In Arkansas, there are 46 higher education institutions: 33 public and 13 private. These range from vocational and technical schools to large research universities with nearly 30,000 students. The 10 (mostly religious) liberal arts colleges in the state enroll just over 15,500 students in total. Approximately half of the colleges and universities in Arkansas receive public funding. Arkansas residents have the option of attending certain colleges or universities in 15 other states at the in-state tuition rate, including Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana as long as they are enrolled in one of the approved programs.
Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas is a private liberal arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church, though the school’s curriculum is secular and it is open to students of all religious backgrounds. It has a relatively high acceptance rate, and though the total fees are high, financial aid is readily available for students who need it. The college offers private funding based on merit, athletic, or artistic achievements during high school. To read a detailed comparison between Hendrix College and Berry College (in Georgia), visit this page.
Lyon College has an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church, though its focus is on quality education, which includes building character and integrity. This school is only moderately selective, with a moderate acceptance rate, and low total fees. There are only just over 700 students in total enrolled at Lyon College, with over 17 majors and 20 minors to choose from. Its surrounding town of Batesville has a population of 10,000 and plenty for students to do.
Ouachita Baptist University is, as its name would suggest, is a school that values faith and its Christian community. It is moderately selective, with a moderately selective acceptance rate and low total fees, though financial aid is still available to those who need it – 97 percent of students who apply for financial assistance receive some form of aid. It’s located about 65 miles away from Little Rock in the city of Arkadelphia, Arkansas.