Arkansas is home to more than 45 institutions of higher education. Among these choices are ten four-year universities, 22 community colleges and 12 private schools serving nearly 180,000 students. While each college has its own merits, some rise to the top. On this page, prospective students can find and begin researching Arkansas colleges that provide the best overall educational value. Also provided is helpful information about college planning programs, an analysis of college and living costs, and an overview of Arkansas’ major college cities.

Best Arkansas Colleges: 2016-17 Rankings

Arkansas Arkansas

To evaluate their educational value, we’ve ranked colleges in Arkansas empirically on traits like tuition costs, student-to-teacher ratio, graduation rate, earnings after college, and others. While features students prioritize most is purely subjective, analyzing all of these factors as a whole can show a college’s overall quality. See which two- and four-year Arkansas colleges made the final cut in this year’s rankings.

1
1 North Arkansas College
Score
99.77
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$25,500
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
16:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
32%
1North Arkansas College
Score
99.77
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $25,500
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    16:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    32%

  • Graduation Rate 24%
  • Acceptance Rate N/A
  • # Online Programs 3
  • # Total Programs 50
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience Yes
2
2 Arkansas State University – Mountain Home
Score
99.58
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$32,700
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
20:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
18%
2Arkansas State University – Mountain Home
Score
99.58
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $32,700
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    20:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    18%

  • Graduation Rate 28%
  • Acceptance Rate N/A
  • # Online Programs 2
  • # Total Programs 44
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience Yes
3
3 Black River Technical College
Score
99.38
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$26,600
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
16:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
9%
3Black River Technical College
Score
99.38
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $26,600
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    16:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    9%

  • Graduation Rate 14%
  • Acceptance Rate N/A
  • # Online Programs 0
  • # Total Programs 44
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience No
4
4 Pulaski Technical College
Score
99.28
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$28,700
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
22:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
25%
4Pulaski Technical College
Score
99.28
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $28,700
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    22:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    25%

  • Graduation Rate 13%
  • Acceptance Rate N/A
  • # Online Programs 0
  • # Total Programs 82
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience No
5
5 Arkansas Northeastern College
Score
98.99
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$22,500
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
14:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
26%
5Arkansas Northeastern College
Score
98.99
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $22,500
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    14:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    26%

  • Graduation Rate 20%
  • Acceptance Rate N/A
  • # Online Programs 3
  • # Total Programs 37
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience Yes
6
6 Southeast Arkansas College
Score
98.64
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$26,700
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
14:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
4%
6Southeast Arkansas College
Score
98.64
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $26,700
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    14:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    4%

  • Graduation Rate 12%
  • Acceptance Rate N/A
  • # Online Programs 1
  • # Total Programs 46
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience Yes
7
7 College of the Ouachitas
Score
98.55
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$24,100
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
15:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
24%
7College of the Ouachitas
Score
98.55
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $24,100
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    15:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    24%

  • Graduation Rate 23%
  • Acceptance Rate N/A
  • # Online Programs 5
  • # Total Programs 56
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience Yes
8
8 South Arkansas Community College
Score
98.47
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$26,100
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
14:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
4%
8South Arkansas Community College
Score
98.47
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $26,100
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    14:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    4%

  • Graduation Rate 10%
  • Acceptance Rate N/A
  • # Online Programs 1
  • # Total Programs 48
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience Yes
9
9 University of Arkansas Hope – Texarkana
Score
98.29
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$23,000
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
15:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
13%
9University of Arkansas Hope – Texarkana
Score
98.29
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $23,000
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    15:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    13%

  • Graduation Rate 23%
  • Acceptance Rate N/A
  • # Online Programs 2
  • # Total Programs 41
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience Yes
10
10 Ozarka College
Score
98.25
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$25,200
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
16:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
25%
10Ozarka College
Score
98.25
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $25,200
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    16:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    25%

