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Student Success

Student Success is at the Heart of the UAFS Mission

We exist to connect students with their academic dreams and support them every step of the way.


Who Can Assist Me With

UAFS has an outstanding team of academic advisors who are here to help you select a program, understand degree requirements, and register for courses. Entering first-year students are advised in the ROAR First-Year Advising Center, as are student-athletes and non-degree seeking students. The ROAR is located in the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center and can be contacted at 479-788-7400 or

Students who have 24 or more credit hours post high school are typically advised in their academic college by a professional or faculty advisor.

The Academic Advising page below can provide you with helpful contact information and a link to schedule a one-on-one appointment.

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The Babb Center for Career Services is an excellent resource for students exploring majors, learning about part-time, full-time, and internship opportunities, or pursuing graduate school. They provide workshops and one-on-one career coaching. They also are the home for our longstanding and distinctive Certificate of Student Professional Development..

Whether you are seeking your first professional job or considering a career change, Career Services is available to help.

The Babb Center for Career Services is located in Boreham Library 212. They can be contacted at 479-788-7017or

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The Gordon Kelley Academic Success Center (ASC) strives to support student success through academic coaching, tutoring, and testing services. The center works with students to create personalized action plans for success and offers workshops and presentations to help students develop academic skills. They offer tutoring (both in person and virtual) in more than a dozen subjects. They also oversee testing for placement, courses, and credit-by-exam.

The ASC is located in Vines 202. They can be contacted at 479-788-7675 or

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TRIO programs at UAFS are designed to increase the retention and graduation rates of first-generation college students, students with limited family income, and students with disabilities. TRIO programs provide opportunities for academic development, assist students with basic college requirements, and motivate students to the successful completion of their post-secondary education. TRIO programs are federally funded grants through the U.S. Department of Education. All services offered are free to eligible participants.

UAFS is home to four TRIO programs: Upward Bound Classic, Upward Bound Math/Science, TRIO SSS, and TRIO STEM. These programs serve high school students within the greater Fort Smith area as well as college students attending UAFS. 

  • TRIO Student Support Services is located in Boreham Library 233. They can be contacted at 479-788-7353 or
  • TRIO Student Support Services – STEM is located in Flanders 103-107. They can be contacted at 479-788-7749 or
  • Upward Bound Classic & Math/Science is located in Echols 111. They can be contacted at 479-788-7250 or

The Office of New Student and Family Programs directs key programs that are central to helping students build a successful transition to UAFS. Incoming students participate in both in-person and virtual programs designed to increase a student’s knowledge of resources, clarify academic and career goals, connect with faculty and incoming peers, and become established in their academic journey.

Additionally, we value parents and families as partners. Informed parents are better resources and coaches for their students, and we strive to promote good communication for everyone in the process. Our Mane Event live summer orientations have parent and family tracks, and Family Weekend takes place every October. We also offer a Lion Family Newsletter, which comes out every month.

New Student and Family Programs is located in the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center and can be contacted at 479-788-7319 or

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Student Success Resources

Academic Success Center

Enhancing academic development through coaching, tutoring, workshops, test preparation, and test proctoring. Learn all about the Academic Success Center (ASC) here.


UAFS has four advising centers, each with their own unique approach to working with majors. All UAFS students are required to schedule an appointment with their advisor.

Career Services

We provide career education programs to students and alumni to develop workforce ready graduates with professional skills. We connect students with employers to gain valuable experience in their field of study.


Librarians can help you with research, citing sources, technology, and more. We also offer a quiet, comfortable place to study, including the 24-hour zone.

New Students & Families

We are committed to helping incoming students and families become part of the vibrant UAFS community. This office oversees orientation and welcome programs for first-year, transfer, and nontraditional students.

Student Disability Services

UAFS aims to ensure full participation and equal access for students with disabilities by providing reasonable accommodations to those with physical, emotional, and/or learning disabilities.

TRIO Programs

Upward Bound Classic, Upward Bound Math/Science, TRIO SSS, and TRIO STEM serve high school students within the Fort Smith area as well as eligible college students attending UAFS. 

The Writing Center

We assist writers at all experience levels with collaborative tutoring and revision throughout all stages of the writing process.

Student Dictionary

As a student at UAFS, you’ll need to access a number of technology resources. Use this information to learn more about each of them.


Navigate is a one-stop login to view your schedule and academic documents (like your degree plan and graduation notes), connect with your faculty and advising team, and schedule appointments with campus resources. Instructors can also use this tool to record attendance and issue notifications. In turn, students receive automated communication in an effort to connect the student to appropriate resources.

Progress Reports

Click here to access progress reports


My.UAFS is the place to go to connect to everything you need to know. Here you will find information on vehicle permit registration, financial aid, course registration, and so much more. If you are looking for something on campus, click on the Students tab, and you’re sure to find it there.

Blackboard Learn

Blackboard is a web-based virtual learning environment and a tool used by faculty and students to interact online outside of the classroom. UAFS uses Blackboard to supplement instruction in face-to-face and hybrid classes and as the platform for online courses.

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Online Business Center

You may pay your tuition and fees, set up direct deposit, set up a payment plan, and assign authorized users from the convenience of your home using the Online Business Center. Parents may also pay tuition and fees online if given authorization by their student.

Make a Payment Online

Lions Mobile ID

Now you can add your Lions Mobile ID to Apple Wallet and Google Pay and never worry about having your ID card handy again.  The Lions Mobile ID works just like your physical card does. You can use the Lions Mobile ID on iPhone, Apple Watch, and Android phones. You can also use the Lions Mobile ID to access your Lions Cash and T-Lions Cash accounts to make purchases at campus eateries and print stations.

To use your Lions Mobile ID and Lions Cash account, simply tap your iPhone, Apple Watch, or Android phone against the reader, and you’re done!

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This is where the fun lives! NUMALink is your connection to campus activities, Registered Student Organizations, workshops, and more. Learn more about the 90+ organizations we have and stay busy with the calendar of events. NUMALink provides a fun and easy way to build connections and get involved on your campus.

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Workday Student - Coming Soon!

Workday Student is a student information system coming to UAFS beginning in late 2024. This cloud-based and mobile-friendly product will assist students, faculty, and staff for many years to come.

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18 Jun
June 18, 2024 09:00 AM to
June 21, 2024 03:00 PM
Breedlove Auditorium
18 Jun
June 18, 2024 07:00 PM to 08:00 PM Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center

First-Gen Students

Being a first-generation student is a tremendous accomplishment, and UAFS is so proud of you! Click the button to learn more.

First-Generation Students

Lion Scholars

Lion Scholars is a program that assists incoming first-year students in making a successful transition to college life. Click the button below to learn more.

Lion Scholars


Questions? Contact Us.

Blake A. Johnson, Ph.D.
Assistant Provost for Student Success & Retention
Fullerton 113/115