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...

“…This university has a diverse, smart, and eclectic student body. The classes never fail to impress me, and neither does the sheer beauty of the campus.” – Molly from Fort Smith, 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...

“…Arkansas State University is a well rounded college for those who seek a start in their career. It can be the beginning of a long and wonderful education, and it can serve as the end of ones educational goals all at the same time. Whether you're...” – Ryan from Highland, 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...

“…God's hand is very present here on campus. If you are looking for a place with legitimate people coming to know The Lord, Harding is the place for you. I would not be anywhere else.” – Brittany from Olive Branch, MS

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...

“…The campus is absolutely gorgeous, perfect for those from a small town or a big town wanting to size down. If anyone is struggling in anyway the professors are always willing to help, but only if you ask. ” – Brittany from Vilonia, 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 in my book rates about 7 out of 10. The campus and people are great and classes are small, the teachers really get to know their students. However, the accessibility features are outdated and need improving. ” – Christina from Russellville, 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...

“…This college is a small close-knit community that eventually becomes your family. The people and professors have a genuine care and interest in you well-being. You will get the full college experience here and the lasting relationships for the career...” – Sean from Watauga, TX

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...

“…Growing to remain a viable option for students. Very student friendly. A good mix of academics and fun.” – E. from Gurdon, 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 University of the Ozarks is a small liberal arts university that offers more than just an education. The small student population provides an intimate atmosphere and allows students to make valuable connections with people, both professional and...” – Sarah from Conway, 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...

“…University of Arkansas at Little Rock is a great place to go to school. The counselors care and go out of there way to help their students. I also enjoy all the teachers and how they care and teach their students for success. They are wonderful help...” – Jerolyn from Hot Springs, 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...

“…Never want leaving” – Scott from Malvern, 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...

“…JBU is a wonderful place to live and study! The motto, head, heart, hand, exemplifies their focus on educating the whole person. You are NOT just a number here!” – Mountain Lover

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 University of Arkansas @ Pine Bluff (UAPB) deserves a high grade of 8 out of 10 on its smooth admissions procedures for students. It deserves an 8 for its research provisions @ the library for students. It deserves an 8 on how it allows the...” – mercedes 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...

“…I really like this school and the atmosphere here. This is a place where you can actually talk with administrators not the voice mail. This is a friendly campus and we are like a family here!!!” – Quartez from Memphis, TN

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 university has a great learning atmosphere with outstanding teachers that are willing to help you with any of your concerns inside or outside of class. It is a small campus, but its student numbers continue to grow each year, so you get a big...” – Meagan from Charleston, 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...

“…The professors are wonderful and make sure you understand your assignments and work with you. The atmosphere is great, nice buildings and classes. They have a lot fun events to really help the students mingle!” – Ashley from Monticello, 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...

“…Pulaski Technical College is a relatively smaller college located in North Little Rock, Arkansas. To be completely honest I love the fact that this is school is small. My classes at the most have 30 students in them and I can answer a question...” – Lauren 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...

“…I have attended NWACC for 5 semesters so far and I am glad so see how much it has grown in the time I have been there. It is a lively but comfortable campus, they did well creating an atmosphere of learning. ” – TheRobot

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,...

“…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...

“…Good religious school. Very diversity. And tuition is about 3,900.” – Iris from East Saint Louis, IL

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 really look forward attending in the fall.” – Elizabeth from Searcy, 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 very challenging and prestigious college. The college has great professors that really care about your future and try to help you as much as possible. It's a great Christian college, that integrates praise with it's...” – Kellie

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...

“…North Ark is a great place to go back to school. I am over 40 and going to college for the first time. The staff has helped me with everything I have asked for help with. ” – Dawna 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...

“…Very delightful, rewarding, and accommodating. Interested in the student's education, not just their paycheck. Beautiful campus.” – Dianne 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...

“…This is the most helpful place I have ever been. Wether I am getting good news, or bad news SAU is always there to answer any question I may have. There are no waiting lists and no phone wait tone. I love being a student at Southern Arkansas...” – No name woman

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 rate Arkansas Northeastern College as a number ten. It is a great college to attend to get you ready for a four year college. It is very convince for me because I live right here in Blytheville and I do not have to drive an hour to get to school.” – Carolyn 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...

“…Black river has nice teachers that are willing to help. The teachers are understanding when it comes to missed days due to excusable events. Students are also very friendly, so no one feels like a real outcast.” – Kassie from Hoxie, 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...

“…Ozarka college has a pleasant and exciting learning atmosphere. Instructors at Ozarka go above and beyond to ensure that all of their students are successful. There are numerous programs available at Ozarka to students to help with their transition...” – Nichole from Cherokee Village, AR

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 so far is a great school. Especially for someone trying to get back on track. I would definitely recommend this school .” – Jay - Jonesboro, 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...

“…It is a great campus where the teachers are friendly and helpful. The classes are good and you can get more one on one with the teachers who are willing to help you if you need them. The tuition is a good price also.” – Karen from Homer, LA

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...

“…Arkansas State University Mountain Home is a very down to earth college. All the the instructors that I have had really seem to care about my education. This college strives for excellence” – April from Gassville, 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...

“…College of the Ouachitas is small, but offers a solid education. My instructors have been helpful and welcoming. I've thoroughly enjoyed my experience here.” – Julie from Benton, 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...

“…a wonderful and beautiful school others should come. also the teacher to student ratio is outstanding plus the staff are really cool and down to earth people.” – Tremayne from West Memphis, AR

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...

“…UACCM is a wonderful school. Not only are the opportunities there good, but the teachers make it a fun experience too. For a smaller institution, it's the perfect size for me. ” – Jennifer from Dover, 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,...

“…Baptist Health College-LR is a great school. The teachers are great at going above and beyond to make sure you understand the material. I know I made the right school choice.”

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...

“…UACCH is a spectacular college. This is a great college for all students who are interested in attending college. It is very convenient and affordable. Being that I'm going to school for physical therapy I am not able to finish my degree here, but if...” – Candice from McCaskill, 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...

“…They genuinely care about you and are always willing to help if you need it. Not only are they great educators, they are mentors, friends, and overall great people. An amazing, academically challenging college that values community and discipline.” – Crystal from Cave City, 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...

“…Mid-South Community College is a great school. It has great programs. It gets you involved in campus activities.” – Danyeal from Marion, 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...

“…PCCUA staffs are friendly. The teachers are willing to help you with your work. The campus is nice and small.” – Troy from West Helena, AR

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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