Arkansas Tech University

Arkansas Tech University

Arkansas Tech University was established as the Second District Agricultural School in 1909. The first classes were held here on October 26, 1910. It was named the Arkansas Polytechnic College in 1925 and adopted its current name on July 9, 1976. In addition to its main campus in Russellville, Arkansas, the university also has a small satellite campus in Ozark, Arkansas. ATU is organized into the following academic divisions:

  • Graduate School
  • School of Business
  • School of Community Education and Professional Development
  • School of Education
  • School of Liberal and Fine Arts
  • School of Physical and Life Sciences
  • School of Systems Science

ATU participates in NCAA Division II athletics. The university is a member of the Gulf South Conference. The men's and women's sports teams sponsored by ATU include football, baseball, volleyball, golf, tennis, softball, cross country and basketball.

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Arkansas Tech University
Administration Bldg 200; 1509 N Boulder Ave
Russellville , AR 72801-2222
General Phone: (479) 968-0389

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Arkansas Tech Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching336educational administration, instructional media design, gifted and talended education, school counseling, college student counseling, elementary school teaching, middle school teaching, early childhood education, teacher education, ...
Liberal Arts213foreign language and literature, Spanish language, English, creative writing, speech and rhetoric, liberal arts and sciences, general studies, international studies, interdisciplinary studies, ...
Nursing and Emergency Medicine167EMT paramedic, registered nursing, nursing administration, licensed practical nurse, nursing assistant
Business and Management109business management, accounting, MIS
Computer Science and Engineering59computer and info science, information technology, systems analyst
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy55parks and recreation management, rehabilitation
Science49biology, physical sciences, chemistry, geology
Engineering39engineering, electrical engineering, engineering physics, mechanical engineering
Security and Law Enforcement38criminal justice and administration, criminal justice and safety, security and protective services
Office and Administration35administrative assistant
Mechanics and Repair33HVAC, autobody repair, automobile mechanics
Therapy and Counseling29psychology, physical therapist assistant
Medicine26health professions
Medical Administration25medical records admin, medical transcription, medical secretary
Media23mass communication, journalism
Agricultural Science and Management23agricultural operations
Engineering Technician19electronics tech, electrical/electronic tech, industrial tech, nuclearn engineering tech
Art Studies17art studies
Beauty and Cosmetology13cosmetology
Conservation and Resource Management11conservation
Hospitality10hospitality management
Medical Support and Technology8medical assistant, clinical lab tech
Production Trades7welding
Family and Social Work3child development

Number of programs and degrees for Arkansas Tech in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree83449
Master's degree23324
Associate's degree10011
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years14714
Post-master's certificate41
Award of less than 1 academic year392

Arkansas Tech Student Body

In 2007-2008, Arkansas Tech had a total enrollment of 7,476 students (6,758 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 47%
Women 53%
Full-Time 95%
Part-Time 6%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 91%
Graduate 9%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 85%
Black 5%
Hispanic 3%
Asian 1%
American Indian 2%
(Foreign Students) 4%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 7%
18-19 31%
20-21 23%
22-24 14%
25-29 9%
30-34 6%
35-39 4%
40-49 5%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)2%

Arkansas Tech Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 66 %
Part-Time 71 %

Arkansas Tech Room and Board (2007)

Arkansas Tech offers campus housing for 2,287 of its 6,758 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Russellville, Arkansas for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Arkansas Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Arkansas Tech Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal420480
SAT Math450530
ACT Verbal1927
ACT Math1925
ACT Composite1926

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT1%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT84%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Arkansas Tech Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 4,410
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 8,274
Room and board $ 4,970
Room charge $ 2,824
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,146
Books and supplies $ 1,350
Other expenses $ 2,440

Financial Aid:
Arkansas Tech participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 108900)

Arkansas Tech Faculty

Arkansas Tech has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track4231
Non-tenured and not on tenure track3445

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year9$104,0935$86,552
Associate professorcalendar year2*3$91,898
Assistant professorcalendar year2*1*
No academic rankcalendar year3$38,2565$39,573
All faculty totalcalendar year16$85,00714$69,903

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year25$65,90311$62,583
Associate professoracademic year36$58,97729$56,328
Assistant professoracademic year54$47,88351$49,344
Instructoracademic year8$39,04318$36,758
No academic rankacademic year14$40,83814$39,765
All faculty totalacademic year137$52,850123$49,243

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Arkansas Tech Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Gulf South Conference
Basketball Gulf South Conference
Baseball Gulf South Conference
Track Gulf South Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports53237

Arkansas Tech Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Beauty And Cosmetology
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Management Information Systems, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Information Technology

Conservation And Resource Management
Natural Resources/Conservation, General

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Biology Teacher Education
Business Teacher Education
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, Other
Education/Teaching of the Gifted and Talented
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Educational/Instructional Media Design
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Foreign Language Teacher Education
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Social Studies Teacher Education
Speech Teacher Education
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Levels & Methods, Other
Teaching English as Second/Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor

Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering Physics
Engineering, General
Mechanical Engineering

Engineering Technician
Electrical/Electronic Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other
Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engr Technology/Technician
Industrial Technology/Technician
Nuclear Engineering Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Child Development

Hospitality Administration/Management, General

Liberal Arts
Creative Writing
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
General Studies
History, General
International/Global Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies

Mathematics, General

Mechanics And Repair
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician
Heating/AC/Ventilation/Refrig Maint Technology/Technician

Mass Communication/Media Studies

Medical Administration
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary
Medical Transcription/Transcriptionist

Medical Support And Technology
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Medical/Clinical Assistant

Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Nurse/Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant
Nursing Administration (MSN, MS, PhD)
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other

Office And Administration
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General

Production Trades
Welding Technology/Welder

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physical Sciences

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
Security and Protective Services, Other

Therapy And Counseling
Physical Therapist Assistant
Psychology, General

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