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

Hendrix College
Conway, AR

Hendrix College offers 31 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a small city. In 2019, 315 students graduated with students earning 310 Bachelor's degrees, and 5 Master's degrees.

Lyon College
Batesville, AR

Lyon College offers 21 degree programs. It's a very small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a remote town. In 2019, 124 students graduated with students earning 124 Bachelor's degrees.

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Harding University
Searcy, AR

Harding University offers 148 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a faraway town. In 2019, 1,208 students graduated with students earning 841 Bachelor's degrees, 278 Master's degrees, and 89 Doctoral degrees.

Ouachita Baptist University
Arkadelphia, AR

Ouachita Baptist University offers 76 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a faraway town. In 2019, 337 students graduated with students earning 321 Bachelor's degrees, and 16 Associate's degrees.

University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR

University of Arkansas offers 273 degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a small city. In 2019, 6,470 students graduated with students earning 4,834 Bachelor's degrees, 1,102 Master's degrees, 331 Doctoral degrees, and 203 Certificates.

University of the Ozarks
Clarksville, AR

University of the Ozarks offers 30 degree programs. It's a very small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a remote town. In 2019, 147 students graduated with students earning 147 Bachelor's degrees.

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff offers 51 degree programs. It's a small, public, four-year university in a small city. In 2019, 462 students graduated with students earning 433 Bachelor's degrees, 25 Master's degrees, 3 Associate's degrees, and 1 Doctoral degree.

John Brown University
Siloam Springs, AR

John Brown University offers 75 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a faraway town. In 2019, 644 students graduated with students earning 437 Bachelor's degrees, and 207 Master's degrees.

Arkansas State University-Main Campus offers 240 degree programs. It's a large, public, four-year university in a small city. In 2019, 4,963 students graduated with students earning 1,908 Master's degrees, 1,805 Bachelor's degrees, 646 Certificates, 539 Associate's degrees, and 65 Doctoral degrees.

University of Arkansas at Little Rock offers 197 degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 2,509 students graduated with students earning 1,260 Bachelor's degrees, 519 Master's degrees, 400 Associate's degrees, 170 Certificates, and 160 Doctoral degrees.

Best Community Colleges in Arkansas

Bryan University
Rogers, AR

Bryan University offers 13 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a small city. In 2019, 32 students graduated with students earning 29 Associate's degrees, and 3 Certificates.

Southern Arkansas University Tech offers 80 degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a faraway rural area. In 2019, 822 students graduated with students earning 686 Certificates, and 136 Associate's degrees.

Ozarka College
Melbourne, AR

Ozarka College offers 70 degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a remote rural area. In 2019, 641 students graduated with students earning 458 Certificates, and 183 Associate's degrees.

Baptist Health College Little Rock offers 13 degree programs. It's a very small, private not-for-profit, two-year college in a midsize city. In 2019, 417 students graduated with students earning 265 Associate's degrees, and 152 Certificates.

Arkansas State University-Mountain Home offers 53 degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a outlying rural area. In 2019, 520 students graduated with students earning 335 Certificates, and 185 Associate's degrees.

University of Arkansas Community College-Morrilton offers 38 degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a faraway town. In 2019, 917 students graduated with students earning 531 Certificates, and 386 Associate's degrees.

Arkansas State University-Newport offers 70 degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a faraway rural area. In 2019, 1,003 students graduated with students earning 772 Certificates, and 231 Associate's degrees.

Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas offers 49 degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a outlying rural area. In 2019, 435 students graduated with students earning 304 Certificates, and 131 Associate's degrees.

University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana offers 57 degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a faraway town. In 2019, 778 students graduated with students earning 553 Certificates, and 225 Associate's degrees.

East Arkansas Community College offers 62 degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a faraway town. In 2019, 472 students graduated with students earning 355 Certificates, and 117 Associate's degrees.

List of all colleges in Arkansas

School Average Tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
Hendrix College Logo Hendrix College Conway, AR
5/5
11 : 1 1,121
Lyon College Logo Lyon College Batesville, AR
5/5
13 : 1 662
Harding University Logo Harding University Searcy, AR
4/5
15 : 1 4,879
Ouachita Baptist University Logo Ouachita Baptist University Arkadelphia, AR
5/5
16 : 1 1,633
University of Arkansas Logo University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR
3/5
23 : 1 27,559
University of the Ozarks Logo University of the Ozarks Clarksville, AR
5/5
16 : 1 824
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Logo University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Pine Bluff, AR
3/5
16 : 1 2,498
John Brown University Logo John Brown University Siloam Springs, AR
5/5
27 : 1 2,319
Arkansas State University-Main Campus Logo Arkansas State University-Main Campus Jonesboro, AR
3/5
26 : 1 13,356
Bryan University Logo Bryan University Rogers, AR
4/5
17 : 1 52
University of Arkansas at Little Rock Logo University of Arkansas at Little Rock Little Rock, AR
3/5
24 : 1 9,581
Southern Arkansas University Main Campus Logo Southern Arkansas University Main Campus Magnolia, AR
3/5
27 : 1 4,475
University of Central Arkansas Logo University of Central Arkansas Conway, AR
3/5
20 : 1 10,869
Williams Baptist University Logo Williams Baptist University Walnut Ridge, AR
4/5
18 : 1 550
Henderson State University Logo Henderson State University Arkadelphia, AR
3/5
22 : 1 4,037
Southern Arkansas University Tech Logo Southern Arkansas University Tech Camden, AR
2/5
28 : 1 1,102
New Tyler Barber College Inc Logo New Tyler Barber College Inc North Little Rock, AR     30
Philander Smith College Logo Philander Smith College Little Rock, AR
3/5
21 : 1 996
Velvatex College of Beauty Culture Logo Velvatex College of Beauty Culture Little Rock, AR     15
Designer Barber & Stylist School Logo Designer Barber & Stylist School Ft Smith, AR     61

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