• 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 5,887 students (65% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 10:1 is higher than the state community college average of 9:1.
Minority enrollment is 31% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 34%.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 5,887 students
  • In-state tuition: $4,727
  • Out-state tuition: $10,511
  • Acceptance Rate: 56%
  • Student:teacher ratio: 10:1
  • Minority enrollment: 31%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Top Rankings

University of Arkansas-Fort Smith ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Arkansas for:

Category
Attribute
Community Size

School Overview

The teacher population of 562 teachers has grown by 90% over five years.
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith
(AR) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associates Colleges
Associates Colleges
Institution Level
Four or more years
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
562 staff
162 staff
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Student Body

The student population of University of Arkansas-Fort Smith has declined by 11% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 10:1 has decreased from 11:1 over five years.
The University of Arkansas-Fort Smith diversity score of 0.50 is less than the state average of 0.53. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
5,887 students
1,250 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
10:1
9:1
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# Full-Time Students
3,822 students
519 students
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# Part-Time Students
2,065 students
731 students
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
493 students
564 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
3,811 students
519 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
11 students
11 students
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AR All Graduation Breakdown
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
2,019 students
731 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
46 students
46 students
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AR All Part Time Graduation Breakdown
Total Dormitory Capacity
940 students
160 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
2%
1%
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% Asian
5%
2%
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% Hispanic
13%
10%
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% Black
3%
16%
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% White
69%
66%
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% Two or more races
8%
3%
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% Non Resident races
1%
1%
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% Unknown races
n/a
1%
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Diversity Score
0.50
0.53
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
n/a
35%
College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
8.37%
1.36%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$33,500
$28,600
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $4,727 is more than the state average of $2,994. The in-state tuition has declined by 15% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $10,511 is more than the state average of $4,750. The out-state tuition has declined by 16% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$4,727
$2,994
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$10,511
$4,750
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
97%
94%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$17,782
$9,750
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Median Debt for Dropouts
$7,000
$5,300
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Acceptance Rate
56%
100%
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SAT Total Avg.
1,575
1,575
SAT Reading
540
540
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SAT Math
520
520
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SAT Writing
515
515
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ACT Total Avg.
65
65
ACT Composite
22
22
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ACT English
22
22
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ACT Math
21
21
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Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does University of Arkansas-Fort Smith cost?

University of Arkansas-Fort Smith's tuition is approximately $4,727 for In-State students and $10,511 for Out-State students.

What is the acceptance rate of University of Arkansas-Fort Smith?

The acceptance rate of University of Arkansas-Fort Smith is 56%, which is lower than the state average of 100%. University of Arkansas-Fort Smith's acceptance rate is ranked among the top community colleges in Arkansas with low acceptance rates.

What is University of Arkansas-Fort Smith's ranking?

University of Arkansas-Fort Smith ranks among the top 20% of community college in Arkansas for: Lowest acceptance rates and Largest student body.

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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 5,887 students
  • In-state tuition: $4,727
  • Out-state tuition: $10,511
  • Acceptance Rate: 56%
  • Student:teacher ratio: 10:1
  • Minority enrollment: 31%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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