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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. An open admission policy encourages the enrollment of both traditional and non-traditional students. As the only community college in Arkansas with traditional residence halls, ASU-Beebe is a true college experience both academically and socially. 

The school emphasizes the uniqueness of each student, providing programs designed to assist students in determining and achieving their educational, personal and occupational goals. Additionally, ASU-Beebe contributes to the economic development of Arkansas by providing comprehensive training and technical support for business and industry. ASU-Beebe also collaborates with Arkansas State University in Jonesboro to offer baccalaureate and graduate degrees on the Beebe campus.



Baptist Health College Little Rock offers exceptional hands-on experience. Students venture to Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock and North Little Rock, as well as other healthcare areas in Central Arkansas. The school offers a high clinical ratio, demonstrating a focus on the importance of practical application as well as academics. 

Baptist Health College Little Rock’s average student age is 28. The student body features a mix of new enrollees at the beginning their career, starting at an older age and coming back for a second career after retirement. The population is diverse and students benefit greatly from the relationships they build with their instructors of all ages, backgrounds and expertise. 

A best-kept secret about Baptist Health College Little Rock is its close-knit, hands-on learning environment filled with Christian compassion. Instructors and administrators take pride in their mission to offer students real-life experience in a hospital, along with the instruction and attention from faculty and staff that turn a student into a nurse. 



Smaller class size is one advantage to the two-year college experience and nowhere is that more on display than at College of the Ouachitas, where the average class ratio is 19:1. Students can earn an award sooner (as little as a year) and the cost is phenomenally less. With COTO’s technical certificate, students may be able to go to work earning as much as some 4-year degrees.

As a comprehensive two-year college, COTO offers educational pathways for everyone. A variety of options are available to choose from, such as allied health/nursing, business, cosmetology, criminal justice, electrical and plumbing apprenticeships and mechatronics. The college’s general education courses, including its Honors College, can launch students toward earning a high-quality bachelor’s degree. 

The quality of the instruction here can be seen through its accreditation by the same regional accreditor, The Higher Learning Commission, as the state’s flagship institution, University of Arkansas-Fayetteville. Despite its much smaller size, COTO is held to the same rigor and standards as all campuses in the state’s university system.  



Community colleges have increased enrollment in courses that are not part of majors, but yet required in the real world such as business calculus, survey calculus and higher math courses. East Arkansas Community College is no exception, offering Business Calculus and Statistics to capitalize on this trend along with virtual labs for science courses.

The college maintains rigorous academic standards, above what many envision when they think of a community college. Simply put, faculty and administration believe in earning one’s degree through quality work that exceeds standard requirements. The nature of educational programs mirrors applicable skills. For instance, EACC offers Quantitative Literacy to students who are non-STEM majors. This course focuses on math that will actually be used in the real world.

The school also has a technology-forward focus, offering distance learning across a variety of courses. Online enrollment, as well as in hybrid classes, are a major part of instruction today and online courses are being expanded along with these programs.



National Park College students hanging out in the atrium of the Frederick M. Dierks Center for Nursing and Health Sciences.

NPC has aggressively addressed college costs, with lower tuition ($88/credit hour) that not only hasn’t increased in the past two years, but decreased two years ago. Tuition rates lock in for students who remain continuously enrolled and the college even offers a quality guarantee. If the student finds they were not prepared after completing a degree and beginning work in their field or after transferring to a four-year program, they can retake a class for free. 

The face of NPC’s student body is also changing. Non-traditional students, over 24 years old, were once the majority of the student body; however, in recent years, traditional 18 to 19-year-old recent high school graduates have grown in numbers. A growing Hispanic student population has meant a focus on engagement among students from different backgrounds, leading to integrated student groups and intramurals. 

Offering nine Associate of Arts or Science degrees, 12 Associate of Applied Science degrees, 24 Technical Certificates, and 27 Certifications, NPC also continues to grow its transfer programs. Its 2+2 degrees allow an NPC student to transfer to a four-year school as a junior with no loss of credit and several of its Associate of Applied Science Degrees transfer directly into bachelor’s level programs at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith. The school’s Associate of Science in Nursing program is one of the best in the state; a recent poll of NPC nursing graduates since 2011 showed a 90 percent employment rate in their chosen field.



Students studying outside at Northwest Arkansas Community College.

NWACC offers more than 55 degrees and certificates allowing students to enter the workforce upon completion or transfer to a four-year university with a high level of success. NWACC is well-known for its Nursing, Physical Therapist Assistant, and Business programs. The pass rate of NWACC students on national licensure exams typically exceeds the national average.

