Students who choose the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith come from all walks of life, but they all have one thing in common: They know the value of a solid education. When you earn your college degree from UAFS, your education goes far beyond the hours spent in class. At UAFS, you will:

  • Study a curriculum based on the strongest academic principles.
  • Prepare for your future using the latest methods in your chosen field.
  • Connect with employers through internships and cooperative learning programs.
  • Round out your experience through campus and community life or travel.
  • Enter your future backed by a program that boasts excellent placement rates.

Quick Facts About UAFS

  • Name: University of Arkansas – Fort Smith
  • Founded: 1928
  • Location: Fort Smith, second-largest city in Arkansas, population 86,209 (Ref: Census 2010)
  • Chancellor: Dr. Terisa C. Riley 
  • 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 / 66 campus buildings and facilities / 1.16 million building square feet maintained
  • Academic programs:  74 total (33 bachelor’s degrees, 14 associate degrees, 27 certificates)
  • Student activities: More than 90 organizations, including fraternities and sororities
  • Athletics:  NCAA Division II, Heartland Conference


Opportunities to combine mentoring and hands-on learning with academic coursework at UAFS will help you begin or boost your career.

Gain real-world experience, explore career options and make valuable connections:

  • Internships with partner employers
  • Cooperative education and skill development provided by partner companies
  • Engagement through student organizations, student government and service projects
  • Military leadership and career preparation through ROTC while earning a degree

Employers that partner with UAFS to provide internships and career-based education include ArcBest Corp., ArcBest Technologies, Baldor Electric Co., Beall Barclay & Co., First National Bank, Fort Smith Public Schools, Mercy, U.S. Marshals Service and many more.




18-to-1 student-faculty ratio. Pretty good odds for the eager mind.


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