Admissions

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Office of Admissions

Katie Young, Director
Student Services Center, 2nd Floor |(501) 569-3127 | fax (501) 569-8956 | ualr.edu/admissions/

The Office of Admissions provides information to prospective students, conducts campus tours, hosts open houses both on campus as well as in other cities, processes undergraduate admission applications, and reviews academic credentials to determine student admissibility.

The undergraduate application for admission is available online at apply.ualr.edu. A determination of a student’s admission eligibility will be made after receipt of a completed application and required credentials. Students are encouraged to submit all credentials at least 30 days before a semester begins to ensure that all necessary requirements for admission have been fulfilled prior to registration. All undergraduate admission applications and credentials must be received by the Office of Admissions no later than one week prior to the beginning of the semester.


How to Apply for Admission to UALR

  1. Visit apply.ualr.edu to complete an application for admission and submit the $40 non-refundable application fee.
  2. Applicants with fewer than 12 transferable college credit hours should request that an official high school transcript or GED scores be sent to the Office of Admissions. Only official transcripts will be accepted, and must be submitted in a sealed, stamped envelope from the issuing institution or sent via electronic data interchange from the high school.
  3. Applicants with fewer than 12 transferable college credit hours may need to request official ACT or SAT scores from the testing agency (UALR ACT Code 0132; UALR SAT code 6368) if the official high school transcript does not include scores and s/he did not indicate UALR as a score recipient at the time of testing. ACT, SAT, or COMPASS scores must be from tests taken within the last five years. Students have the option of taking the COMPASS test available through UALR Testing Services.
  4. Any applicant previously enrolled at another institution(s) must request that an official college transcript(s) be sent to the Office of Admissions. Only official transcripts will be accepted, and must be submitted in a sealed, stamped envelope from the issuing institution or sent via electronic data interchange from the previous institution. Students may submit an official “In Progress” transcript from the institution at which s/he is currently enrolled for admission purposes, but will still be required to submit a final, official transcript once all grades have been posted. Freshmen who completed high school concurrent credit at an institution other than UALR must submit an official college transcript.
  5. Students born after January 1, 1957, must submit proof of two MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) immunizations.

Admission Types

Freshmen

Students who have no college credit or earned college credit while in high school or during the summer immediately after high school graduation are classified as first-time entering freshmen. High school students can be admitted for a future term (after graduation) as early as completion of the eleventh grade. These students are expected to continue their academic success in high school and submit a final transcript after graduation. In order to be considered for admission, first-time entering freshman applicants are required to submit:

  • An application for admission and non-refundable $40 application fee at apply.ualr.edu.
  • Proof of two MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) immunizations. (required of all applicants born after January 1, 1957)
  • An official high school transcript or GED scores.
  • Official ACT, SAT, or COMPASS scores taken within the last five years.
  • Freshmen who completed high school concurrent credit at an institution other than UALR must submit an official college transcript.
Unconditional Admission

Students with all of the following academic qualifications will be unconditionally admitted:

  • A cumulative high school grade-point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • An ACT composite score of 19 or a combined Critical Reading/Math SAT I score of at least 910 or comparable COMPASS score.
  • Successful completion of the high school college preparatory core in effect at the time of graduation from high school.

Home-schooled graduates, online high school graduates, or those with a GED are unconditionally admitted if they have an ACT composite score of 19 or a combined verbal/math SAT I score of at least 910, or a comparable COMPASS score.

Conditional Admission

Applicants who do not meet requirements for unconditional admission may be considered for conditional admission. Students who present one of the following qualifications will be conditionally admitted:

  • An ACT composite score of 18 or higher, or
  • An ACT composite of at least 15 combined with a cumulative high school GPA of at least a 2.6 on a 4.0 scale, or
  • An ACT composite of at least 15 combined with 5 or fewer D’s and F’s in college preparatory courses on the final high school transcript.

Freshmen Transfers

Students with fewer than 12 transferable college credit hours earned after high school are classified as freshman transfers. Freshman transfers are required to submit both freshman and transfer credentials. The admission decision will be based upon the criteria for freshman admission.