Known for its small class size and low tuition, NWACC offers new freshmen, transfer students, working adults and other students personal attention and more bang for their educational buck.  Class size average ratio is 19:1 and tuition rates are very affordable, compared to four-year universities.  For example, tuition for in-district students is $75 per credit hour.

The average age of NWACC’s 14,000-member student body is 26. The demographic that has grown the most is high school students who are concurrently enrolled. The tuition discount for concurrently enrolled students has increased and the school experienced a 14 percent jump in the number of these students for Fall 2015.



Ozarka College is a comprehensive technical college, with locations in Fulton, Izard, Sharp and Stone counties in Arkansas. Founded in 1975, the college today offers 32 associate degrees, technical certificates and certificates of proficiency, as well as workforce training, continuing education and adult basic education. 



Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas’ primary mission for over 50 years has been helping people better their lives through higher education and shaping the future of the community by making a positive difference in the lives of others, one student at a time. PCCUA continues its promise to ensure that every student in Phillips and Arkansas Counties will grow up knowing that a college education is within reach through the Great River Promise Scholarship

The scholarship covers tuition and mandatory fees for all eligible local high school graduates. To qualify, students must meet attendance requirements through four years at an Arkansas County or Phillips County high school, graduate with a high school diploma (2010 or later), have no drug or DUI offenses and exhaust all other scholarship and financial aid programs. Applicants must also enroll in the fall semester following high school graduation, be accepted as a PCCUA student and complete a PCCUA scholarship application. 

Once at PCCUA, recipients must enroll in at least 12 credit hours per semester the first year and 15 credit hours per semester the second year, successfully complete at least 67 percent of all credit hours attempted each semester and maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA. 

This unique scholarship opportunity has increased the number of high school graduates and encouraged them to enroll in PCCUA’s post-secondary program. While educating tomorrow’s leaders, the school is also creating a more competitive workforce while improving its own economic future.



Pulaski Technical College is a vital partner in the economic health of central Arkansas. Through a university-transferable curriculum, workforce training and economic development initiatives in business and industry, Pulaski Tech offers an affordable opportunity to achieve a college degree and get a competitive edge in today’s job market. 

The college offers Associate of Arts and Science degrees and certificate options, including programs in allied health and human services, aviation, business, culinary arts, information technology, manufacturing, and industrial and automotive technology, as well as continuing education and community services. 

About two-thirds of Pulaski Tech’s students are part of the university-transfer program and plan to transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue baccalaureate degrees. Pulaski Tech has been a main source of transfer students to the University of Arkansas-Little Rock for many years and articulation agreements with state universities ensure easy transfer of college credits. With fall 2016 tuition priced at $110 per credit hour for in-state residents, Pulaski Tech provides an affordable path to educational achievement. 

Pulaski Technical College offers day, evening, online and Saturday classes; non-credit continuing education courses; and training on a contract basis to business and industry. The popularity of programs attests to their high quality and focus on securing good jobs for graduates with degrees that are affordable and can be completed in a short period of time.



As a two-year institution, Shorter College offers students an opportunity to complete their general education requirements with individualized attention due to small class sizes and a number of support services such as peer tutors, student success coaches and a literacy and math lab as a supplemental resource. Additionally, Shorter College specializes these supports based on students’ individual needs be they non-traditional students (which make up the majority of the student body), at-risk, veterans, disabled or students who are seeking second chances based upon their prior circumstances.  

The school offers five Associate of Arts degrees including general studies, Christian leadership, childhood development, criminal justice and entrepreneurial studies, as well as an array of extra-curricular activities, such student government, Phi Beta Lambda and intramural activities. Credits earned through Shorter College transfer to any state school in Arkansas or any other private college that participates in the Arkansas Courses Transfer System.  



UA Cossatot is proud to offer something for everyone.  Not every student wants to earn a bachelor’s degree. In fact, some of the highest demand jobs require a certificate. Arkansas is fourth in the nation for highest manufacturing job growth and through UA Cossatot’s Industrial Technology program graduates are prepared to meet the market demands.    

For those seeking a Bachelor’s degree or higher, UA Cossatot offers a quality education where students can set a foundation for their education and be ready for the next step. The school’s hands-on approach to advising is one element that sets it apart; students are advised on educational plans considering their goals, work schedules and other obligations. The advisors live in the real world and know students do, too.

More students are taking advantage of the educational opportunities that are close to home and family.  In the last five years, the average age of the student body has decreased from 24 to 19. UA Cossatot’s Hispanic enrollment has increased from 9 percent to 24 percent making it a Hispanic Serving Institution.  

One of the most surprising aspects of the college is that UA Cossatot offers six completely online associate degrees. Students expect a traditional classroom setting from a small two-year college and are often surprised by the technology and accommodating nature they find there.


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