Resources › For Students and Parents University of Arkansas Admissions Statistics Learn About the U of A and the GPA and SAT / ACT Scores You'll Need Share Flipboard Email Print University of Arkansas Old Main at Night. Mike Norton / Flickr For Students and Parents College Admissions College Profiles College Admissions Process College Rankings Choosing A College Application Tips Essay Samples & Tips Testing Graphs College Financial Aid Extracurricular Activities Advanced Placement Homework Help Private School Test Prep College Life Graduate School Business School Law School Distance Learning View More by Allen Grove Dr. Allen Grove is an Alfred University English professor and a college admissions expert with 20 years of experience helping students transition to college. Updated January 26, 2019 The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, or U of A, is the flagship campus of Arkansas university system. The university has selective admissions with an acceptance rate of 66 percent. The university uses its own application available through the admissions website. Grades and SAT/ACT scores will be the most important part of your application. Why the University of Arkansas? Location: Fayetteville, ArkansasCampus Features: U of A's 10 colleges and schools occupy a 345-acre campus on the southwest side of the city. Parts of the historic campus date back to the 1870s, and 11 buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places.Student/Faculty Ratio: 18:1Athletics: The Arkansas Razorbacks compete in the NCAA Division I Southeastern Conference (SEC).Highlights: As a major research university, U of A offers 84 undergraduate majors and over 150 graduate degree and certificate programs. Senior Walk is unique among universities with its engravings of over 186,000 U of A graduates. U of A Admissions Statistics 2017-18 For the class entering the University of Arkansas in the 2017-18 academic year, the acceptance rate was 66 percent. Below are SAT scores and ACT scores organized by score percentile. SAT Score Percentiles Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile ERW 560 640 Math 550 640 ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing An average SAT score is a little over 500 for each section, so you can see that U of A students tend to be at least a little above average. ACT Score Percentiles Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile English 23 30 Math 22 28 Composite 23 29 The ACT is much more popular than the SAT among U of A applicants. If you compare ACT data for Arkansas colleges and universities, you'll see that only Hendrix College is more selective. University of Arkansas GPA, SAT Score, and ACT Score Graph University of Arkansas GPA, SAT score, and ACT score data for admission. Graph courtesy of Cappex The GPA, SAT score, and ACT score data in the graph was self-reported by applicants to the University of Arkansas. Grades are unweighted. You can see the real-time graph and calculate your own changes of getting into U of A with a free account at Cappex. Discussion of U of A's Admissions Standards Students hoping to become Arkansas Razorbacks will need grades and test scores that are average or above average. Roughly one in three applicants will not be admitted. In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. The majority of successful applicants had high school grades in the "A" or "B" range, ACT composite scores of 20 or higher, and combined SAT scores of 1000 or better (ERW+M). The higher those grades and test scores, the better your chances are of receiving an acceptance letter from Arkansas. You'll notice that nearly everyone who had an ACT composite score over 24 got in. However, there are a few red dots (rejected students) and yellow dots (waitlisted students) mixed in with the green and blue in the middle of the graph. Some students with grades and test scores that seemed to be on target for the University of Arkansas did not win admission. On the flip side, note that some students were accepted with test scores and grades a little bit below the norm. This is because the University of Arkansas' admissions process is not entirely numerical. Grades and test scores carry the most weight, but the University of Arkansas application also gives students a place to list extracurricular activities, and applicants can write up to 350 words to provide additional information they'd like to share with the admissions committee. The university will also be evaluating the rigor of your high school courses, not just your grade point average. AP, IB and Honors courses will impress far more than introductory and remedial classes. More University of Arkansas Information Along with an exciting Division I athletic program and a high level of research, the University of Arkansas represents a good value, especially for in-state applicants. When calculating costs, however, keep in mind that less than half of undergraduates graduate in four years. Enrollment (2017) Total Enrollment: 27,558 (23,044 undergraduates)Gender Breakdown: 47 percent male / 53 percent female89 percent full-time Costs (2017 - 18) Tuition and Fees: $9,062 (in-state); $24,308 (out-of-state)Books: $1,046Room and Board: $10,704Other Expenses: $4,104Total Cost: $24,916 (in-state); $40,162 (out-of-state) University of Arkansas Financial Aid (2016 - 17) Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 76 percentPercentage of New Students Receiving Types of AidGrants: 57 percentLoans: 43 percentAverage Amount of AidGrants: $6,629Loans: $7,654 Academic Programs Most Popular Majors: Accounting, Biology, Elementary Education, Finance, Journalism, Marketing, Nursing, Psychology, Trade and Industrial Teacher EducationWhat major is right for you? Sign up to take the free "My Careers and Majors Quiz" at Cappex. Graduation, Retention and Transfer Rates First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 82 percent4-Year Graduation Rate: 42 percent6-Year Graduation Rate: 62 percent Intercollegiate Athletic Programs Men's Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Tennis, Track & FieldWomen's Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Gymnastics, Soccer, Softball, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball If You Like the University of Arkansas, You May Also Like These Schools Applicants to the University of Arkansas are often interested in other large public universities in nearby states. Some popular options include the University of Oklahoma, University of Missouri, University of Texas at Austin, and University of Central Arkansas. Students who are considering liberal arts colleges often apply to Hendrix College, the most selective college in the state. Baylor University is also popular among applicants to the University of Arkansas. 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