Find the Best Colleges in Arkansas & Beyond

The state of Arkansas supports two university systems, has a network of community colleges, and is host to 10 private colleges and universities accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The list of accredited Arkansas schools includes large public research universities, public and private baccalaureate colleges, plenty of public junior colleges and a variety of Christian colleges. Private schools with headquarters outside of Arkansas also offer degree programs within state lines.
Arkansas residents can also earn affordable degrees out of state through the Academic Common Market. In-state prices are offered to Arkansans for select undergraduate and graduate programs in Alabama, Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. Florida and Texas also offer tuition breaks at the graduate level.

Arkansas College Education Data

Here is an overview of Arkansas colleges and universities that are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

  • Two-Year Colleges: The state of Arkansas oversees more than 20 associate’s colleges. Most of these schools serve about 1500 to 2000 students per year, but Pulaski Technical College in North Little Rock enrolled about 10,500 students in the fall of 2013. Other associate’s colleges with especially high enrollments in Arkansas are the Northwest Arkansas Community College in Benton and Arkansas State University – Beebe. The only private associate’s college in Arkansas that’s accredited by the Higher Learning Commission is Crowley’s Ridge College in Paragould. It’s affiliated with the Churches of Christ.
  • Four-Year Colleges: The University of Arkansas campuses in Fort Smith, Pine Bluff, Fayetteville and Little Rock grant four-year degrees. The remaining four-year schools in Arkansas with accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission are private. Of these nine private schools, eight are Christian colleges. John Brown University is Arkansas’ only secular private college with accredited bachelor degree programs.
  • Master’s Universities: Seven institutions in Arkansas focus on master’s education. Six of these are public universities. One is a private school affiliated with the Churches of Christ.
  • Medical School: The state’s only medical school is the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock.

Check out our list of top Arkansas colleges below.