Colleges in Arkansas

Colleges in Arkansas

Arkansas has a humid, subtropical climate and is typically divided into two regions: the highlands and the lowlands. This Southern state has a diverse economy, primarily relying on its service industry, aircraft, poultry, tourism, cotton, and rice trades. On top of that, Arkansas is one of the most affordable states to live in. Colleges in Arkansas range from public to private, for- and non-profit, and confer baccalaureate as well as masters degrees. The largest institution in the state is the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, and the most prestigious is considered the University of the Ozarks. Top tourism locations in Arkansas include the Little Rock Central High School (where desegregation began), the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and Hot Springs National Park.
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University of Arkansas

Situated on a hilltop overlooking the Ozark Mountains, the University of Arkansas is the flagship campus of the UA system and the largest university in the state. Arkansas is home to six colleges and schools hosting undergraduate degree-granting...

“…I am a Pre-med Biology major in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences. I just finished my sophomore year at the University of Arkansas. Being a Biology major is not an easy task. There are lots of labs and loads of material to cover. However, I...” – Jordan Muldrow, UofA, Fayetteville

Arkansas State University-Main Campus

Arkansas State University is a 4-year public school in northeast Arkansas and the second largest university in the state. Arkansas State is home to six colleges awarding bachelor’s degrees in over 150 academic fields of study. Additionally, the...

“…It is very honorable to be a student in the ASU. I am learning a lot about the American culture and the history of the United States. Moreover, being exposed to a new and different culture and lifestyle can broaden some one's horizons, intellect and...” – Kaouthar from State University, AR

Harding University

Formed by the merger of two junior college, Harding University is a 4-year Christian liberal arts college in northern Arkansas. Affiliated with the Churches of Christ, Harding confers bachelor’s degrees in more than 100 academic majors and minors. As...

“…At Harding University, the classes are challenging and the teachers are well educated and truly enjoy their jobs and their students. I have enjoyed every class I have been a part of, even Geology! All the classes truly involve you in what you are...” – Kaitlyn from Searcy, AR

University of Central Arkansas

Founded in 1907, the University of Central Arkansas is a 4-year public school and one of the oldest universities in the state. UCA awards undergraduate degrees in 86 academic programs and is one of the largest producers of teachers in Arkansas. For...

“…I plan on getting my Physical Therapy Doctorate here, just the fact that they offer a Physical Therapy Doctorate tells me something about their emphasis on education.” – Traven from Mountain View, AR

Arkansas Tech University

Arkansas Tech University is a public institution based in the Arkansas River Valley. ATU also operates a satellite campus in the Ozarks that offers two-year associate degrees and certifications. Admissions to ATU are selective. A majority of students...

“…This is an excellent, beautiful university. Great professor/student ratio, and a staff that actually cares about their students. I would highly recommend this university to anyone.” – Ryan from Vilonia, AR

Lyon College
Batesville, AR
Lyon College

Founded in 1872, Lyon College is a 4-year liberal arts college in northern Arkansas and one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in the state. Lyon confers bachelor’s degrees in 15 academic disciplines. In addition, Lyon houses a Scottish...

“… Lyon College provides a very aggressive academic program, their classes are invigorating, challenging, interesting and provide interaction with an amazing faculty. The homework helps to make the information in class concrete within the memory. And...” – Karisala from O Fallon, IL

Ouachita Baptist University

Ouachita Baptist University is a private, Christian, liberal arts college established in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. OBU students are required to complete two classes in religion and seven credits of chapel throughout their academic career in order to...

“…The professors at Ouachita are incredible. They are brilliant in their subjects and have a passion for teaching!” – Tiffani from The Colony, TX

Henderson State University

Henderson State University is one of only 10 public schools in the state and has the alma mater “The School with a Heart.” Rated as having “selective” admissions, HSU offers the only bachelor’s degree in aviation in the state. The Reynolds...

“…I have taken several classes, and almost every one of them I have learned a lot of new information from. There were only a couple classes that I didn't really retain much, because they seemed to be a review from the college prep classes from high...” – Brittany from Malvern, AR

University of the Ozarks

University of the Ozarks is a Presbyterian-affiliated, liberal arts university that was founded in 1834. Located in Clarksville, Arkansas, at the base of the Ozark Mountains, the university is the oldest in the state and offers 59 majors and minors...

