The Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts in Hot Springs, Ark., has officially launched the search for the Class of 2018. 

Students apply to ASMSA through a competitive admissions process that evaluates high school coursework, ACT/SAT scores, responses to essay questions, letters of recommendation, and other accomplishments.  Finalist candidates are invited to attend Interview Weekends in April. The process is similar to application at selective colleges and universities.

Students must submit their completed online application, test scores, and letters of recommendation no later than March 1, 2016.

Eligible students must be a resident of the state of Arkansas, be a current 10th-grade student, submit an ACT composite and subscores of 19 or higher, and a minimum unweighted grade point average of 3.25.

To learn more about ASMSA’s application process, visit

Throughout the fall semester, admissions representatives will visit schools and communities across Arkansas to present the opportunities available to talented and motivated Arkansas students who complete their junior and senior years of high school in residence at ASMSA.

The school will also host a series of Preview Weekends on Sept. 26, 2015, Nov. 15, 2015, and Feb. 6, 2016.

Preview Weekends present a unique opportunity for prospective applicants and their families to meet with current ASMSA students and their parents, visit the Student Center, and gain a better understanding of student life at ASMSA. Topics will include the role of the ACT and SAT in the admissions process, suggested courses for sophomore year and qualities of a strong applicant.  Students will also participate in hands-on sessions guided by ASMSA faculty members in a topic of their choice.

The Class of 2017, which began their studies in August, achieved the highest incoming ACT average of any class of students to date.  The group averaged 27 out of 36 possible points on the exam.  Arkansas’ most recent class of graduating seniors averaged a 20.4 composite on the national exam.  One-third of ASMSA’s juniors qualify for free-and-reduced lunch programs—the highest percentage among the school’s national peers.

About ASMSA: The Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts is one of 16 public residential high schools in the country specializing in the education of academically gifted juniors and seniors. Located in historic downtown Hot Springs, the school is a campus of the University of Arkansas System. For more information about Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts, visit or call 1-800-345-2767.

More From Majic 93.3