University of Arkansas-Fort Smith

Fort Smith, AR 72913
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University of Arkansas-Fort Smith is one of the 11 public 4-year colleges in Arkansas. Its campus is medium in size and located in Fort Smith. The institution offers both undergrad and graduate degree programs.

Every year 30% of students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their respective studies.

UA Fort Smith's in-state tuition for 2017-2018 academic year was $3,991, and fees were $1,586. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $11,064 and $1,586 respectively.


Campus LocaleSmall City
Campus SizeMedium
Student to Faculty Ratio18:1
Is Admission OpenYes
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate67%

Nursing Programs Offered

The University of Arkansas (Forth Smith) LPN program is approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing. The program is a twelve month full time program which measures student achievement on the basis of predetermined minimum levels of achievement against a competency based criterion referenced system. The program will supplement classroom instruction with clinical experience.

Admissions Requirements:

  1. Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  2. ACT or COMPASS (taken within the last four years)
  3. Have a minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA for all college course work
  4. NLN PAX-PN score: 105
  5. Clean state and federal criminal background check. People convicted of crime will need to obtain permission from the Arkansas State of Board of Nursing before sitting for the licensure exam.

Students will be selected on the basis of quality points earned for courses on LPN degree plan and score earned on the NLN PAX-PN.

The application deadline for enrollment into the program in the fall semester is the 1st of June.

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Associate's degree 0 0
Bachelor's degree 16 57
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years 0 3
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 93.3%
  • NCLEX-PN: 94.2%

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Institutional Accreditations
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
01/01/1973 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
12/01/1971 - 05/10/2014
Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
10/01/2004 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
09/22/2016 - Current



Acceptance Rate
The college has an open admission policy. However each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).

Application fee
Undergrads $25
Graduates $100

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$166/credit
In State Students$166/credit
Out of State Students$497/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$383/credit
In State Students$383/credit
Out of State Students$633/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $7,470 $7,470 $22,365
ADN 70 $11,620 $11,620 $34,790
BSN 125 $20,750 $20,750 $62,125
FNP 50 $19,150 $19,150 $31,650
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 94% of University of Arkansas-Fort Smith's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 56% $4,502
Other Federal Grant 6% $606
State Grant & Scholarships 63% $1,201
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 47% $3,825
Federal Student Loans 40% $4,599
Private Loans 2% $7,438


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$8,842
$30,001 to $48,000$9,654
$48,001 to $75,000$11,499
$75,001 to $110,000$13,640
Over $110,000$13,467

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Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Two or more races
Black/African American
Non-resident alien
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
Race/ethnicity unknown

Relevant scholarships

Arkansas Nurses Foundation Research Grant

Arkansas Nurses Foundation provides research grant for nurses who hold an Arkansas Nursing license and graduated from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited program. 

Ginny Blankenship Nursing Scholarship

Applicant must be a non-traditional nursing student attending East Arkansas Community College.

Peggy Pickens Nursing Scholarship

Applicant must be enrolled in the University of Arkansas at Monticello School of Nursing.

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Arkansas state board of nursing.

University of Arkansas-Fort Smith
5210 Grand Ave
Fort Smith, AR 72913

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