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First-Time Freshmen


The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith admissions team is here to help you through all aspects of the admission process and connect you with the many resources available to our students.

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Ready to apply? Let's go! You'll need your transcripts (high school and those from colleges/universities you've attended) and official ACT, SAT, or ACCUPLACER scores for your application. If you want more information, contact our office or ask your admissions advisor.

Students enrolling in the university for the first time must meet Admission or Admission Plus criteria. 


Applicants must meet the Lion Scholars Admission criteria and ONE of the following:

  • Composite ACT score of 19. SAT and ACCUPLACER equivalents are acceptable.
  • Cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 higher
  • High school placement in the top 50 percent of the applicant's graduating high school class
  • College-ready minimums on English, reading, and math subsections on the ACT. SAT and ACCUPLACER equivalents are acceptable.  

Lion Scholars Admission

The Lion Scholars program offers intentional connections to academic support services to assure your success at UAFS.

  • Composite ACT score of 15 with minimum developmental level scores in each subsection (13 math, 15 reading, and 15 English). SAT and ACCUPLACER equivalents are acceptable,


  • A cumulative high school GPA of 2.25 or higher

All new freshman applicants graduating from an Arkansas public school or Arkansas public charter school should be in the process of becoming a Smart Core Graduate as established by the Arkansas Department of Education.

Freshman applicants who did not graduate from an Arkansas public school or Arkansas public charter school should complete or be in the process of completing a minimum of 16 high school academic units as listed on the Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education website.
For detailed polices and procedures, see the UAFS Academic Catalog.

  • Wednesday, January 5, 2022 - Spring 2022
  • Wednesday, May 18, 2022 - Summer 2022
  • Wednesday, August 10, 2022 - Fall 2022