New Freshmen

The Office of Admissions team is here to help make the process of choosing and applying to the University of Arkansas as easy as possible. Email uofa@uark.edu or call 479-575-5346 if we can be of assistance.

When to Apply

Students interested in applying to the University of Arkansas for the fall semester are encouraged to apply through the early admission process before November 1. By applying early, students take advantage of priority scholarship, housing, and orientation options. However, regular fall applications will be accepted until August 1. Spring applications will be accepted until December 15. Be sure to check out our dates and deadlines page.

Application Process

Beginning with applications for Spring 2020 admission, the University of Arkansas has an updated application process. Please create a New Student Center account prior to beginning your application.

If you have already applied using the Common App, create a New Student Center account using the email address associated with your Common App application.

Setting up a New Student Center Account and Managing Your Application

When you are ready to apply to the University of Arkansas, your first step is to set up a New Student Center account. The New Student Center is a central location where you can get important news about your application, register for orientation, and view any missing requirements we might need to finish reviewing your application.

To set up your New Student Center account:

  1. Go to our Application Center.
  2. Select "Create an account" (under the "First-time users" heading).
  3. Enter the requested information. For the email address, be sure to use a personal email address that you will have access to at all times, even after graduation.
  4. Check the email account you entered for a message from the Office of Admissions with the subject line "University of Arkansas Online Registration," and follow the steps listed there. Take note of the PIN included in this message – it is your temporary password to activate your account. See a screenshot of a sample message.
  5. Follow the "Activate Account" link in this message to activate your account and establish a password.

Once you have established a New Student Center account, you are ready to complete an application for admission. Be sure to keep a close eye on your email and regularly log in to your New Student Center account to check for updates regarding your application.

Using your New Student Center, you can:

  • Check the status of your application
  • View updates about your admission decision
  • Register for New Student Orientation
  • Keep track of important next steps
  • Find links to University Housing and more.

If You Need Help:

If you have any trouble setting up your New Student Center Account, let us know. Email uofa@uark.edu or call 479-575-5346. We are happy to help!

Common Troubleshooting Tips

  1. If you don't receive an account set up email with the subject line "University of Arkansas Online Registration," be sure to check your spam folder. We also recommend adding uofa@uark.edu to your email contacts list to avoid important emails being delivered to the wrong folder.
    If the email isn't in your spam folder, navigate to admissions.uark.edu/status and use the "Forgot Password" feature to receive a new email.
  2. If you lose your PIN, navigate to navigate to admissions.uark.edu/status and use the "Forgot Password" feature to receive a new PIN.

Application Materials

  • Have your official high school transcripts, showing class rank, cumulative grade point average, and courses taken, sent to the Office of Admissions. Please note that student-submitted transcripts are not official. Make sure to review our Minimum Admission 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. If submitting SAT scores, see our 2016 SAT Redesign Policy.
  • You may use our online Application Checklist to make sure you are staying on track.

Admission Decisions

We admit students on a rolling basis throughout the year, beginning mid-September, for the next fall. Early on in the application process, we recommend that you consult with the department to which you are applying to check on any special application deadlines you must meet for that department. We recommend that you apply at least three weeks ahead of these deadlines to allow adequate time to receive an 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. 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 request to be reviewed for possible admission by the University of Arkansas’ Admissions and Appellate Board. You will receive notification informing you of this committee review, and there is no further action you will need to take to facilitate the process.