University of Arkansas: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

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The University of Arkansas is a public research university with an acceptance rate of 77%. Located in Fayetteville, Arkansas, University of Arkansas is the flagship campus of Arkansas state university system.

Considering applying to University of Arkansas? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Why the University of Arkansas?

  • Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • Campus 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: 19:1
  • Athletics: The Arkansas Razorbacks compete in the NCAA Division I Southeastern Conference (SEC).
  • Highlights: As a major research university, U of A offers 78 undergraduate majors and over 150 graduate degree and certificate programs. Senior Walk is unique among universities with its engravings of over 170,000 U of A graduates.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, University of Arkansas had an acceptance rate of 77%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 77 students were admitted, making U of A's admissions process somewhat competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 18,732
Percent Admitted 77%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 35%

SAT Scores and Requirements

University of Arkansas requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 26% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 560 650
Math 540 640
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of University of Arkansas' admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to University of Arkansas scored between 560 and 650, while 25% scored below 560 and 25% scored above 650. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 540 and 640, while 25% scored below 540 and 25% scored above 640. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1290 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at University of Arkansas.

Requirements

University of Arkansas does not require the SAT writing section or SAT Subject tests. Note that U of A participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates.

ACT Scores and Requirements

University of Arkansas requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 90% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 23 31
Math 22 28
Composite 23 29

This admissions data tells us that most of University of Arkansas' admitted students fall within the top 31% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to U of A received a composite ACT score between 23 and 29, while 25% scored above 29 and 25% scored below 23.

Requirements

University of Arkansas does not require the ACT writing section. Unlike many universities, Arkansas superscores ACT results; your highest subscores from multiple ACT sittings will be considered.

GPA

In 2018, the average high school GPA of University of Arkansas' incoming freshmen class was 3.72. This data suggests that most successful applicants to University of Arkansas have primarily A grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

University of Arkansas Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
University of Arkansas Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.  Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to University of Arkansas. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

The University of Arkansas, which accepts over three-quarters of applicants, has a somewhat selective admissions process. Strong grades in challenging classes and solid SAT/ACT scores will be the most important part of your application. Successful applicants typically have an average GPA of 3.0 and above, an ACT composite score of 20 or higher, or an SAT composite score of at least 1030. Depending on demand, out-of-state applicants may have to meet higher admission standards. Students who do not meet the admission standards may request to have their applications reviewed by the University of Arkansas’ Admissions and Appellate Board.

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 from University of Arkansas.

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