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Arkansas (AR): Colleges, Schools and University System

Arkansas is home to a little more than 50 public and private non-profit colleges and universities. Find out which of these schools might be best suited to your needs by comparing their locations, costs, graduation rates and other relevant statistics.

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From beauty schools and vocational institutes to 4-year universities and community colleges, Arkansas has it all when it comes to postsecondary education options. We've organized the traditional public and private not-for-profit schools in the state into four separate categories, including full-time undergraduate tuition and graduation rates. These stats are based on estimates from the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES).

Arkansas Schools Near Large Cities

Of all the public and private non-profit schools located in Arkansas, a majority of those located in large cities are established in and around Little Rock. Most of these schools are private schools. The public school in Little Rock offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Other large cities in the state, like Fort Smith and Fayetteville, are home to campuses of the University of Arkansas system. The following are some examples of schools near these cities:

  • Arkansas Baptist College (Little Rock)
  • Philander Smith College (Little Rock)
  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock (Little Rock)
  • University of Arkansas - Fort Smith (Fort Smith)
  • University of Arkansas (Fayetteville)

Largest Schools in Arkansas

The largest schools in Arkansas are 4-year public schools, with a few having more than 10,000 students as of the fall in 2015. Most of the largest schools in the state offer undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

  • University of Arkansas (26,754 students)
  • Arkansas State University-Main Campus (13,410 students)
  • Arkansas Tech University (12,054 students)
  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock (11,891 students)
  • University of Central Arkansas (11,754 students)

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  • Agriculture
  • Architecture
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • Business
  • Communications and Journalism
  • Computer Sciences
  • Culinary Arts and Personal Services
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Legal
  • Liberal Arts and Humanities
  • Mechanic and Repair Technologies
  • Medical and Health Professions
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Transportation and Distribution
  • Visual and Performing Arts

Lowest Net Price

The average net price for a college or university is determined by subtracting the amount of government or institutional financial aid a student receives from the total cost of attendance. The figures for these Arkansas schools are based on data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) for the 2014-2015 academic year, for full-time undergraduates.

  • 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 overall graduation rate for a school includes the number of students who completed their studies in 150% of 'normal time' (for example, six years would be the 'normal time' for a bachelor's program). Based on NCES figures for full-time undergraduate students, the top graduation rates were above 60%, as of 2015.

  • Hendrix College (68% graduation rate)
  • Ouachita Baptist University (65%)
  • Harding University (64% graduation rate)
  • Remington College-Little Rock Campus (63% graduation rate)
  • University of Arkansas (62% graduation rate)

In this article, the differing public and private non-profit schools in Arkansas have been organized for your benefit into four distinct categories to help you decide which school is right for you.

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