Top 2020 Colleges in Arkansas

Arkansas' 92 Colleges and Universities

Most of the colleges in Arkansas are located in or near Little Rock. Like most other states, schools range from four year colleges to vocational schools. Let’s look at some NCES stats about this state:

  • Arkansas is home to 26 four year colleges. 18 of which offer masters or doctorate programs in addition to undergraduate degrees.
  • There are 66 two year schools. 25 of which are public community colleges.
  • Over the past 5 years, Arkansas colleges have seen a huge 7% drop in students. In 2017, 164,082 students were enrolled in college.
  • In total, there were 31,878 degrees awarded for the 2016 school year. 51% of those awards were bachelor degrees.

Salary Breakdown

College Scorecard tells us alums from University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences earn the highest average salary. 10 years after starting school, the average alum from alum earns $61,000. Meanwhile, the 2018 mean annual wage earned in Arkansas is $41,540. You do the math!

Arkansas Tuition Programs

Arkansas is also a member of the Academic Common Market. This tuition savings plan is offered when a desired degree is not offered by a college in that state. Students can enroll in an out of state college that offer their degree program and pay the school's in state tuition rate. Member states include nearby states Oklahoma and Mississippi.

The state also runs a program that allows students to fill out one application for all scholarships and grants offered by the state of Arkansas. This program is YOUniversal. Two of those awards are the Higher Education Opportunities Grant and the Academic Challenge Scholarship. The Higher Education Opportunities grant is awarded to residents of Arkansas pursing a degree in state. The Academic Challenge Scholarship is largely funded by the Arkansas Lottery. Since 2009 the program has awarded over $500K in state scholarships!

Top Colleges in Arkansas

Top Arkansas colleges were ranked by total student population.

#1
13,709
Total Number of Students
$8,607 / $15,297
Tuition & Fees
77%
Acceptance Rate
#2
Arkansas Tech University, Russellville AR
12,101
Total Number of Students
$7,254 / $12,678
Tuition & Fees
90%
Acceptance Rate
#3
11,177
Total Number of Students
$8,752 / $15,275
Tuition & Fees
91%
Acceptance Rate
#4
10,515
Total Number of Students
$9,544 / $21,754
Tuition & Fees
79%
Acceptance Rate
#5
7,979
Total Number of Students
$4,663 / $4,738
Tuition & Fees
Open
Acceptance Rate

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Source for school statistics and data is the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.

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