New freshmen

We know the significance of your college experience is not what it means to other people, but, instead, what it means to you. National recognition won't help you write your first research paper or recommend which classes to take or encourage your involvement on campus. For that, you need a community of people dedicated to helping you reach your goals. You'll find it at the University of Arkansas: One-on-one relationships and once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

When to Apply

Students interested in applying to the University of Arkansas for the fall semester are urged to apply through the early admission process before November 1. By applying early, students take advantage of scholarship, housing, and orientation privileges; however, regular fall applications will be accepted until August 1. Be sure to check out our dates and deadlines page.

Application Process

  • Complete and submit the online application for admission.
  • Have your official high school transcripts showing class rank, cumulative grade point average, and courses taken sent to the Office of Admissions. Make sure to review our High School Requirements.
  • Have your ACT and/or SAT test scores sent to the University of Arkansas (ACT-0144 and SAT-6866) or mailed to the Office of Admissions.
  • You may use our online Application Checklist to make sure you are staying on track.

Automatic Admission Requirements

  • High School GPA of 3.00 or higher (on a 4.00 scale)
  • Completion of 16 core academic units
    • English - 4 units
    • Mathematics - 4 units
    • Social Studies - 3 units
    • Natural Sciences - 3 units
    • Electives - 2 units
  • ACT score - 20 or higher or SAT score (CR+M) - 930 or higher

Admission Decisions

We admit students on a rolling basis throughout the year beginning September 1 for the next fall. Early on in the application process, we recommend that you check with the department to which you are applying to check on any special application deadlines you must meet. We recommend that you apply at least three weeks ahead of these deadlines to ensure we receive your documents so that we may evaluate your file and post your admissions decision.

Please note that our estimated application processing time changes depending upon what time of year it is and how many applications we are currently receiving in the office. You will receive an email from us in the days following your application submission that will give you an estimate of your application processing time. All application processing times are based on when your file is complete (application, fee, and all transcripts and test scores).

Students who do not meet our regular admissions requirements are encouraged to apply and will be reviewed for possible admission by the University of Arkansas’ Admissions and Appellate Board. You will receive mailed notification informing you of this committee review, and there is no further action you will need to take to facilitate the process.

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