Colleges in Arkansas: Universities, Trade and Technical Schools

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.


  • 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

Selected Arkansas Colleges and Universities

Colleges and Universities in Arkansas

SchoolCityStudentsDormsOpen AdmissionTypical SAT Range
Arkadelphia Beauty CollegeArkadelphia39  Yes
Arkansas Baptist CollegeLittle Rock602 200Yes
Arkansas Beauty CollegeRussellville101  Yes
Arkansas Beauty School ConwayConway38  Yes
Arkansas Beauty School Little RockLittle Rock41  Yes
Arkansas College of Barbering and Hair DesignNorth Little Rock104  Yes
Arkansas Northeastern CollegeBlytheville1,800  Yes
Arkansas State University BeebeBeebe4,311 140Yes
Arkansas State University Main CampusState University11,130 2,514NoV: 460-520
M: 450-580
W: 410-490
Arkansas State University Mountain HomeMountain Home1,179  Yes
Arkansas State University NewportNewport1,175  Yes
Arkansas Tech UniversityRussellville7,476 2,287NoV: 420-480
M: 450-530
Arthur's Beauty CollegeJacksonville57  Yes
Arthur's Beauty College Fort SmithFort Smith43  Yes
Arthur's Beauty School ConwayConway41  Yes
Arthur's Beauty School Pine BluffPine Bluff25  Yes
Askins Vo TechFort Smith35  No
Baptist Health Schools Little RockLittle Rock884  No
Bee Jays AcademyLittle Rock43  Yes
Black River Technical CollegePocahontas1,933  Yes
Blytheville Academy of CosmetologyBlytheville28  Yes
Career Academy of Hair DesignSpringdale204  Yes
Central Baptist CollegeConway571 201No
Cossatot Community College of the University of ArkansasDe Queen1,115  Yes
Crossett School of CosmetologyCrossett21  No
Crowley's Ridge CollegeParagould168 108Yes
Crowleys Ridge Technical InstituteForrest City251  Yes
De Luxe Beauty SchoolPine Bluff12  Yes
East Arkansas Community CollegeForrest City1,547  Yes
Eastern College of Health Vocations Little RockLittle Rock287  Yes
Ecclesia CollegeSpringdale262 125No
Fayetteville Beauty College FayettevilleFayetteville58  Yes
Harding UniversitySearcy6,139 3,428NoV: 500-640
M: 500-640
Henderson State UniversityArkadelphia3,603 1,156NoV: 430-580
M: 460-570
Hendrix CollegeConway1,195 861NoV: 580-690
M: 550-660
Hot Springs Beauty CollegeHot Springs29  Yes
Jefferson School of NursingPine Bluff74  No
John Brown UniversitySiloam Springs2,061 990NoV: 490-640
M: 510-640
Lees School of CosmetologyNorth Little Rock47  Yes
Lynndale Fundamentals of BeautyEl Dorado47  Yes
Lyon CollegeBatesville497 421NoV: 545-618
M: 545-610
W: 525-580
Margarets Hair AcademyMonticello63  Yes
Marsha Kay Beauty CollegeMountain Home18  Yes
Mellies Beauty CollegeFort Smith73  Yes
Mid South Community CollegeWest Memphis1,654  Yes
National Park Community CollegeHot Springs2,944  Yes
New Tyler Barber CollegeNorth Little Rock75  Yes
North Arkansas CollegeHarrison2,077  Yes
NorthWest Arkansas Community CollegeBentonville6,470  Yes
Northwest Technical Institute SpringdaleSpringdale304  Yes
Ouachita Baptist UniversityArkadelphia1,448 1,520NoV: 470-600
M: 490-590
Ouachita Technical CollegeMalvern1,558  Yes
Ozarka CollegeMelbourne1,209  Yes
Philander Smith CollegeLittle Rock561 264NoV: 330-530
M: 390-530
W: 340-510
Phillips Community College of the University of ArkansasHelena2,337  Yes
Professional Cosmetology Education CenterEl Dorado102  No
Pulaski Technical CollegeNorth Little Rock8,768  Yes
Rich Mountain Community CollegeMena1,004  Yes
Searcy Beauty College IncSearcy117  Yes
South Arkansas Community CollegeEl Dorado1,319  Yes
Southeast Arkansas CollegePine Bluff2,144  No
Southern Arkansas University Main CampusMagnolia3,147 1,517NoV: 350-540
M: 400-630
Southern Arkansas University TechCamden2,111 40Yes
University of Arkansas at Little RockLittle Rock12,135 666Yes
University of Arkansas at MonticelloMonticello3,187 800Yes
University of Arkansas at Pine BluffPine Bluff3,200 1,481NoV: 340-440
M: 340-460
W: 340-440
University of Arkansas Community College BatesvilleBatesville1,468  Yes
University of Arkansas Community College HopeHope1,299  Yes
University of Arkansas Community College MorriltonMorrilton1,809  Yes
University of Arkansas for Medical SciencesLittle Rock2,538 177No
University of Arkansas Fort SmithFort Smith6,611 481No
University of Arkansas Main CampusFayetteville18,648 5,065NoV: 500-630
M: 520-640
University of Central ArkansasConway12,619 3,927No
University of the OzarksClarksville643 493NoV: 440-595
M: 460-585
Velvatex College of Beauty CultureLittle Rock15  Yes
Williams Baptist CollegeWalnut Ridge619 375No
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