University of Arkansas - Fort Smith appears in these rankings:

The 100 Most Affordable Small Colleges in America

15 Best Value Colleges and Universities in Arkansas

The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith began as a junior college in 1928 to serve the higher educational needs of its community. Over the next seven decades, the college bloomed into a comprehensive four-year academic institution that finally merged with the University of Arkansas System in 2002. Today, the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith is the fifth largest university of the 11 state campuses in the UA System. UAFS offers more than 50 fields of study leading to associate, bachelor's or master's degrees. Affordable, accessible programs use interdisciplinary teaching methods and experiential learning opportunities to develop broad knowledge about chosen majors and in-depth understanding through degree concentrations. Students can also take advantage of exciting study-abroad programs that give them a global viewpoint about their profession. UAFS earns recognition for its baccalaureate business programs when comparing placement scores for its seniors on the Educational Testing System's major field exam to results from more than 80,000 graduating business students worldwide. The university also garners praise as a top school for military personnel and veterans from the 2015 Military Advanced Education Guide to Colleges and Universities.

University of Arkansas - Fort Smith: Accreditation Details

UAFS holds regional accreditation to award associate and bachelor's degrees by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and is in the process of seeking additional accreditation to confer graduate degrees. Individual program accreditation is awarded by organizations like the

-Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering,
-American Bar Association,
-Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business,
-Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing,
-American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation,
-Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs,
-National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education,
-National Association for the Education of Young Children ,
-Association for Middle Level Education,
-Council for Exceptional Children,
-and various accreditation councils for secondary high school subject areas.

University of Arkansas - Fort Smith: Application Requirements

Degree-seeking students are responsible for supplying the following information:

  • First-time College Entrants
    -official high school transcripts, GED, or home-schooled equivalency scores
    -transcripts of concurrent enrollment courses taken at institutions other than UAFS
    -verified SAT, ACT or Compass scores
  • Transfer Students
    -official transcripts of completed college-level credits from accredited institutions with a minimum 2.0 GPA
    -Reading, English and math proficiency documented through college-level coursework or standardized test scores
  • Graduate Candidates
    -possession of an earned bachelor's degree in required field of study with a minimum 3.0 GPA from an accredited institution
    -500 word statement outlining degree goals, relevant work experiences and future career objectives
    -verified GRE or GMAT scores
  • International Students
    -certified transcripts from accredited institutions of study
    -proof of financial resources
    -proof of English proficiency via TOEFL, IELTS, SAT or ACT assessments
    -photocopy of visa and passport

University of Arkansas - Fort Smith: Tuition and Financial Aid

Rates differ by residency and degree status. Undergraduates from Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Missouri and Oklahoma pay $150 per credit. Other domestic undergrads and international students pay $410 and $425 per credit respectively. Future graduate degree assessments are slated to run $350 per credit for in-state and border state candidates and $550 per credit for domestic and international entrants. Additional fees vary by program or enrollment status and cover potential costs of registration, health services, access to university programs, technology, library, facilities overhead, labs or program materials. Financial aid opportunities such as the following help offset educational costs:

-Federal Student Aid, called FAFSA
-Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
-Federal Pell Grants
-Federal PLUS Parent and Graduate Loans
-Federal Stafford or Perkins Loans
-Federal Work Study Program
-UAFS Work Study Program
-Military Tuition Assistance (active duty personnel)
-Veterans Affairs Benefits Program
-Arkansas Air and Army National Guard Program
-State Scholarships (check with state of residency)
-Arkansas Higher Education Opportunity Grant (GO Grant)
-Arkansas Workforce Improvement Grant
-UAFS Excellence in Education Scholarship Program open to all students in degree programs

Popular and Innovative Programs at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith

UAFS makes it easy to achieve higher education goals in a variety of 21st-century careers. While undergraduate degrees require some on-campus participation, many studies can be undertaken through a choice of traditional, hybrid or distance-learning formats. Academic programs prepare graduates with career competencies through relevant instruction, technical education and the development of life-long independent learning skills. Based on enrollment statistics and student feedback, these two undergraduate programs are popular degree choices:

  • Bachelor of Business Administration - This versatile degree can be earned in Accounting, Business Administration, Finance, Marketing or International Business. Each option encompasses 120 credits from general education classes, fundamental business courses, and studies in the major. Degree outcomes include gaining competitive employment across industry platforms at home or abroad, laying foundations for professional certifications, or pursuing further graduate studies. Core studies investigate economics, accounting, marketing, supply chain management, organizational behavior, human resources, business ethics, banking and business law.
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing - The BSN degree can be taken as a four-year program for first-time nursing candidates or as a two-year RN-to-BSN completer program for registered nurses holding associate's degrees. The 120-credit curriculum focuses on studies in biological sciences, chemistry, pharmacology, pathophysiology, health assessments, evidence-based healthcare practices, nursing leadership, health sciences research, and trending issues in the profession. Content prepares non-RN graduates to sit for the Registered Nursing exam.

Interestingly, foundations of these two successful programs can be seen in the university's first-ever graduate offering, the Master of Science in Healthcare Administration. As of August 2015, candidates can apply for this 33-credit online degree that addresses the medical industry's need for knowledgeable, skilled leaders to manage healthcare programs across a variety of occupational settings. Coursework explores

-healthcare systems,
-policy and governance,
-human behavior in organizations,
-confidentiality, healthcare law and ethics,
-physical and human resources,
-finance and budgeting methods,
-information systems,
-managed care and reimbursement systems,
-quality of healthcare services,
-and administrative healthcare responsibilities.

USFS anticipates accreditation approval for this program by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education. This master's also continues the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith legacy to address community needs through innovative programs that benefit motivated learners while meeting trending workplace demands.