Arkansas Colleges

Accredited Schools In Arkansas

Arkansas, which calls itself “the natural state”, is home to just under three million people.

Hendrix College appears to be the most selective college in the state. Although more than 80% of their applicants are admitted, the SAT math/reading total SAT scores of entering freshmen average about 1,200, exceeding all Arkansas colleges and universities by at least 75 points.  Hendrix boasts a six year graduation rate of more than 78%, far eclipsing every other college or university in the state except for John Brown University, only a few percentage points behind. Hendrix has appeared in the U.S. News and World top 100 liberal arts college listings.

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The University of Arkansas has the largest student population, with 20,000 on its main campus in Fayetteville.  The university also offers online degrees, as do Arkansas Tech University, Central Arkansas University, John Brown University, and Arkansas State University.  Several institutions within the state have received gifts from the Walton family’s foundation, with the University of Arkansas being the recipient of more than three hundred million dollars.

Arkansas State University and Central Arkansas State University, both with about 13,000, rank just behind University of Arkansas, and Arkansas Tech University serves about 11,000 students.

Twenty-two Arkansas institutions award two-year degrees.  Fourteen are public, stand alone community colleges, while the remaining eight are affiliated with state-supported universities.

Eleven of the 13 private colleges and universities in Arkansas are church affiliated, with three of the 11 (Arkansas Baptist, Philander Smith, and Shorter) also being historically black colleges (HBCU’s).  There are no Catholic colleges or universities in Arkansas, but there are several out-of-state institutions with a presence there, including Bryan University, Park University, and Webster University.

Traditional Universities – AR (Arkansas)

Arkansas State University

Arkansas Tech University

Harding University

Henderson State University

Hendrix College

John Brown University

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  • Phone – 877-JBU-INFO

Lyon College

Ouachita Baptist University

Philander Smith College

University of Arkansas

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  • Phone – 479-575-5346
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University of Arkansas Fort Smith

University of Central Arkansas

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  • Phone – 800-243-8245
  • Admissions – [email protected]
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University of the Ozarks

Williams Baptist College

Community Colleges – Arkansas

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Arkansas Northeastern College

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  • Phone – (870) 239-3200
  • Address – 1032 West Kings Highway, Paragould, AR 72450

Arkansas State University/Beebe

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  • Phone – (501) 882-3600
  • Address – 1000 W Iowa St, Beebe, AR 72012

Arkansas State University/Mountain Home

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  • Phone – (870) 508-6100
  • Address – 1600 South College Street, Mountain Home, AR 72653

Arkansas State University/Newport

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  • Phone – (870) 512-7800
  • Address – 7648 Victory Blvd, Newport, AR 72112

Black River Technical College

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  • Phone – (870) 248-4000
  • Address – 1410 AR-304, Pocahontas, AR 72455

College of the Ouachitas

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  • Phone – (501) 337-5000
  • Address – One College Circle, Malvern, AR 72104

Community College at Batesville- University of Arkansas

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  • Phone – (870) 612-2000
  • Address – 2005 White Dr, Batesville, AR 72501

Community College at Hope – University of Arkansas

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  • Phone – (870) 777-5722
  • Address – 2500 S Main St, Hope, AR 71801

Community College at Morrilton – University of Arkansas

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  • Phone – (501) 977-2053
  • Address – 1537 University Blvd, Morrilton, AR 72110

Cossatot Community College

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  • Phone – (870) 584-4471
  • Address – 183 College Drive, De Queen, AR 71832

East Arkansas Community College

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  • Phone – (870) 633-4480
  • Address – 1700 Newcastle Rd, Forrest City, AR 72335

Mid-South Community College

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  • Phone – (870) 733-6722
  • Address – 2000 W Broadway Ave, West Memphis, AR 72301

National Park Community College

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  • Phone – (501) 760-4222
  • Address – 101 College Dr, Hot Springs, AR 71913

North Arkansas College

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  • Phone – (870) 743-3000
  • Address – 1515 Pioneer Dr, Harrison, AR 72601

Northwest Arkansas Community College

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  • Phone – (479) 636-9222
  • Address – 1 College Dr, Bentonville, AR 72712

Ozarka College

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  • Phone – (870) 368-7371
  • Address – 218 College Dr, Melbourne, AR 72556

Phillips Community College

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  • Phone – (870) 338-6474
  • Address – 1000 Campus Rd, Helena, AR 72342

Pulaski Technical College

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  • Phone – (501) 812-2200
  • Address – 3000 W Scenic Dr, North Little Rock, AR 72118

Rich Mountain Community College

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  • Phone – (479) 394-7622
  • Address – 1100 College Dr, Mena, AR 71953

South Arkansas Community College

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  • Phone – (870) 862-8131
  • Address – 300 S West Ave, El Dorado, AR 71730

Southeast Arkansas College

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  • Phone – (870) 543-5900
  • Address – 1900 S Hazel St, Pine Bluff, AR 71603

Southern Arkansas University Tech

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  • Phone – (870) 574-4500
  • Address – 6415 Spellman Rd, East Camden, AR 71701

Traditional, Career, and Vocational Colleges AR.

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Blue Cliff College

Little Rock

Remington College


Bryan College

Online Colleges in Arkansas

Arkansas has many options available for students interested in online degree programs. While there are relatively few accredited schools in the state in comparison to much more populated states (such as California and New York), the state does have 44 fully accredited online degree offering colleges. Among these institutions, prospective students will find degree options across all available levels, to include Associate’s, Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral and many undergraduate and graduate certificate programs. The state has a relatively low numbers of students taking online degree programs. According to a 2012 National Center for Education Statistics report, just over 9% of the students enrolled in Title IV institutions were taking fully online degree programs. While this number has almost certainly grown in the past several years, it is behind many other states, including West Virginia and Arizona, each of which have around 50% of their students taking classes online.

Despite the low percentage of students in the state choosing the online degree option, many colleges and universities in the state offer valuable programs at extremely low tuition and per-credit rates. The University of Arkansas at Fort Smith offers online programs for an extremely annual tuition, at under $5,000 for in-state students. Out-of-state students can also take these courses for less than the national average, at an annual tuition rate under $11,000 a year. Most other schools in the state that also offer low tuition and low per-credit costs as well. Arkansas Tech University, for example, offers courses at a low per-credit cost of $209 and a low tuition rate of around $7,250 per year for in-state students and around $13,500 for out-of-state students.

Prospective students will find that the University of Arkansas has some of the best ranked online degree programs in the state. U.S. News and World Report ranks the school in several areas: #148 for Best Online Bachelor’s Programs, #35 for Best Online Graduate Education Programs and #29 for Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs. The university uses the industry-standard Blackboard Learn to offer wide variety of online degree programs. Students will find Bachelor’s degrees available in Interdisciplinary Studies, General Business, Education in Human Resource and Workforce Education and Nursing available through the school. As the school’s online program specializes in Master’s degree programs, prospective students will find a much wider range of options available for graduate degrees. These include, but are not limited to, Master’s degrees in Business Administration, Secondary Mathematics, Agricultural and Food Law, Food Safety, Electrical Engineering and Information Systems.

Prospective students will find that degrees from Arkansas schools will more likely than not result in higher-than-average salaries after attending. Graduates of the The University of Arkansas enjoy salaries of around $43,000 a year, nicely above the national average, while still enjoying annual tuition rates that are significantly below the national average as well. This is true of other schools in the state which offer online degree programs, including the private John Brown University, which has post-graduation salaries averaging $46,000 a year, and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, which boasts post-graduation salaries averaging around $62,000 a year.