School and Ranking Information
Collectively, Little Rock and its surrounding areas within 25 miles have less than 10 schools that offer programs in criminal justice. The following schools are considered the top three based on tuition, degree levels available and school type:
- Winner: University of Arkansas in Little Rock is the winner as a result of its low tuition rates, degree level choices available to students and the number of degrees the school has awarded in the area of study.
- Runner Up #1: University of Central Arkansas in Conway is the first runner up for its regional rankings in 2014 given by U.S. News & World Report and for being a public school.
- Runner Up #2: Remington College's Little Rock campus secures third place for being located in the city and for its high graduation rate.
School Comparison Chart
|Category||University of Arkansas at Little Rock||University of Central Arkansas||Remington College-Little Rock Campus|
|Rankings (2013)||N/A|| 66th on 2014 Regional Universities (South)*,
28th on 2014 Top Public Schools (South)*
|Location||Little Rock, AR||Conway, AR (23.3 miles from Little Rock)||Little Rock, AR|
|School Type||4-year, public||4-year, public||2-year, private not-for-profit|
|Tuition & Fees (2012-2013)|| $6,854 (undergraduate, in-state)
$16,066 (undergraduate, out-of-state)
$6,476 (graduate, in-state)
$13,476 (graduate, out-of-state)**
| $7,333 (undergraduate, in-state)
$12,830 (undergraduate, out-of-state)
$5,257 (graduate, in-state)
$9,322 (graduate, out-of-state)**
|Criminal Justice Degree Levels Offered||Associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees||Bachelor's degrees||Associate's degrees|
|Criminal Justice Degrees Awarded (All Levels) in 2011-2012||103**||0**||15**|
|Most Popular Criminal Justice Degree Level in 2011-2012||Bachelor's degree (85 awarded)**||Bachelor's degree (0 awarded)**||Associate's degree (15 awarded)**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time)||20% (Fall 2006 Entering Class)**||41% (Fall 2006 Entering Class)**||85% (Fall 2009 Entering Class)**|
|Noteworthy||Involved in sustainability efforts like the Coleman Creek Greenway Project||350-acre campus with 118 campus facilities and buildings||Numerous campus locations|
Sources: *2013 U.S. News & World Report rankings, **NCES College Navigator
Winner: University of Arkansas at Little Rock
- A lecture series brings distinguished criminal justice scholars to speak to the students here.
- The Arkansas Victim Assistance Academy is located on campus.
- A service organization called Criminal Justice Society is joinable by the criminal justice students here.
- Specific scholarship opportunities for criminal justice majors.
At the undergraduate level, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock offers an Associate of Arts in Law Enforcement and a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. All the credits earned in the associate's degree program can be applied towards the bachelor's degree program. Students that attend the campus can also pursue a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice while online students can earn a Master of Science in Criminal Justice. However, it is important to note that the Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree program does not meet the necessary requirements to enter into the school's Ph.D. in Criminal Justice program. The criminal justice program at the Ph.D. level requires students to learn about program administration, teaching and pedagogy and service to the discipline.
Runner-Up #1: University of Central Arkansas
- Students can participate in an undergraduate scholar program.
- Travel seminars can be taken by students interested in studying abroad.
- Internship opportunities can be completed by juniors and seniors.
Students at the University of Central Arkansas that are interested in criminal justice can pursue the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree program in sociology. This major has a specialization in criminology. In this concentration, students take classes on victimology, criminology and juvenile delinquency. There are also electives that can be completed in constitutional law, civil liberties, drug education and the American judicial system.
Runner-Up #2: Remington College-Little Rock Campus
- Career services are offered to assist students with employment.
- Online programs are available.
On campus, the Remington College-Little Rock Campus has an associate's degree program in criminal justice. The general education classes for this program require students to learn about algebra, English, speech communication and psychology. In the core curriculum of the major, students spend time being educated on packaged applications, constitutional law, substantive criminal law, forensic science and criminology and victimology. The program also spends time on career development to help students get ready for the workforce after graduation.