Students wishing to further develop their academic and/or spiritual lives at a Christian college or university have several school options in the state of Arkansas. These schools vary in denomination, size, location and other key factors. Learn what makes a few of these Christian institutions in the state unique.
Many different cities throughout Arkansas are home to private Christian colleges. Compare a handful of these 4-year schools' tuition rates in the table below.
|School Name||Institution Type||Denomination||Location||Tuition (2017-2018)*|
|Hendrix College||4-year, private not-for-profit||United Methodist||Conway, AR||$44,070|
|Ouachita Baptist University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Southern Baptist||Arkadelphia, AR||$25,870|
|University of the Ozarks||4-year, private not-for-profit||Presbyterian Church (USA)||Clarksville, AR||$23,750|
|Ecclesia College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Interdenominational||Springdale, AR||$15,140|
|Harding University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Churches of Christ||Searcy, AR||$19,385|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
Description of the Christian Colleges in Arkansas
The different Christian colleges in Arkansas provide students with diverse undergraduate and/or graduate degree programs. They also offer variety in student population size, spiritual growth opportunities and other characteristics that students may wish to consider when choosing a school to attend. Explore some of the Christian schools in the state in more depth below.
According to the NCES, in 2016 Hendrix College had a little over 1,300 undergraduate students, and according to the school's website, 100% of students receive some kind of financial assistance. The school offers more than 70 student clubs and organizations, like Outdoor Club and social activism groups, 21 NCAA Division III sports and unique traditions, such as the Birthday Experience. To support students' spiritual lives, the school has the Miller Center for Vocation, Ethics and Calling and the Greene Chapel on campus that hosts worship services. Students can pursue bachelor's degree programs in a variety of areas, including pre-veterinary medicine, English, art, physics, biology, Spanish, theatre, music and health science.
Ouachita Baptist University
Ouachita Baptist University is an undergraduate institution that offers degree programs in areas such as nutrition and dietetics, biomedical sciences, Biblical languages, pre-architecture, education, engineering physics, graphic design, environmental studies and Christian studies. The school has about 1,500 students and a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1. Ouachita offers 14 NCAA Division II sports teams and a variety of student clubs/organizations, like Student Senate, Astronomy Club, SNATS (Student National Association of Teachers of Singing), Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and International Club. Students interested in developing their spiritual lives can attend weekly worship (Refuge) or participate in Freshmen Ministry, Backyard Bible Clubs, missions trips and other spiritual groups and activities.
University of the Ozarks
The University of the Ozarks is another undergraduate institution that has 755 students and offers 60 different bachelor's degree programs, according to the school's website. Some areas of study include church music, economics, interfaith studies, marketing, pre-pharmacy, sustainable agriculture, film studies and American studies. No matter their religion, students can attend weekly chapel and/or participate in campus ministries, like Bible studies, meals and mission trips. Students can also participate in intramurals, varsity athletics or a variety of student organizations, such as Glee Club, Ozarks Outdoors, Yearbook, Amnesty International and Choir Tour.
Ecclesia College offers associate's and bachelor's degree programs in areas like Biblical studies, business administration, sport management, Christian leadership and political science. The school also offers one online master's degree program in Christian leadership, as well as an online certification in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL). In 2016, the school had about 270 students, according to the NCES, with about 30% of students being non-white. With the aim of producing effective leaders with Biblical values, the school offers education through mentoring and invites students to participate in the school's music ministries that provide worship on campus.
According to the NCES, in 2016 Harding University had a little over 4,400 undergraduate students, and 96% of students receive some form of financial aid, per the school's website. Students can choose from over 100 majors and minors in areas such as fashion merchandising, electronic media production, foreign language, nutrition and dietetics, interior design, physical therapy and public administration to earn their bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree. The school has numerous student organizations available, including the Animal Science Association, Baja Club, Debate Team, College Republicans, Fishing Club, International Business Society and Harding in Action. For their spiritual development, students are required to attend chapel and Bible class, but they may also attend Bible studies, devotionals and other spiritual events and activities.