University of Arkansas-Fort Smith

  • UA Fort Smith is a unique regional university. The institution will raise the education achievement level by providing high quality baccalaureate, associate, and certificate programs and a wide range of credit and noncredit educational services for its six-county Western Arkansas service area. Education and training services designed to meet the workforce education and retraining needs of business and industry throughout the region are a direct support responsibility of UA Fort Smith.
School Highlights
  • University of Arkansas-Fort Smith serves 6,830 students (70% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 23:1 is lower than the state community college average of 25:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 23% of the student body (majority Hispanic and Asian), which is less than the state average of 31%.
  • University of Arkansas-Fort Smith is the only community colleges within Sebastian County, AR.
  • The nearest community college to University of Arkansas-Fort Smith is Carl Albert State College (28.0 miles away).

Top Placements

University of Arkansas-Fort Smith places among the top 20% of community colleges in Arkansas for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 295 teachers has declined by 33% over five years.
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith(AR) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate / Associates CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty295 staff62 staff
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of University of Arkansas-Fort Smith has declined by 7% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 23:1 has increased from 16:1 over five years.
  • The University of Arkansas-Fort Smith diversity score of 0.40 is less than the state average of 0.48. The school's diversity has grown by 13% over five years.
Total Enrollment6,830 students1,650 students
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio23:125:1
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students4,790 students724 students
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students2,040 students926 students
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith Enrollment Breakdown AR All Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith American Indian/Alaskan (2007-2016)
% Asian
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith Black (2007-2016)
% White
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith More (2010-2016)
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith Ethnicity Breakdown AR All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.400.48
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith Diversity Score (2007-2016)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$33,500$28,600
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $4,727 is more than the state average of $3,014. The in-state tuition has grown by 11% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $10,511 is more than the state average of $4,803. The out-state tuition has grown by 11% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$4,727$3,014
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$10,511$4,803
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid95%95%
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2013)
Median Debt for Graduates$15,500$9,500
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$4,750$5,999
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Acceptance Rate56%69%
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith Percent Admitted (2007-2016)
SAT Total Avg.1,5751,575
SAT Reading540540
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith SAT Reading (2011-2016)
SAT Math520520
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith SAT Math (2011-2016)
SAT Writing515515
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith SAT Writing (2011-2016)
ACT Total Avg.6565
ACT Composite2222
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith ACT Composite (2007-2016)
ACT English2222
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith ACT English (2007-2016)
ACT Math2121
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith ACT Math (2007-2016)
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • The University includes bachelor-level programs, traditional transfer and career programs, as well as the Center for Business and Professional Development and the University Center. UA Fort Smith has experienced substantial growth in enrollments, faculty, facilities, and curricula. UA Fort Smith has indeed become an integral part of the community, offering a wide range of educational, occupational, cultural, and recreational opportunities. Our high-quality, high-attention degree programs include business, engineering, nursing, and a one-of-a-kind major in historical interpretation. And our associate's degree and certificate programs form an enduring foundation for rewarding technical and service careers.UA Fort Smith provides a variety of public service activities for the people and organizations within its service area. Included are non-credit courses, seminars, workshops, lectures, travel, telecourses, and teleconferences organized by the University's Center for Business and Professional Development. As a unique institution, UA Fort Smith provides certificates of proficiency, technical certificates, associate of arts degrees, associate of general studies, associate of applied science degrees, and bachelor's degrees as well as work-based learning and community education. All courses and programs are designed to meet specific needs of the community. At UA Fort Smith, we felt it was our duty to create a living and learning environment that was as beautiful and well-appointed. The Boreham Library, with tens of thousands of books, periodicals, and microfilms files and maintains subscriptions to several online databases, offers world class research and learning tools to our students and Fort Smith neighbors. The Baldor Technology Center can provide quality educational and technological programs to more than 1000 students per day.

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Did You Know?
For Arkansas public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $3,014 per year for in-state students and $4,803 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $12,899 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Arkansas is 81%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Arkansas community colleges have a diversity score of 0.48, which is lower than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in Arkansas is Remington College-Little Rock Campus. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.