University of Arkansas-Fort Smith

Tel: (479)788-7000
  • 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 26:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 23% of the student body (majority Hispanic and Asian), which is less than the state average of 30%.
  • University of Arkansas-Fort Smith is the only community colleges within Sebastian County, AR.
  • The nearest community college is Carl Albert State College (28.00 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 295 teachers has declined by 38% over five years.
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith (AR) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification Baccalaureate / Associates Colleges Baccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution Level Less than 2 yrs At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public Public
Total Faculty 295 staff 61 staff
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 6,830 has declined by 10% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 23:1 has increased from 16:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.40 is less than the state average of 0.47. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment 6,830 students 1,593 students
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio 23:1 26:1
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students 4,790 students 706 students
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students 2,040 students 887 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
2%
1%
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith American Indian/Alaskan (2007-2016)
% Asian
4%
1%
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
7%
5%
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
4%
19%
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith Black (2007-2016)
% White
77%
70%
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
6%
2%
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith More (2010-2016)
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith Ethnicity Breakdown AR All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.40 0.47
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 $2,998. 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 $4,846. The out-state tuition has grown by 11% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $4,727 $2,998
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees $10,511 $4,846
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 95% 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 Rate 56% 69%
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith Percent Admitted (2007-2016)
SAT Total Avg. 1,575 1,575
SAT Reading 540 540
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith SAT Reading (2011-2016)
SAT Math 520 520
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith SAT Math (2011-2016)
SAT Writing 515 515
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith SAT Writing (2011-2016)
ACT Total Avg. 65 65
ACT Composite 22 22
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith ACT Composite (2007-2016)
ACT English 22 22
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith ACT English (2007-2016)
ACT Math 21 21
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 $2,998 per year for in-state students and $4,846 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $13,838 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Arkansas is 76%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Arkansas community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.47, which is lower than the national average of 0.66. The most diverse community college in Arkansas is Remington College-Little Rock Campus. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.