Minimum Admission Requirements

To be admitted as a new freshman, all students must meet minimum admission requirements, including completion of a minimum of 16 high school academic units (year-long courses).

High School GPA and Test Scores

New freshman applicants should have a high school grade point average of 3.00 or higher on a 4.00 scale, and an ACT score of 20 or higher, or the SAT equivalent (see our Test Score Policy). All GPAs will be recalculated to a standard 4.00 scale. Exceptions may be made for applicants who have extenuating circumstances, special talents, or are interested in programs with availability and strong student support. Out-of-state applicants applying after the priority application deadline may be required to meet higher standards, depending on demand.

Applicants Without Qualifying ACT or SAT Scores

Due to COVID-19 test cancellations, many Fall 2021 prospective students may not have had the ability to take an ACT or SAT test during the spring and summer of 2020. However, we recognize that many students are eager to apply to the University of Arkansas and be considered for admission early. To accommodate these requests and continue to comply with the State of Arkansas' placement and reporting requirements, the University of Arkansas will implement "test optional" and "test flexible" alternatives for admission and placement purposes for Summer 2021 and Fall 2021.

Please note, regardless of admissions status, applicants must submit ACT or SAT test scores by February 1, 2021, to be considered for merit-based scholarships and fellowships and by August 15, 2021 to be considered for the New Arkansan Non-Resident Tuition Award. Admitted students must have ACT, SAT, or Next Generation Accuplacer scores on file by May 1, 2021, for placement and enrollment purposes during orientation.

Test Optional

Applicants with a 3.20 high school GPA or higher (on a standard 4.00 scale) will be reviewed for admission to the University without a qualifying test score, but must submit ACT, SAT, or Next Generation Accuplacer scores by May 1, 2021, for placement and enrollment purposes.

Test Flexible

Applicants with a 3.00 to 3.19 high school GPA (on a standard 4.00 scale) may elect to take the Next Generation Accuplacer Test (available online 2-3 times a week) in lieu of the ACT or SAT for admission and placement purposes. Applicants that score an average of 254 or higher on the Next Generation Accuplacer Test will be fully admitted to the University.

Applicants with a 2.75 to 2.99 high school GPA (on a standard 4.00 scale) are encouraged to apply for consideration and may elect to take the Next Generation Accuplacer Test (available online 2-3 times a week) in lieu of the ACT or SAT for admission and placement purposes. The Admissions Committee will conduct a holistic review of the applicant's file, including optional personal statement prompts on the application for admission.

Test Required

Applicants with a 2.74 or lower high school GPA (on a standard 4.00 scale) are encouraged to apply to be considered for the Transitions Academic Program and are required to submit an ACT or SAT test score for admission and placement purposes. The Admissions Committee will conduct a holistic review of the applicant's file, including optional personal statement prompts on the application for admission.

16 Core High School Academic Units

All new freshman applicants graduating from an Arkansas public school or Arkansas public charter school should be in the process of becoming a Smart Core Graduate as established by the Arkansas Department of Education. Freshman applicants who did not graduate from an Arkansas public school or Arkansas public charter school should complete (or be in the process of completing) a minimum of 16 high school academic units as follows:

4 units of English

  • English courses may include English Literature, Grammar, English Composition, Mythology, etc.
  • Courses not included: Drama, Journalism, Communications/Speech

4 units of Math

  • Algebra I
  • Geometry
  • Algebra II
  • A fourth unit which is a:
    • Math course that is determined to be beyond Algebra II or
    • a Computer Science course that is founded in the study and digital application of computational thinking, problem solving, data analysis, and algorithmic development, implementation, and evaluation.
  • Courses not included: Business Math, General Math, Algebraic Connections

3 units of Sciences with lab experience

  • 1 unit - Biology
  • 1 unit - chosen from Physical Science, Chemistry, and Physics
  • 1 unit - chosen from:
    • an additional Physical Science, Chemistry, or Physics or
    • a Computer Science course that is founded in the study and digital application of computational thinking, problem solving, data analysis, and algorithmic development, implementation, and evaluation.
  • Courses not included: Animal Science, Plant Science, or any Agricultural Science

3 units of Social Science

  • 1/2 unit - Civics or American Government
  • 1 unit - World History
  • 1 unit - U.S. History
  • 1/2 unit - Economics

Other Subjects

  • 1/2 unit of Oral Communication
  • 1/2 unit of Physical Education
  • 1/2 unit of Health and Safety
  • 1/2 unit of Fine Art

(Any core requirements not met before university enrollment must be satisfied by courses taken during freshman year. Comparable concurrent credit college courses may be substituted where applicable. )