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Pulaski Technical College: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Research the Pulaski Technical College in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Learn about its admission info, training programs and financial aid to make an informed education decision.

About Pulaski Technical College

Pulaski Technical College began in 1945, under the direction of the local public school district, as the Little Rock Vocational School. Today, Pulaski Technical College is a member of the Arkansas Technical and Community College System, serving students throughout central Arkansas with a variety of comprehensive, two-year programs. Since its inception as Pulaski Technical College in 1991, the school has grown 1000% to serve almost 12,000 students in spring of 2012.

As student enrollment has grown, so has Pulaski's presence within the Little Rock, Arkansas area. The centerpiece of the main campus is the Campus Center, a 92,000-square-foot building equipped to serve a variety of needs of the students and residents. The school offers three libraries, including the 20,000-square-foot Ottenheimer library on the main campus and the 8,500-square-foot library on the school's Little Rock-South campus.

Academics

In addition to the main campus in North Little Rock, Pulaski Technical College also maintains a number of locations throughout the area. The Little Rock-South location is home to both the Culinary School and all Transportation Technology Center programs. The Little Rock West location provides a number of general requirement courses, as well as housing the Career Pathways program. The program is part of a statewide initiative to provide financial and other support for parents looking to increase their marketability in the workplace. Pulaski Technical was funded to support 426 Career Pathways participants in the 2010-2011 academic year. Pulaski Technical offers additional partnerships between area businesses and residents looking for work, including training and workforce development at the Business and Industry Center.

Educational paths at Pulaski Technical College include the Associate of Arts, Associate of Science and Associate of Applied Science degree programs, as well as programs leading to technical certificates and certificates of proficiency. Over 70 associate's and certificate programs are available in a number of different career fields. The college also provides help for students looking to transfer credits earned at Pulaski to four-year institutions throughout Arkansas, such as the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Admissions

Pulaski Technical College has an open admissions policy, allowing prospective students to submit applications at any time. Freshman applicants must submit a high school transcript and proof of two Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccinations along with their application. A COMPASS test must also be taken prior to enrollment. Enrollment does not hinge on a minimum score, but students scoring below 61 are required to take part in the Student Success Program. Student submitting a score of 14 or better on the ACT, or who have taken the COMPASS test within the previous five year, do not have to take the COMPASS test.

Admission to Pulaski Technical does not guarantee admission into individual programs. Many programs have waiting lists or additional requirements. The Practical Nursing program, for example, only accepts 50 total applicants (40 11-month track and 10 22-month track students) who have a clean background check. A point system, evaluating Kaplan Admission Test Scores, advanced college courses and medical certificates, determines which applicants are selected each year.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Pulaski Technical College estimates the cost of attending at just under $19,000 per year. This estimate includes 9 months of housing, transportation, books and fees, in addition to the full-time tuition. Tuition is assessed on a per-credit basis, costing approximately $100 per credit for Arkansas residents and $150 for non-Arkansas residents. Additional fees are also assessed on a per-credit basis, including a $20 public safety fee, a $13 facility fee, and an $11.50 property maintenance fee. Online courses carry an additional $35 per-credit charge.

In addition to federal grants and loans, the Pulaski Technical College Financial Aid Office can lead students to a number of scholarship opportunities. All scholarships require students be enrolled in certificate or associate's degree programs. Each scholarship carries individual requirements and, in some cases, separate applications. The Simmons First National Bank Endowed Scholarship, for example, provides varying awards to students who are entering their second year of an associate's program and have maintained a 3.0 GPA.

PULASKI TECHNICAL COLLEGE QUICK FACTS
School Type Two year, public*
Degrees Offered Less-than-one-year certificate
One-but-less-than-two-years certificate
Associate's degree
Two-but-less-than-four-years certificate*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Spring, fall semesters**
School Setting Small city*
Student Body 11,946 in 2011*
Student Housing None*
ACADEMICS
Schools (and/or) Programs Seven campuses offering over 70 degree and certificate programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 27 to 1 in 2011*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) Less-than-one-year certificate: Management Information Systems (361)
One-but-less-than-two-year certificate: Liberal Arts and Sciences (665)
Associate's: Liberal Arts and Sciences (675)
Two-but-less-than-four-year certificate: Management information Systems (4)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 17% overall, students beginning in fall 2008*
ADMISSIONS
First-Year Retention Rates 59% full-time
53% part-time, students enrolling fall 2010 and returning fall 2011*
Application Due Date Rolling admissions**
TUITION & FINANCIAL AID
Tuition (YEAR) $90 in-state, per credit
$148 out-of-state, per credit**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) Grant or scholarship aid (79%)
Pell grants (60%)
Federal student loans (79%) in 2010-2011*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 90% in 2010-2011*

Sources: *College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, **Pulaski Technical College

School Contact Info

  • Address: 3000 West Scenic Drive, North Little Rock, AR 72118
  • Phone: (501) 812-2231
  • Website: www.pulaskitech.edu

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