Accredited colleges and universities have had their educational programs and faculty evaluated by an outside agency. Those agencies ensure that the school provides a high-quality education to its students, so to have your degree recognized by employers, it’s critical to attend an accredited institution. Below you’ll find information on higher education in the state and helpful resources on online colleges in Arkansas.
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Accredited Online Colleges Database
The following agencies accredit schools in Arkansas. However, it’s important to understand that this list only includes institution-wide accreditors, rather than agencies that only award program-specific accreditation. For details on program-specific accreditation, look through our subject pages.
- North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission (NCAHLC)
- Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)
- Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET)
- Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)
- Council on Occupational Education (COE)
- Distance Education and Training Council (DETC)
- Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS)
Higher Education Links
For more information about higher education reforms and propositions in the state, visit the state’s higher education boards and council websites. In addition, contact them or individual schools for more general college and university information.
Picking a school can be a daunting task, especially when considering the sheer number of institutions there are in the state. Our database below can help with narrowing down your options for online colleges in Arkansas. In addition, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most notable accredited online and campus-based schools in the state to help you begin your school search.
Arkansas is home to some of the best-known public universities in the Central States, as well as some of the nation’s most historically-recognized institutions. Learn more about some of the state’s top programs below.
Arkansas State University
Like other schools in the area, this university was originally developed to further the study of agriculture; today the university is rapidly developing into a research institute. The university is amongst the best in the South and now offers many online learning opportunities.
University of Arkansas
Consistently ranked one of the nation’s top values and best public research institutions, the University of Arkansas is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as having the “highest possible level of research.” A classic big campus of more than 25,000 students in a small college town, the university is also known for its athletics and traditional college campus and college experience.
University of Central Arkansas
This university was ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the best regional universities in the South. It also enrolls the second highest number of lottery scholarship recipients in the state, indicating that for Arkansans, it is considered one of the best choices.
The state’s private colleges offer alternatives to more traditional college experiences, many of them religious. Find out more about the most notable private programs below.
A strongly Christian university with required Bible classes, Harding University is the largest private university in Arkansas with more than 6,700 students in attendance. The university is the parent institution for the Harding School of Theology.
John Brown University
The second largest private university in Arkansas, John Brown also follows a Christian mission. JBU has in the past ranked both first and second in value among Southern regional colleges by U.S. News & World Report. The school’s business teams swept the undergraduate division at the 2012 Tri-State Donald W. Reynolds Cup Business Plan Competition and won a total of $52,000 in cash prizes.
This private university offers a not-for-profit experience and a low student to faculty ratio of only 11 to 1. Hendrix is generally considered to be a good value, listed as such by Kiplinger’s, Forbes, the Princeton Review, and U.S. News and World Report.