Little Rock Colleges and Schools

Little Rock, the capital of Arkansas, stands alongside the Arkansas River right in the heart of the state. This centralized location allows college students easy access to tons of outdoor recreation opportunities, including Pinnacle Mountain and the Big Dam Bridge. However, the city itself — Arkansas' largest — boasts plenty of options for dining and shopping that are perfect for students with a wide range of budgets.

Students heading to colleges or universities in Little Rock have a number of institutions from which to choose, depending on their desired career path.

Fun Facts about Trade and Technical Schools in Little Rock

The main trade school in Little Rock proper is Remington College, though Pulaski Technical College is based right across the river in North Little Rock. Remington College's most popular areas of study trend toward law enforcement and business, and the two-year institution even offers one bachelor's degree program due to the strong interest in criminal justice.

Students who want to pursue a career in cosmetology can choose from several beauty colleges in Little Rock, such as Arkansas Beauty School, Arkansas College of Barbering and Hair Design, and Washington Barber College.

Fun Facts about Little Rock Colleges and Universities

The largest of the universities in Little Rock, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock was founded in 1927 with just eight instructors and 100 students. Current students at this institution can focus their studies on the fields of health professions and business. UA Little Rock also hosts a number of initiatives that support the educational success of several minority groups, including African Americans, Latinos and females, with the hopes of increasing retention and graduation rates.

Private colleges in Little Rock include Arkansas Baptist College and Philander Smith College, were both founded to create higher education opportunities to freedmen — former African American slaves. Philander Smith College was founded in 1877, while Arkansas Baptist College was founded in 1884. The business and social services degree programs at both schools are their most popular ones.

Graduate Schools in Little Rock

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock offers a varied selection of master's and doctoral degree programs from which post-graduate students can choose. The many fields of study include — but are not limited to — business, education, information technology, art and design and various sciences.

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences has master's and doctoral programs in fields such as bioinformatics, nursing, clinical nutrition, and pharmaceutical sciences.

To learn more about higher education options in Arkansas, view our list of Arkansas colleges.


  • Criminal Justice Programs, Remington College, Accessed December 2018,
  • Degree Programs, Philander Smith College, Accessed December 2018,
  • Earn a Degree, Pulaski Tech, Accessed December 2018,
  • Graduate Programs, UA Little Rock, Accessed December 2018,
  • Graduate School Programs, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Accessed February 2019,
  • History, UA Little Rock, Accessed December 2018,
  • Programs, Arkansas Baptist College, Accessed December 2018,
  • Student Success, UA Little Rock, Accessed December 2018,
  • Transfer Agreements-Articulation, Pulaski Tech, Accessed December 2018,
  • Undergraduate Degrees & Certificates, UA Little Rock Accessed December 2018,

Education Institutes in Little Rock
Total Number of Educational Institutes
Total Enrollment in all institutes
Number of Public Educational Institutes
Number of Private For-Profit Institutes
Number of Private Non-Profit Institutes
Graduation Rate
Total Graduates With Bachelors Degree
On Campus and Online Programs in Little Rock
Number of Institutes Offering on-campus programs
Number of Institutes Offering on-line programs
Number of Institutes Offering both

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics,
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Colleges and Universities in Little Rock
SchoolTotal EnrollmentInstitution LevelAvg. In-State Tuition & FeesNumber of Programs Offered
University of Arkansas at Little Rock10,515Four or more years$9,544159
Philander Smith College1,000Four or more years$13,01416
Washington Barber College Inc52Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A2
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences2,758Four or more yearsN/A59
Baptist Health College Little Rock648At least 2 but less than 4 years$10,43911
Velvatex College of Beauty Culture16Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A1
Eastern College of Health Vocations-Little Rock121Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A2
Arkansas Baptist College525Four or more years$8,76015
University of Arkansas System OfficeN/AFour or more yearsN/AN/A
Remington College-Little Rock Campus39At least 2 but less than 4 years$16,9502
Arkansas State University-System OfficeN/AFour or more yearsN/AN/A
Arkansas Beauty School-Little Rock125Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A4
Strayer University-Arkansas368Four or more years$13,38032
C. Alexander School of Cosmetology24Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A1
University of Phoenix-ArkansasN/AFour or more yearsN/AN/A

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics,
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