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Top Colleges in Arkansas for 2019-20

Methodology and Sources

Welcome to OnlineColleges.com’s Top Colleges Tool 2019-20. Using the most recent final data available from the National Center for Education Statistics' Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), we ranked more than 2,500 accredited colleges and universities on a variety of factors, including affordability, student services and the availability of online programs. The result is a list of the best online colleges in the U.S. that is built into this interactive tool.

The filters on the left let you create customized lists of schools based on the factors that are most important to you, including location, price and religious affiliation. Choosing the right school is the first step toward success in higher education, and we’re excited to help you get started.

Browse Online Colleges in Arkansas
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STATE
TUITION
INSTITUTION TYPE
DEGREE LEVEL
MILITARY BENEFITS
RELIGIOUS AFFILATION
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
55%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
25
OVERALL SCORE
94.99
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
2 Arkansas Tech University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
44%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
23
OVERALL SCORE
94.82
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
47%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
34
OVERALL SCORE
91.02
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
52%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
15
OVERALL SCORE
89.26
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
50%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
7
OVERALL SCORE
85.08
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
6 University of Arkansas Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
26%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
36
OVERALL SCORE
82.54
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
7 John Brown University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
28%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
7
OVERALL SCORE
81.44
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
29%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
14
OVERALL SCORE
76.49
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
9 Harding University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
9%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
23
OVERALL SCORE
72.03
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
49%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
7
OVERALL SCORE
68.06
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
11 Henderson State University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
53%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
9
OVERALL SCORE
64.98
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
12 Central Baptist College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
43%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
11
OVERALL SCORE
64.92
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Life Experience Credit
13 Ozarka College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
58%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
12
OVERALL SCORE
61.18
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Life Experience Credit
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
48%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
14
OVERALL SCORE
60.63
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
41%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
4
OVERALL SCORE
53.91
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
47%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
11
OVERALL SCORE
51.82
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
44%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
5
OVERALL SCORE
49.72
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
38%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
7
OVERALL SCORE
48.18
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
19 North Arkansas College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
49%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
3
OVERALL SCORE
46.15
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
20 Ouachita Baptist University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
13%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
2
OVERALL SCORE
40.58
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
21 Ecclesia College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
51%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
8
OVERALL SCORE
39.76
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Life Experience Credit
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
44%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
13
OVERALL SCORE
38
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Life Experience Credit
23 College of the Ouachitas Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
26%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
16
OVERALL SCORE
35.08
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
24 National Park College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
77%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
1
OVERALL SCORE
32.6
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
40%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
12
OVERALL SCORE
32.1
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
26 Philander Smith College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
42%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
1
OVERALL SCORE
32.05
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
49%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
1
OVERALL SCORE
29.24
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
46%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
4
OVERALL SCORE
28.36
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
57%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
1
OVERALL SCORE
27.59
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
42%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
2
OVERALL SCORE
20.87
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
31 Southeast Arkansas College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
29%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
3
OVERALL SCORE
16.57
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Life Experience Credit
32 Williams Baptist College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
7%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
2
OVERALL SCORE
10.68
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Life Experience Credit
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
27%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
1
OVERALL SCORE
8.04
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Life Experience Credit
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
20%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
1
OVERALL SCORE
0.55
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Life Experience Credit

Methodology and Sources

Methodology

Using the National Center for Education Statistics' Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), we generated a list of colleges and universities that met the following criteria:

  • Level of institution is either "Four or more years" or "At least 2 but less than 4 years"
  • Data is reported for all 11 ranking variables listed in the Methodology section
  • At least 1 percent of students are taking at least some of the classes via distance education
  • "Number of programs offered via distance education" was an integer greater than 0

We ranked the resulting 1,813 colleges on 11 criteria, using provisional 2017-18 data from IPEDS:

  1. Number of programs offered via distance education
  2. Ratio of students participating fully or partially in DE to Total Enrollment
  3. Average in-state tuition for undergraduates
  4. Total electronic library collections, including digital books, databases, and media
  5. Graduation rate
  6. Retention rate
  7. The availability of any tuition plans (Payment, Guaranteed, Other)
  8. Services (Academic/Career, Placement for Completers)
  9. Credit offerings (Dual, Life, AP, Military)
  10. Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal, state, local, institutional or other sources of grant aid
  11. Average amount of federal, state, local, institutional, or other sources of grant aid awarded to undergraduate students

All schools were scored on a 10-point scale for each of the points listed above. Individual data point scores were then multiplied by their respective weights, and the scores were added together, for a maximum possible score of 10 points.

NOTE: Schools' tuition amounts are based on 2017-18 undergraduate and graduate data reported to the National Center for Education Statistics. The actual cost of tuition may vary.

Sources:

  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2017-18, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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