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A Lifetime of Learning: Arkansas Colleges and Universities

Continuing education opportunities abound in Arkansas
By Leigh Ann Golden

Arkansas's system of higher education spans the state. A number of public two- and four-year colleges dot the landscape in every region, making access to quality information convenient. Whether it’s time to earn that master's degree or brush up on computer skills, the chance is yours at a nearby college. Want to move closer to the opportunity? Request your free Arkansas Relocation Guide for more information on living in The Natural State.

Going to school in Arkansas comes with plenty of benefits — you’re surrounded by natural beauty, you’re never a long distance from prime outdoor recreation, many of our colleges have received high rankings from national publications, and the tuition is a great value for the level of education you’ll receive. Obtaining a diploma is very affordable here — scholarships are readily available to help defray the cost and all public colleges and universities in Arkansas offer free tuition to Arkansas residents age 60 and older who take for-credit courses.

Continuing education departments at many schools offer a variety of opportunities. Noncredit courses, which include personal enrichment topics, basic computer training and professional development certificates, usually require a smaller time investment than standard for-credit courses and are taught by professors or subject matter experts from the community. Learn self-defense at North Arkansas College at Harrison; take an advanced class on Microsoft Excel at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville; or learn Spanish at South Arkansas Community College at El Dorado.

Don't forget to take advantage of university-hosted lectures that are open to the public. The University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock hosts numerous public lectures, programs and town hall-type meetings year-round. In addition to former President Bill Clinton, past guest speakers include former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright; former Sen. Bob Dole; former Prime Minister of Spain, José María Aznar; Imad Moustapha, Syrian ambassador to the U.S.; and Karl Rove, former deputy White House chief of staff and senior adviser to President George Bush. Learn more at

View our list of colleges in Arkansas below and visit the Arkansas Department of Higher Education online at to read more about the University system and compare your selected college opportunities to find the right place to earn your degree.

Arkansas Colleges and Universities

Central Arkansas

Public Graduate Schools only
  • University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, Little Rock
Public Four-year Universities
  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR)
  • University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock
  • University of Central Arkansas, Conway

Public Two-year Colleges
  • Arkansas State University, Beebe
  • Pulaski Technical College, North Little Rock
Private Four-year Universities
  • Arkansas Baptist College, Little Rock
  • Central Baptist College, Conway
  • Harding University, Searcy
  • Hendrix College, Conway
  • Philander Smith College, Little Rock


Public Four-year Universities
  • Arkansas State University, Jonesboro
Public Two-year Colleges
  • Arkansas Northeastern College, Blytheville
  • Arkansas State University, Newport
  • Black River Technical College, Paragould
  • East Arkansas Community College, Forrest City
  • Mid-South Community College, West Memphis
  • Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas in DeWitt, Helen-West Helena and Stuttgart
  • University of Arkansas at Monticello College of Technology, McGehee
Private Four-year Universities
  • Crowley's Ridge College, Paragould


Public Four-year Universities
  • Henderson State University, Arkadelphia
Public Two-year Colleges
  • National Park Community College, Hot Springs
  • Ouachita Technical College, Malvern
  • Rich Mountain Community College, Mena
Private Four-year Universities
  • Ouachita Baptist University, Arkadelphia


Public Four-year Universities
  • University of Arkansas at Fayetteville
Public Two-year Colleges
  • Arkansas State University, Mountain Home
  • Black River Technical College, Pocahontas
  • North Arkansas College, Harrison
  • Northwest Arkansas Community College, Bentonville
  • Ozarks College, Melbourne
  • University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville
Private Four-year Universities
  • Ecclesia College, Springdale
  • John Brown University, Siloam Springs
  • Lyon College, Batesville
  • University of the Ozarks, Clarksville
  • Williams Baptist College, Walnut Ridge

River Valley

Public Four-year Universities
  • Arkansas Tech University, Russellville
  • University of Arkansas at Fort Smith
Public Two-year Colleges
  • University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton

The Timberlands

Public Four-year Universities
  • Southern Arkansas University, Magnolia
  • University of Arkansas at Monticello
  • University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
Public Two-year Colleges
  • Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas, De Queen
  • South Arkansas Community College, El Dorado
  • Southeast Arkansas College, Pine Bluff
  • Southern Arkansas University Tech, Camden
  • University of Arkansas Community College at Hope

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