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Any graduate of an accredited high school may be admitted conditionally or unconditionally to the University. The admissions credentials for an entering freshman must include the following:
1. High school transcript (at least seven semesters completed).
2. Test information and scores (The required test is the ACT. Students may substitute the SAT).
3. Immunization Record required with proof of two MMR vaccinations.
4. International students must have the concurrence of a University Designated School Official (DSO) charged with compliance of Immigration guidelines.
Before a student can register for classes, the applicant must meet all admission requirements. Admission to the University requires 22 high school units as follows:
4 units English
1/2 unit Physical Education
1/2 unit Oral Communications
1/2 unit Health and Safety
3 units Science (Biology, Chemistry, or Physics)
1/2 unit Fine Arts
3 units Social Studies (1 unit American History, 1 unit World History and 2 units Civics or American Government, 2 units Social) Studies)
2 units Foreign Language
4 units Math (Algebra I, II, Geometry and Trigonometry)
4 units Electives
22 Total Units
A graduate of an accredited senior high school may qualify for admission with 17 units completed in the tenth, eleventh and twelfth grades, provided the record shows preparation equivalent to the above requirements (See section on Early Admission).
A grade point average of “C’’ and a composite score of 19 are the general requirements for all students.
Students graduating from Arkansas high schools without an overall grade point average of “C’’ and a composite score of 19 on the ACT may be granted conditional admission, with the understanding that the student must maintain an average of “C’’ or better in order to continue studies at the University. Out of state applicants failing to meet these minimum requirements are reviewed by the Admissions Committee to determine if the University will grant admission.Students with less than a “C’’ average who do not have a composite score of 19 or better on the ACT will be assigned the appropriate units of the university’s developmental skills improvement programs.
General Education Development Test (GED): The University can admit applicants meeting the requirements for the GED certificate on the basis of the certificate and ACT or SAT scores.
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In accordance with Act 60 of 1989, 75th General Assembly for the State of Arkansas, the University developed revised criteria for early admission. High school students who have completed 17 units of high school core curriculum as recommended by the Arkansas State Department of Education, have a minimum grade point average of “B” (3.00 on a 4.00 scale), and are recommended by their high school principal or superintendent and counselor, may enroll at the University preceding high school graduation.
The student must meet admissions requirements for freshmen.
Applicants who qualify for early admission and are under 18 years of age must present in writing parent’s or guardian’s permission to register. In addition, applicants must meet admission requirements for freshmen.
Qualifying high school students may take advantage of this program in the following ways:
- Enroll in the summer session immediately following the junior year, then return to high school for the completion of the senior year;
- Enroll in a limited number of college level courses while completing the senior year of high school. College credits earned under the early admissions status may apply toward a degree at the University. Hours earned in early admission may or may not be transferable.
- Students will be classed as special students until completion of high school.
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Students from other colleges or universities may transfer to the University and pursue a regular, full time program by meeting the following entrance requirements:
Transfer applicants with more than 30 semester hours and with a “C’’ average or better must submit an application and an official transcript from all institutions previously attended.
- Transfer applicants with less than 30 semester hours of college credit must submit an application, ACT or SAT scores and all college transcripts.
- Immunization record required with proof of two MMR vaccinations.
- Transfer applicants with less than a “C’’ average from colleges or universities may be admitted to the University on academic probation with the approval of the Admissions Committee. They must also submit an application, ACT or SAT scores, and all college transcripts. Transfer students asked to withdraw from other institutions for academic reasons will not be allowed to enroll at the University until they are eligible for re-enrollment at the institution previously attended, except with the approval of the Admissions Committee.
- Students from other colleges and universities who desire to attend the University during the summer only may be admitted by submitting an application and a statement of good standing from the institution where they are regularly enrolled. To qualify as a degree candidate, the student must fulfill all admissions requirements.
- Transfer students must satisfy the English Proficiency requirement.
The University accepts transfer credits from any regionally recognized accredited institution. In awarding credit, the University exercises institutional autonomy, awarding on the basis of course content and course description.
- A maximum of 68 hours is accepted from an accredited junior or community college.
- A student cannot transfer credit earned at a junior or community college beyond the sophomore year. When a student has earned a total of 60 semester hours, no further credit may be transferred, except as follows: a junior who lacks a subject required in the freshman or sophomore year may complete that course in a junior or community college if the student obtains permission from the departmental chairperson for the particular major, and the academic dean.
- When an institution is not accredited and in instances where the state department of a particular state (where institution is located) does not accept the credits, the University will not accept transfer credits.
- The University accepts transfer credits for degree credit in consultation with academic departments. Transfer credit hours (pass or failed) are included in the earned credits and are listed on the student’s transcript. The departmental chairperson of the declared major must evaluate courses for transfer credit.
- For purposes of ranking students for graduation and honors, the University computes all transfer credits (passed or failed).
- Any UAPB student who desires to take a course at another university must secure approval from his/her department chair and dean prior to taking the course.
The Arkansas Course Transfer System (ACTS) contains information about the transferability of courses within Arkansas public colleges and universities. Students are guaranteed the transfer of applicable credits and the equitable treatment in the application of credits for the admissions and degree requirements. Course transferability is not guaranteed for courses listed in ACTS as “No Comparable Course.” Additionally, courses with a “D” frequently do not transfer and institutional policies may vary. ACTS may be accessed on the Internet by going to the ADHE website and selecting Course Transfer (http://acts.adhe.edu).
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The University will consider citizens of foreign countries for admission if they submit simultaneously an application ninety (90) days prior to the date applicants desire to enter and the following documents:
1. Certified official copies of all the students’ academic records, with English translation of these documents.
2. Test scores made on the TOEFL, ESL and/or IELTS. A minimum TOEFL score of 525 is required for admission.
3. Certified documents (Affidavit of Support, Financial Statement, Form I-134 (U.S. Affidavit of Support), and bank(s) statement or other financial institution(s) providing evidence of financial capability.
4. Immunization Records (TB test screening, MMR shot records) must be submitted.
The University takes no action on an application from a foreign student until the applicant meets all of the above requirements and has met with the University Designated School Official (DSO). This school is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students.
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Special Student Status
The University defines a special student as one who wishes to take courses for credit but does not intend to pursue a degree. The University can admit the student in two ways: having completed high school or holding a GED certificate. Although the initial admission as a special student does not require taking the ACT, if the student wishes to accumulate more than 21 credits as a special student or wishes to convert to a regular student before accumulating 21 credits, then the student must submit the ACT score.
In addition, in order to convert to regular student status, a special student must satisfy all entrance requirements
for a freshman or a transfer student. Student participation in concurrent high school and early programs are considered special until completion of high school graduation.
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Any applicant who is 25 years old or older, has graduated from high school or satisfactorily completed a GED and has NOT taken the ACT/SAT exam or has scores beyond the statute of limitations according to the Educational Testing Service, may be admitted to the university after receiving the required cut-off scores on the ACCUPLACER Placement Test scores in English, math and reading and/or ACCUPLACER Diagnostic Test scores for placement in courses. Applicants may contact the Office of Admissions for current cut-off score requirements.