“…The campus is really small and simple. I like that about it. I went to a campus day and met so many great people!” – Kaitlin from Lincoln, AR

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is a public research institution in the University of Arkansas System. UA Little Rock is a state-funded university and space-grant institution. It is a designated military-friendly campus and National Center...

“…Obviously not an Ivy League school, but virtually all of my teachers were very helpful, and almost none of them would simply pass someone for giving a half-hearted effort.”

Hendrix College

Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a private liberal arts institution based in Conway, Arkansas. Hendrix College is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and provides weekly chapel service, Bible study, and fellowship meals. Hendrix is rated...

“…Very professional in their recruiting of high academic students. Constantly showed that they cared about the perspective student and the process of choosing the right college or university. Always informative on topics to help students know what the...” – Thomas from Baker, LA

John Brown University

John Brown University is an independent Christian institution focused on liberal arts, sciences, and professional skills. JBU is based in the rural town of Siloam Springs, Arkansas, and is rated as having “more selective” admissions. JBU operates an...

“…John Brown has a beautiful campus. President Pollard is awesome, and truly cares for each student. Dorms are clean.” – Katelyn from Kansas City, KS

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is a public institution and historically black university. It is a land-grant research university and member of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. UAPB operates Research and Extension offices around the state...

“…UAPB is in a small town but, if you are involved in campus activities there is plenty to do.” – Kenya from Memphis, TN

Philander Smith College

Philander Smith College is a private, historically black institution established in Little Rock, Arkansas. Philander is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and holds chapel on a weekly basis, which freshmen are required to attend. The college...

“…Not only are you driven to learn in the classroom, but outside as well. We are advocates for social justice and we know that we all will graduate to help change the world.” – Michelle from Raytown, MO

Established in 1928, the University of Arkansas Fort Smith is a public, 4-year institution in the University of Arkansas System. UAFS offers over 90 undergraduate degree and certificate programs, as well as a master-level program in Healthcare...

“…There are many great professors. On campus living is beneficial to overall college life and I've met some of my best friends by living there. Tuition is low in comparison to other colleges and quality is quite high so that's a win-win situation.” – K

University of Arkansas at Monticello

The University of Arkansas at Monticello is a public liberal arts college based in Monticello, AR, and  is administered by the University of Arkansas System. U of A operates two technology colleges at separate locations, in Crossett and McGehee. Most...

“…I previously went to Henderson State University, and attending class, but didn't really learn anything, and had no incentive to, as the professors didn't really care whether or not I succeeded at their establishment. Professors at UAM, however, are...” – Mykel from Rison, AR

Pulaski Technical College is a two-year community college affiliated with the University of Arkansas. For students planning to transfer to a four-year school, Pulaski Tech has transfer agreements with several schools, including the University of...

“…They have all kinds of help, tutor online is really helpful” – Juana from Little Rock, AR

NorthWest Arkansas Community College

NorthWest Arkansas Community College is a public, 2-year institution primarily located in the city of Bentonville. The college offers a wide variety of programs of study, with the option to complete a number of programs entirely online. Housing is...

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is a public, medical education institution established in Little Rock, with satellite campuses in Helena, Lake Village, and West Memphis. UAMS is affiliated with Arkansas Children’s Hospital and the VA...

“…As one of the top higher education institutions, UAMS is considered the premier health care provider in the state with a Level One Trauma Accreditation! ” – Richard from Hot Springs Village, AR

Combining a liberal arts education with a Christian foundation, Central Baptist College is a private school just outside of Little Rock, Arkansas. CBC awards both associate and bachelor’s degrees within four academic divisions, Professional Studies,...

“…Central Baptist College is a great college to go to if you want to have one on one time with the teacher and don't want big classrooms. The teachers are Christians and show that through their teaching. There's a lot of people who attend but in my...” – Kate

Arkansas Baptist College is the only Historically Black Baptist College west of the Mississippi River. In addition to its 4-year liberal arts programs, Arkansas Baptist also offers 2-year associate degrees and certificates. Attendance at weekly...

Arkansas State University-Beebe

Arkansas State University Beebe is a public, 2-year institution located in northeast Arkansas, with locations in Beebe, Heber Springs, Searcy, and the Little Rock Air Force Base. The college offers suite-style living accommodations for residential...

“…Arkansas State University Beebe is the best community college.Students have been able to achieve more than they expected that is because we have the best professors who work very hard .Most of all the environment at ASU Beebe are the best for a...” – Happiness from Beebe, AR

Williams Baptist University is a 4-year Christian liberal arts institution operated by the Arkansas Baptist State Convention. Williams offers majors in more than 25 academic disciplines and all courses are founded upon a Judeo-Christian worldview. In...

