University of Arkansas Admissions Statistics

Learn About the U of A and the GPA and SAT / ACT Scores You'll Need

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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, 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: 18:1
  • Athletics: 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
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 female
  • 89 percent full-time

Costs (2017 - 18)

  • Tuition and Fees: $9,062 (in-state); $24,308 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,046
  • Room and Board: $10,704
  • Other Expenses: $4,104
  • Total Cost: $24,916 (in-state); $40,162 (out-of-state)

University of Arkansas Financial Aid (2016 - 17)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 76 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 57 percent
    • Loans: 43 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $6,629
    • Loans: $7,654

Academic Programs

Graduation, Retention and Transfer Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 82 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 42 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 62 percent

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Tennis, Track & Field
  • Women'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. These private institutions have a much higher price tag than U of A, but those differences are often negated for students who qualify for financial aid.

Data Source: Graph courtesy of Cappex; all other data from the National Center for Education Statistics