List of colleges and universities in Arkansas

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UAMS is the flagship health education institution of the state.

This is a list of colleges and universities in Arkansas . This list also includes other educational institutions providing higher education, meaning tertiary, quaternary, and, in some cases, post-secondary education.

College educational institution

A college is an educational institution or a constituent part of one. A college may be a degree-awarding tertiary educational institution, a part of a collegiate or federal university, an institution offering vocational education or a secondary school.

University academic institution for further education

A university is an institution of higher education and research which awards academic degrees in various academic disciplines. Universities typically provide undergraduate education and postgraduate education.

Arkansas State of the United States of America

Arkansas is a state in the southern region of the United States, home to over 3 million people as of 2018. Its name is of Siouan derivation from the language of the Osage denoting their related kin, the Quapaw Indians. The state's diverse geography ranges from the mountainous regions of the Ozark and the Ouachita Mountains, which make up the U.S. Interior Highlands, to the densely forested land in the south known as the Arkansas Timberlands, to the eastern lowlands along the Mississippi River and the Arkansas Delta.



List of Colleges and Universities in Arkansas
SchoolLocation [1] ControlTypeEnrollment [1]
(Fall 2013)
FoundedAccreditation [1]
Arkansas Baptist College Little Rock Private Baccalaureate college 1,0271884 HLC
Arkansas Northeastern College Blytheville Public Associate's college 1,4251975 HLC
Arkansas State University Jonesboro Public Master's university 13,5521909 HLC
Arkansas State University-Beebe Beebe Public Associate's college 4,3801927 HLC
Arkansas State University Mid-South West Memphis Public Associate's college 1,7931992 HLC
Arkansas State University–Mountain Home Mountain Home Public Associate's college 1,2381995 HLC
Arkansas State University-Newport Newport Public Associate's college 2,0571976 HLC
Arkansas Tech University Russellville Public Master's university 11,3691909 HLC
Black River Technical College Pocahontas Public Associate's college 2,2481978 HLC
Blue Cliff College Fayetteville Private (for-profit) Technical school 1987SAA, WIA, AMTA-COS, NCBTMB
Central Baptist College Conway Private Baccalaureate college 8271892 HLC
College of the Ouachitas Malvern Public Associate's college 1,5011969 HLC
Cossatot Community College De Queen Public Associate's college 1,5971975 HLC
Crowley's Ridge College Paragould Private
(Churches of Christ)
Baccalaureate college 2001964 HLC
East Arkansas Community College Forrest City Public Associate's college 1,3861974 HLC
Ecclesia College Springdale Private Special-focus institution (Bible college) 1781975 ABHE
Harding University Searcy Private
(Churches of Christ)
Master's university 6,2381924 HLC
Henderson State University Arkadelphia Public Master's university 3,5831890 HLC
Hendrix College Conway Private
(United Methodist Church)
Baccalaureate college 1,4441876 HLC
John Brown University Siloam Springs Private Baccalaureate college 2,5961919 HLC
Lyon College Batesville Private
(Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.))
Baccalaureate college 5921872 HLC
National Park College Hot Springs Public Associate's college 3,2462003 HLC
North Arkansas College Harrison Public Associate's college 2,1671974 HLC
Northwest Arkansas Community College Bentonville Public Associate's college 8,0201989 HLC
Ouachita Baptist University Arkadelphia Private
(Southern Baptist Convention)
Baccalaureate college 1,5431886 HLC
Ozarka College Melbourne Public Associate's college 1,4891975 HLC
Philander Smith College Little Rock Private
(United Methodist Church)
Baccalaureate college 5561882 HLC
Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas Helena-West Helena Public Associate's college 2,0291965 HLC
Shorter College North Little Rock Private
(African Methodist Episcopal Church)
Associate's college 3301886 TRACS
South Arkansas Community College El Dorado Public Associate's college 1,6321992 HLC
Southeast Arkansas College Pine Bluff Public Associate's college 1,6011991 HLC
Southern Arkansas University Magnolia Public Master's university 3,4041909 HLC
Southern Arkansas University Tech Camden Public Associate's college 1,7301967 HLC
University of Arkansas Fayetteville Public Research university 25,3411871 HLC
University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville Batesville Public Associate's college 1,3531991 HLC
University of Arkansas Community College at Hope Hope Public Associate's college 1,4601965 HLC
University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton Morrilton Public Associate's college 2,1491961 HLC
University of Arkansas System eVersity Online Campus Public Baccalaureate college
2014Recognized by the AHECB to offer degrees in collaboration with UA System institutions.
University of Arkansas at Little Rock Little Rock Public Research university 12,3771927 HLC
University of Arkansas at Monticello Monticello Public Master's university 3,8931909 HLC
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Pine Bluff Public Baccalaureate college 2,6151873 HLC
University of Arkansas Rich Mountain Mena Public Associate's college 9571973 HLC
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Little Rock Public Medical school 2,8671879 HLC
University of Arkansas–Fort Smith Fort Smith Public Baccalaureate college 7,1701928 HLC
University of Arkansas – Pulaski Technical College North Little Rock Public Associate's college 10,5271945 HLC
University of Central Arkansas Conway Public Master's university 11,5341907 HLC
University of the Ozarks Clarksville Private
(Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.))
Baccalaureate college 5851834 HLC
Williams Baptist University Walnut Ridge Private
(Southern Baptist Convention)
Baccalaureate college 5741941 HLC

