The state of Arkansas is home to two public university systems, a handful of public institutions and multiple private colleges and universities. The state is bordered by Louisiana and Texas to the south, Oklahoma to the west, Missouri to the north, and Tennessee and Mississippi to the east. Little Rock is both the state’s capitol and the largest city in the state.
The University of Arkansas System is comprised of six campuses and has over 42,000 enrolled students. The flagship campus in Fayetteville was founded in 1871. Over the years schools have merged or returned to the system with the formal adoption of the name University of Arkansas System in 1975.
Schools in the University of Arkansas System include:
- University of Arkansas at Fayetteville (Fayetteville)
- University of Arkansas at Little Rock (Little Rock)
- University of Arkansas at Monticello (Monticello)
- University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (Little Rock)
The Arkansas State University System is comprised of main and satellite campuses across central and northeast Arkansas. The system is a mixture of two and four year institutions with the primary campus being located in Jonesboro, which was founded in 1909. The system began in 1955 when Arkansas State University, Jonesboro was given control of the Arkansas State University, Beebe campus. Over the years other schools merged with the system, resulting in large growth over the last two decades.
Schools in the Arkansas State University System include:
- Arkansas State University, Jonesboro (Jonesboro)
- Arkansas State University, Beebe (Beebe)
- Arkansas State University, Mountain Home (Mountain Home)
- Arkansas State University, Newport (Newport)
Additionally, some public institutions do not operate under any system, but rather have independent administrations yet still receive public funding.
Private institutions in the state of Arkansas are predominantly liberal arts colleges providing comprehensive educations and skills for their students. Private institutions are typically more expensive than their public school counterparts, and generally have smaller class sizes resulting in low student to teacher ratios. Private schools also tend to have a higher number of educational opportunities, such as research positions and study abroad programs. Some of the institutions were founded by Christian denominations and may or may not continue in their traditions.
Some Private Institutions in Arkansas:
- Harding University (Searcy)
- Arkansas Baptist College (Little Rock)
- Hendrix College (Conway)
- Lyon College (Batesville)
- Philander Smith College (Little Rock)
Arkansas is also home to private career colleges and community and technical colleges. Private career colleges provide career training for high demand fields, offering short term programs that prepare students for immediate entry in the field upon completion. Community and technical colleges provide career and vocational educations alongside transfer opportunities to four year institutions, offering the freshman and sophomore years of education.
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