University of Arkansas at Fort Smith: Narrative Description

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PO Box 3649
Fort Smith, AR 72913-3649
Tel: (479)788-7000; 888-512-5466
Admissions: (479)788-7405
Fax: (479)788-7003
E-mail: [email protected]
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State and locally supported, 4-year, coed. Part of University of Arkansas System. Awards associate and bachelor's degrees. Founded 1928. Setting: 120-acre suburban campus. Endowment: $31.8 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $2960 per student. Total enrollment: 6,623. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 21:1. 2,447 applied, 100% were admitted. 8% from top 10% of their high school class, 31% from top quarter, 59% from top half. Full-time: 3,782 students, 63% women, 37% men. Part-time: 2,841 students, 57% women, 43% men. Students come from 30 states and territories, 10 other countries, 13% from out-of-state, 4% Native American, 3% Hispanic, 4% black, 4% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.2% international, 38% 25 or older, 5% transferred in. Retention: 58% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: education; engineering/engineering technologies; business/marketing; liberal arts/general studies. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study. ROTC: Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission except for health-related programs. Options: electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript. Recommended: ACT. Placement: ACT, ACT ASSET, ACT COMPASS recommended; ACT, ACT ASSET, ACT COMPASS required for some. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. Area resident tuition: $1740 full-time, $58 per credit hour part-time. State resident tuition: $1890 full-time, $63 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $6840 full-time, $228 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $540 full-time, $17 per credit hour part-time, $15 per term part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course level. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course level.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Choral group. Social organizations: 43 open to all. Most popular organizations: Student Activities Council, Phi Beta Lambda, Alpha Lambda Delta, College Republicans, Baptist Collegiate Ministry. Major annual events: Back to School Bash, Season of Entertainment, Student/Staff Picnic. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. College housing not available. Boreham Library with 82,000 books, 82,596 microform titles, 527 serials, 3,037 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.2 million. 866 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.