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Colleges / University of Arkansas

About Arkansas

University of Arkansas is a public, state school that was founded in 1871. It is moderately difficult to get into Arkansas. The institution enrolls around 27,562 students a year, including 22,825 undergrads.

Arkansas offers early action and does not offer early decision.

Acceptance Rate for University of Arkansas

Arkansas admitted 78% of all applicants in 2021. Arkansas admits 84% of students that apply early action. Out of 19,777 applications received in 2021, 15,361 students were offered admission .

Arkansas Application Deadlines

August 15 is the final deadline to submit an application for next Fall. All regular decision applicants will be notified by September 15.

Early Admissions at Arkansas

University of Arkansas does not offer early decision. Arkansas offers early action.

Mark Your Calendar! The EA deadline is on November 1, 2021, which is coming up soon!

2021 Admissions Facts
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 78%
Early Action Acceptance Rate 84%
Average GPA 3.8
Mean ACT score 26
Mean SAT score 1209
In-State Tuition $7,568
Out-of-State $24,056

Visit the Admissions tab above to for more on how to apply to Arkansas.

Financial Aid at Arkansas

Arkansas meets 59% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $10,562 a year.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is awarded ona first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Dorms at Arkansas

Arkansas offers housing for up to 6,232 students.

Most Arkansas students live off campus.

Razorbash/Welcome Weeks, Homecoming Week, and and Headliner Concerts/Distinguished Lectures are the best-attended events on campus.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at Arkansas.

GPA and Test Scores for Arkansas

Arkansas is considered moderately difficult to get into, but how hard a school is to get into depends on a lot, including your GPA, test scores, activities , recommendations and essays. The average high school GPA for a student at Arkansas is 3.8 on a 4.0 scale. The mean SAT scores for students who get into Arkansas is 1209. The mean ACT scores is 26.

Does Arkansas Require the ACT or SAT?

Arkansas has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 24% submitted the SAT. 89% submitted the ACT.

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Want to Score 26 or Higher on the ACT?

Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates. Arkansas reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in 2021.

Is Arkansas a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Arkansas

About 68% of students who start at Arkansas come back the next year. Out of the 4,518 students who started at Arkansas as first-time freshman, 2,275 graduate within four years.

Arkansas's six-year graduation for undergrads is 68%. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes and Student Debt

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Within six months of graduating, 37 percent of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

The average starting salary for recent grads is $50,269 a year. The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2021 was around $28,286 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Arkansas sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is Arkansas a good school for you?

What is Arkansas's Endowment?

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Read on to find out more about the admissions requirements and deadlines, student life, academics, majors and more.

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Where is Arkansas?

Arkansas is located in the urban setting of Fayetteville, Arkansas .

If you want to see Arkansas for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 49 to Fayetteville, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Arkansas and Fayetteville are like without leaving home.

Considering Going to School in Arkansas?

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College Info

1 University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR 72701

Campus Setting: Urban

Arkansas Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Aug 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Aug 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Arkansas is Aug 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Arkansas is Aug 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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Arkansas ACT Scores


ACT Range

23 - 30

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

30 and Above


23 to 30


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Arkansas is 26. Students with an ACT score of 30 and above have a good chance of getting into Arkansas. Students with an ACT score that falls between 23 and 30 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 23 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Arkansas SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1130 - 1280


Math SAT Range

550 - 650


Reading SAT Range

570 - 650

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1280 and Above


1130 to 1280


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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Arkansas students is 1209. Applicants with SAT scores of 1280 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Arkansas, while applicants with SAT scores between 1130 to 1280 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1130 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Arkansas.

Arkansas Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Arkansas is like? There are approximately 27,562 students enrolled at Arkansas, including 22,825 undergraduate students and 4,737 graduate students. 89% percent of students attend school full-time, 54% percent are from AR and 46% percent of students are from other states.


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