Transfer Students

Transfer students who have been enrolled previously in a post-secondary institution and have earned at least 12 transferable college credit hours with a grade point average of at least 2.00 on all previous regionally accredited college coursework will be granted unconditional admission. Applicants must submit the following:

  • An application for admission and non-refundable $40 application fee at apply.ualr.edu.
  • Proof of two MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) immunizations. (required of all applicants born after January 1, 1957)
  • Official transcript(s) from each college previously enrolled submitted in a sealed, stamped envelope from issuing institution or sent via electronic data interchange from the previous institution.
      UALR Office of Admissions
      2801 South University
      Little Rock, AR 72204

A previously enrolled student who has attended another institution since attending UALR must reapply for admission and submit the additional official transcript(s).

Any applicant whose admission is denied admission may, with the submission of additional information, request reconsideration by contacting the Office of Admissions.

Provisional Admission of Transfer Students

Transfer students who have not submitted all official academic credentials necessary for admission may be admitted provisionally provided that unofficial or in-progress transcripts support admissibility. In such cases, the student will be admitted with the provision that s/he submit the official, complete credentials prior to being permitted to register for a future term. Transfer work will be evaluated upon receipt of all required official academic transcript(s). If evaluation of the final academic transcript shows that the provisionally admitted student does not meet UALR’s minimum admission requirements, the student will be immediately placed on academic probation and required to earn a minimum 2.0 UALR grade point average in their first semester to continue enrollment.

Students who are granted provisional admission and do not submit the missing credentials by the end of the term will not be permitted to enroll in subsequent terms until the admission requirements have been satisfied. Students admitted provisionally may not be changed to non-degree seeking student status.

UALR cannot accurately evaluate transfer hours, advise, or release financial aid funding for which students may be eligible, or guarantee registration in degree appropriate courses until all final, official admission credentials have been received and processed.


Dual Enrolled High School Students

Current high school students who wish to attend classes on the UALR campus may be considered for admission as dual-enrolled high school students with the following qualifications:

  • Cumulative 3.0 high school grade point average, or
  • An ACT composite score of 21 or a combined Critical Reading/Math SAT I score of at least 990 or comparable COMPASS score.
  • Additional requirements or testing may be necessary.

Dual-Enrolled applicants must submit:

  • An application for admission and non-refundable $40 application fee at apply.ualr.edu.
  • Proof of two MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) immunizations.
  • An official high school transcript.
  • Official ACT, SAT, or COMPASS scores.
  • Letter of permission from parent/legal guardian.
  • Letter of permission from the instructor of the course(s) in which she/he plans to register.

UALR is not responsible for guaranteeing high school diplomas under this arrangement; however, campus officials will cooperate with state or local school administrators concerning regulations for awarding a diploma to successful participants in this program. College credit earned as a dual-enrolled student may apply toward a degree at UALR. Students in this category are not eligible for scholarships or financial aid. Admission under these guidelines does not guarantee that a student may be enrolled in a particular course. University departments may restrict enrollment into specific courses.


Concurrent High School Students

UALR offers concurrent enrollment through a number of Arkansas high schools. High school concurrent students enroll in UALR courses offered on their high school campus. Prospective students for high school concurrent enrollment should contact the concurrent enrollment coordinator at their high school. Official academic credentials will be submitted to the Office of Admissions by the high school’s concurrent enrollment coordinator.
Applicants must meet one of the following requirements to be eligible for high school concurrent enrollment:

  • Completion of at least 50% of college preparatory courses with a minimum grade point average of 2.5, or
  • Cumulative high school grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or
  • An ACT composite of 21 or higher.

Admission under these guidelines does not guarantee that a student may be enrolled in a particular course. University departments may restrict enrollment into specific courses.


Non-degree Seeking Students

Non-degree seeking status is available on a limited basis to students who wish to enroll in courses for personal enrichment or career development and do not plan to earn a certificate or degree at UALR. Non-degree seeking students are not eligible for student financial aid or veteran’s benefits. Students who later wish to be classified as degree-seeking must reapply for a future term and submit all required academic credentials for consideration.

Non-degree seeking applicants must submit the following:

  • An application for admission and non-refundable $40 application fee at apply.ualr.edu.
  • Proof of two MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) immunizations. (required of all applicants born after January 1, 1957)

Post-baccalaureate Students

Students who already have a bachelor’s degree and wish to take additional undergraduate courses may be admitted as post-baccalaureate students.

Applicants must submit the following:

    An application for admission and non-refundable $40 application fee at apply.ualr.edu.

  • Proof of two MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) immunizations. (Required of all applicants born after January 1, 1957)
  • Official transcript from the institution that granted the bachelor’s degree with date of degree conferral.

