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University of Arkansas - Fort Smith Data & Information Overview

382 awards Ranking Badges
Fair Price Value for Your Money
8% Student Loan Default Rate
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How Well Is University of Arkansas - Fort Smith Ranked?

#1,416 Best Colleges in Nation
#13 Best Colleges in AR
Business Support & Assistant Services Highest Ranked Major

2024 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

University of Arkansas - Fort Smith was awarded 382 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is business support & assistant services.

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Overall Quality

College Factual ranked UAFS as #1,416 out of 2,217 colleges and universities in the country on its 2024 Best Colleges list. This is an improvement over the previous year, when UAFS held the #1,618 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

UAFS also holds the #13 spot on the Best Colleges in Arkansas ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into UAFS?

Open Admissions Policy

Acceptance Rate

University of Arkansas - Fort Smith has an open admissions policy, so you should not have much trouble being accepted by the school. Still, it is important to fill out the application completely and submit any requested materials, which may include proof that you have a high school diploma or the equivalent.

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University of Arkansas - Fort Smith Faculty

18 to 1 Student to Faculty
69% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At University of Arkansas - Fort Smith, this ratio is 18 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at University of Arkansas - Fort Smith is 69%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  69 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of Arkansas - Fort Smith

67% Freshmen Retention
21% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate tells us what percentage of first-year, full-time students choose to continue on to their sophomore year at a particular school. The rate at University of Arkansas - Fort Smith is 67%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  67 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full time students who obtain their bachelor's degree in four years or less. This rate is 21% for first-time, full-time students at UAFS, which is lower than the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  21 out of 100

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University of Arkansas - Fort Smith Undergraduate Student Diversity

3,811 Full-Time Undergraduates
37.2% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
61.7% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 5,830 undergraduates at UAFS with 3,811 being full-time and 2,019 being part-time.

How Much Does University of Arkansas - Fort Smith Cost?

$9,062 Net Price
34% Take Out Loans
$20,488 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of UAFS is $9,062. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for UAFS

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$7,816 $7,638 $10,326 $11,054 $10,330

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of UAFS, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At UAFS, approximately 34% of students took out student loans averaging $5,122 a year. That adds up to $20,488 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UAFS is 7.9%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do UAFS Graduates Make?

$37,613 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from UAFS with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $37,613 in their early years. This is about 11% less that the average pay for college graduates overall. However, graduates with your major may make more.


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Location of University of Arkansas - Fort Smith

Arkansas State
3,811 Full-Time Undergraduates
Small City Campus Setting
University of Arkansas - Fort Smith is a public institution situated in Fort Smith, Arkansas. The location of UAFS is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

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Contact details for UAFS are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 5210 Grand Ave, Fort Smith, AR 72913-3649
Phone: 479-788-7000

University of Arkansas - Fort Smith Majors

37 Majors With Completions
1,004 Undergraduate Degrees
16 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 37 majors graduated from University of Arkansas - Fort Smith. Of these students, 1,004 received undergraduate degrees and 16 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 240 $32,587
Nursing 111 $60,394
Criminal Justice & Corrections 51 $29,118
General Biology 44 $23,877
Teacher Education Grade Specific 42 $35,492
Mathematics 39 NA
General Psychology 39 $26,233
Computer Information Systems 23 $47,923
Teacher Education Subject Specific 20 $31,076
Social Work 19 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at University of Arkansas - Fort Smith along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at UAFS

61% Take At Least One Class Online
18% Take All Classes Online

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2020-2021, 3,299 students took at least one online class at University of Arkansas - Fort Smith. This is a decrease from the 4,863 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 3,299 967
2019-2020 4,863 1,625
2018-2019 3,002 558
2017-2018 3,299 690
2016-2017 3,286 580

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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