  • Graduation Rate 22%
  • Acceptance Rate N/A
  • # Online Programs 5
  • # Total Programs 26
  • Placement Services No
  • Credit for Experience Yes
11
11 University of Arkansas Community College – Batesville
Score
98.15
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$23,900
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
17:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
36%
11University of Arkansas Community College – Batesville
Score
98.15
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $23,900
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    17:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    36%

  • Graduation Rate 26%
  • Acceptance Rate N/A
  • # Online Programs 1
  • # Total Programs 38
  • Placement Services No
  • Credit for Experience Yes
12
12 Phillips Community College
Score
98.04
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$21,200
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
12:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
17%
12Phillips Community College
Score
98.04
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $21,200
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    12:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    17%

  • Graduation Rate 25%
  • Acceptance Rate N/A
  • # Online Programs 1
  • # Total Programs 49
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience Yes
13
13 Arkansas State University – Beebe
Score
97.93
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
N/A
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
17:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
34%
13Arkansas State University – Beebe
Score
97.93
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    N/A
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    17:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    34%

  • Graduation Rate 35%
  • Acceptance Rate N/A
  • # Online Programs 4
  • # Total Programs 79
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience Yes
14
14 National Park College
Score
97.11
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$25,000
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
26:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
71%
14National Park College
Score
97.11
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $25,000
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    26:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    71%

  • Graduation Rate 20%
  • Acceptance Rate N/A
  • # Online Programs 5
  • # Total Programs 54
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience Yes
15
15 Southern Arkansas University Tech
Score
96.66
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$26,800
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
21:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
22%
15Southern Arkansas University Tech
Score
96.66
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $26,800
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    21:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    22%

  • Graduation Rate 42%
  • Acceptance Rate N/A
  • # Online Programs 8
  • # Total Programs 49
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience Yes
16
16 East Arkansas Community College
Score
96.39
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$23,100
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
16:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
15%
16East Arkansas Community College
Score
96.39
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $23,100
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    16:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    15%

  • Graduation Rate 12%
  • Acceptance Rate N/A
  • # Online Programs 6
  • # Total Programs 47
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience Yes
17
17 University of Arkansas Community College – Morrilton
Score
96.23
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$25,600
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
20:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
30%
17University of Arkansas Community College – Morrilton
Score
96.23
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $25,600
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    20:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    30%

  • Graduation Rate 28%
  • Acceptance Rate 62%
  • # Online Programs 0
  • # Total Programs 40
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience Yes
18
18 NorthWest Arkansas Community College
Score
96.01
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$32,300
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
18:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
4%
18NorthWest Arkansas Community College
Score
96.01
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $32,300
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    18:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    4%

  • Graduation Rate 14%
  • Acceptance Rate N/A
  • # Online Programs 4
  • # Total Programs 63
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience Yes
19
19 Crowley’s Ridge Technical Institute
Score
95.97
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$20,200
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
6:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
12%
19Crowley’s Ridge Technical Institute
Score
95.97
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $20,200
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    6:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    12%

  • Graduation Rate 40%
  • Acceptance Rate N/A
  • # Online Programs 0
  • # Total Programs 17
  • Placement Services No
  • Credit for Experience No
20
20 Rich Mountain Community College
Score
95.80
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$21,300
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
17:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
23%
20Rich Mountain Community College
Score
95.80
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $21,300
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    17:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    23%

  • Graduation Rate 22%
  • Acceptance Rate N/A
  • # Online Programs 0
  • # Total Programs 32
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience No
21
21 Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas
Score
95.48
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$21,000
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
16:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
16%
21Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas
Score
95.48
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $21,000
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    16:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    16%

  • Graduation Rate 22%
  • Acceptance Rate N/A
  • # Online Programs 4
  • # Total Programs 42
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience Yes
22
22 Remington College-Little Rock Campus
Score
94.66
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$26,200
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
18:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
83%
22Remington College-Little Rock Campus
Score
94.66
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $26,200
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    18:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    83%

