Frequently Asked Questions

Students with an ACT composite score of 28 and above, or an SAT verbal and math combined score of 1310 (Redesigned exam) or 1240 (Pre-March 2016 exam), and a high school GPA of 3.5 (3.75 for Sam M. Walton College of Business majors) will be invited to join the first year. See our SAT Redesign policy for more information.

The final deadline for scholarships and fellowships is February 1 of your senior year, but new students are encouraged to apply by November 15th for early consideration for scholarships/fellowships. Students should apply for admission online by November 1 at apply.uark.edu and request a scholarship application on the application form.

Yes. Scholarships ranging from $300 to $5,000 are offered to continuing students through the Office of Academic Scholarships. However, funds are limited, and the awards are highly competitive. The deadline for consideration is March 1. Students should also consult with their academic departments and college dean's offices to apply for scholarships that are specific to their major.

Yes, but state and federal guidelines for combining scholarships and other financial aid require that the total not exceed an amount defined as "cost of attendance". The cost of attendance includes not only tuition, fees, and room and board, but may also cover other educational expenses such as books, travel, personal expenses, study abroad costs, and a computer allowance. The exact amount varies on an individual basis.

Students with combined scholarships and financial aid in excess of direct costs, as well as students awarded the Honors College, Bodenhamer, Boyer, or Sturgis Fellowships, will have funding beyond tuition, fees, and room and board that can cover books. Staff members from the Office of Academic Scholarships will be available during the orientation program to explain how the scholarships are disbursed.

Students study abroad as early as the summer after freshman year.  Begin immediately by taking foreign language classes appropriate for your target country, if necessary. Meet with an advisor in the Study Abroad Office (575-7582) to explore your possibilities and plan a study abroad budget, and be sure to apply for apply for funding opportunities available through the Office of Study Abroad and the Honors College (for honors students only).  

You may study abroad more than once. Many students choose to do just that for the rich experiences and understanding of the world that study abroad provides. Be sure to work with your academic advisor to best incorporate your study abroad plans with your graduation requirements and academic program.

If you change majors or colleges, work closely with your academic and scholarship advisors to make sure that you are still meeting the requirements for any scholarships or financial aid. 

We encourage all students who are applying for scholarships or who are interested in participating in honors to apply for admission by November 1 and for scholarships by the November 15 early scholarship deadline. February 1 is the final deadline for scholarships and fellowships.

On the University of Arkansas campus, fellowships require both an application and an interview. Scholarships require the application but not the interview.

Students who apply by the November 15 deadline are considered for scholarships prior to being reviewed for the Fellowship competition.

Generally, students should only submit the materials requested in the application. Letters of recommendation (if requested) are a critical part of the application, so choose wisely. Selecting a teacher who knows you well can be very helpful and is certainly preferable to someone who may be better known (a politician, judge, businessman) but does not know you well. If you are applying for an academic scholarship, then teachers who are familiar with your work and can speak to your involvement on campus are the best choice.

Some scholarships fund only one year or study. These are not renewable, so you should plan ahead and apply for other current student awards. Contact the Academic Scholarship Office (575-4464) for more information. The majority of UA scholarships require completion of 30 credit hours per year. Scholarship recipients must have a minimum 3.00 GPA at the end of each academic year (this can include summer school). Students who go on academic probation at semester will lose their award immediately; otherwise, the review takes place at the end of the academic year.

If your question does not appear in this list, please email us at scholars@uark.edu.