Reapplicants

Students who have not enrolled at UALR for two years or longer must reapply for admission online at apply.ualr.edu and submit the non-refundable $40 application fee. Students who have attended other institutions in the interim must apply as a transfer student.

Visiting Students

Students enrolled in an institution of higher education to which they intend to return can be admitted as a visiting student. This status is limited to one semester. Further enrollment in this status is not permitted until the student has returned to his or her original institution, attended another institution before returning to UALR, or re-applied as a degree-seeking student at UALR.

Applicants must submit the following:

  • An application for admission and non-refundable $40 application fee at apply.ualr.edu
  • Official transcript indicating that the student is in good standing from the institution in which they are currently enrolled.

Senior Citizens

Arkansas residents who are at least 60 years of age and has been admitted as a student at UALR is eligible for a tuition waiver. Proof of age should be submitted to the Bursar’s Office. Students qualifying for the waiver will be permitted to register only on the last day of the regular and late registration periods each academic term. If a course section has no available slots and additional students are attempting to register, students receiving the waiver may be removed from that course section. Exceptions may be granted to students who agree to forgo the waiver of tuition.

Residency

Student residency status is governed by the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees’ policy available at ualr.edu/admissions/residency-appeals.

Students classified as nonresidents of Arkansas must pay non-resident tuition in addition to regular registration fees. Residents of contiguous states who are admitted unconditionally as degree-seeking may be eligible for a waiver of the out-of-state portion of their tuition charges (excludes Bowen School of Law).

Questions regarding residency should be directed to the Associate Director of Admissions.

Veterans

If you have served in the military (active, guard or reserve), you are eligible for an application fee waiver and a special tuition rate which excludes most fees associated with enrollment (Technology Lab Fees and the Nursing Lab Fee will still be assessed).

AR Act 1266 states that “Regardless of residence, a state-supported institution of higher education, trade schools, or vocational schools shall classify a student as in-state, in-county, in-district, local, or resident for the purpose of tuition and fees applicable for all programs of study, including distance learning programs, if the student is a:

  1. Veteran who was discharged or released from a period of not less than ninety (90) days of active duty in the military, naval, or air service within three (3) years before the date of enrollment in a program of study;
  2. Dependent of a veteran under subdivision (1) of this section;
  3. Member of the armed forces; or
  4. Spouse of a member of the armed forces.”

During completion of the undergraduate admission application, the military fee waiver form will become available to print. Complete the application until payment is requested, then close the application and submit this form to the Office of Admissions with a copy of one of the following documents

  • Military ID
  • Military orders
  • DD Form 214
  • Joint Services Transcript (JST) or Community College of the Air Force transcript

International Students

International students must apply online and submit complete credentials before being considered for admission. The application and credential deadlines are as follows: Fall semester – July 15, Spring semester – November 15, and Summer semester – May 15. Applicants must submit the following:

  • An application for admission at apply.ualr.edu

  • Non-refundable $40 application fee
  • Proof of two MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) immunizations.(required of all applicants born after January 1, 1957)
  • Proof of English language proficiency (see following section)

  • Online Immigration Verification Form at ualr.edu/international/ivinstructions. See International Student Services for more information. 

  • Freshman applicants: Official document evaluation of the high school transcript from WES (or other evaluation service approved by Director of Admissions).
  • Transfer applicants: Official course-by-course transcript evaluation from all post-secondary institutions from WES (or other evaluation service approved by Director of Admissions.)
Proof of English Language Proficiency for International Students

Applicants whose native language is not English must submit proof of English language and academic skill proficiency before admission to UALR. All other admission criteria must be met. Students may satisfy the English language requirement in one of the following ways:

  • A score of at least 525 (paper-based) or 71 (iBT) earned within the last two years on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (UALR Code is 6368); or
  • A score of at least 6 on the IELTS earned within the last two years; or
  • Completion of Composition I and II at a regionally accredited post- secondary U.S. institution with a grade of C or better; or
  • Attendance at a U.S. school for the past six years; or
  • Successful completion of the UALR Intensive English Language Program through the final level. (Please call (501) 569-3467 for additional information.); or
  • An official ACT score of at least 21 on both the English and Reading sections of ACT earned with the last five years; or
  • An official SAT score of at least 510 Critical Reading and 490 Writing; or
  • Citizenship of an exempt country: Canada (except Quebec), Ireland, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, or the Commonwealth Caribbean.

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