The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith offers a dynamic learning environment for nearly 7,000 students each semester. Small class sizes and applied learning opportunities support the student-centered education that has defined UAFS since its founding in 1928, propelled by an $80 million endowment.
UAFS offers 60 bachelor’s and associate degrees, 35 certificates, and a master’s program with state-of-the-art campus facilities utilized by every program to ensure the most up-to-date, hands-on training.
Students can also participate in more than 100 student organizations, such as Greek life, intramural sports, academic societies, and cultural groups. For students who want to live in the thick of campus life, UAFS offers a residence hall with a full-service dining hall and an apartment complex for upper-level students. The Lions and Lady Lions compete in NCAA Division II baseball, women’s volleyball, and men’s and women’s basketball, tennis, cross country, and golf.
UAFS is one of 18 academic institutions and affiliates governed by the University of Arkansas System board of trustees and administered by the president of the system. System offices are located in Little Rock. As a public university, UAFS is overseen by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education.
Quick Facts About UAFS
Name: University of Arkansas – Fort Smith
Location: Fort Smith, second-largest city in Arkansas, population 86,209 (Ref: Census 2010)
Chancellor: Paul B. Beran, Ph.D.
History: Fort Smith Junior College (1928) / Westark Junior College (1966) / Westark Community College (1972) / Westark College (1998) / University of Arkansas – Fort Smith (2002)
School colors: Navy, white and burgundy
Mascot: Numa the Lion
Campus: 170 acres / 65 campus buildings and facilities / 1.16 million building square feet maintained
2016 fall enrollment: 6,569
Student-to-faculty ratio: 18-to-1
Academic programs: 60 bachelor’s and associate degrees, 35 certificates, and a master’s program
Student activities: More than 100 registered student organizations such as Greek life, intramural sports, academic societies, and cultural groups
Athletics: NCAA Division II, Heartland Conference