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About

UAFS at a Glance

The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith offers a rich, vibrant learning environment for nearly 7,000 students each semester. UAFS aims to build its reputation as a regional destination for high-quality, affordable education, where diverse groups of aspirational students and faculty thrive and excel.

Founded

1928

Location

Ft. Smith, AR

Chancellor

Dr. Terisa C. Riley

School Colors

Blue & White

Mascot

Numa the Lion

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History

For more than 90 years, the university has been a mainstay of Fort Smith with a history as unique as each student who ever enrolled.

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Mission & Vision

Mission

UAFS prepares students to succeed in an ever-changing global world while advancing economic development and quality of place.


Vision

UAFS will be a national model for preparing students for workforce mobility through education and professional development while serving as the thought leader in the region for workforce training.

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Campus Safety

Campus Safety

Recently named the safest university in Arkansas, earning praise from online safety resource YourLocalSecurity.com. UAFS reports drastically lower crime rates than the national averages, and UPD goes above and beyond the call of duty, implementing proactive safety measures across campus.

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Governance

Governance

The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith has established a system of councils and committees to promote internal communication and administrative teamwork. The active involvement of committee members, representing a broad cross section of the campus, provides a high level of involvement in decision making and is recognized as a strength in the decision-making process. 

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Accreditation

The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The university is approved by the United States Department of Education, the United States Department of Health and Human Services, and the Arkansas State Approving Agency for veterans' training.

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