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Major Trends

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Arkansas’ institutions of higher learning, not unlike their peer institutions nationwide, continue to evolve with changing student demands and priorities. Administrators say many of today’s college students view higher education very differently than previous generations did, seeing it as a clear means to a specific end.



Financial Aid

Centennial Bank helps take a lot of the stress and guesswork out of student finances, offering loans to get you to school and banking products to help you pay for things while you’re there. 



Arkansas Scholarship Lottery passes 200,000 scholarships awarded mark

Since awarding its first round of scholarships in 2011, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery has awarded more than 200,000 Arkansas Academic Challenge scholarships to Arkansas college students, an investment of more than $600 million. 



In Demand Careers

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The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services identified jobs in health care, education and business management as having the most potential for growth through 2022.



What's New On Campus

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ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY
The university is in the midst of capital projects totaling more than $175 million, including both renovation and new construction.



Two Year Schools

ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY – BEEBE
With campuses located at Beebe, Heber Springs, Searcy, the Little Rock Air Force Base and online, ASU-Beebe has the lowest tuition in central Arkansas, making the university an affordable option for students seeking a degree, looking to transfer to other institutions of higher learning or looking to learn while remaining in the workforce. 



College Life

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Last year’s National College Health Assessment  reported 30 percent of college students said they experienced enough stress to negatively affect academic performance and more than 85 percent experienced feeling overwhelmed, numbers that have held steady since at least 2013.



College News

ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY - BEEBE
ASU–Beebe was selected for the third time since 2011 to be included in the top 150 community colleges in the nation by the prestigious Aspen Institute.



Your City

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Digital Education

About 5.4 million students, or one in four, took at least one distance education course during the fall of 2012, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Almost a million students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at private, for-profit institutions that term, with 35 percent of all students enrolled solely online. Arkansas’ colleges and universities have invested heavily in online options to meet current and future demand, as illustrated on the following pages.



Historically black colleges provide top education with cultural flavor

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Arkansas’ Historically Black Colleges and Universities — Philander Smith College and Arkansas Baptist College in Little Rock, Shorter College in North Little Rock and the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff — hold an important place in the state’s higher education community. Steeped in history and culture and distinguished for the quality of instruction, HBCU institutions offer a unique educational opportunity. 



Safety

ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY-BEEBE
ASU-Beebe has been ranked number one among Safest Colleges and Universities by StateUniversity.com and maintains a University Police Department on all three of its campuses.



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This section is proudly sponsored by the following entities who continue to support and provide educational opportunities in Arkansas.
AFMC  Arkansas Scholarship Lottery  Arkansas State University  Arkansas State University Beebe  Arkansas Tech University  Baptist Health College Little Rock  Centennial Bank  College of the Quachitas  East Arkansas Community College  Henderson State University  John Brown University  Lyon College  National Park College  Northwest Arkansas Community College  Ozarka College  Philander Smith College  Pulaski Technical College  Shorter College  Southern Arkansas University  UA Cossatot  University of Arkansas at Fort Smith  University of Arkansas at Little Rock  University of Arkansas at Monticello  University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff  University of Arkansas Phillips Community College  University of Central Arkansas  Walton College of Business 

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