Arkansas Colleges Summary

Public universities in Arkansas can provide the state's students with access to on-campus and online education opportunities through two main entities: the University of Arkansas system (UA) and the Arkansas State University (ASU) system. The state's 22 community colleges are led by an association called Arkansas Community Colleges, or the ACC. In addition to the state's public higher education options, private, faith-based and vocational-technical schools are also available for prospective students to consider.

Higher-Education Goals in Arkansas

Career readiness is a core part of the mission of Arkansas's Department of Higher Education. As such, three of the main goals in its 2018-19 strategic plan include increasing college graduation rates, increasing the enrollment of adult students (age 25-54), and improving college affordability. Reports on the state's "Career Pathways" initiative show that it has been successful in helping to provide educational and college opportunities to low-income residents in the state. This initiative, utilizing federal funds, can even offer career coaching, transportation and child care vouchers for participants who need help.

Arkansas Colleges: A Few Highlights

Colleges in Arkansas are designed to meet a variety of student needs. For example, Arkansas State University-Beebe, is actually a two-year college offering campus-based and online learning programs, as well as education at five different sites. Arkansas State University-Newport, now has three separate campuses, offers programs from business to health, and provides services for veterans. Of course, there are private colleges in Arkansas, too, including Hendrix College, in Conway, which offers more than 30 majors, as well as an "Odyssey" program that provides unique, hands-on experiences for students.

For more details on institutions of higher education in Arkansas, visit the Arkansas Department of Higher Education.

Sources:

  • Academics, Hendrix College, Accessed March 2018, https://www.hendrix.edu/academics/
  • Arkansas Department of Higher Education, Accessed March 2018, http://www.adhe.edu/
  • 2018-19 Strategic Plan, Arkansas Department of Higher Education, http://www.adhe.edu/publications/details/2018-19-Strategic-Plan
  • Welcome to ASU, Beebe, Arkansas State University, Beebe, Accessed March 2108, http://www.asub.edu/about-us/
  • Why ASUN? Arkansas State University-Newport, Accessed March 2018, http://www.asun.edu/why-asun

Education Institutes in Arkansas
Total Number of Educational Institutes
87
Total Enrollment in all institutes
162,304
Number of Public Educational Institutes
37
Number of Private For-Profit Institutes
32
Number of Private Non-Profit Institutes
18
Graduation Rate
11.24%
Total Graduates With Bachelors Degree
8,219
On Campus and Online Programs in Arkansas
Number of Institutes Offering on-campus programs
38
Number of Institutes Offering on-line programs
24
Number of Institutes Offering both
25

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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Colleges and Universities in Arkansas
SchoolCityTotal EnrollmentInstitution LevelAvg. In-State Tuition & FeesNumber of Programs Offered
University of ArkansasFayetteville27,778Four or more years$9,130217
Arkansas State University-Main CampusJonesboro13,709Four or more years$8,607177
Arkansas Tech UniversityRussellville12,101Four or more years$7,254159
University of Central ArkansasConway11,177Four or more years$8,752126
University of Arkansas at Little RockLittle Rock10,515Four or more years$9,544159
NorthWest Arkansas Community CollegeBentonville7,979At least 2 but less than 4 years$4,66379
University of Arkansas-Fort SmithFort Smith6,557Four or more years$5,59383
Harding UniversitySearcy5,121Four or more years$19,845124
University of Arkansas-Pulaski Technical CollegeNorth Little Rock4,531At least 2 but less than 4 years$5,25294
Southern Arkansas University Main CampusMagnolia4,472Four or more years$8,78659
Henderson State UniversityArkadelphia3,961Four or more years$8,53079
Arkansas State University-BeebeBeebe3,446At least 2 but less than 4 years$2,88079
University of Arkansas at MonticelloMonticello3,111Four or more years$7,46277
University of Arkansas for Medical SciencesLittle Rock2,758Four or more yearsN/A59
University of Arkansas at Pine BluffPine Bluff2,579Four or more years$8,03851

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/