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Arkansas Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to Arkansas, the regular decision application deadline is August 1 and the application fee costs $40.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may qualify for for an application fee waiver.

Students who submit their applications for Fall should receive an admissions decision no later than September 15.

Arkansas Admissions Stats at a Glance

Arkansas 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.8
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 29%
Mean SAT Score 1209
Admissions Test Policy Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 24%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 89%
Waitlist Yes

Considering Applying Early to Arkansas?

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

Mark your calendar!

The Early Action deadline is November 1, which is coming up fast! Arkansas will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 15.

Arkansas accepts about 84% of early action applicants and 78% all applicants for all deadlines. Last year, Arkansas admitted 13,8 of the 15,432 who applied early action.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How Hard Is It To Get Admitted to Arkansas?

Arkansas is a moderately difficult school to get into. Arkansas evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, Arkansas accepted 78% of students, around 15,361 of the 19,777 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Arkansas, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

Arkansas has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Arkansas Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are are most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis the areas where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Arkansas

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Considered
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Not Considered
Application Essay Considered
First Generation Considered
Interview Not Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Not Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Considered
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Volunteer Work Considered

Arkansas 2021-2022 Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to Arkansas must submit the following items. Double check with Arkansas's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 3.0
Other Requirements minimum ACT Composite score of 20 or SAT total (math and EBRW only) of 1030, completion of 16 core academic units
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What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Arkansas?

Students admitted to Arkansas have an average unweighted GPA of 3.8.

Out of all students that were admitted, 63% submitted a class rank. At Arkansas 29% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 57% were in the top 25% and 86% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At University of Arkansas, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 63%
3.75 and 3.99 25.67%
3.50 and 3.74 21.05%
3.25 and 3.49 13.7%
3.00 and 3.24 7.33%
2.50 and 2.9 2.82%
2.00 and 2.49 0.1%

Arkansas does consider ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

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

In 2021, 24% of Arkansas's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 89% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Arkansas?

To be competitive with other Arkansas applicants, you should strive to earn between 1130 and 1280 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Arkansas 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1280 and 25% of scored lower than 1130, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Arkansas student is 1209.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Arkansas students scored 650 or higher and 75% of students scored 570 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Arkansas students scored 650 or higher, and 75% scored a 570 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Arkansas?

To be most competitive at Arkansas, you should strive to earn between 23 and 30 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 30 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Arkansas's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 30, and three out of four students scored lower than 30 on the ACT.

A 23 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Arkansas students. Only one out of every four students scored below 23.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

Transferring to University of Arkansas

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is August 1. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.Applicants should hear back by September 15.

Transfer students can enroll in Arkansas during the following terms: - Fall Term - Spring Term - Summer Term

Arkansas Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Arkansas?

Students who are admitted to Arkansas must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department.

Does Arkansas accept transfer credits?

Arkansas accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Arkansas accepts:

  • CLEP subject tests
  • DSST/DANTES
  • ACE recommendations for credit

Does Arkansas accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

Arkansas accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Arkansas?

No, Arkansas is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If you have higher than average scores, you probably want to include them. If your scores are average or below average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application..

What is Arkansas's acceptance rate?

Arkansas's acceptance rate is 78%.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Arkansas?

The early action acceptance rate at Arkansas was 84% in 2021.

Want To Learn More About Arkansas?

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

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Arkansas Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective

78%

How hard is it to get into Arkansas? Arkansas is a somewhat selective institution. The Arkansas acceptance rate is 78%. This means that the institution accepts 77 out of every 100 applicants.

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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

Arkansas ACT Scores

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ACT Range

23 - 30

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

30 and Above

Good

23 to 30

Avg

23 and Less

Low

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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

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Composite SAT Range

1130 - 1280

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Math SAT Range

550 - 650

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Reading SAT Range

570 - 650

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1280 and Above

Good

1130 to 1280

Avg

1130 and Less

Low

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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 GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

3.75

GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Arkansas, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.75. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

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Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

27,562

Campus Setting

Urban

Acceptance Rate

78%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$9,384

Out-of-State

$25,872

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Application Deadline

Aug 1
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