Best Colleges in Arkansas

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Scoping out schools in the charming, esteemed south? Six Fortune 500 companies, including Walmart and Tyson Foods, call Arkansas home. Forestry remains a strong industry in Arkansas, with agriculture and aquaculture quickly gaining traction. With impressively low living and business costs and an unemployment rate of 6.2%, on par with the national average, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to make good money in Arkansas, a state recently dubbed the most affordable state to live in the U.S.*

This landlocked southern gem is the home of 2 major public university systems and several smaller private and industrial colleges, 51 in all.* Register for classes in Little Rock, Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Jonesboro or any number of the larger cities in Arkansas. More of an outdoors type? With 52 national parks and approximately 56 percent of the state’s total area covered in forestland,* “The Natural State” is a nature lover’s paradise. Annual cultural events, such as the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, draw an even larger crowd to the always-bustling southern state. Head to Arkansas for school and make some serious green in one of the nation’s greenest states.

*ezlandlordforms.com; *www.cnbc.com/id/100003143 *Bureau of Labor Statistics *www.bestplaces.net/state/Arkansas *United State Forest Service

Best Four Year Universities in Arkansas

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR

University of Arkansas offers 305 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a small city. In 2015, 6,367 students graduated with students earning 4,718 Bachelor's degrees, 1,300 Master's degrees, 328 Doctoral degrees, and 21 Certificates degrees.

Based on 44 Reviews
2 Harding University Searcy, AR

Harding University offers 174 Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a far away town. In 2015, 1,539 students graduated with students earning 1,072 Bachelor's degrees, 363 Master's degrees, and 104 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 8 Reviews
3 Arkansas State University-Main Campus Jonesboro, AR

Arkansas State University-Main Campus offers 189 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public university in a small city. In 2015, 4,539 students graduated with students earning 1,851 Bachelor's degrees, 1,589 Master's degrees, 643 Certificates degrees, 382 Associate's degrees, and 74 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 8 Reviews
4 University of Arkansas at Little Rock Little Rock, AR

University of Arkansas at Little Rock offers 160 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 2,522 students graduated with students earning 1,453 Bachelor's degrees, 506 Master's degrees, 285 Associate's degrees, 178 Doctoral degrees, and 100 Certificates degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
5 Arkansas Tech University Russellville, AR

Arkansas Tech University offers 150 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public university in a remote town. In 2015, 3,141 students graduated with students earning 1,472 Bachelor's degrees, 852 Certificates degrees, 516 Associate's degrees, 301 Master's degrees.

6 University of Central Arkansas Conway, AR

University of Central Arkansas offers 159 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public university in a small city. In 2015, 2,523 students graduated with students earning 1,615 Bachelor's degrees, 650 Master's degrees, 115 Doctoral degrees, 109 Associate's degrees, and 34 Certificates degrees.

Based on 8 Reviews
7 Hendrix College Conway, AR

Hendrix College offers 57 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a small city. In 2015, 399 students graduated with students earning 389 Bachelor's degrees, and 10 Master's degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
8 Henderson State University Arkadelphia, AR

Henderson State University offers 66 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public university in a far away town. In 2015, 786 students graduated with students earning 547 Bachelor's degrees, 137 Master's degrees, 98 Certificates degrees, and 4 Associate's degrees.

9 Southern Arkansas University Main Campus Magnolia, AR

Southern Arkansas University Main Campus offers 67 Degree programs. It's a small public university in a remote town. In 2015, 780 students graduated with students earning 451 Bachelor's degrees, 180 Master's degrees, 149 Associate's degrees.

Based on 12 Reviews
10 University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Pine Bluff, AR

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff offers 59 Degree programs. It's a small public university in a small city. In 2015, 386 students graduated with students earning 367 Bachelor's degrees, 19 Master's degrees.

Best Community Colleges in Arkansas

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 University of Arkansas Community College-Morrilton Morrilton, AR

University of Arkansas Community College-Morrilton offers 52 Degree programs. It's a small public college in a far away town. In 2015, 879 students graduated with students earning 448 Associate's degrees, and 431 Certificates degrees.

2 Arkansas State University-Beebe Beebe, AR

Arkansas State University-Beebe offers 108 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a outlying town. In 2015, 2,056 students graduated with students earning 1,297 Certificates degrees, and 759 Associate's degrees.

