Top Online Colleges in Arkansas Identified by

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Higher Education Resource Site Ranks School’s Online Programs for Cost, Quality in 2016

A ranking of the Best Online Colleges in Arkansas has been released by leading online higher education resource website Comparing online programs at both two- and four-year schools to determine which offer students the best overall value, the site assigned highest marks to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Arkansas State University, Southern Arkansas University, Arkansas Tech University and University of Arkansas Fort Smith in the four-year category and Arkansas Northeastern College, Arkansas State University Beebe, North Arkansas College, Ozarka College and College of the Ouachitas in the two-year category.

"Though overall enrollment numbers at public institutions in Arkansas were down in 2015, the schools near the top of our lists are the ones who are still seeing enrollment gains,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of "These schools are making a clear effort to help students succeed, and by providing flexible, high-quality, affordable online learning options they are also going an extra step to make sure higher education is more accessible for students.”

Only schools meeting specific quality and affordability standards were considered for the Best Online Colleges in Arkansas list. To qualify, institutions must be accredited, public or private not-for-profit colleges or universities. Each must also provide in-state tuition to students for under $5,000 annually at two-year schools and under $25,000 annually at four-year schools. Eligible schools are compared and scored based on more than a dozen school-specific data points and statistics, then ranked for overall value. Data analyzed includes financial aid offerings, online program variety, graduation rates and more.

To find more information on the specific data and methodology used to determine each school’s rank, and to see the final list of the Best Online Colleges in Arkansas visit:

Schools recognized as the 2016-2017 Best Online Colleges in Arkansas, Two-Year Category:

Arkansas Northeastern College
Arkansas State University - Beebe
Arkansas State University - Mountain Home
College of the Ouachitas
Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas
East Arkansas Community College
National Park College
North Arkansas College
NorthWest Arkansas Community College
Ozarka College
Phillips Community College
South Arkansas Community College
Southeast Arkansas College
Southern Arkansas University Tech
University of Arkansas Community College - Batesville
University of Arkansas Community Hope - Texarkana

Schools recognized as the 2016-2017 Best Online Colleges in Arkansas, Four-Year Category:

Arkansas Baptist College
Arkansas State University - Main Campus
Arkansas Tech University
Central Baptist College
Ecclesia College
Harding University
John Brown University
Southern Arkansas University Main Campus
University of Arkansas
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
University of Arkansas - Fort Smith
University of Central Arkansas

### began in 2011 to provide quality data and information about pursuing an affordable higher education. Our free community resource materials and tools span topics such as financial aid and college savings, opportunities for veterans and people with disabilities, and online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success. We have been featured by nearly 1,100 postsecondary institutions and nearly 120 government organizations.

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