  • Graduation Rate 60%
  • Acceptance Rate 69%
  • # Online Programs 0
  • # Total Programs 6
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience No
23
23 Mid-South Community College
Score
94.39
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$21,800
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
14:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
17%
23Mid-South Community College
Score
94.39
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $21,800
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    14:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    17%

  • Graduation Rate 8%
  • Acceptance Rate N/A
  • # Online Programs 0
  • # Total Programs 35
  • Placement Services No
  • Credit for Experience Yes
24
24 Northwest Technical Institute
Score
87.61
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$27,800
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
5:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
8%
24Northwest Technical Institute
Score
87.61
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $27,800
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    5:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    8%

  • Graduation Rate 44%
  • Acceptance Rate N/A
  • # Online Programs 0
  • # Total Programs 14
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience Yes
25
25 Baptist Health Schools-Little Rock
Score
86.19
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$42,100
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
13:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
24%
25Baptist Health Schools-Little Rock
Score
86.19
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $42,100
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    13:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    24%

  • Graduation Rate 37%
  • Acceptance Rate 62%
  • # Online Programs 0
  • # Total Programs 9
  • Placement Services No
  • Credit for Experience No
26
26 Arkansas State University – Newport
Score
86.00
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$32,700
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
16:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
9%
26Arkansas State University – Newport
Score
86.00
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $32,700
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    16:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    9%

  • Graduation Rate 45%
  • Acceptance Rate N/A
  • # Online Programs 0
  • # Total Programs 43
  • Placement Services No
  • Credit for Experience Yes
1
1 John Brown University
Score
99.69
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$46,200
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
15:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
99%
1John Brown University
Score
99.69
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $46,200
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    15:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    99%

  • Graduation Rate 68%
  • Acceptance Rate 70%
  • # Online Programs 1
  • # Total Programs 55
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience Yes
2
2 Hendrix College
Score
99.06
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$40,500
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
11:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
100%
2Hendrix College
Score
99.06
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $40,500
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    11:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    100%

  • Graduation Rate 72%
  • Acceptance Rate 83%
  • # Online Programs 0
  • # Total Programs 30
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience No
3
3 Ouachita Baptist University
Score
97.63
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$37,500
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
13:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
100%
3Ouachita Baptist University
Score
97.63
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $37,500
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    13:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    100%

  • Graduation Rate 59%
  • Acceptance Rate 71%
  • # Online Programs 0
  • # Total Programs 50
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience No
4
4 Harding University
Score
97.17
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$38,600
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
16:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
91%
4Harding University
Score
97.17
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $38,600
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    16:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    91%

  • Graduation Rate 61%
  • Acceptance Rate 99%
  • # Online Programs 18
  • # Total Programs 108
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience No
5
5 University of Arkansas
Score
94.07
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$43,600
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
19:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
38%
5University of Arkansas
Score
94.07
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $43,600
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    19:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    38%

  • Graduation Rate 60%
  • Acceptance Rate 62%
  • # Online Programs 19
  • # Total Programs 155
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience No
6
6 Lyon College
Score
94.05
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$37,200
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
14:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
100%
6Lyon College
Score
94.05
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $37,200
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    14:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    100%

  • Graduation Rate 48%
  • Acceptance Rate 61%
  • # Online Programs 0
  • # Total Programs 25
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience No
7
7 University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Score
92.21
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$34,800
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
13:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
50%
7University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Score
92.21
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $34,800
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    13:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    50%

  • Graduation Rate 19%
  • Acceptance Rate 59%
  • # Online Programs 15
  • # Total Programs 92
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience No
8
8 University of Central Arkansas
Score
92.21
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$37,100
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
17:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
85%
8University of Central Arkansas
Score
92.21
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $37,100
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    17:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    85%

  • Graduation Rate 41%
  • Acceptance Rate 94%
  • # Online Programs 13
  • # Total Programs 98
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience No
9
9 Southern Arkansas University Main Campus
Score
92.01
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$35,900
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
16:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
82%
9Southern Arkansas University Main Campus
Score
92.01
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $35,900
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    16:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    82%