“…Williams Baptist College is a friendly Christian atmosphere. The location is cozy and very homely. The professors are all very nice and helpful.” – Ally from HARRISBURG, AR

North Arkansas College is a 2-year community college with three campuses and a distance learning center serving a six county area. In addition to 11 associate degree- and certificate-granting fields of study, Northark also partners with area...

“…One of the most welcoming schools I've ever visited. The teachers and staff want you to succeed and will go out of their way to help you when you ask them. Northark isn't a breeze, but it's definitely a cost-effective and enjoyable place to go learn...” – Angela from Harrison, AR

With campus a short drive from both Hot Springs National Park and Ouachita National Forest, National Park College is a 2-year community college in central Arkansas. NPC offers degrees and certificates in over 30 academic fields of study. As befitting...

“…Heck to the Yes! In all of my science classes, I have learned so much information that just keeps getting bigger and bigger each semester. I have come to LOVE genetics because of my Biology class with Mrs. Gentles. I will point out to people if they...” – Druann from Hot Springs, AR

Southern Arkansas University Main Campus

Southern Arkansas University is a 4-year institution with a main campus in Magnolia. SAU offers a variety of majors, including the only computer game and animation design program in the state, and also features an Honors College for enhanced academic...

“…SAU has a nice community feel about it; everyone knows everyone else. The professors are great and want to make sure you have a great education. Financial aid and housing staff are less than desirable and are slow at processing student information. ” – Shelby from Emerson, AR

Featuring the state’s lowest tuition cost, Arkansas Northeastern College is a 2-year community college with three campus locations. Arkansas Northeastern is home to three academic divisions in Allied Health, Allied Technologies, and Arts & Sciences....

“…Everyone was very helpful with the enrollment process. From the admissions, business office, security and bookstore. Instructor shows a sincere desire to see students suceed in his class. ” – Kellye from Blytheville, AR

Black River Technical College is a 2-year technical and community college in northeast Arkansas. BRTC is home to eight academic departments hosting 35 degree and certificate-granting programs. The college’s Basic Police Training, Crime Scene...

“…I love the teachers, they are very helpful and super nice. They offer different ways to be tutored such as Plato, student tutors, and teachers tutor if needed. We have Distance Education opportunities, hybrid classes, and day and night classes. We...” – Brittany from Pocahontas, AR

Ecclesia College is a private, Christ-centered institution established in Springdale, Arkansas. The college offers associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs in areas of study including Arts, Biblical Studies, Leadership, Business Administration,...

Ozarka College is a 2-year community college with a main campus and three extension sites in northern Arkansas. Ozarka confers associate degrees in 17 fields of study in addition to 20 certificate programs. The college’s Aviation Department holds...

Southern Arkansas University Tech is a 2-year community college featuring an emphasis on technical subjects. SAU Tech offers degree and certificate programs in 20 academic divisions and six associate degrees are available entirely online. In addition...

“…SAU Tech is one of the best colleges in Arkansas. At SAU Tech you get a quality learning environment with great instructors to help you. SAU Tech also provides great learning resource centers and academic tutoring all free at your disposal.” – Brittany from Bearden, AR

Created by a merger of Southern Arkansas University and Oil Belt Technical College, South Arkansas Community College is a 2-year institution with two campuses. SouthArk is home to three academic departments conferring degrees and certificates in 22...

“…Lots of different studies for a two year college=)” – Sara from El Dorado, AR

Arkansas State University-Newport is a 2-year community college with three campuses in northeast Arkansas. ASUN is home to four academic departments hosting degree and certificate-granting programs of study in technical and business fields. Students...

“…I am learning many things like Theatre, Reading, Writing, and Math but I later I am going to learn about Philosophy, Computers, Physical Fitness, and Oral Comminications. Anyone can learn a lot here. The teachers are really cool and easy going...” – Daniela from Grubbs, AR

Featuring a campus nestled in the Ozark Mountains, Arkansas State University in Mountain Home is a 2-year community college in northern Arkansas. ASUMH is home to Schools of Business, Health Sciences, and Arts & Sciences offering 24 degree- and...

