University of Arkansas Fort Smith

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School Overview

The University of Arkansas- Fort Smith (also known as UAFS) is one of eleven campuses that make up the University of Arkansas System. Located in Fort Smith, Arkansas, this co-educational, public, four-year university is the fifth largest university in Arkansas in terms of student enrollment. Fall 2012 student enrollment was about 7,587. A major advantage to some out-of-state students leaving in nearby states is that the University of Arkansas offers in-state tuition not only to Arkansas residents, but residents of Texas, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Missouri, Mississippi, and Louisiana.

UAFS has seven academic colleges through which it provides work-based learning and community education, technical certificates, certificates of proficiency, associate of applied science degrees, associate of general studies, associate of arts degrees, and bachelor’s degrees. The university’s seven colleges include The College of Applied Science and Technology, The College of Business, The College of Health Sciences, The College of Education, The College of Humanities and Social Sciences, The College of Languages and Communication, and The College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics.

General Information

Admission Office

PO Box 3649

Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center 219

Fort Smith, AR 72913-3649

(479) 788-7120

(888) 512-5466

Fax: (479) 788-7402

Contact: Mark Lloyd

Director of Admissions
Main Address

PO Box 3649

Fort Smith, AR 72913-3649

(479) 788-7000

Total undergrads: 6,784

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 1,282

Degree-seeking undergrads: 6,110


Suburban setting

Small city (50,000 – 249,999)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: No

Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 62%

Open admission, but with selective admission to some programs

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 61%

College Majors

Place Major Category Here

Arts, Visual & Performing
Arts – General A
Graphic Design A,B,C
Music – General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing
Accounting B
Administrative/Secretarial Services A
Business Administration/Management A,B,C
Executive Assistant A,C

Computer & Information Sciences
Computer Programming – Specific Applications C
Computer/Information Sciences – General A,B,C
Data Entry Applications C
Data Processing Technology C

Biology Teacher Education B
Chemistry Teacher Education B
Early Childhood Education A,B
English Teacher Education B
History Teacher Education B
Junior High Education B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Social Studies Teacher Education B
Spanish Language Teacher Education B

Engineering Technologies
Architectural Drafting A
Automotive Engineering Technology C
CAD/CADD Drafting/Design A,C
Computer Systems C
GIS technology A
Mechanical Drafting A

English Language & Literature
Creative Writing B
English Language & Literature – General B
Technical/Business Writing B

Family & Consumer Sciences
Child Development A

Foreign Language & Literature
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences
Dental Hygiene A
Diagnostic Medical Sonography B
Medical Radiologic Technology A
Nursing (RN) B
Nursing – Practical C
Radiologic Technology/Medical Imaging A
Respiratory Therapy A
Surgical Technology A

History – General B

Law & Legal Studies
Paralegal/Legal Assistance A

Liberal Arts & Sciences
General Studies A
Liberal Arts & Sciences A,B

Mathematics – General B

Mechanic & Repair Technologies
Automotive Technology C
Computer Installation/Repair C
Electrical/Electronics Equipment Repair A
Industrial Electronics C
Industrial Equipment Maintenance/Repair C

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Science, Technology & Society A,B

Physical Sciences
Chemistry B

Precision Production Trades
Machine Shop Technology C
Welding Technology C

Psychology – General B

Security & Protective Services
Forensic Technologies A,C
Law Enforcement Administration A,B,C

Social Sciences
Cartography A,C

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

University of Arkansas-Fort Smith Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(479) 788-7000
Type of School:4-year, Public
Address:5210 Grand Ave, Fort Smith, AR 72913-3649
Setting:Not available
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:6,584
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):24%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:18 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:6,004 (91% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Certificates, Associates, Bachelor's, Master's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$5,390
Out-of-state Tuition:$12,038
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:100%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$6,644

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

University of Arkansas-Fort Smith Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at University of Arkansas-Fort Smith.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Biological and Biomedical Sciences1
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services622
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs1
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services11
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields311
English Language and Literature/Letters2
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics1
Health Professions and Related Programs1331
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service421
Legal Professions and Studies1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities21
Mathematics and Statistics1
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians61
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies11
Physical Sciences2
Precision Production2
Public Administration and Social Service Professions1
Social Sciences1
Visual and Performing Arts14
Grand total2317371

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at University of Arkansas-Fort Smith.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services1
Health Professions and Related Programs11
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies1
Grand total141

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at University of Arkansas-Fort Smith and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
Books and supplies$1,605

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid1,027100%
Grant or scholarship aid95693%$6,644
Student loan aid37236%$3,899

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid4,85672%$6,690
Federal student loans2,41736%$4,853

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for University of Arkansas-Fort Smith. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled University of Arkansas-Fort Smith students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

Number of applicants000
Percent admitted%%%
Percent admitted who enrolled%%%

Admissions Considerations

Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

University of Arkansas-Fort Smith Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment6,584
Undergraduate enrollment6,569
Graduate enrollment15

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

University of Arkansas-Fort Smith Accreditation

This institution is accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
    • Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
    • Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
  • American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
    • Dental Hygiene (DH)
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
    • Radiologic Technology (RAD) - Programs for radiographers
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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