or hold a GED, submit transcripts from high school and previous colleges directly to the university, and schedule to attend Den Day—an annual event for prospective students, as well as student orientation. Prospective students should also send proof of immunization against measles, mumps and rubella as well as ACT/SAT test scores or ASSET or COMPASS test scores directly to the university.

Students interested in visiting the school prior to applying can schedule a campus tour through the Admissions Office. Tours are typically offered Monday through Thursday at noon and 2 p.m.; and on Friday, at 10 a.m. and noon.

International students must complete an application for admissions by the following semester deadlines: fall—June 1; and, spring—November 1. For complete admissions instructions and requirements, international students should go to the UA—Fort Smith website.

Financial Aid

University of Arkansas—Fort Smith offers qualifying students a number of financial aid options such as loans, scholarships, grants, and work study programs, as well as Veteran Benefits. All students seeking financial aid must fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered. The university’s website provides a detailed listing of all financial aid available as well as full descriptions of each.

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University of Arkansas (UA)—Fort Smith serves a variety of students including high school graduates, international students, and transfer students, providing many opportunities for them to be involved in campus life. UA—Fort Smith offers over 50 student organizations and clubs, a fitness center, intercollegiate sports, university student ambassadors, Greek life, intramural sports, and on-campus housing. The campus also has a health clinic, and the annual Battle of the Bands competition.

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University of Arkansas—Fort Smith Lions compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division II and the Heartland Conference. The university supports the following intercollegiate sports teams: men’s baseball, and basketball; women’s basketball, and volleyball; as well as men’s and women’s tennis, golf, and cross country. In addition, the Lions also have a high spirited cheerleading squad.

UA—Fort Smith also offers a variety of intramural sports for students looking to participate in competitive sports on a recreational level.

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Ranks 14th in Arkansas and 1416th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.01
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 1 0.01
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 1 0.01

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 433 0.50
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 5 0.01
Forcible Rape 63 0.07
Robbery 100 0.12
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 1,110 1.28
Larceny 3,389 3.90
Vehicle theft 204 0.23

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Baccalaureate/Associate's Colleges
UndergraduateAssociates Dominant
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate four-year
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringBachelor's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District503

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1749th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $3,192 $3,192 $8,736
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,336 $1,336 $1,336
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $133 $133 $364
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $16,498 $16,498 $22,042
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $17,628 $17,628 $23,172
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $9,116 $9,116 $14,660

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $4,250 $4,462 $4,250 $4,462 $9,410 $9,880
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,330 $1,246
On-Campus – Room & Board $7,642 $7,828
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,035 $3,070
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,425 $8,416
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,585 $3,620
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,585 $3,620

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application FeeN/A
Graduate Application FeeN/A
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 3,905 (1,720 male / 2,185 female)
Admitted 2,240 (978 male / 1,262 female)
Admission rate 57%
First-time Enrollment 1,343 (603 male / 740 female)
FT Enrollment 1,265 (558 male / 707 female)
PT Enrollment 78 (45 male / 33 female)
Total Enrollment7,170

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Heartland Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Heartland Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Heartland Conference

ACT Test Admission

796th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 82%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 25
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 24
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 25

SAT Test Admission

609th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 2%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 350 / 540
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 430 / 620
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 780 / 1160

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity940
Meals per Week19
Room Fee$4,880
Board Fee$3,040

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1925th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $63,449 ($65,466 male / $56,192 female)
Number of FT Faculty 238 (119 male / 119 female)
Number of PT Faculty 440
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $4,322,105

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