Welcome to the Pride!
The college exploration process is an exciting and important time for your family. The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith (UAFS) recognizes that parents and other family members play an important role in their students' college selection and their success throughout their college career. We are here to help you both through the college application process and to understand the many support services here to help them succeed. The most important role you can play in this process is listening to and supporting your student. Help him or her through the application process and in applying for financial aid including scholarships. At the same time, encourage him or her to remain focused on high school academics.
The UAFS Advantage
- Outstanding education with many future-focused majors
- One of the most affordable universities in the region
- Safe and beautiful campus
- Support services for your student -- Tutoring, Fitness Center, Counseling Center, Health Clinic, and more
- 87% of UAFS graduates are employed or attending graduate school within six months of graduation
As a parent, you know that education will be the most important asset for your student in the years ahead. Our degree programs – which include top-notch offerings in humanities and social sciences, languages and communication, business, education, engineering, health sciences, and the applied sciences – have been developed in partnership with industry and government leaders. This ensures that our graduates have the knowledge and skills they need to be successful today and to grow into the new opportunities of tomorrow.
Admissions Timeline and College Selection Tips
- Attend local college fairs to start gathering college information.
- Junior/senior year -- contact us for information, admissions timelines, and to schedule a campus visit. Attend financial aid workshops hosted by your high school and/or UAFS. Make sure to visit the campus. Be sure to schedule a campus visit for attend one of our on campus events like Den Day to get a college life experience.
- Keep a file for each college considered.
- Encourage your student to take the ACT and/or SAT early to apply for scholarships. Recommend testing summer prior to senior year and early in the fall of their senior year.
- Senior year -- Start applying for federal and state aid by submitting your FAFSA and your scholarship applications. Stay aware of deadlines such as the UAFS priority scholarship deadline of November 15th. Parents can help your student through this process by watching deadlines and providing required materials. Enjoy your child’s high school experience and help them prepare for the college experience.
- Complete an online Application for Admission.
- Provide proof of immunization against measles, mumps, and rubella. Immunity can be shown by providing proof of having received two doses of measles, two doses of mumps, and two doses of rubella vaccines.
- Provide official high school transcript of grades.
- Provide an official college transcript of any college level coursework you have taken while in high school (not including classes taking at UAFS).
- Provide official ACT or SAT scores.
- Once accepted, first-time entering students will register for their courses through the New Student Orientation Program. All first-time entering students are required to attend an NSO event.
General University Information
How large is UAFS?
Fall 2017 enrollment was more than 6,637 students. Our 123-acre campus houses 20 modern buildings and features the largest free-standing bell tower in the south central United States
Who will advise my student?
Each student is assigned a professional advisor, college advisor or faculty advisor depending on their major. We want students to have contact with their advisor to plan their career goals, long-term academic plan, to monitor their academic progress and assist with the registration process. It is vital that students contact and work with their advisors. Students need to know and follow their degree plans and understand the University policies and programs. Students can find more information on advising at:
If my student needs additional help in a class, are resources available?
There are a variety of services available to help students succeed in the classroom. The Gordon Kelley Academic Success Center (ASC), located in the Vines Building, provides a variety of free services including math labs, a writing center, group tutoring, and computer support programs for a wide range of courses. The ASC provides many academic support services from mini academic workshops such as note taking, time management, and study skills to individual and group tutoring to assist students with specific challenges of the course content and the student's overall college experience.
Do I have to pay all my student's tuition and fees at registration?
Payment is due by 5:00pm on the published payment deadline date, which can be found on the cashier's page. Payments may be made by debit card, credit card or personal check. For a nominal fee, students have the option of setting-up a payment plan during the fall and spring semester. Payment plans are not available in summer.
Tuition and Fees
Payment is due before classes begin. See the Registration Calendar for payment deadlines. Payments may be made by debit card, credit card or personal check. For a nominal fee, students have the option of setting-up an installment plan during the fall and spring semesters. Installment plans are not available in summer. For an estimated cost of attendance visit www.uafs.edu/about/tuition.