“…I can say that I am learning a lot more here at this small college than I did in high school. The teachers are well-educated in their fields and some of the teachers are actually friends of mine on facebook. They're there to help you anytime that's...” – Ashley from Mountain Home, AR

Named for a nearby river and mountain range, the College of the Ouachitas is a 2-year community college in central Arkansas. COTO is home to four departments granting associate degrees in various fields of study as well as 18 certificate programs and...

“…I love attending OTC because the classes are small and the teachers are wonderful. I work 6 days a week and go to school full-time. If I can do it, then anyone can.” – Edna from Prattsville, AR

Crowley’s Ridge College is a Christian liberal arts institution affiliated with the Churches of Christ. Although nominally a Christian school, CRC admits students of all faiths. CRC confers bachelor’s degrees in 11 fields of study including Biblical...

Originally opened as Arkansas’ second vocational school, the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton is a 2-year institution in the central part of the state. In addition to its degree and certificate programs, UACCM’s workforce...

“…The teachers are very insightful and really care about you and your grades.” – Stephanie from Springfield , AR

East Arkansas Community College is a 2-year college with a main campus and extension site in the Arkansas Delta region. EACC is home to 26 degree and certificate-granting academic programs. For students interested in the fine and performing arts, the...

“…east arkansas community college is a great educational institution, that helps you to get the education to go to work after graduation and/or gives you the opportunity to transfer to a university. i love the affordability. i also love the extensions...” – Johnny from Wynne, AR

Originally founded as a vocational technical school, Southeast Arkansas College is a 2-year community college serving a six county area. SEARK offers degrees and certificates in 22 technical studies as well as General Studies and Nursing and Allied...

“…Southeast Arkansas College feels like home. A place where you can get to know your instructors and your instructors have an interest in each individual. I have to believe that it is one of the many great community colleges in the United States.” – Lakeesha from Pine Bluff, AR

Baptist Health College - Little Rock is a private, Christ-centered institution established in Arizona. The college offers certificates, associate’s degrees, and bachelor’s degrees in nine areas of study, including Sleep Technology, Practical Nursing,...

Established in 1996, the University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana is a public, 2-year institution with two campuses located in Hempstead and Miller County. UAHT offers nearly 60 diploma, certificate, and associate’s degree programs, including several...

“…I am learning a lot about the communtity college experience. I have learned so much about myself since I started to take these courses on campus and online. I am more confident.” – Lois from Arkadelphia, AR

Established in 1991, the University of Arkansas Community College-Batesville is a public, 2-year institution located in Independence County. The college offers over 40 associate’s degree and certificate programs as well as over 60 2+2 programs in...

“…I am learning a lot more than I did in high school. With the teacher only teaching up to 20 students at a time, we are able to interact, and ask lots of questions. The teachers there also can tell if the whole class is struggling and will spend more...” – Taylor from Batesville, AR

Originally founded as a vocational school, Arkansas State University Mid-South is a 2-year community college in eastern Arkansas. ASU Mid-South offers degrees and certificates in 15 academic programs. In addition to classroom space, the ASU Mid-South...

“…Am learing a lot of self-discipline. I'm learning how to learn, how to think, and how to communicate effectively.” – Erika from West Memphis, AR

With a main campus nestled in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains, the University of Arkansas Cossatot Community College is a 2-year college with four campus locations. UAC confers degrees and certificates in more than 24 fields of study. For...

Established in 1965, Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas is a public, 2-year institution with campuses located in DeWitt, Helena-West Helena, and Stuttgart. PCC offers over 20 associate’s degree-level fields of study, over 30...

Shorter College
North Little Rock, AR

Founded by the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Shorter College is a Christian college in the Little Rock metro area and one of America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities. As the only 2-year HBCU in the United States, Shorter grants...

The Jefferson Regional Medical Center School of Nursing is a nurse training academy in central Arkansas. JRMC SoN offers a 17-month associate degree in Nursing program commencing twice per year in January and June. All Nursing students are required...

The University of Arkansas Community College Rich Mountain is a public, 2-year institution with campuses located in Mena, Mount Ida, and Waldron, Arkansas. As an institution catering to both academic and career-technical students, UA Rich Mountain...

Remington College-Little Rock is a technical and vocational school and a campus of the Remington College system in the Arkansas state capitol. The Little Rock campus offers a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and three associate degrees in...

The Arkansas Colleges of Health Education is a health sciences institution in western Arkansas dedicated to providing medical services for underserved communities. The ACHE campus is home to the Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine, featuring a 4...

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