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84 Colleges
50,290 Yearly Graduations
$34,143 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$23,254 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

Arkansas ranked #33 in the nation for degrees handed out in 2019. Around 50,290 students received some type of diploma that year. The average in-state tuition for students attending college in Arkansas is $8,536 a year, while the average out-of-state tuition is $10,634 a year.

About 57% of students who go to college in this state take out loans, with the average yearly loan amount being $5,814 per year.

Learn more about the most popular schools below:

#1

University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, Arkansas
Public Public vs. Private
6,818 Yearly Degrees
$9,384 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 22,825 undergraduates at UARK, of which 20,252 are full-time, and there are 27,562 students altogether. For undergraduates at UARK, the average graduation time is 4.3 years.

About 78% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 41% are men and 59% are women.

42% of UARK students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $8,404 a year. The student loan default rate of 5.6% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $37,100 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
5,009 Yearly Degrees
$7,315 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 13,106 students at A-State in total, 8,486 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 5,836 are full-time. For undergraduates at A-State, the average graduation time is 4.4 years.

About 67% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 36% are men and 64% are women.

Roughly 57% of students at A-State take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $5,580 a year. A-State has a 5.7% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from A-State with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $27,500 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#3

Arkansas Tech University

Russellville, Arkansas
Public Public vs. Private
4,040 Yearly Degrees
$7,668 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 10,110 undergraduates at ATU, of which 6,227 are full-time, and there are 10,829 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

Around 98% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 38% are men and 62% are women.

50% of ATU students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $6,596 a year. The student loan default rate of 9.1% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from ATU with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $28,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#4

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Little Rock, Arkansas
Public Public vs. Private
2,569 Yearly Degrees
$9,512 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at University of Arkansas at Little Rock is 8,899, of which 6,568 students are undergraduates and of those, 3,541 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at UA Little Rock is 4.5 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 56%. Around 35% of accepted students are men, and 65% are women.

Approximately 51% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $6,466 a year. The student loan default rate of 9.8% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from UA Little Rock is $31,200.

#5

University of Central Arkansas

Conway, Arkansas
Public Public vs. Private
2,466 Yearly Degrees
$9,338 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 10,335 students at UCA in total, 8,615 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 7,301 are full-time. For undergraduates at UCA, the average graduation time is 4.4 years.

Around 94% of students who apply get accepted. Around 36% of accepted students are men, and 64% are women.

Approximately 54% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $8,622 a year. The student loan default rate of 8.5% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from UCA is $29,600.

Public Public vs. Private
1,622 Yearly Degrees
$2,928 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Arkansas State University - Beebe is 2,982, which includes 1,550 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

Roughly 21% of students at ASU-Beebe take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $4,648 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 9.6% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from ASU-Beebe is $24,000.

#7

University of Arkansas - Fort Smith

Fort Smith, Arkansas
Public Public vs. Private
1,597 Yearly Degrees
$5,754 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 5,887 students at UAFS in total, 5,830 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 3,811 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

39% of UAFS students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $4,758 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 16.0% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $28,100 during the early-career years.

#8

NorthWest Arkansas Community College

Bentonville, Arkansas
Public Public vs. Private
1,591 Yearly Degrees
$4,096 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at NorthWest Arkansas Community College is 7,411, which includes 2,014 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

Roughly 18% of students at NWACC take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $5,059 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.4% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $27,800 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
1,570 Yearly Degrees
$5,670 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,412 full-time undergraduates at UA Pulaski Tech, and 4,810 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

Approximately 45% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $3,593 a year. The student loan default rate of 10.9% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from UA Pulaski Tech is $22,100.

#10

University of Arkansas at Monticello

Monticello, Arkansas
Public Public vs. Private
1,479 Yearly Degrees
$7,909 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at University of Arkansas at Monticello is 2,645, of which 2,352 students are undergraduates and of those, 1,692 are full-time. It takes the average UAM undergraduate about 4.7 years to complete their degree.

Approximately 54% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $5,756 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.7% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from UAM with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $23,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#11

Harding University

Searcy, Arkansas
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,255 Yearly Degrees
$21,540 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Harding University is 4,617, of which 3,572 students are undergraduates and of those, 3,294 are full-time. It takes the average Harding undergraduate about 4.3 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 55%. Of the accepted students, 41% are men and 59% are women.

52% of Harding students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $7,074 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 4.5% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Harding is $33,400.

Public Public vs. Private
1,252 Yearly Degrees
$9,080 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,447 undergraduates at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus, of which 2,950 are full-time, and there are 4,432 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

About 69% of students who apply get accepted. Around 38% of accepted students are men, and 62% are women.

61% of Southern Arkansas University Main Campus students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,814 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 19.3% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $28,200 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
1,081 Yearly Degrees
$2,856 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Arkansas State University - Newport is 1,941, which includes 767 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

Roughly 16% of students at ASUN take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $4,240 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.6% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Public Public vs. Private
1,042 Yearly Degrees
$3,456 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,060 full-time undergraduates at UACCM, and 1,836 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 21 to 1.

Around 100% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 38% are men and 58% are women.

