Aug 20, 2017


Located in the Southern region of the country, Arkansas is the 29th largest state in the United States, and the 32nd most populous with an estimated population of 2,949,132. Arkansas is commonly referred to as the ‘Natural State’ on account of its natural resources. Arkansas has vast expanses of natural forest, national parks, rivers and lakes. The state generally tends to have hot, humid summers and cold, slightly drier winters. Agriculture remains a major part of the state's economy. The state ranks among the nation’s top producers of rice, broilers, turkeys, softwood lumber, cotton and catfish. Tourism is also big.


Arkansas’ capital, Little Rock, is located in the central portion of the state. Other cities include Fort Smith, Fayetteville, Springdale, Jonesboro, North Little Rock, Conway, Rogers, and Pine Bluff.

The state supports a network of public universities and colleges, including the Arkansas State University System and University of Arkansas System. The University of Arkansas System is the main state body for higher education, with six universities and several community colleges.

Top Reasons to Study in Arkansas

  • Cost of Living: Arkansas is one of the least expensive places to live in the United States. A 2014 CNBC report ranks Arkansas as having the second lowest cost of living among all the states in the nation.
  • Employment Prospects: Five 2014 Fortune 500 companies are based in Arkansas, including the world's number one retailer and largest employer, Walmart. Others are Tyson Foods (the second biggest processor and marketer of chicken, beef, and pork in the whole world), Murphy USA, Dillard’s and Windstream Holdings.
  • Activities and Leisure: If you are into sports (especially football), boating, fishing, hunting, or the outdoors for that matter, you will love life in Arkansas. The state boasts a host of attractions from the Ozark mountains to Beaver Lake, which is a popular tourist destination, renowned for its stunning flora and fauna, natural caves and massive limestone bluffs. The state's biggest college, the University of Arkansas, is a major powerhouse in college football. Fayetteville, where the University of Arkansas is located, was selected as one of the 2015 best places to live (source: Livability).  

Featured Colleges and Universities

Below are some of the popular colleges in the state. You can also use our college degree finder search tool to find the right college for you based on your preferred area of study.


College Popular Majors Type of Institution Enrollment
Harding University Business,Education,Health Private >10,000 Request Info
Arkansas Tech University Education,Health,Interdisciplinary Studies Public >10,000 Request Info
Univesity of Central Arkansas Biological/Life Sciences,Economics,Psychology Public >10,000 Request Info
University of Arkansas at Little Rock Business,Engineering,Social Sciences Public >10,000 Request Info
Arkansas State University Business,Education,Health Public >10,000 Request Info
University of Arkansas Biological/Life Sciences,Business,Social Sciences Public >10,000 Request Info
Arkansas State University Online Programs Communication Studies,Criminology/Criminal Justice,Interdisciplinary Studies,Nursing,Political Science/ Government Public >10,000 Request Info

For a full list of accredited colleges and universities in Arkansas, contact the Arkansas Department of Higher Education.

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