University Of Arkansas Fort Smith

University Of Arkansas Fort Smith

The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith was founded in 1928 as the Fort Smith Junior College. It was named the Westark Junior College in 1966 and Westark Community College in 1972. The name was changed to Westark College in February 1998, and it gained a university status on January 1, 2002. Presently, it is the sixth largest university in Arkansas. The main campus of the university covers more than 125 acres. It is organized into the following colleges:

  • College of Applied Science and Technology
  • College of Business
  • College of Education
  • College of Health Sciences
  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • College of Languages and Communication
  • College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

UA Fort Smith competes in the National Junior College Athletic Association. Its sports teams are known as the Lions and sponsors women's teams in basketball, tennis, golf and volleyball and men's teams in baseball, basketball, tennis and golf.

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University of Arkansas-Fort Smith
5210 Grand Ave
Fort Smith , AR 72913-3649
General Phone: (479) 788-7000

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UA Fort Smith Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts197Spanish language, English, technical and business writing, liberal arts and sciences, general studies, interdisciplinary studies, history
Business and Management147business management, accounting, marketing
Production Trades117welding
Nursing and Emergency Medicine108registered nursing, licensed practical nurse
Education and Teaching104middle school teaching, early childhood education, English teaching, math teaching, music teaching, biology teaching, chemistry teaching, history teaching
Mechanics and Repair71electrical installation and repair, computer repair, industrial electronics tech, industrial mechanics, automobile mechanics
Engineering Technician65CAD and design
Medical Support and Technology51dental hygienist, surgical tech, radiographer
Therapy and Counseling41psychology
Office and Administration31data entry, executive secretary
Computer Science and Engineering27computer and info science, computer applications programming
Design23graphic design
Science18biology, chemistry
Law8legal assistant
Security and Law Enforcement3criminal justice and administration

Number of programs and degrees for UA Fort Smith in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Associate's degree31014
Bachelor's degree40325
Award of less than 1 academic year2258
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years7610

UA Fort Smith Student Body

In 2007-2008, UA Fort Smith had a total enrollment of 6,611 students (5,264 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 44%
Women 56%
Full-Time 93%
Part-Time 7%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 82%
Black 5%
Hispanic 4%
Asian 5%
American Indian 4%
(Foreign Students) 0%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 12%
18-19 25%
20-21 16%
22-24 14%
25-29 12%
30-34 8%
35-39 5%
40-49 6%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)1%

UA Fort Smith Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 68 %
Part-Time 41 %

UA Fort Smith Room and Board (2007)

UA Fort Smith offers campus housing for 481 of its 5,264 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Fort Smith, Arkansas for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Arkansas Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 10 meals per week.

UA Fort Smith Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
ACT Verbal1925
ACT Math1824
ACT Composite1924

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT81%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

UA Fort Smith Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 4,410
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 9,600
Room and board $ 6,570
Room charge $ 4,672
Board (meal plan) charge $ 1,670
Books and supplies $ 950
Other expenses $ 2,665

Financial Aid:
UA Fort Smith participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 111000)

UA Fort Smith Faculty

UA Fort Smith has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year1*1*
Associate professorcalendar year0*1*
Assistant professorcalendar year4$68,8312*
Instructorcalendar year3$63,03210$58,241
No academic rankcalendar year2*0*
All faculty totalcalendar year10$67,10814$68,940

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year5$72,5292*
Associate professoracademic year20$71,86116$62,656
Assistant professoracademic year55$56,13739$52,923
Instructoracademic year20$42,90525$48,416
Lectureracademic year1*1*
No academic rankacademic year3$41,0896$39,767
All faculty totalacademic year104$56,76389$52,961

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

UA Fort Smith Athletics

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports101222

UA Fort Smith Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Programming, Specific Applications
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Graphic Design

Education And Teaching
Biology Teacher Education
Chemistry Teacher Education
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
History Teacher Education
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education

Engineering Technician
CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician

Legal Assistant/Paralegal

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
General Studies
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Spanish Language and Literature
Technical and Business Writing

Mathematics, General

Mechanics And Repair
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician
Computer Installation and Repair Technology/Technician
Electrical/Electronics Equipment Installation and Repair, General
Industrial Electronics Technology/Technician
Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology

Medical Support And Technology
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer
Surgical Technology/Technologist

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Office And Administration
Data Entry/Microcomputer Applications, General
Executive Assistant/Executive Secretary

Production Trades
Welding Technology/Welder

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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What Sets UA Fort Smith Apart:

Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
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Top 9%UA Fort Smith Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
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Top 12%UA Fort Smith Number of students
% students 40 years or older
(for colleges of its size and type)
Top 14%UA Fort Smith % students 40 years or older
% of freshmen enrolled part-time
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Top 16%UA Fort Smith % of freshmen enrolled part-time
Number of degree programs
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Top 16%UA Fort Smith Number of degree programs
% of accepted students who choose to enroll
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Top 17%UA Fort Smith % of accepted students who choose to enroll
% of degrees in liberal arts
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Top 18%UA Fort Smith % of degrees in liberal arts

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