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Pulaski Technical College’s new Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute.
With the second-highest graduation rate among public four-year universities in the state, Arkansas Tech University has proven its ability to connect students with the life-changing benefits of a college degree.

Arkansas Tech is also the most affordable option among the five universities in the state with 10,000 or more students. All five areas of study that most incoming freshmen seek -- business, engineering, teacher education, the biological and physical sciences, and the social sciences -- are among the more than 100 programs of study at Arkansas Tech.

In Demand Careers

One of the fastest-growing jobs in the U.S. is physician assistant. Physician assistants, also known as PAs, practice medicine under the direction of physicians and surgeons, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Internships provide hands-on experience

Summer internships offer a chance to experience the day-to-day work in your chosen career field, while at the same time making industry contacts that can be helpful for your job search after graduation.

What's happening on Campus

During the 2013-14 academic year, Arkansas Tech will open M Street Residence Hall, a new five-story student housing facility that will be home to 290 students per semester. The construction of M Street Residence Hall is a milestone in what has been a multi-year effort to revitalize the southwest corner of the Arkansas Tech campus.

Two Year College Update

During 2013, Arkansas Tech-Ozark Campus is celebrating its 10th anniversary as a member of the Arkansas Tech University system. Located in the Franklin County community of Ozark, Arkansas Tech-Ozark Campus offers 11 associate degrees and 15 technical certificates. Among the most recent program additions at Arkansas Tech-Ozark Campus is an Associate of Science degree in cardiovascular technology that will prepare graduates for careers in echocardiography labs as cardiovascular technicians. Other health-related programs, including Associate of Science degrees in physical therapy assistant, occupational therapy assistant and nursing, are helping Arkansas Tech-Ozark Campus graduates connect with in-demand careers inside the state.

What's New

One feature of Arkansas Tech University that separates it from other four-year institutions around the state is its location in the Arkansas River Valley. Minutes from the Ouachita Mountains, the Ozark Mountains and Lake Dardanelle, the Arkansas Tech campus is situated at the heart of an outdoorsman’s or outdoorswoman’s dream come true.

Financial Aid

One of the largest obstacles a student can face is affording a college education, and it can seem like an impossible task to figure out in the ins and outs of scholarships and financial aid. Colleges and universities around the state offer many options for students who need assistance.

College: The Perfect Time to Hit the (Check) Books

For many students, college represents freedom. They have the opportunity to choose new classes, meet new friends and live on their own. But college is also the perfect time to start taking on more personal responsibility – and a budget is a great place to start.

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Military Money

Want to go to college? The Arkansas Army National Guard can help. They offer several education benefits, with two programs that help pay college tuition.

Alternative options for Your College Fund

While banks no longer offer federally backed student loans, private loans are still available, such those offered by Arkansas Federal Credit Union (AFCU). For undergraduate students, Arkansas Federal’s Student Choice Loan covers the cost of an education without charging high interest rates, says Cory Liebhardt, AFCU Jacksonville Service Center manager.

Campus Safety

Colleges and universities across the state work hard to create communities on their respective campuses that foster learning and life-long relationships among students, faculty and staff. And while campus life may seem idyllic, administrators must identify and mitigate potential threats, whether it is petty property crimes or major incidents such as a mass shooting. Ensuring the safety of everyone on campus is a responsibility that’s taken seriously, and each school has policies and plans in place to prevent crime and notify students and faculty of a serious incident.


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