Arkansas’ Best Colleges for 2017 Ranked by

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More than 40 Four-Year, Two-Year Schools Evaluated on Career Services, Program Offerings, a leading resource provider for higher education and career information, has announced its list of the best colleges and universities in Arkansas for 2017. 20 four-year schools made the list, with John Brown University, Hendrix College, Ouachita Baptist University, Harding University and University of Arkansas taking the lead as the top five. Of the 26 two-year schools that were also included, North Arkansas College, Arkansas State University Mountain Home, Black River Technical College, Pulaski Technical College and Arkansas Northeastern College were the top five. A full list of winning schools is included below.

“Arkansas is seeing a record low for unemployment in 2017, which is great news for college grads entering the job market,” said Wes Ricketts, senior vice president of “The schools on our list have demonstrated value for not only providing a strong education, but also helping students fulfill career goals after they graduate.”

To be included on Arkansas “Best Colleges” list, schools must be regionally accredited, not-for-profit institutions. Each college is also scored on additional data that includes annual alumni earnings 10 years after entering college, career services offered, availability of financial aid and base metrics such as student/teacher ratios and graduation rates.

Complete details on each college, their individual scores and the data and methodology used to determine the “Best Colleges in Arkansas” list, visit:

The Best Four-Year Colleges in Arkansas for 2017 include:
Arkansas State University-Main Campus
Arkansas Tech University
Central Baptist College
Harding University
Henderson State University
Hendrix College
John Brown University
Lyon College
Ouachita Baptist University
Philander Smith College
Southern Arkansas University Main Campus
University of Arkansas
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
University of Arkansas at Monticello
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith
University of Central Arkansas
University of the Ozarks
Williams Baptist College

The Best Two-Year Colleges in Arkansas for 2017 include:
Arkansas Northeastern College
Arkansas State University - Beebe
Arkansas State University - Mountain Home
Arkansas State University - Newport
Baptist Health Schools-Little Rock
Black River Technical College
College of the Ouachitas
Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas
Crowley's Ridge Technical Institute
East Arkansas Community College
Mid-South Community College
National Park College
North Arkansas College
NorthWest Arkansas Community College
Northwest Technical Institute
Ozarka College
Phillips Community College
Pulaski Technical College
Remington College-Little Rock Campus
Rich Mountain Community College
South Arkansas Community College
Southeast Arkansas College
Southern Arkansas University Tech
University of Arkansas Community College - Batesville
University of Arkansas Community College - Morrilton
University of Arkansas Hope - Texarkana
Arkansas Northeastern College

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