Help Finding Arkansas Colleges

Where to Start Looking to Find Arkansas Colleges

Arkansas Highway SignIf you’re trying to find Arkansas colleges, the place to start is the Arkansas Department of Higher Education. I can’t say that this a one-stop shopping sort of website but it will get you the basics. The home page has maps showing all two and four-year colleges in Arkansas. It also has updates on the Academic Challenge Scholarship.

There aren’t any planning timelines or links to test prep websites, but under the Student’s tab, it has a listing of all financial programs administered by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education, mainly in PDF format. Users will also find a page of links to all admission, financial aid, and scholarship information for colleges in the state. Arkansas is the first state I’ve seen that offers scholarships for the Washington Semester internship program.

The website also has information on enrollment and transfer policies, again in PDF format. Anyone considering starting at a community college and transferring needs to pay attention to this information. It also includes a link to the Arkansas Course Transfer System (ACT) which allows students to select an institution to transfer from and one to transfer to and then generates a list of courses that transfer.

The YOUinversal website allows users to search for financial aid. You simply answer a series of questions and it lists any programs you qualify for. It is also the financial aid site for the Academic Challenge Scholarship.

The Arkansas Works website allows registered users to take various career assessments, search for colleges, and save documents to an electronic portfolio. Apparently there is also a college search feature available and some sort of academic planning timelines for register uses.

Some Numbers to Help You Find a College

There are 20 four-year Arkansas colleges with 500 or more full-time undergraduates according to the Integrated Post-secondary Education Data System. Approximately 16 percent of students attend one of the 9 private Arkansas colleges while 84 percent of students attend one of the 11 state institutions.

The private Arkansas colleges have an average four-year graduation rate of 36.7% and the public universities have an average five-year graduation rate of 29.4%. Four schools meet the DIY College Rankings 50-50 profile requirements.

In Arkansas, the average Composite ACT score was 20.4. The English score was 20.1 and the Math score was 19.9. The 75th% Composite score was 24, English was 24, and Math was 23. A total of 16 colleges ACT 75th% Composite scores were at or above this level.

The top 20 colleges ACT test takers in Arkansas applied to:

  • University of Arkansas
  • University of Central Arkansas
  • Arkansas State University
  • Arkansas Tech University
  • Henderson State University
  • University of Arkansas At Little Rock
  • Univ of Arkansas-Fort Smith
  • Southern Arkansas University
  • Harding University
  • Univ of Arkansas At Monticello
  • Arkansas State University-Beebe
  • Ouachita Baptist University
  • Hendrix College
  • Pulaski Technical College
  • Northwest Arkansas Community College
  • Lyon College
  • State-College/No Reports Now
  • Univ of Arkansas At Pine Bluff
  • John Brown University
  • Univ of Arkansas Comm Coll-Morrilton

Arkansas Colleges Conferences and Divisions

table of Arkansas colleges athletic conferences

List of Arkansas Colleges

In the following table, the four-year graduation rate is used for private colleges and the five-year rate for public colleges. The data are based on the data available from IPEDS in September of 2014 which are available on the DIY College Search spreadsheet.

Arkansas Colleges with Graduation Rates and Test Scores

4/5 Yr
Arkansas Baptist CollegePrivate851014843
Arkansas State University-Main CampusPublicNCAA D176453476515548267991
Arkansas Tech UniversityPublicNCAA D370633685490520257564
Central Baptist CollegePrivate65018545906702310953
Harding UniversityPrivateNCAA D3410541766306202814617
Henderson State UniversityPublicNCAA D328713062538590247986
Hendrix CollegePrivateNCAA D3141063806806503219788
John Brown UniversityPrivateNAIA D1158258706406402816368
Lyon CollegePrivateNAIA D156244596006102812031
Ouachita Baptist UniversityPrivateNCAA D3150750705505802714713
Philander Smith CollegePrivateNAIA D15182012527
Southern Arkansas University Main CampusPublicNCAA D324972961520590246828
University of ArkansasPublicNCAA D1185655559600630289987
University of Arkansas at Little RockPublicNCAA D155521453480480277134
University of Arkansas at MonticelloPublicNCAA D32493218397
University of Arkansas at Pine BluffPublicNCAA D123002028430493207959
University of Arkansas for Medical SciencesPublic564
University of Arkansas-Fort SmithPublicNCAA D251161857540620256473
University of Central ArkansasPublicNCAA D182853790269200
University of the OzarksPrivateNCAA D357136615505502614242


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