The state of Arkansas supports two university systems, has a network of community colleges, and is host to 10 private colleges and universities accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The list of accredited Arkansas schools includes large public research universities, public and private baccalaureate colleges, plenty of public junior colleges and a variety of Christian colleges. Private schools with headquarters outside of Arkansas also offer degree programs within state lines.
Arkansas residents can also earn affordable degrees out of state through the Academic Common Market. In-state prices are offered to Arkansans for select undergraduate and graduate programs in Alabama, Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. Florida and Texas also offer tuition breaks at the graduate level.
Learn more about Arkansas with this mix of useful and fun facts.
- The name “Arkansas” is derived from the Sioux word acansa, which means “people of the south wind.”
- In honor of its natural beauty, Arkansas is nicknamed the Natural State. The state has highlands and lowlands. It has six national parks, 50 state parks, 2.5 million acres of national forests, 13 major lakes and 9740 miles of rivers and streams. It’s also known for its hot springs.
- Hot Springs Mountain has dozens of hot springs on its southwestern slope. Their average temperature is 143 degrees Fahrenheit.
- In Crater of Diamonds State Park, visitors can prospect for diamonds, amethyst and other gemstones.
- The cost of living in Arkansas is lower than average for the US.
- Arkansas state government is focused on promoting and supporting higher education. One example is legislation passed in 2009 to help students transfer college credits. Another show of support came in June 2015 when an additional $7 million was allocated for college scholarships. In October 2015 the state adopted a master plan for higher education called Closing the Gap 2020.
- Some major industries in Arkansas are electronics manufacturing, wood furniture production, paper milling, diamond mining, natural gas, and bromine and petroleum production. The state’s top crops are cotton, rice and soybeans. Tourism is also a big industry; it employs more than 50,000 Arkansans.
Among ranked National Universities, the average cost of tuition and fees for the 2019–2020 school year was $41,426 at private colleges, $11,260 for state residents at public colleges and $27,120 for out-of-state students at state schools, according to data reported to U.S. News in an annual survey.
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