  • Graduation Rate 35%
  • Acceptance Rate 71%
  • # Online Programs 9
  • # Total Programs 42
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience No
10
10 Central Baptist College
Score
91.67
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$35,700
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
10:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
91%
10Central Baptist College
Score
91.67
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $35,700
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    10:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    91%

  • Graduation Rate 36%
  • Acceptance Rate 57%
  • # Online Programs 1
  • # Total Programs 17
  • Placement Services No
  • Credit for Experience Yes
11
11 Arkansas State University-Main Campus
Score
91.54
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$32,700
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
17:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
65%
11Arkansas State University-Main Campus
Score
91.54
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $32,700
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    17:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    65%

  • Graduation Rate 39%
  • Acceptance Rate 72%
  • # Online Programs 16
  • # Total Programs 129
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience No
12
12 Arkansas Tech University
Score
91.20
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$35,000
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
20:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
56%
12Arkansas Tech University
Score
91.20
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $35,000
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    20:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    56%

  • Graduation Rate 41%
  • Acceptance Rate 86%
  • # Online Programs 8
  • # Total Programs 81
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience Yes
13
13 University of the Ozarks
Score
90.62
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$31,100
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
12:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
90%
13University of the Ozarks
Score
90.62
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $31,100
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    12:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    90%

  • Graduation Rate 48%
  • Acceptance Rate 89%
  • # Online Programs 0
  • # Total Programs 25
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience No
14
14 Henderson State University
Score
90.34
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$35,200
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
17:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
74%
14Henderson State University
Score
90.34
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $35,200
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    17:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    74%

  • Graduation Rate 36%
  • Acceptance Rate 63%
  • # Online Programs 2
  • # Total Programs 54
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience No
15
15 University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Score
89.91
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$62,400
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
7:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
N/A
15University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Score
89.91
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $62,400
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    7:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    N/A

  • Graduation Rate N/A
  • Acceptance Rate N/A
  • # Online Programs 5
  • # Total Programs 28
  • Placement Services No
  • Credit for Experience No
16
16 University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
Score
89.04
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$27,400
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
15:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
51%
16University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
Score
89.04
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $27,400
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    15:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    51%

  • Graduation Rate 28%
  • Acceptance Rate 39%
  • # Online Programs 0
  • # Total Programs 42
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience No
17
17 Philander Smith College
Score
88.19
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$26,200
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
10:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
78%
17Philander Smith College
Score
88.19
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $26,200
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    10:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    78%

  • Graduation Rate 31%
  • Acceptance Rate N/A
  • # Online Programs 0
  • # Total Programs 14
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience Yes
18
18 University of Arkansas at Monticello
Score
88.15
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$33,600
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
17:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
51%
18University of Arkansas at Monticello
Score
88.15
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $33,600
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    17:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    51%

  • Graduation Rate 23%
  • Acceptance Rate N/A
  • # Online Programs 4
  • # Total Programs 36
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience Yes
19
19 Williams Baptist College
Score
87.18
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$32,300
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
15:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
99%
19Williams Baptist College
Score
87.18
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $32,300
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    15:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    99%

  • Graduation Rate 43%
  • Acceptance Rate 70%
  • # Online Programs 0
  • # Total Programs 18
  • Placement Services No
  • Credit for Experience No
20
20 University of Arkansas-Fort Smith
Score
86.00
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$29,900
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
18:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
47%
20University of Arkansas-Fort Smith
Score
86.00
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $29,900
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    18:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    47%

  • Graduation Rate 25%
  • Acceptance Rate 56%
  • # Online Programs 2
  • # Total Programs 29
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience Yes

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College Planning and Support Programs in Arkansas

Arkansas ranked 36th in the nation in K-12 achievement as of January 2015. The state’s academic institutions, private organizations and others are working hard to improve this ranking. Students from all backgrounds need equal access to information, and opportunity gaps must close to increase the number of college-educated state residents. Some of the organizations and programs working to improve matters are:

Academic Challenge Program

This scholarship is awarded to high school graduates, first-generation college students or those returning to school after a period away, without regard for academic performance. Funded through the Arkansas Lottery Program, the Challenge Scholarship has three student categories: traditional, current achievers and non-traditional students. There are many requirements such as in-state residency (for 12 months prior to applying) and U.S. citizenship.