What is an Academic Early Alert?
We want your student to be successful in their courses so we have implemented an Academic Early Alert Program! Faculty can initiate an academic early alert if a student is having academic problems in the course such as missing classes, poor test scores, needing additional academic support such as note taking, etc. Students will receive an academic alert providing feedback on their progress and will be encouraged to see their faculty or advisor for additional help.
Do you provide job placement services?
Yes. The Career Services Center provides UAFS students and graduates with a full range of career services. The professional staff will advise students on a variety of areas such as coordinating internships, full-time and part-time employment, and providing job search assistance with resumes and interviewing workshops.
My student has special needs. Who can we contact about this?
UAFS makes every effort to offer equal educational opportunities for all students. To ensure a total university experience for students with disabilities, we seek to provide reasonable accommodations and services for students who have a physical, emotional, or learning disabilities. The underlying philosophy of the program is to provide support, where possible, that will maximize each student’s opportunities for the academic success.
Students who have questions or may qualify for assistance under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), can visit their webpage at academics.uafs.edu/academic-success/ada-services.
Do you offer online classes?
UAFS is one of Arkansas' largest providers of real-time, Web-based courses. We offer a variety of alternative delivery methods to meet the growing needs of our diverse student population, including, Internet, evening and weekend courses, and distance education options. Many of our general education classes are offered via the Internet. Please note, however, that alternate delivery classes are often the first to fill, so students should register as early as possible!
Are there graduate assistants in the classroom?
No. All of our classes are taught by professional faculty. Our professors maintain scheduled office hours so that they can assist students outside the classroom. And since we’re a learning-centered rather than research-driven institution, the number one priority of faculty is to ensure that UAFS students receive a quality education.
Is there housing available?
Yes. The Office of Housing and Residential Life is committed to creating a residential community that supports a vibrant learning experience at UAFS. The University currently offers the following on-campus housing options:
Lion’s Den Residence Hall--The Lion’s Den is home to primarily first-year students. The residence hall is a sustainable design and features Living and Learning Communities focused on sustainability and civic engagement. Residents enjoy a variety of suite-style room options including one, two, and three-bed room floor plans with four to five people in each spacious suite. Amenities consist of fully furnished rooms,”loftable” extra-long twin beds, community lounges, safety and security features, and residential programming. The on-site dining facility accommodates students with flexible meal plans in a setting that is both convenient and comfortable. The dining hall is a buffet style facility with several healthy options.
Sebastian Commons Apartments--Sebastian Commons offers a unique student housing experience for upper classmen who wish to reside on-campus. It is an exclusive apartment community for UAFS students, with one, two and four bedroom floor plans. Amenities include all basic utilities being paid, full kitchen, individual rooms, queen sized beds, gated parking, a sand volleyball court and basketball courts on-site. All rooms are equipped with extended basic cable as well as internet service.
Laundry facilities are located on-site in both Sebastian Commons and the Lion’s Den. For information on either facility contact the Housing Office at 479-788-7340.
Is the campus safe?
Officers of the University Police Department patrol campus buildings and parking lots 24 hours a day, including weekends and holidays. The department also provides, by request, a security escort for students who are walking alone on campus at night or a jumpstart should students need assistance with their vehicle. Both services are available free of charge.
What events or activities are available for my student on campus?
Whether students choose to take in a Broadway show, watch a battle between two nationally-ranked athletic teams, or just relax with friends at a movie, campus life at UAFS offers something for everyone. Our athletics program, features men's baseball, women's volleyball, and men's and women's basketball, cross country, tennis, and golf. UAFS has more than 100 student organizations including an active Campus Activities Board and Student Senate. Our students perform throughout the semester in the jazz band, concert chorale, vocal jazz, symphonic band, and drama productions.