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General Admissions

Entrance Requirements and Recommendations


ADMISSION of entering Freshmen, ACADEMIC YEAR 2016-2017

Applications are reviewed on an individual basis with consideration given to the applicant’s overall grade-point average (GPA) and standardized test scores. New freshmen and those transfer students with fewer than 24 transferable credit hours should have completed or be in the process of completing the following college preparatory curriculum in high school:

16 Units Total
• English 4 units
• Mathematics 4 units (Units must be equivalent to or higher level than Algebra I)
• Social Studies 3 units
• Natural Sciences 3 units
o 1 unit general sciences " 2 units lab sciences (Choose two courses from biology, chemistry, and physics laboratory. Two years of principles of technology will meet one unit of natural sciences [physics]. Two years of applied biology/chemistry will meet one unit of natural sciences [biology].)
• Electives 2 units (To be chosen from English, foreign languages, oral communication, mathematics, computer science, natural sciences, and social studies)

Arkansas residents who have taken these course requirements and who have an overall high school GPA of 3.00 or better and an ACT score of 20 or an equivalent 930 SAT (Pre-March 2016) combined critical reading and math score or an equivalent 1020 Redesigned SAT score or better meet the minimum admission requirements. Out of state applicants must meet minimum admission requirements and may be required to meet higher standards, depending on demand. Students not meeting minimum admission requirements are still encouraged to apply and will be reviewed for possible admission by the Admissions and Appellate Board.

Superior high school students who have completed a rigorous college preparatory curriculum may seek admission to the freshman class at the end of their junior year of high school. Applicants for accelerated admission must complete certain required subjects during three years of high school study, submit letters of recommendation, and submit an ACT or SAT score equivalent to at least the 90th percentile of the university’s previous entering class. Additional information and application materials may be obtained at the Office of Admissions, by calling 1-800-377-8632, or visiting

Transfer Admission Requirements

Applicants who have attended other colleges or universities after high school graduation are considered transfer students. Applicants must submit official transcripts of all previous college courses attempted, whether or not credit was earned and regardless of whether the applicant wishes to transfer any credit to the University of Arkansas. Transcripts from each institution attended should be sent directly to the Office of the Registrar. All transfer students must meet the following requirements:

1. Have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00 on all course work attempted;
2. Be eligible to return to the last institution attended. Grade-point average is calculated on all coursework attempted.

Students who have completed fewer than 24 transferable semester hours must, in addition to the above requirements, meet all requirements for freshman admission (see Admission of Entering Freshmen). Test scores and transcripts are also evaluated to determine whether State of Arkansas requirements for developmental course placement have been met. (See Registration.) For policies regarding transfer of credit from other institutions, see Academic Regulations.


All international students must present officially certified academic credentials, evidence of adequate financial support, and, for non-native English speakers only, a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper based), 79 (Internet based), or a minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS, taken within the preceding two years. Students who have completed grades 10-12 at a U.S. accredited high school and have a satisfactory ACT English subscore may request a review for waiver of this requirement. Students transferring from an accredited U.S. institution (or institution in a county where English is the native language) with at least 24 transferable credit hours and completion of English Composition I and II with a grade of “C” or above will not be required to submit the TOEFL or IELTS for admission consideration.

Applicants who meet the academic and financial requirements but who do not meet the English proficiency requirement of the University of Arkansas will be offered conditional admission to attend an intensive English program through the Spring International Language Center. Students will be eligible to enroll in University of Arkansas academic courses upon successful completion of the highest level of the intensive English program with a 3.00 grade average and recommendation of the director of Spring International.
An entering freshman who has completed secondary school at either U.S. or foreign institutions must have a) the equivalent of a final cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (or its equivalent) and b) competency equivalent to that developed by taking four years of English and three years each of mathematics, natural sciences, and social studies, and an additional three units of electives chosen from English, speech, foreign languages, mathematics, natural sciences, or social studies in U.S. high schools.
A student transferring with fewer than 24 semester hours of post-secondary coursework at either U.S. or foreign institutions must a) have a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.50 (or its equivalent) on all post-secondary coursework attempted, and b) meet the requirements specified for entering freshmen. A student transferring from either a U.S. or foreign post-secondary institution with at least 24 semester hours must have the equivalent of a cumulative GPA of at least 2.50 on all post-secondary course work attempted.
A non-refundable application fee of $50 is required for all international applicants. All applications and supporting documents must be submitted by May 31 for the fall semester; October 31 for the spring semester; and March 1 for the summer sessions.
Any international student returning to the university after an absence of a full semester (fall or spring) or more must submit an application for admission. For these students, the application deadlines are August 15 for the fall term and January 1 for the spring term. It should be noted that a student previously enrolled at the University of Arkansas who takes a full term of courses elsewhere and then seeks readmission to the university returns as a transfer student and must meet university admission requirements for international transfer students, submit a photocopy of the I-20 issued by the transferring institution, and submit a new financial statement. An application fee is not required for returning students.
For specific admission requirements and application materials pertaining to students on F-1, J-1, or any non-immigrant visas, applicants should write directly to the International Admission Office, 340 N. Campus Drive, 213 Gearhart Hall, 1 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701, or call 1-479-575-6246 or e-mail

Please see the section Placement and Proficiency Tests for university policy regarding English language use by non-native speakers.


Applications for admission to the University of Arkansas Graduate School and an official copy of transcripts of the applicant’s academic record at each college and university attended since high school graduation, and official test score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or other national standard test, must be submitted to the graduate school admissions office and approved in advance of registration. The transcripts will become a part of the student’s permanent file at the University. Applications may be obtained by writing to the Graduate and International Admissions Office, 213 Gearhart Hall, 1 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701; by calling 479-575-6246; by e-mailing; or by applying at

Additional information and procedures for making application to the Graduate School are included in the Graduate School Catalog.
To be admitted to graduate standing, a student must have 1) earned a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or from an institution with substantially equivalent requirements for a baccalaureate degree and must have a GPA of 3.0 or better on the last 60.0 credit hours of attempted coursework prior to receiving the baccalaureate degree and 2) present satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or other national standard test.
Admission to graduate standing does not admit a student to a specific program of study leading to a graduate degree. Therefore, in addition to satisfying the general requirements of the Graduate School, the applicant must also comply with the specific requirements and have the approval of the department in which graduate study is desired.
For more details, go to the Graduate School Catalog.


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