• 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 6,265 students (64% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 11:1 is higher than the state community college average of 10:1.
Minority enrollment is 36% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is equal to the state average of 36%.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 6,265 students
  • In-state tuition: $4,727
  • Out-state tuition: $10,511
  • Acceptance Rate: 56%
  • Student:teacher ratio: 11:1
  • Minority enrollment: 36%
  • 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 16% over five years.
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith
(AR) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Baccalaureate Colleges: Diverse Fields
Associate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High Nontraditional
Institution Level
Less than 2 yrs
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 8% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 11:1 has decreased from 17:1 over five years.
The University of Arkansas-Fort Smith diversity score of 0.56 is more than the state average of 0.55. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
6,265 students
1,407 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
11:1
10:1
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# Full-Time Students
4,021 students
580 students
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# Part-Time Students
2,244 students
827 students
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# Undergraduate Students
4,014 students
576 students
# Graduate Students
7 students
7 students
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AR All Graduation Breakdown
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
145 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
2%
1%
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% Asian
6%
2%
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% Hispanic
14%
10%
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% Black
4%
18%
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% White
64%
64%
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% Two or more races
9%
4%
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% Non Resident races
1%
1%
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Diversity Score
0.56
0.55
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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 $2,990. The in-state tuition has declined by 12% 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 12% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$4,727
$2,990
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$10,511
$4,750
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
93%
93%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$17,550
$9,686
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Median Debt for Dropouts
$6,500
$5,250
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Acceptance Rate
56%
76%
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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: 2020 (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.

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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 6,265 students
  • In-state tuition: $4,727
  • Out-state tuition: $10,511
  • Acceptance Rate: 56%
  • Student:teacher ratio: 11:1
  • Minority enrollment: 36%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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