New Freshmen

New freshmen students never attended a college or university or are in high school and university courses at the same time (concurrently). Admission is based on secondary school transcript and certificate/diploma.

Admission Requirements | Application Process | After You Apply | Upon AdmissionAdditional Notes

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Applicants having had the equivalent of 12 years of schooling may be eligible for admission to the University if their secondary school record indicates above average performance. Students are expected to have included the studies of their native language, English, mathematics, natural and/or physical science, social science and the humanities in their secondary school curriculum. Applicants from countries where there are only eleven standard years included in the primary-secondary system may be considered for admission if they have achieved a strong academic record and can submit the final official leaving-school certificate. Generally, those who have received Certificates of Education or Leaving School Certificates (i.e. GCSE, SPM, MCE, WASC), must have a minimum of five GCSE equivalent passes in subjects, substantially equivalent to those studied in the U.S., including English. Along with official copies of academic work, students are encouraged to submit a letter from their headmaster of principal indicating the applicant's rank in class and the total number enrolled. We recommend that freshmen applicants sit for the SAT.

We only recognize diplomas, certificates and degrees that were completed at a school recognized by the home country ministry of education. Students are expected to have completed appropriate course work in natural and/or physical science, mathematics, social science, humanities, and language. International students with four or less semesters of U.S. schooling should refer to their country specific requirements

  • Original secondary school transcripts.
    • Transcripts must include the original native language transcript and an English language translation.
    • Copies and English language translations must be stamped or embossed by the issuing institution confirming it is a literal translation
  • Certificate or diploma
    Submit a certificate or diploma confirming graduation from a secondary education institution.
    • You must submit the original certificate or diploma in your native language and an English translation that has been stamped or embossed by the issuing institution confirming it is a literal translation.
    • Copies must be stamped or embossed by the issuing institution confirming it is a legitimate copy.

English proficiency requirements can be found here.

The SAT or ACT is required for academic advisement and placement into University of Arkansas courses. If we do not receive the official score prior to your arrival to campus, you will be administered a placement examination before enrollment is allowed.

The SAT or ACT is required for scholarship consideration. UA’s ACT code is 0144 and the SAT code is 6866. Official scores must be received by the scholarship deadline.

Submit the Supplemental and Financial Information form and a bank statement or letter showing sufficient support for the first year of study in order to be issued an I-20. You will still be evaluated for admission without submitting the bank statement. However, the I-20 will not be sent until the bank statement requirement has been met.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

The online application can be found here.

Once you submit the application, you will receive an email with instructions on how to access your UA Connect applicant center. This is where you will upload most of the required documents to complete your application. Please note, it will take 2-5 days to receive this email and up to two weeks during our peak processing times.

The non-refundable application fee for international students is USD $50 for every new application, even if you have applied before. Methods of payment:

  • Credit card at the time of submission of online application

If you apply for admission using the online application, you may pay this fee with a credit card in our secure payment environment.

  • Credit card later

If you do not pay the fee online at the time you apply but wish to pay with credit card later, please use the link in the email you were initially sent to go back to pay the fee. If you no longer have the original email with the link, you may contact us at iao@uark.edu to request that we resend the link to you. Please do not email or send us your credit card information. In order to protect your personal information, we are not permitted to process any transactions with credit card information that is sent to us via email or hard copy. All such information is immediately destroyed and cannot be accessed by us.

  • Check or money order

You may send a check or money order, drawn on a U.S. bank in U.S. dollars (USD). Many international banks have a corresponding U.S. bank; contact your local bank for assistance.

The Summary of Educational Experience form can be found here.

You may login to UAConnect at uaconnect.uark.edu.

TOEFL scores must be sent from ETS using our institution code 6866. IELTS scores can be sent to institution code 232 or you can email your TRF number to iao@uark.edu. The minimum required score for the TOEFL is 79 iBT and 6.5 for IELTS.

  1. Applicants who meet the academic and financial requirements of the UA, but not the TOEFL/IELTS requirement, will be conditionally admitted and required to attend our intensive English program (through Spring International Language Center).

