Arkansas Colleges

Over 100 colleges and universities are found throughout Arkansas from the mountain ranges of the Ozarks to the eastern lowlands near the Mississippi River. The centrally located capital city Little Rock is home to more than 30 schools including the University of Central Arkansas and Hendrix College. Top-ranked public school the University of Arkansas, Main Campus is located in Fayetteville, the third largest city in the state. The school also has campuses located in Fort Smith, Little Rock, Monticello and Pine Bluff offering access to residents across the state. Because this state is part of the Bible Belt, many colleges in Arkansas, which has a predominantly Protestant population, have religious affiliations including Arkansas Baptist College, Central Baptist College, Ouachita Baptist University and Williams Baptist College. Technical schools make up a good portion of Arkansas colleges as well with Pulaski Technical College, Arkansas Tech University and Crowley's Ridge Technical Institute leading the pack.

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Arkansas College and Degree Offerings

From community colleges and 2-year career training degrees to bachelors degree and masters degree programs, Arkansas colleges feature many educational opportunities. Students looking for a Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies education should consider Lyon College, the oldest private school in the sate, which is often ranked highly on lists of best colleges. Also worth noting are University of the Ozarks and Philander Smith College. Four-year public schools include Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, Henderson State University and Southern Arkansas University, Magnolia. The University of Arkansas is a well-respected public university with notable 4-year programs in Architecture, Business, Agriculture and Engineering. For students returning to school or looking for to fulfill specific qualifications, career colleges throughout the state offer a variety of certificate program options as well ranging from technical schools to beauty schools.

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Arkansas Career Opportunities

With their headquarters in Arkansas Wal-Mart, Whirlpool and Tyson Foods provide employment for many residents. Colleges in Arkansas offer reputable degree programs in General Business, Accounting & Related Services that can apply to any major corporation. Health & Medical Services careers are focused around psychiatric and assistant positions and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is a top spot to attain a degree in Surgical Technologist, Health/Medical Assisting Services or Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training. Forensics is another related career that’s growing. Students can find several Arkansas colleges with programs to qualify them to score these positions. Information Technology careers are also expected to grow giving an edge to graduates with a degree in Computer Science, Software Development, Networking and Information Systems Operation and Management. Explore programs at the state’s technical schools or public schools such as Southeast Arkansas College. All-in-all, this opportunities in this southern state reach well beyond the colleges and universities.