8 Largest Colleges in Arkansas

Find out which Arkansas schools are the most popular among students.

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Arkansas has plenty of options when it comes to large colleges. But what makes these schools popular? And how much does it cost to attend? Check out the eight most popular colleges in Arkansas and what these schools have to offer as far as academics and campus culture.

8. NorthWest Arkansas Community College

Type of College: Community college

Enrollment: 6,470

Cost: $2,488 (in-state), $3,376 (out-of-state)

Best Program: Nursing

Fun Fact: NWACC offers study aboard and distance learning programs.

7. University of Arkansas, Fort Smith

Type of College: Public university

Enrollment: 6,611

Cost: $4,060 (in-state), $8,950 (out-of-state)

Best Programs: Science and technology – UAFS partners with organizations like the Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Department of Energy to provide students with real-world experience.

Fun Fact: Students from “border states” – Oklahoma, Missouri, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas – qualify for the in-state tuition rate.

6. Arkansas Tech University

Type of College: Public university

Enrollment: 7,476

Cost: $4,154 (in-state), $7,826 (out-of-state)

Best Programs: Natural and health sciences – ATU offers 10 different bachelor degrees in this area

Fun Fact: The majority of classes at ATU are recorded and accessible online.

5. Pulaski Technical College

Type of College: Technical college

Enrollment: 8,768

Cost: $2,520 (in-state), $3,990 (out-of-state)

Best Programs: Business, information technology and healthcare

Fun Fact: Pulaski Tech has seven locations throughout central Arkansas. About 97 percent of graduates are employed within six months of graduation or continuing education.

4. Arkansas State University

Type of College: Public university

Enrollment: 11,130

Cost: $6,010 (in-state), $13,390 (out-of-state)

Best Program: 20% of students at ASU are enrolled in the education program.

Fun Fact: ASU offers over 180 evening classes and 130 online classes.

3. University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Type of College: Public university

Enrollment: 12,135

Cost: $5,725 (in-state), $13,217 (out-of-state)

Best Programs: Health-related programs and education

Fun Fact: UALR has lots of financial aid options, including scholarships for freshman, transfer and out-of-state students.

2. University of Central Arkansas

Type of College: Public university

Enrollment: 12,619

Cost: $6,025 (in-state), $10,720 (out-of-state)

Best Programs: Health-related professions, biology, psychology, nursing and education

Fun Fact: UCA offers three residential colleges where students experience co-education living and learning.

1. University of Arkansas

Type of College: Public university

Enrollment: 18,648

Cost: $6,038 (in-state), $14,492 (out-of-state)

Best Programs: Business, management, marketing and related support services – 24 percent of students at this school are enrolled in one of these programs.

Fun Fact: Bill and Hilary Clinton have both taught in the University of Arkansas’ law school.

Quick Tips

  • Arkansas has numerous private institutions which are affiliated with the Baptist faith.

Stats source: CollegeStats.

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