The University of Arkansas-Fort Smith is a four-year, regional public institution with an enrollment of 7,587. The college fills many of the roles typically associated with community colleges, as it offers associate degrees, career certificates, and community education. However, UAFS also fills the role of a university, offering numerous bachelor’s degree options and preparing students for success in an increasingly global society. Along with programs offered from the campus, UAFS has a thriving study abroad program that allows students to learn in countries like South Korea, Costa Rica, Japan, or China for a summer, fall, or spring semester through established exchange programs. Aside from offering campus-based programs and programs abroad, UAFS also offers distance learning that students can access online or at off-campus sites.
UAFS offers a wide range of certificates, associate degrees, and bachelor’s degrees through its eight colleges, which include the College of Applied Science and Technology, College of Business, College of Health Sciences, and more. Bachelor’s degrees include the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Applied Science, and Bachelor of Music Education. Certificates include both certificates of proficiency in areas like computer service technology, office assisting, and welding, and technical certificates in areas like practical nursing, automotive technology, diesel technology, and more. Associate degrees are available in early childhood education, surgical technology, dental hygiene, criminal justice, and more. Distance learning at UAFS allows students to take classes online in either synchronous or asynchronous formats, and online courses may be web-enhanced, hybrid, or fully online. While the Blackboard course management system is used for online courses, distance learning may also utilize compressed interactive video at off-campus sites.
The University of Arkansas-Fort Smith has been accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission, since 1973. Individual programs at the university also hold specialized accreditation from various accrediting agencies, according to College Navigator.
First-time freshmen applicants must have either a high school diploma or GED. The application process involves submitting a completed application; submitting official transcripts showing grades, credits, and graduation date (or GED scores); submitting transcripts of any college-level course work completed during high school; submitting proof of measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccinations; and submitting official SAT/ACT or COMPASS scores. Unconditional admission is given to any applicant who scored a 19 or above on the ACT or an equivalent score on the SAT, and who has completed the entire college prep core curriculum with a GPA of 2.0 or greater. Other applicants may be considered for conditional enrollment. The process for transfer students is similar, with the main difference being that transfer students must submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended. Transfer students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on all college course work in order to be admitted.