Arkansas Colleges & Universities

Thinking about going back to school? The many colleges in Arksansas can open the doors to your future.

Arkansas Schools: Get Sharp in the Razorback State: Arkansas earned the nickname "The Natural State" for good reason: the state is famed for its amazing scenery and over 600,000 acres of beautiful lakes. In addition to its scenic wonders, this part of the country is also known for its top-notch schools and educational opportunities. With dozens of universities and community colleges scattered throughout this picturesque state, Arkansas offers significant programs in technology, arts, architecture, engineering, business, and a number of other educational areas.

Colleges in Arkansas: The state of Arkansas is home to over 100 colleges and universities, 30 of which are located in its capital, Little Rock. Of these Arkansas schools, 11 are public universities and 22 are public two-year colleges supported by state funding.

Because this state is part of the Bible belt, many of the schools in Arkansas are affiliated with Protestant and other religious communities. Some of the most influential include Lyon College, Henderson State University, Central Baptist College, John Brown University, and Hendrix College. Many of the rest have a technical focus, like the Pulaski Technical College and Crowley's Ridge Technical Institute.

Students can expect to pay tuition fees comparable to elsewhere in the country, depending on the type of education and the length of the programs, but there is funding available for those who need it. According to the Arkansas Department of Higher Education, the state distributes $140 million each year to post-secondary students who need the financial support to pursue post-secondary education.

Of all the Arkansas colleges, the University of Arkansas is most widely known and has the state's largest student body across its five campuses in Fayetteville, Little Rock, Fort Smith, Monticello, and Pine Bluff. Both the Princeton Review and the U.S. News and World Report rank this Arkansas school among the top universities in the U.S. In the 1970s, Bill and Hillary Clinton were both part of the University of Arkansas faculty.

Work & Career Opportunities in Arkansas: There are wide-ranging jobs and career opportunities across the state, ranging from business to medical to technology development. Major corporations headquartered in Arkansas include Wal-Mart and Whirlpool, which employ a large number of the business, commerce, and accounting graduates who earn degrees from colleges in Arkansas.

There are also plenty of medical jobs, forensics work, and IT positions available for Arkansas graduates. In a state known for its architecture, business, medical, agriculture, and engineering degree programs, there are job opportunities available for all of these specializations, with plenty of room for future growth.

Today's most in-demand careers are in the medical industry and IT field, where those educated in computer science, networking, software development, and IT systems management are likely to secure stable, lucrative employment.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual income in the state of Arkansas is $34,640, with nearly 1,150,000 people employed.

Melissa Rudy.

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