Arkansas Colleges and Universities


Colleges and Universities in Arkansas

Arkansas has nearly a dozen public universities ranging from small to large (Arkansas Tech University has just under 10,000 students; the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville has over 17,000). The state is also home to 11 independent colleges, some of which are Baptist based. More than two dozen community colleges in Arkansas provide you with other training options and an easy way to make a start on a four-year college degree if you later wish to transfer.

Gaining an education and career in Arkansas

Picking a university is only half the battle; you need to select the right degree program, too. That means knowing which industries drive the Arkansas economy and which careers are expected to be hot in the coming years. According to the Metro Little Rock Alliance, sectors such as aerospace, automotive, health care, information technology and tourism provide great opportunities for success.

Mean earned wages for occupations in some of these fields, according to 2010 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, were:

  1. Aerospace engineers: $70,870
  2. Aircraft mechanics and service technicians: $42,420
  3. Database administrators: $62,400
  4. Lodging managers: $36,500
  5. Network and computer systems administrators: $61,140
  6. Radiation therapists: $72,070

Going to one of the colleges in Arkansas could provide you with big-city access. You should be within a day's drive to places like Nashville, New Orleans and St. Louis, but, of course, you'll still be able to find plenty to do and enjoy in Arkansas.

See also: Arkansas Vocational Schools and Career Training

Directory of Arkansas Colleges & Universities

Campus & Online Schools Accepting Students from Arkansas

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Other Colleges & Universities in Arkansas

Arkansas Northeastern College
Blytheville, AR (formerly Mississippi County Community College)
Arkansas State University - Beebe
Beebe, AR
Arkansas State University - Main Campus
State University, AR
Arkansas State University - Mountain Home
Mountain Home, AR
Arkansas State University - Newport
Newport, AR
Arkansas Tech University
Russellville, AR
Black River Technical College
Pocahontas, Arkansas
Central Baptist College
Conway, Arkansas
Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas
De Queen, AR
Crowley's Ridge College
Paragould, Arkansas
Crowley's Ridge Technical Institute
Forrest City, Arkansas
East Arkansas Community College
Forrest City, AR
Harding University
Searcy, Arkansas
Henderson State University
Arkadelphia, Arkansas
Hendrix College
Conway, Arkansas
John Brown University
Siloam Springs, Arkansas
Lyon College
Batesville, Arkansas
Mid-South Community College
West Memphis, Arkansas
National Park Community College
Hot Springs, Arkansas
North Arkansas College
Harrison, Arkansas
NorthWest Arkansas Community College
Bentonville, AR
Northwest Technical Institute
Springdale, Arkansas
Ouachita Baptist University
Arkadelphia, Arkansas
Ouachita Technical College
Malvern, Arkansas
Ozarka College
Melbourne, Arkansas
Philander Smith College
Little Rock, Arkansas
Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas
Helena, Arkansas
Pulaski Technical College
North Little Rock, Arkansas
Rich Mountain Community College
Mena, Arkansas
South Arkansas Community College
El Dorado, AR
Southeast Arkansas College
Pine Bluff, AR
Southern Arkansas University
Magnolia, Arkansas
Southern Arkansas University Tech
Camden, AR
University of Arkansas - Fort Smith
Fort Smith, AR
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Little Rock, AR
University of Arkansas at Monticello
Monticello, Arkansas
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
Pine Bluff, AR
University of Arkansas Community College
Hope, AR
University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville
Batesville, AR
University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton
Morrilton, AR
University of Arkansas Main Campus
Fayetteville, AR
University of Central Arkansas
Conway, AR
University of the Ozarks
Clarksville, Arkansas
Williams Baptist College
Walnut Ridge, Arkansas
Arkansas State University
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville (main campus)
University of Arkansas
Fort Smith
University of Arkansas
Little Rock
University of Arkansas Community Colleges
University of Arkansas Criminal Justice Institute
Little Rock
University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture
Little Rock
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Little Rock
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