Where to Start Looking to Find Arkansas Colleges
If 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
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
Name Type Sports
Arkansas Baptist College Private 851 0 14843
Arkansas State University-Main Campus Public NCAA D1 7645 34 76 515 548 26 7991
Arkansas Tech University Public NCAA D3 7063 36 85 490 520 25 7564
Central Baptist College Private 650 18 54 590 670 23 10953
Harding University Private NCAA D3 4105 41 76 630 620 28 14617
Henderson State University Public NCAA D3 2871 30 62 538 590 24 7986
Hendrix College Private NCAA D3 1410 63 80 680 650 32 19788
John Brown University Private NAIA D1 1582 58 70 640 640 28 16368
Lyon College Private NAIA D1 562 44 59 600 610 28 12031
Ouachita Baptist University Private NCAA D3 1507 50 70 550 580 27 14713
Philander Smith College Private NAIA D1 518 20 12527
Southern Arkansas University Main Campus Public NCAA D3 2497 29 61 520 590 24 6828
University of Arkansas Public NCAA D1 18565 55 59 600 630 28 9987
University of Arkansas at Little Rock Public NCAA D1 5552 14 53 480 480 27 7134
University of Arkansas at Monticello Public NCAA D3 2493 21 8397
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Public NCAA D1 2300 20 28 430 493 20 7959
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Public 564 University of Arkansas-Fort Smith Public NCAA D2 5116 18 57 540 620 25 6473
University of Central Arkansas Public NCAA D1 8285 37 90 26 9200
University of the Ozarks Private NCAA D3 571 36 61 550 550 26 14242