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University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, AR 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate79%

Arkansas Admissions

University of Arkansas is moderately difficult to get into. Around 79% of applicants get into University of Arkansas each year. Last year, 26,210 students applied to University of Arkansas and 20,691 were admitted.

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

Students who submit their applications to University of Arkansas for fall should anticipate a decision by October 1.

University of Arkansas Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of University of Arkansas's admissions stats.

University of Arkansas 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.8
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 24.99%
Mean SAT Score 1124
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 31%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 75%
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 8 1 October 1

Applying Early to University of Arkansas?

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

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

University of Arkansas accepts about 88% of early action applicants and 79% all applicants for all deadlines. Last year, University of Arkansas admitted 16,621 of the 18,87 who applied early action.

Some students apply early because they hope it will help their chances of getting in. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of being admitted, since it demonstrates your interest in a school.

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

More on University of Arkansas Admissions

Is University of Arkansas Difficult To Get Into?

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

In 2022, Arkansas accepted 79% of all applicants, around 20,691 from 26,210 applicants.

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.

Transferring to University of Arkansas

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

For Students Waitlisted to University of Arkansas

In 2022, University of Arkansas waitlisted 343 students and 197 accepted a place on the waitlist. Of those, 15 eventually were offered a spot.

What's Most Important for Getting Into University of Arkansas?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are they consider 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 on the admissions factors where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at University of Arkansas

Wondering what factors are considered by University of 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 Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Class Rank Considered
Application Essay Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Considered
First Generation Considered

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

University of Arkansas Application Requirements

To apply to University of Arkansas, all applicants must submit the following items. Check with University of 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
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 3.0
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into University of Arkansas?

Students admitted to University of Arkansas have an average unweighted GPA of 3.8. University of Arkansas considers weighted GPA scores from incomging students.

Out of all students that were admitted, 56.33% submitted a class rank. At University of Arkansas 24.99% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 53.54% were in the top 25% and 86.27% 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 29.02%
3.75 and 3.99 27.3%
3.50 and 3.74 21.17%
3.25 and 3.49 14.07%
3.00 and 3.24 6.3%
2.50 and 2.9 2.09%
2.00 and 2.49 0.04%

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 University of 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

University of 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 2022, 31% of University of Arkansas's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 75% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for University of Arkansas?

To be competitive with other University of Arkansas applicants, you should aim to score between 1040 and 1210 (or higher!) on the SAT. At University of Arkansas 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1210 and 25% of scored lower than 1040, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a University of Arkansas student is 1124.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of University of Arkansas students scored 610 or higher and 75% of students scored 520 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of University of Arkansas students scored 610 or higher, and 75% scored a 520 or higher.

To be most competitive at University of 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 University of 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 University of Arkansas students. Only one out of every four students scored below 21.

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.

Transfer students can enroll in University of Arkansas during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

University of Arkansas Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to University of Arkansas?

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

Does University of Arkansas accept transfer credits?

✅ University of Arkansas accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. University of Arkansas accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

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

✅ University of Arkansas accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to University of Arkansas?

❌ No, University of Arkansas is test optional, so you can decide whether or not to send your standardized test scores. If your scores are higher than the school's average, 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 University of Arkansas's acceptance rate?

✅ University of Arkansas has an acceptance rate of 79%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at University of Arkansas?

❌ University of Arkansas does not offer early decision.

What is the early action acceptance rate at University of Arkansas?

✅ The early action acceptance rate at University of Arkansas was 88% in 2021.

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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 79%. This means that the institution accepts 78 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 SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1040 - 1210


Math SAT Range

510 - 610


Reading SAT Range

520 - 610

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1210 and Above


1040 to 1210


1040 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Arkansas students is 1124. Applicants with SAT scores of 1210 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Arkansas, while applicants with SAT scores between 1040 to 1210 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1040 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 3.76. 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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