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University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, AR 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate83%
Acceptance Rate83%

Arkansas Admissions

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

Students who apply to Arkansas for fall should anticipate a decision by September 15.

Arkansas Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of Arkansas's admissions stats.

Arkansas 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.7
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 25%
Mean SAT Score 1133
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 26%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 78%
Waitlist Yes

University of Arkansas Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for University of Arkansas.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No –– ––
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action Yes November 1 December 15
Regular Decision Yes August 1 September 15

Want to Apply Early to Arkansas?

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

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is November 1. Arkansas will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 15.

Arkansas accepts approximately 96% of early action applicants and 83% all applicants for all deadlines. Last year, Arkansas admitted 14,343 of the 15,7 who applied early action.

➡️ Explore a list of some selective colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on University of Arkansas Admissions

Transferring to University of Arkansas

For more information on transferring to University of Arkansas, contact the school directly.

For Students Waitlisted to Arkansas

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 determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. 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 on the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Arkansas

Curious about the factors that are considered by Arkansas during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Considered
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Application Essay Considered
First Generation Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Considered
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

Make sure to check with Arkansas for more information on admission factors.

Arkansas Application Requirements

To apply to Arkansas, all applicants must submit the following items. Check in 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
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
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 are Recommended for All and Required for Some
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Arkansas?

Students admitted to Arkansas have an average unweighted GPA of 3.7. Arkansas considers weighted GPA scores from incomging students.

Out of all students that were admitted, 59% submitted a class rank. At Arkansas 25% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 51% were in the top 25% and 83% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At University of Arkansas, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 27.46%
3.75 and 3.99 25.42%
3.50 and 3.74 22.78%
3.25 and 3.49 14.36%
3.00 and 3.24 6.89%
2.50 and 2.9 3.06%
2.00 and 2.49 0.03%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Arkansas directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Arkansas considers standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

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.

In 2022, 26% of Arkansas's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 78% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Arkansas?

To be competitive with other Arkansas applicants, you should strive to earn between 1050 and 1210 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Arkansas 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1210 and 25% of scored lower than 1050, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Arkansas student is 1133.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Arkansas students scored 600 or higher and 75% of students scored 530 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Arkansas students scored 620 or higher, and 75% scored a 530 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for Arkansas?

To be most competitive at Arkansas, you should strive to earn between 21 and 28 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 28 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Arkansas's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 28, and three out of four students scored lower than 28 on the ACT.

A 21 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Arkansas students. Only one out of every four students scored below 21.

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

More Information on 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

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 your scores are higher than the school's average, you may want to send them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is Arkansas's acceptance rate?

✅ Arkansas's acceptance rate is 83%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Arkansas?

❌ Arkansas does not offer early decision.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Arkansas?

✅ The early action acceptance rate at Arkansas was 96% in 2021.

Want To Learn More About Arkansas?

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Arkansas Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Arkansas? Arkansas is a somewhat selective institution. The Arkansas acceptance rate is 83%. This means that the institution accepts 82 out of every 100 applicants.


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


ACT Range

21 - 28

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

28 and Above


21 to 28


21 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Arkansas is 25. Students with an ACT score of 28 and above have a good chance of getting into Arkansas. Students with an ACT score that falls between 21 and 28 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 21 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Arkansas SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1050 - 1210


Math SAT Range

520 - 600


Reading SAT Range

530 - 620

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1210 and Above


1050 to 1210


1050 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Arkansas students is 1133. Applicants with SAT scores of 1210 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Arkansas, while applicants with SAT scores between 1050 to 1210 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1050 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Arkansas.

Arkansas GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Arkansas, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.74. 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.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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