Arkansas Coalition for Dream

An organization that works improve college access for Arkansas’ immigrant students. It focuses on education, improving graduation rates and advocating for children of undocumented parents. It also aims to pass the DREAM Act (Development, Relief and Education of Alien Minors) at both state and national levels. In addition to advocating for non-citizen students, the coalition also advocates for equality for people of all color, gender, sexual orientation and race. It works at the community level to increase training and opportunity for students.

Arkansas Lottery

The Arkansas Lottery supports scholarships and grants for prospective Arkansas college students. The program is accountable to the public and General Assembly of the Department of Finance and Administration Office and must be managed in an entertaining way that maximizes revenues. Public, private, two-year or four-year college students are all eligible to apply.

College Costs in Arkansas

The cost of college in Arkansas depends greatly on a number of factors, including price-per-credit, course load, degree level and residency. Other factors can mitigate these expenses: financial aid, for example, can make college significantly more affordable. Many students want to know how Arkansas school costs compare with the national average. The following graphic compares financial aid and tuition on the national level and clarifies how residency influences it.

Average Arkansas Tuition &
Fees at 4-Year Public Colleges

Source: CollegeBoard

% of Arkansas Students
Receiving Financial Aid

Source: IPEDS

Average Financial Aid Award
for Arkansas Students

Source: IPEDS

* Institutional aid represents grant and scholarship funds directly awarded by a postsecondary institution.

* Financial aid data represents 4-year public and private nonprofit schools only.

Most Affordable Colleges in Arkansas

As noted above, the affordability of one’s college education varies by circumstance, especially when financial aid comes into play. Net price is the most accurate barometer of a school’s overall cost, as it subtracts financial aid from tuition, living costs, books, and other expenses. See which Arkansas colleges have the lowest net price below.

Average
Annual Net
Price

Cost for students awarded federal financial aid, after school and government aid is deducted. At public colleges, only applies to in-state students.

Arkansas College Net Price vs. National Average
ARKANSAS $12,934 Average
Annual Net Price
$18,073

Source: College Scorecard
Note: Rankings/data represent 4-year public and private nonprofit schools only.

Colleges in Arkansas With Top-Earning Alumni

Many Arkansas students want to know how certain schools and programs might impact their earning potential. New graduates may face increasing expenses via student loan debt, professional organization membership dues and licensing exam costs. How much students earn determines just how well they can manage them. The following ranking spotlights Arkansas institutions with the highest-paid graduates.

Annual
Median Earnings
10 Years
After Entering
College

Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.

Arkansas Alumni Salaries vs. National Average
ARKANSAS $35,686 Annual Median Earnings
10 Years After Entering College
$42,759

Source: College Scorecard
Note: Rankings/data represent 4-year public and private nonprofit schools only.

Arkansas Colleges With Least Graduate Debt

According to the Institute for College Access and Success, 67 percent of Arkansas college students graduated with an average of $25,000 student debt in 2014. Below is a comparison of schools based on graduates’ average student debt.

Median
Federal Student
Loan Debt After
Graduation

Only for undergraduates who completed college; does not include Parent-PLUS loans.

Arkansas College Grad Debt Vs. National Average
ARKANSAS $22,402 Median Federal Student
Loan Debt After Graduation
$23,145

Source: College Scorecard
Note: Rankings/data represent 4-year public and private nonprofit schools only.

