Arkansas Tech University, located in Russellville, Arkansas, was founded in 1909 by the Arkansas General Assembly. Originally known as the Second District Agricultural School and offered the equivalent of a high school education. By the early 1920's the school began offering post-secondary education and degrees, followed by the phasing out high school programs by 1931 and a name change to Arkansas Polytechnic College. In 1976 the school once again changed its name, this time to the current, to reflect its four year offerings and expanded role. In 2003 the school took over operations of Arkansas Valley Technical Institute, operating it as a satellite campus that offers associate degrees. The school has been investing heavily in the upgrading of its facilities and programs, having added over 30 new areas of study since 1993.
Arkansas Tech University offers a large number of programs that allow students to pursue the one that best suits his or her needs and goals. These programs result in associate, bachelor or master degrees. Associate degrees are primarily geared toward technical and career training, through transfer to a four year program is possible. Bachelor's degree programs take four years to complete, and are offered in a variety of fields. Minor degrees may be taken alongside a bachelor's degree, and offer the opportunity to study a second interest in an unrelated field, or to augment one's major. Master degree programs or more limited number and require at least a bachelor's degree to be considered for admission.
Programs offered include:
Admissions and Financial Aid
Students wishing to enroll at Arkansas Tech University must supply a completed application, transcripts, standardized test scores, and proof of immunization. Students should have a minimum ACT score of 16, SAT score of 1060, or a composite COMPASS scores of 47 and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0. Students who meet these requirements will be considered for admission by a review board, and once completed, will notify the students of their decision. If admitted, the student will receive the information necessary to begin their academic life at the school.
Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants, scholarships, and work study programs. Students in need of financial assistance must obtain a federal PIN and submit a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which will utilize the student's financial and tax information (or the student's family's if underage or a dependent) to determine financial need, program eligibility, and monetary awards. Financial aid must be reapplied for prior to the start of each academic year before the school's posted financial aid deadline. Students may be asked to provide additional financial documentation prior to the disbursement of funds to ensure the accuracy of the FAFSA.
Admission Requirements & Details
The admission details below may provide a better idea of the applicants Arkansas Tech University accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, as well as any college credits that may be transferred.
College Credits Accepted
- Dual Credits
- Life Experience Credits
- AP Course Credits
Arkansas Tech University has a total student population of about 12,000. The student body is made up of 93% undergraduate students and 17% graduate students.
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $9,700. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Annual tuition range estimates:
- State Residents: $5,200-$6,200
- Out-of-State: $10,000-$12,380
- Charges for part-time students are:
- State Residents: $220-$260 per credit unit
- Nonresidents: $430-$520 per credit unit
Financial Aid Details
The financial aid table below details the types of financial aid, along with the percent of students receiving aid, and on average the amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||96%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||94%||$7,295|
|Receiving Student Loans||54%||$5,778|
Academics & Student Services
Student ServicesTo help support students, Arkansas Tech University may provide services like:
- Online course work available
- Classes offered on nights and weekends
- Remedial instructional courses
- Counseling assistance
- Work study style employment
- Helping students find work after graduation
The overall graduation rate of Arkansas Tech University is approximately 40%.
|Number of Year to Graduate||Percent of Entering Class|
|Students Graduating in 4 Years||18%|
|Graduating in 5 Years||14%|
|Graduating in 6 Years||4%|
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
Campus: Arkansas Tech University
- Music Program
- Master's Degree in Nursing (MSN) Program
- Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program
- Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program
Campus: Arkansas Tech University - Ozark Campus
- Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program
- * Accredited by the American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (since 2013)
ATU is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division II (with football) classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:
- Baseball (367)
- Basketball (367)
- Football (367)
- Track and Field, X-Country
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 Arkansas Tech University 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,...)
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Business and Marketing Studies
Communications and Journalism
Computer and Information Sciences
English Language and Literature
Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies
Family and Consumer Sciences
Foreign Languages and Literature
Health and Clinical Professions
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mathematics and Statistics
Mechanic and Repair Technology
Natural Resources and Conservation
Personal and Culinary Services
Public Administration and Social Services
Recreation and Fitness Studies
Security and Protective Services
Visual and Performing Arts
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