2023 Best Colleges and Universities in Arkansas

Arkansas is home to gorgeous scenery thanks to the Ozarks, and this state is also well known for its colleges and universities.

The 2022 best colleges and universities in Arkansas are listed below.

University of the Ozarks – The third best regional college in the south, this school offers a comprehensive, private education.  The college prides itself on small class sizes, and as a result, the education for every student is personalized. This Christian-based school is affiliated with the Presbyterian church. Annual tuition is $24,230.

John Brown University – This is a small, private school that offers 40 undergraduate degrees in the humanities, fine arts, business, engineering and Bible studies, and the school also offers master’s degrees. Students from more than 40 states and almost 40 countries have chosen John Brown as their university. Annual tuition and fees at this school are approximately $29,928.

Harding University – Another private university in Arkansas, Harding is known for its acceptance of National Merit Scholars. The school devotes itself to preparing students for global success, and more than two-thirds of the student population has studied overseas at one of the school’s international campuses located in Africa, Australia, and Europe. Annual tuition and fees are just under $20,000.

Williams Baptist College – This private, Christian school offers a liberal arts education that is tailored to student need and delivered in small class sizes.  Students enroll predominantly in elementary education, biblical studies, psychology, and general management. Annual tuition is $17,320.

University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff – This public institution of higher education is a small school that began as a land grant school. The college is known for programs in criminal justice, business administration/management, physical education/coaching, and biological sciences. It’s also well-known as a historically black college. Annual tuition is under $7,944 for in-state students.

Arkansas State University – A-State, as students and alums call it, offers more than 160 bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and the school ranks at #95 in best regional colleges of the south, and among the top in Arkansas. Also, the school offers classes in military science, a vibrant college experience with plenty of intramurals, and it attracts students from around the world. In-state tuition is $8,478 annually.

Most of the top colleges and universities in Arkansas are smaller in size than schools in other states, but the educational experience offered in Arkansas may be more personalized.

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