Transfer Students

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Finishing your college journey is important. We understand that when your path towards graduation includes two or more colleges the journey can be complicated. The process of simply returning to college can be full of questions. To help you achieve your goals, you need a community of people dedicated to helping you achieve your goals. We encourage you to use the information we provide to make your journey as smooth as possible and know we are here to assist you in accomplishing your academic goals. In addition to reviewing this page, you can download our Transfer Guide (updated 10/13/17).

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. By applying early, students take advantage of scholarship, housing, and orientation privileges; however, regular fall applications will be accepted until August 1. The final deadline for spring semester applications is December 15.

Application Process

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Admission Requirements

Transfer Freshmen (fewer than 24 transferable college hours)

  • 2.0 cumulative college GPA
  • 3.0 high school GPA
  • Minimum score of 20 on ACT (or equivalent SAT score - see our 2016 SAT Redesign Policy

Students who do not meet these requirements may apply and be reviewed by the Admissions and Appellate Board.

New Transfer (24+ transferable college hours)

Applicants with a 2.0 cumulative GPA on all college coursework will be automatically admitted. Students who do not meet this requirement may apply and be reviewed by the Admissions and Appellate Board.

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 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.

Scholarship Opportunities

The University of Arkansas proudly offers transfer student scholarships each fall and spring semester to entering transfer students. Eligible students must have completed or be in the process of completing at least 24 or more transferable hours of college-level work from a regionally accredited institution of higher education other than the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. For more information, visit the Office of Academic Scholarships transfer page.

The New Arkansan Non-Resident Tuition Scholarship Award (NRTA) is a wonderful opportunity for students from the University of Arkansas' neighboring states, making tuition and fees even more affordable. The NRTA scholarship covers the majority of the difference between out-of-state and in-state tuition, and is automatically granted to eligible students. For more information on NRTA, visit

Contact Us

If you have questions about the transfer process, we are here to help. You can contact the Transfer Central team, Christopher Robinson and Olga Murcia, at or (479) 575-5346.