To identify the Best Colleges in Arkansas for 2019 we averaged the results from the most respected college ranking systems (Niche.com + US News & World Report) from around the web to produce an entirely unique CollegeReviews Score for each school. And then ordered the schools based on that ranking. You won’t find a more exhaustive ranking of the best colleges and universities in Arkansas anywhere.

About The Best Colleges In Arkansas

There are over 100 public colleges and state universities in Arkansas from the Ozarks to the lowlands of the Mississippi River. The capital city of Little Rock is located centrally in Arkansas. It has over 30 schools. Two of the largest are the University of Central Arkansas and Hendrix College.

The top ranked college in Arkansas is the University of Arkansas located in Fayetteville. The school also has campuses located in Fort Smith, Little Rock, Monticello and Pine Bluff allowing residents and out of staters to attend schools across the state.

Arkansas is a big part of “The Bible Belt” and as a result it is home to a number of traditionally protestant Christian Baptist universities and institutions such as Arkansas Baptist College, Central Baptist College, Ouachita Baptist University and Williams Baptist College.

Regional Information About Arkansas

Major Cities: Little Rock, Fort Smith, Fayetteville.
Attractions: Hot Springs National Park, Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site. William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum.
Cost of Living: Arkansas BestPlaces Cost of Living
Popular Schools: University of Arkansas, University of Central Arkansas. University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Trade schools and technical institutions also make up a good portion of Arkansas colleges as well with Pulaski Technical College, Arkansas Tech University and Crowley’s Ridge Technical Institute leading the pack.

About Our Methodology

Our methodology for determining the best colleges in Alabama takes both editorial rankings from US News & World Report, Times Higher Education and combines it with student rankings from Niche.com. We weight student rankings higher giving them about a 80% weighted score vs editorial rankings. Thus creating a more accurate viewpoint of the best colleges in any given state.

  1. University of Arkansas
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  2. Ouachita Baptist University
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  3. Hendrix College
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  4. Harding University
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  5. John Brown University
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  6. Arkansas State University
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  7. Arkansas Tech University
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  8. University of Central Arkansas
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  9. Central Baptist College
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  10. Lyon College
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  11. Southern Arkansas University
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  12. University of Arkansas - Fort Smith
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  13. University of Arkansas at Little Rock
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  14. University of the Ozarks
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  15. University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
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  16. Philander Smith College
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  17. University of Arkansas at Monticello
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  18. Arkansas Baptist College
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  19. Williams Baptist College
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  20. Ecclesia College
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