3 Arkansas State University-Newport Newport, AR

Arkansas State University-Newport offers 66 Degree programs. It's a small public college in a far away rural. In 2015, 878 students graduated with students earning 639 Certificates degrees, and 239 Associate's degrees.

4 NorthWest Arkansas Community College Bentonville, AR

NorthWest Arkansas Community College offers 79 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a small city. In 2015, 1,189 students graduated with students earning 811 Associate's degrees, and 378 Certificates degrees.

5 Pulaski Technical College North Little Rock, AR

Pulaski Technical College offers 109 Degree programs. It's a large public college in a small city. In 2015, 3,082 students graduated with students earning 1,826 Certificates degrees, and 1,256 Associate's degrees.

6 National Park Community College Hot Springs, AR

National Park Community College offers 73 Degree programs. It's a small public college in a small suburb. In 2015, 950 students graduated with students earning 491 Associate's degrees, and 459 Certificates degrees.

7 Remington College-Little Rock Campus Little Rock, AR

Remington College-Little Rock Campus offers 10 Degree programs. It's a very small private college in a mid sized city. In 2015, 160 students graduated with students earning 152 Certificates degrees, and 8 Associate's degrees.

8 University of Arkansas Community College-Hope Hope, AR

University of Arkansas Community College-Hope offers 65 Degree programs. It's a small public college in a far away town. In 2015, 837 students graduated with students earning 621 Certificates degrees, and 216 Associate's degrees.

9 Southern Arkansas University Tech Camden, AR

Southern Arkansas University Tech offers 62 Degree programs. It's a small public college in a far away rural. In 2015, 1,232 students graduated with students earning 1,080 Certificates degrees, and 152 Associate's degrees.

10 North Arkansas College Harrison, AR

North Arkansas College offers 78 Degree programs. It's a small public college in a remote town. In 2015, 910 students graduated with students earning 539 Certificates degrees, and 371 Associate's degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews

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School Logo School Name Average tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
University of Arkansas University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR
3/5
23 : 1 26,754
Harding University Harding University Searcy, AR
4/5
18 : 1 6,009
Arkansas State University-Main Campus Arkansas State University-Main Campus Jonesboro, AR
3/5
24 : 1 13,410
University of Arkansas at Little Rock University of Arkansas at Little Rock Little Rock, AR
2/5
23 : 1 11,891
Arkansas Tech University Arkansas Tech University Russellville, AR
2/5
28 : 1 12,054
University of Central Arkansas University of Central Arkansas Conway, AR
2/5
20 : 1 11,754
Hendrix College Hendrix College Conway, AR
5/5
11 : 1 1,338
Henderson State University Henderson State University Arkadelphia, AR
3/5
18 : 1 3,527
Southern Arkansas University Main Campus Southern Arkansas University Main Campus Magnolia, AR
2/5
22 : 1 4,095
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Pine Bluff, AR
2/5
16 : 1 2,658
Ouachita Baptist University Ouachita Baptist University Arkadelphia, AR
5/5
14 : 1 1,538
University of Arkansas Community College-Morrilton University of Arkansas Community College-Morrilton Morrilton, AR
2/5
33 : 1 2,042
John Brown University John Brown University Siloam Springs, AR
5/5
22 : 1 2,781
Lyon College Lyon College Batesville, AR
5/5
16 : 1 715
Central Baptist College Central Baptist College Conway, AR
3/5
19 : 1 881
University of the Ozarks University of the Ozarks Clarksville, AR
5/5
14 : 1 651
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith University of Arkansas-Fort Smith Fort Smith, AR
2/5
24 : 1 6,720
Arkansas State University-Beebe Arkansas State University-Beebe Beebe, AR
2/5
25 : 1 3,935
University Logo Arkansas State University-Newport Newport, AR
2/5
28 : 1 2,651
Baptist Health College-Little Rock Baptist Health College-Little Rock Little Rock, AR
3/5
11 : 1 663
NorthWest Arkansas Community College NorthWest Arkansas Community College Bentonville, AR
2/5
31 : 1 7,744
Williams Baptist College Williams Baptist College Walnut Ridge, AR
4/5
17 : 1 541
University of Arkansas at Monticello University of Arkansas at Monticello Monticello, AR
2/5
20 : 1 3,643
Pulaski Technical College Pulaski Technical College North Little Rock, AR
2/5
32 : 1 7,641
National Park Community College National Park Community College Hot Springs, AR
2/5
25 : 1 3,014

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