Out-of-state institutions

Based in Tempe, Arizona, Bryan University offers programs in the fields of healthcare, exercise science, and legal. The for-profit university has additional campuses in Los Angeles, Sacramento, Toronto, and Tempe.

ITT Technical Institute

ITT Technical Institute was a for-profit technical institute. Founded in 1969 and with approximately 130 campuses in 38 states of the United States, ITT Tech was one of the largest for-profit educators in the US.

Park University

Park University is a private university in Parkville, Missouri. It was founded in 1875. In the fall of 2017, Park had an enrollment of 11,457 students.

Defunct institutions

Judsonia, Arkansas City in Arkansas, United States

Judsonia is a city in White County, Arkansas, United States. Ronnie Schlem is the current mayor. The population was 2,019 at the 2010 census.

AbbreviationAccrediting agency
AAMFT American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
AANA American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
ABA American Bar Association
ACICS Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools
ACMEAccreditation Commission for Midwifery Education
ACPE Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
ADA American Dental Association
ADA American Dietetic Association
AOTA American Occupational Therapy Association
APA American Psychological Association
APTA American Physical Therapy Association
ASHA American Speech–Language–Hearing Association
CCNE Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
JRCERTJoint Review Committee on Education Programs in Radiologic Technology
LCME Liaison Committee on Medical Education
MSCHE Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
NASAD National Association of Schools of Art and Design
NASDNational Association of Schools of Dance
NASM National Association of Schools of Music
NASTNational Association of Schools of Theatre
HLC Higher Learning Commission
NCATE National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
NLNAC National League for Nursing

See also

Higher education in the United States education beyond high school

Higher education in the United States is an optional stage of formal learning following secondary education. Higher education, also referred to as post-secondary education, third-stage, third-level, or tertiary education occurs most commonly at one of the 4,360 Title IV degree-granting institutions, either colleges or universities in the country. These may be public universities, private universities, liberal arts colleges, community colleges, or for-profit colleges. US higher education is loosely regulated by a number of third-party organizations varying in quality.


  1. 1 2 3 "College Navigator". United States Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences . Retrieved May 18, 2015.
  2. Steiger's Educational Directory. 1878 Edition

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Higher Learning Commission university accreditation organization in the U.S.A.

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Arkansas State University System state university system

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Arkansas State University-Beebe

Arkansas State University-Beebe, also known as Beebe State is a public two-year college system located in central Arkansas, with its flagship campus in Beebe, Arkansas. The ASU-Beebe system is a subset of the Arkansas State University System.

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Riverview School District is a public school district based in Searcy, Arkansas, United States. The Riverview School District provides early childhood, elementary and secondary education for more than 1,300 pre-kindergarten through grade 12 students throughout southeast White County at its campuses in eastern Searcy, Kensett, and Judsonia. It also serves Griffithville.

Riverview High School is an accredited comprehensive public high school based in the town of Searcy, Arkansas, United States. Riverview provides secondary education for grades 9 through 12 to students in the communities of Searcy, Judsonia, Kensett and surrounding unincorporated communities of White County, Arkansas. It is the only high school of the Riverview School District.