University of Arkansas - Fort Smith

University of Arkansas - Fort Smith Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is University of Arkansas - Fort Smith Ranked?

2022 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 43 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is computer and information sciences.

Overall Quality

UAFS landed the #2,097 spot in College Factual's 2022 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,576 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking.

Out of the 40 colleges in Arkansas, UAFS is ranked at #19.

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Is It Hard to Get Into UAFS?

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

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at University of Arkansas - Fort Smith is about average at 17 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

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 67%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  67 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of Arkansas - Fort Smith

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 65%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  65 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 11% for first-time, full-time students at UAFS, which is lower than the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  11 out of 100

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University of Arkansas - Fort Smith Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 6,229 undergraduates at UAFS with 4,014 being full-time and 2,215 being part-time.

How Much Does University of Arkansas - Fort Smith Cost?

The overall average net price of UAFS is $9,637. 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 +
$7,838 $8,392 $11,238 $13,078 $13,647

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 41% of students took out student loans averaging $4,637 a year. That adds up to $18,548 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UAFS is 16.0%. Watch out! This is significantly higher than the national default rate of 10.1%, which means you could have trouble paying back your student loans if you take any out.

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How Much Money Do UAFS Graduates Make?

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 $31,000 in their early years. This is about 22% 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

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

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 34 majors graduated from University of Arkansas - Fort Smith. Of these students, 1,025 received undergraduate degrees and 9 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 256 $29,700
Nursing 113 $59,200
Criminal Justice & Corrections 59 $26,700
General Biology 51 $22,900
General Psychology 40 $25,700
Teacher Education Grade Specific 37 $35,500
Liberal Arts General Studies 27 $20,600
Teacher Education Subject Specific 23 $34,200
Communication & Media Studies 23 NA
Dental Support Services 21 NA

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Online Learning at UAFS

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 2018-2019, 3,417 students took at least one online class at University of Arkansas - Fort Smith. This is an increase from the 3,299 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 3,417 709
2017-2018 3,299 690
2016-2017 3,286 580
2015-2016 580 392
2013-2014 934 97

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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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