College of the Ouachitas, located in Malvern, Arkansas, was founded in 1969 and was originally a vocation school that provided career training known as Ouachita Vocational Technical School. The school operated until 1991 when it became Ouachita Technical College. The conversion to college was approved by the Governor Bill Clinton and was assisted by Henderson State University in order to ensure that programs were able to offer college level credits and became fully accredited as a post secondary institution in 1997.
College of the Ouachitas offers a variety of courses that allow students to explore and pursue their interests and establish a path toward their desired goals. Academic transfer programs allow students to earn credits toward a bachelor's degree over the course of two years, followed by transferring to a four year institution to complete their education. Career training programs allow students to obtain an education in a high demand field or industry that assists in entry into the workforce as a qualified professional. Programs take between one and two years to complete and result in a certificate or associate degree.
Programs offered include:
Admissions and Financial Aid
College of the Ouachitas is an open enrollment institution that allows any individual interested to enroll by completing an application and paying all fees. Students should supply transcripts and test scores and may be required to take a placement exam. Students should also participate in new student orientation and meet with counselor prior to registration. Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants and scholarships and is awarded based on need as determined by the information provided by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $5,900. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Tuition estimates per year:
- State Residents: $2,800-$3,300
- Out-of-State: $5,600-$6,696
- Charges for part-time students are:
- State Residents: $93-$110 per credit unit
- Nonresidents: $190-$220 per credit unit
Financial Aid Details
The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||95%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||94%||$4,924|
|Receiving Student Loans||20%||$3,954|
Admissions, Academics, & Student Services
To help support students, College of the Ouachitas may offer services like those listed below:
- Online classes
- Remedial courses
- Academic counseling for students
- Work study style employment
- Assistance to find work
Graduation & Transfer Rates
Students who attend a community college will be able to choose from a variety of programs that will lead to an associate's degree or transfer to a four year institution. The following list shows graduation and transfer-out rates for this school compared to community colleges in Arkansas, which can be useful for determining which community college to attend.
|College of the Ouachitas||Hot Spring County||Arkansas|
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
Get more information about the programs offered by College of the Ouachitas by clicking the request information to the right.
(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Business and Marketing Studies
Computer and Information Sciences
Family and Consumer Sciences
Health and Clinical Professions
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mechanic and Repair Technology
Personal and Culinary Services
Security and Protective Services
Transportation and Materials Moving
Other Community Colleges Nearby
The list of nearby schools has been selected by researching which schools offer similar programs to College of the Ouachitas.
- National Park Community College in Hot Springs, AR (21 miles away)
- Pulaski Technical College in North Little Rock, AR (42 miles away)
- Southeast Arkansas College in Pine Bluff, AR (46 miles away)
- Southern Arkansas University Tech in Camden, AR (51 miles away)
- University of Arkansas Community College - Morrilton in Morrilton, AR (55 miles away)