Cost of Living in Arkansas: Groceries, Transportation and Other Expenses

Arkansas has a lower-than-average cost-of-living ranking, which means that the dollar goes further there than most other states. Still, how much college students pay for food, housing, transportation, utilities, and health care impact their budgets as much as any education-related expense. The following data gives students an idea of the biggest cities in the state and the cost of living associated with these categories in each.

area composite index housing groceries utilities transportation health care misc.
Statewide Average 90% 77% 92% 102% 90% 88% 96%
Conway 93% 80% 96% 86% 95% 91% 106%
Fayetteville 88% 76% 91% 103% 92% 92% 90%
Hot Springs 91% 77% 97% 106% 89% 91% 98%
Jonesboro 86% 76% 92% 91% 87% 86% 92%
Little Rock-N Little Rock 95% 90% 92% 115% 93% 86% 96%

Source: The Council for Community and Economic Research

Accreditation for Arkansas Colleges

Accreditation is the process by which colleges in Arkansas are evaluated and certified to meet various quality standards. The Higher Learning Commission is a regional accrediting body that covers many state colleges Arkansas colleges. Many individual programs and departments can also be accredited by national bodies. Among them:

Prominent College Cities in Arkansas

Fayetteville

The third-largest city in Arkansas, Fayetteville had a population of 73,580 in 2010, according to the U.S. Census. It is a college town, and its size grows significantly during the academic year. The city offers rich Civil War history yet a modern cultural presence.

College Name School Type Annual Net Price Annual Median Earnings
10 Years After College

Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.

FayettevilleUniversity of Arkansas Private not-for-profit $24,011 $22,900
A public land-grant institution founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas has more than 26,000 students. The Carnegie Foundation ranks it as a research university, but it is known for its athletics as well. According to the school's admissions site, students can choose from 78 majors, and the university gives $85 million in financial assistance and scholarships to students based on merit and need.
Little Rock

The capital of Arkansas, Little Rock is home to four educational institutions, two public and two private. The 2010 U.S. Census put the population at almost 195,000, but the surrounding metropolitan area is closer to 725,000. There are many cultural centers in Little Rock to complement its educational centers.

College Name School Type Annual Net Price Annual Median Earnings
10 Years After College

Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.

Little RockUniversity of Arkansas at Little Rock Public $11,053 $74,000
A public school, UALR has more than 100 undergraduate degree programs, as well as 60 graduate degrees. There are six colleges from which to choose a major. One can also study law at the William H Bowen School of Law.
Little RockPulaski Technical College Public $14,795 $39,400
This two-year college focuses on alternative programs of study, including culinary arts and hospitality, technical and industrial programs, and information technology programs. It focuses on credit transfer so that the one's courses will transfer to a higher degree, if desired. Staff also offers a number of evaluation methods for real-life experience outside of the classroom.
Little RockArkansas Baptist College Public $7,211 $23,700
A historically black institution, Arkansas Baptist is a four-year liberal arts college that committed to creating opportunities for students in the black community at the highest levels of education. It maintains an affiliation with the Baptist church and partnership with the Consolidated Missionary Baptist State Convention of Arkansas.

Source: College Scorecard

Arkansas College Resources

Arkansas degree-seekers can find great college resources online. While each institution’s website has valuable information on their own programs, here are some additional, unbiased resources to use during the college research process:

Arkansas Department of Career Education

Offers resources for adults looking to further their education or go back to school by helping them stay on track to apply to degree programs.

Arkansas Department of Education

While it caters mostly to school districts and educators, ADE is an equally good resource for parents. It can help them navigate the education system for their child, as well as set reachable goals for their educational future.

Arkansas Research Center

ARC specifically works to improve data and the understanding of educational statistics.

Arkansas Student Loan Authority

Created to improve access to education funding for students in Arkansas attending in-state colleges, ASLA is a hub of information and a source for scholarships.

YOUniversal Arkansas Financial Aid System

Through the Arkansas Department of Higher Education, this financial aid system works to place scholarships with students who qualify.