Approximately 9% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $4,132 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.2% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from UACCM with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $24,800 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
891 Yearly Degrees
$8,236 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,907 students at UAMS in total, 859 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 639 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

UAMS has a 2.0% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from UAMS with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $57,000 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
870 Yearly Degrees
$4,590 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 769 students at SAU Tech in total, 465 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1.

Roughly 30% of students at SAU Tech take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $3,401 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 19.0% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from SAU Tech is $24,000.

Public Public vs. Private
851 Yearly Degrees
$3,250 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 506 full-time undergraduates at UA Hope-Texarkana, and 1,211 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

The school reports a student loan default rate of 4.6% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from UA Hope-Texarkana is $21,300.

#18

National Park College

Hot Springs, Arkansas
Public Public vs. Private
785 Yearly Degrees
$5,000 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,912 students at National Park College in total, 1,181 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Approximately 23% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $3,922 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.4% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from National Park College is $22,100.

#19

South Arkansas Community College

El Dorado, Arkansas
Public Public vs. Private
768 Yearly Degrees
$3,012 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,253 students at SouthArk in total, 530 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

15% of SouthArk students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $4,216 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from SouthArk with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $24,500 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#20

Henderson State University

Arkadelphia, Arkansas
Public Public vs. Private
733 Yearly Degrees
$7,392 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,626 undergraduates at Henderson State University, of which 2,334 are full-time, and there are 3,163 students altogether. It takes the average Henderson State University undergraduate about 4.5 years to complete their degree.

About 75% of students who apply get accepted. Around 34% of accepted students are men, and 66% are women.

55% of Henderson State University students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,372 a year. Henderson State University has a 7.1% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $27,000 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
708 Yearly Degrees
$3,960 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 505 full-time undergraduates at UA Cossatot, and 1,386 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $20,600 during the early-career years.

#22

North Arkansas College

Harrison, Arkansas
Public Public vs. Private
701 Yearly Degrees
$3,840 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at North Arkansas College is 1,604, which includes 776 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

Approximately 10% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $4,281 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.6% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $23,000 during the early-career years.

#23

John Brown University

Siloam Springs, Arkansas
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
650 Yearly Degrees
$28,288 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,343 students at JBU in total, 1,820 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 1,326 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at JBU is 4.2 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 59%. Of the accepted students, 36% are men and 64% are women.

Approximately 53% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $6,496 a year. JBU has a 3.7% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from JBU with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $36,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
642 Yearly Degrees
$3,458 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Arkansas State University Three Rivers is 1,243, which includes 292 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

Roughly 21% of students at ASU Three Rivers take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,229 a year. The student loan default rate of 9.4% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from ASU Three Rivers with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $23,400 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#25

Ozarka College

Melbourne, Arkansas
Public Public vs. Private
641 Yearly Degrees
$3,004 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,033 students at Ozarka College in total, 522 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

16% of Ozarka College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $4,105 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Ozarka College is $18,300.

Other Arkansas Colleges

Rank School Yearly Graduations
26 University of Arkansas Community College - Batesville 622
27 Arkansas State University Mid-South 567
28 Black River Technical College 553
29 Arkansas State University - Mountain Home 521
30 East Arkansas Community College 500
31 Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas 497
32 University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff 462
33 Arkansas Northeastern College 456
34 Baptist Health College - Little Rock 417
35 Ouachita Baptist University 415
36 Southeast Arkansas College 395
37 Hendrix College 343
38 University of Arkansas Rich Mountain 314
39 Imagine-Paul Mitchell Partner School 223
40 Eastern College of Health Vocations, Little Rock 219
41 University of Arkansas System eVersity 173
42 University of the Ozarks 166
43 Lyon College 155
44 Northwest Technical Institute 154
45 Career Academy of Hair Design 150
46 Central Baptist College 133
47 Blue Cliff College - Fayetteville 100
48 Philander Smith College 81
49 The Salon Professional Academy - North Little Rock 78
50 Williams Baptist University 77
51 Arkansas Beauty School - Little Rock 66
52 Paul Mitchell the School Arkansas 65
53 Ecclesia College 46
54 Arkansas Welding Academy 41
55 Arkansas Baptist College 40
56 Academy of Professional Cosmetology 38
57 Jefferson Regional Medical Center School of Nursing 37
58 Strayer University - Arkansas 36
58 Shorter College 36
60 Arkansas College of Barbering and Hair Design 35
61 Academy of Salon and Spa 34
62 Bryan University 32
63 Designer Barber & Stylist School 31
64 Searcy Beauty College 30
64 Arthur’s Beauty School Inc - Conway 30
64 Washington Barber College Inc 30
67 Crowley’s Ridge College 24
68 Arthur’s Beauty College - Jonesboro 22
69 The Beauty School 21
69 New Tyler Barber College Inc 21
71 Northern Technical College 19
71 Arthur’s Beauty College Inc - Jacksonville 19
73 Professional Cosmetology Education Center 18
74 Hot Springs Beauty College 17
75 Arkansas Beauty College 15
75 Arthur’s Beauty College Inc - Fort Smith 15
75 Goodfellas Barber College 15
78 Velvatex College of Beauty Culture 12
79 River Valley School of Massage 11
79 Remington College - Little Rock Campus 11
81 New Beginnings Beauty Academy 10
82 Champion Christian College 9
83 Delta Designs Cosmetology School 2
84 Arkansas Colleges of Health Education 0

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