Upload unofficial copies academic records/transcripts/mark sheets into your UA Connect applicant center. For evaluation purposes, you may submit an unofficial copy of each transcript needed. Instructions for uploading your transcript(s) will be sent to you when your application is processed. Review of your application will begin once all documents needed for evaluation have been submitted.

If admitted, you must submit official transcripts and certificates. To be official, the documents must be stamped or embossed by the issuing institution and be sent directly from the institution OR you may submit the official documents in an enveloped sealed by the institution and not opened by you. For documents not issued in English, a translation must accompany the submitted transcripts and certificates. Translations must be stamped or embossed by the issuing institutions to verify that it is a literal translation.

You may login to UAConnect at uaconnect.uark.edu.

Submit official SAT (Code 6866) or ACT (Code 0144) test scores, which are used for academic advisement and placement into courses. These must be sent directly from the testing agency. An SAT or ACT MUST be submitted to be considered for scholarships. If SAT or ACT scores are not submitted, you will be required to take the ACCUPLACER test when you arrive on campus.

AFTER YOU APPLY

  • Submit all required documents and test scores.
  • Please allow 2-3 weeks to complete your application review.
  • You may track your application progress through your UAConnect Applicant Center. See Check Your Status for instructions on how to view your application status.
  • We will notify you by email of the admission decision.
  • If an I-20 has been requested, you will see any items needed for issuing your I-20 in your To-Do List in your UAConnect Applicant Center.

 

UPON ADMISSION

Congratulations on your acceptance to the University of Arkansas! We are thrilled you have chosen to join the Razorback family. Now that you have been admitted, there are a few steps you need to take prior to your arrival on campus. The list below will help guide you on what to do next.

If any further items are needed prior to your enrollment (such as final transcripts or official test scores), you should submit these items as soon as available so that you will be ready to enroll at the appropriate time.

  • Upload the Supplemental and Financial Information form and a bank statement or letter in your UAConnect Applicant Center, verifying the source and amount of your funding.
  • Upload financial verification in your UAConnect Applicant Center. See Funding Your Studies for the estimated costs of attendance. You must show the full amount for issuance of your 1-20 or DS-2019. Please add USD $5,780 to your total estimated cost of attendance for each dependent (spouse and children) who will accompany you.
  • Official, certified transcripts in a sealed and stamped envelope must be mailed to:
    International Admissions Office
    340 N. Campus Drive/ Gearhart Hall 213
    1 University of Arkansas
    Fayetteville, AR 72701
    USA

    You may login to UAConnect.

You can now accept your admissions offer by logging into your UAConnect Student Center.

If you are requesting an I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant F-1) or DS-2019 (Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor J-1), you will need to upload the Supplemental and Financial Information form, along with supporting documents, such as a bank statement (See "Funding Your Studies") into your UAconnect applicant center. Bank statements or letters of support should be combined into one PDF document to upload as Financial Verification. See here to determine the amount you need to show. [link to the "Estimated Costs of Attendance" page under "Funding Your Studies."] Once the financial documents are verified by our Admissions Office, you will receive an email asking you to confirm the address you wish the I-20 to be mailed to. If you wish to expedite your I-20 at your expense, you will have 5 days to respond. Be sure to check your UARK email often.

Please beware all persons applying for student visas must pay a one-time SEVIS processing fee of $200 USD (F-1) or $180 USD (J-1) This fee is called the I-901 fee. We encourage you to pay the fee as soon as you can to avoid delays in applying for your visa. This one-time fee is valid for any U.S. university you choose. You will need to bring a receipt for payment to you visa interview. It is very IMPORTANT to keep this receipt with you always, even after you have obtained you visa! You may need to present it again at the U.S. port of entry or at future visa interviews.

Visit International Students and Scholars Pre-Arrival & Orientation page for next steps (This will take you to the link on the left navigation)

 

ADDITIONAL NOTES

  • When submitting your online application, you must list all institutions attended. Failure to do so is a violation of University of Arkansas policy and may lead to revocation of your admission.
  • Information about the application, supporting materials, and admission status can be discussed ONLY with the applicant and persons designated on the Supplemental and Financial Information Form.
  • Paper applications are available by special request.
  • All official documents submitted become the property of the University of Arkansas and will not be returned.