Arkansas Public Colleges and Universities

There are more than 30 public colleges and universities in Arkansas. Learn about a variety of schools in the state to help you decide which is right for you.

It's important to consider many factors before enrolling in a public university or college in Arkansas. Using data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), account for nearness to cities, student population, net cost, and graduation rate while investigating schools.

Arkansas Schools Near Large Cities

For many students, being able to travel between school and downtown of a large city is essential. Among Arkansas' public schools, the NCES reports that none are within what it considers to be a large city. However, several schools are found at or near small and midsize cities, such as:

  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock (Little Rock)
  • University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (Pine Bluff)
  • University of Central Arkansas (Conway)
  • Arkansas State University-Main Campus (Jonesboro)
  • NorthWest Arkansas Community College (Bentonville)

Largest Schools in Arkansas

Having many students enrolled alongside you at college is appealing for many reasons. In Arkansas, the number of students enrolled in the various schools number between roughly 200 and 27,000. The top five largest schools in the state, according to the NCES, are:

  • University of Arkansas (26,237)
  • Arkansas State University - Main Campus (13,144)
  • Arkansas Tech University (12,002)
  • University of Central Arkansas (11,698)
  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock (11,645)

Lowest Net Price

Prior to choosing a college, many students may want to know the total cost of the college. The NCES determines a college's net cost by subtracting the average amount of government or institutional financial aid a student receives from the total cost of attending the college. The schools that offered the lowest net prices for full-time undergraduates over the 2014-2015 school year in Arkansas were:

  • University of Arkansas Community College - Batesville ($2,945)
  • East Arkansas Community College ($2,990)
  • Southeast Arkansas College ($3,016)
  • Crowley's Ridge Technical Institute ($3,303)
  • North Arkansas College ($4,530)

Highest Graduation Rate

The NCES bases a school's overall graduation rate on the number of students who began their studies and graduated in 150% of what's considered the 'normal time' (for example, six years for bachelor's degree or three years for an associate degree). The schools with the highest 2014-2015 graduation rates among public colleges and universities in the state are:

  • University of Arkansas (62%)
  • Northwest Technical Institute (60%)
  • Arkansas State University - Mountain Home (51%)
  • University of Central Arkansas (45%)
  • Arkansas Tech University (44%)

Deciding on which public school to attend is a no easy task, so make sure to consider factors like net cost, graduation rate, nearness to cities, and student population before choosing where to go in Arkansas.

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