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 knew college was going to be hard, and I was afraid I wouldn't learn very much because of this. I was terrified of being left behind in my classes. In reality, this is not how the University of Arkansas conducts their education. The professors here...” – Shawn from Kirby, AR

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...

“…I am a Music Education Major at ASU-Jonesboro. I've been studying music for years, being in band in High School and Jr. High, as well as playing various instruments since elementary, but I am amazed by how much I learn every day from my music...” – Adam from Jonesboro, 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...

“…I am not just learning things in my field of study but also from experiences.” – Katherine from Carrollton, TX

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 am a second semester freshman. In the classes i have taken so far, I have learned so much! The science department here is a really great one. If you are struggling in any of your classes there are people, including your professors that are here and...” – Megan from Sherwood, 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...

“…Arkansas Tech University has the ideal campus, not too big, not too small. The staff is efficient and friendly. I love ATU!” – Tyler

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...

“…Ouachita to me cannot be rated! Ouachita's faculty and students create a positive influence that helps me become better in all that I do. I believe Ouachita helps students thrive in all they do and all they will do.” – Brian from El Paso, 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...

“…a presbyterian 4 year university. not as strong on christian priniciples as i had hoped. a smaller college atmosphere, clean and friendly.” – sheepherder

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...

“…Before transferring here I was nervous, and didn't know what to expect. I am truly grateful for the education that this school has provided me with. I don't think I would ever find another cheerful, caring, and educational environment as this one.” – Yonkia from Texarkana, AR

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...

“…At Hendrix, you are required to take certain core classes which will vastly expand your knowledge and your lexicon. I learned quite a bit about religion in Journeys, a class required to be passed by all students before graduation. In my other classes...” – Samantha from Conway, AR

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...

“…I love learning everything from a Christian worldview. All of my classes always intertwine somehow. What I'm learning in one will carry over to the next. I don't just have to learn what they are teaching me. I want to learn it. Also, the art classes...” – Chrissy

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...

“…The classes are not just teaching the subject. The professors are also teaching life lessons that will help after graduation.” – Kourtney from Little Rock , AR

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...

“…Philander is a tight knit school all built on the foundation of family. Students faculty relationships are a must, especially for the major you plan on taking up. A wonderful small HBCU that focuses Building someone up and sending them towards the...” – Ayzha from Saint Louis, 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...

“…The professors really are here for YOU. Each teacher provides various methods for excelling in the course. All of your questions can be answered with ease. The flexibility makes succeeding possible for any student.” – Kendall from Fort Smith, AR

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...

“…University of Arkansas at Monticello is a great university in my opinion. There are many professors willing to help each and every student in need of help with their classes. Also, there are a great variety of groups and organizations available for...” – Emily from Hamburg, 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...

“…Easy to stay on track to get to be successful. Hard works but it does help me to reach my goals.” – Joshua from Jacksonville, 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...

“…Nationally recognized pharmacy program. Friendly faculty. Extremely involved pharmacy professionals.” – Meagan from Cabot, 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,...

“…CBC has a wonderful atmosphere. The instructors are great. I really feel at home here.” – Seth from Vilonia, AR

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...

“…I actually attend a branch of ASU-Beebe, at the Little Rock Air Force Base. This school is very clean and all of the teachers are extremely nice and willing to help out or answer any questions. They will work with you if something were to come up....” – Katelyn from Jacksonville, 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

National Park College
Hot Springs National Park, 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...

“…NPCC, although a smaller school, has much to offer. I am very satisfied with the staffing, both in and out of the classroom. I have had too few negative experiences to say that I wouldn't recommend this college to anyone seeking to improve their...” – Roy 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...

“…The classes are well oriented. The student teacher ratio is 25:1 which makes it easy for the teacher to teach the class while helping every student in the class. It is more easier for a student to learn also because there are less distractions by...” – Shequita from Strong, 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....

“…I know that ANC will teach me everything I need to know about law enforcement.” – Amanda from Caruthersville, MO

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...

“…Good Campus. Amazing Dorms. Friendly People.” – Amanda from Fayetteville, 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...

“…Absolutely amazing, a college for all! Perfect for someone starting college either just out of school or for someone who has been out for quite some time. And everyone is so nice and helpful!!!!” – Ashlee from Newport, 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...

“…From the classes that I have been in, the teachers are well-organized and have plenty of useful and interesting information. In many of my classes, I would never miss a class not because I don't want to fall behind, but because I'm actually...” – Melissa 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 University of Arkansas Community College in Morrilton is a great college. The tuition is affordable and cheap. The college as wonderful teachers and the computer lab is a big help. ” – Whitney from Morrilton, 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...

“…I love there programs.. Most of it is hands-on and you will learn what you need to learn plus a lil more. the teachers are great advisors and will try to help you out in any way possible.” – Heather from Rison, 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 attended a 4 year university and left it to move closer to home, while transferring to UACCB. I feel like I've learned more in my one year here than in the 2 years at ASU-J! The teachers here are more focused on teaching you the skills you'll need...” – Tara from Newark, 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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