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Top Colleges in Arkansas for 2018-19

Welcome to OnlineColleges.com’s Top Colleges Tool 2018-19. 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.

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STATE
TUITION
INSTITUTION TYPE
DEGREE LEVEL
MILITARY BENEFITS
RELIGIOUS AFFILATION
1 Arkansas State University-Main Campus Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
53%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
36
OVERALL SCORE
97.74
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
2 Arkansas Tech University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
44%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
21
OVERALL SCORE
92.61
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
3 University of Arkansas Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
26%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
26
OVERALL SCORE
91.56
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
4 Southern Arkansas University Main Campus Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
58%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
13
OVERALL SCORE
85.71
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
5 University of Arkansas at Little Rock Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
41%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
11
OVERALL SCORE
83.95
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
6 John Brown University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
23%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
4
OVERALL SCORE
78.6
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
7 University of Central Arkansas Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
26%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
15
OVERALL SCORE
73.97
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
8 Harding University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
17%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
18
OVERALL SCORE
71.26
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
9 Arkansas State University-Mountain Home Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
60%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
5
OVERALL SCORE
67.95
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
10 Ozarka College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
56%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
19
OVERALL SCORE
57.69
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Life Experience Credit
11 University of Arkansas at Monticello Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
50%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
5
OVERALL SCORE
57.09
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
12 North Arkansas College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
38%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
6
OVERALL SCORE
56.43
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
13 Central Baptist College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
37%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
9
OVERALL SCORE
53.39
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    Career Counseling Services
    Life Experience Credit
14 University of Arkansas-Fort Smith Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
9%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
6
OVERALL SCORE
47.71
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
15 Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
36%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
4
OVERALL SCORE
47.66
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
16 Ouachita Baptist University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
9%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
2
OVERALL SCORE
47.32
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
17 National Park College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
31%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
20
OVERALL SCORE
46.94
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
18 Pulaski Technical College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
47%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
12
OVERALL SCORE
43.08
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
19 Henderson State University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
51%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
5
OVERALL SCORE
42.8
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
20 South Arkansas Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
39%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
8
OVERALL SCORE
42.64
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
21 NorthWest Arkansas Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
38%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
13
OVERALL SCORE
41.81
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
22 Southern Arkansas University Tech Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
43%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
14
OVERALL SCORE
40.21
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
23 Arkansas State University-Beebe Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
35%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
6
OVERALL SCORE
37.56
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
24 Black River Technical College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
44%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
1
OVERALL SCORE
36.73
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
25 University of Arkansas Community College-Hope Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
32%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
4
OVERALL SCORE
35.3
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
26 Arkansas Northeastern College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
39%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
5
OVERALL SCORE
30.12
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
27 Arkansas State University-Newport Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
60%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
3
OVERALL SCORE
27.36
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Life Experience Credit
28 College of the Ouachitas Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
25%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
13
OVERALL SCORE
24.6
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
29 University of Arkansas Community College-Batesville Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
47%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
1
OVERALL SCORE
22.61
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Life Experience Credit
30 East Arkansas Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
37%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
2
OVERALL SCORE
18.59
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
31 University of Arkansas Community College Rich Mountain Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
31%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
1
OVERALL SCORE
18.31
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
32 Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
12%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
1
OVERALL SCORE
9.87
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
33 Southeast Arkansas College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
26%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
1
OVERALL SCORE
5.57
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Life Experience Credit
34 Ecclesia College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
19%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
7
OVERALL SCORE
3.36
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Life Experience Credit
35 Baptist Health College-Little Rock Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
1%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
1
OVERALL SCORE
0.11
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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 2016-17 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 2016-17 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) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
, if applicable,