Connecting Adult Students with Careers


Why Adult Students Choose UAFS

  • In-demand degree and certificate programs that serve non-traditional students and workforce needs
  • Flexible learning options including online and evening classes
  • Low student-to-professor ratio for personal attention inside and outside of the classroom
  • Real-world learning opportunities, including internships, cooperative education, clinical work, and other career-based partnership and engagement*
  • One of the most affordable educations in the region
  • High passing rates on professional exams
  • Many programs of study that lead to 100 percent placement of graduates within six months of graduation

*Employers that partner with UAFS to provide internships and career-based education include ArcBest Corp., ArcBest Technologies, Baldor Electric Co., Beall Barclay & Co., First National Bank, Fort Smith Public Schools, Mercy, U.S. Marshals Service, and many more.


Online and On-Campus Offerings

  • Associate of Arts (100 percent online)
  • General Education courses (online and evening classes)
  • Bachelor of Science in Animation Technology: Builds on an associate degree (75 percent online and 25 percent distance learning and classroom)
  • Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership: Builds on an associate degree in any discipline (online, day and evening courses)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science: Builds on courses taken while earning an Associate of Applied Science (online classes and distance learning)
  • RN to BSN: For current registered nurses residing in Arkansas or a bordering state (100 percent online)
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice: Also builds on an associate degree (100 percent online)

All Academic Programs



  • Associate of Arts
  • Associate of Applied Science
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Applied Science
  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of General Studies
  • Bachelor of Music Education
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science with Teacher Licensure

Technical Certificates

  • Automotive Technology
  • Coaching Endorsement
  • Computer Graphic Technology
  • Computer Maintenance
  • Diesel Technology
  • Industrial Electronics/Electrical Maintenance
  • Office Assistant
  • Practical Nurse
  • Welding
  • Workforce Leadership

Certificate of Proficiency Programs

  • ARC Welding
  • Automotive Drivability Specialist
  • Automotive Drivetrain Specialist
  • Automotive Undercar Specialist
  • Community Leadership
  • Computer Graphic Technology
  • Computer Service Technician
  • Algebra Endorsement, Grade 8
  • MIG Welding
  • Office Assistant
  • Professional Sales
  • Robotics
  • Teaching English as a Second Language
  • TIG Welding
  • Welding Layout and Fabrication
  • Workforce Leadership

For a listing of all academic majors and minors, visit the Degree Programs page.


Scholarships and Financial Aid

UAFS offers several scholarships to help students conquer the cost of a college education, including the Non-Traditional Student Achievement Scholarship and the Transfer Student Achievement Scholarships.These scholarships do not require a separate application, so it is important that you apply for admission early to UAFS for priority consideration.

For more information about financial aid and scholarships, visit our Financial Aid page.


Get started today!

The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will help you take that next big step in your life. Get started on your UAFS education today, or finish what you started.

For assistance or information, contact:

Office of Admissions
888-512-5466 (toll-free)

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