2017 Best Colleges in Arkansas

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    University of Arkansas

    • Fayetteville, AR
    • 2,890 reviews
    Junior:While attending the University of Arkansas, the effort you put in is what you gain in terms of knowledge. Campus life is great! As an off-campus student; I feel like it is necessary to visit the campus at least 5 days out of the week regardless of the number of classes you’re taking. The students at the U of A are very nice as well. Have a question? A person could ask any student on the fly or even desk-help. Which leads to another great aspect of the university. The faculty! I would say the staff here are professional and composed. From dealing with questions and taking on their specific tasks, the faculty is an element to the university. As of now the university is great and there is a vast amount of information to obtain from it. Only if you’re willing to place an effort into your own learning and create boundless experiences. The University of Arkansas is a perfect place for that.
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    Ouachita Baptist University

    • Arkadelphia, AR
    • 385 reviews
    Junior:Ouachita is the best college ever! It is a great school academically, great sports programs, and everyone know and cares about one another. It is like a family, it really is a home away from home. It is located in a small town but the campus itself gives you a lot of opportunities to get out and do stuff! It is also located next to a lake and in the natural state of Arkansas so there is a lot of great things to do outside! Your professors really care about you and they know everyone by name and will do everything possible to watch you succeed. The people here really genuinely care about you, you get a great liberal arts christian education here.
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    Hendrix College

    • Conway, AR
    • 425 reviews
    Freshman:I love Hendrix. I am a current freshman here and I have loved every moment. Orientation week makes you feel so welcome in a new environment, there's so much to do on and off campus! You will meet people of all walks of life so you don't have to worry about fitting in because you will surely find your place here. The academics are wonderful. I have not met a teacher that does not love their field of study and what they do. If you ever need help, office hours are held almost daily and most teachers will even give you their phone number in case you need to call them to ask a question. T The cafeteria staff is amazing and ultra-kind. They make an effort to learn your name and ask you about your day. Birthdays are a huge deal at Hendrix. We have a birthday song, the lunch staff comes out with a cake, and your friends throw you into the fountain (no matter the weather). Life at Hendrix is never dull and there's a place for everyone.
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    John Brown University

    • Siloam Springs, AR
    • 403 reviews
    Senior:A rigorous, yet fun, university that is constantly improving majors, campus, and education. The professors are the greatest asset to this university; they are professional, highly qualified, and genuinely concerned with their students' success.
    It is an investment, but staffed with people dedicated to ensuring finances do not limit a student or their experience.
    A beautiful campus with plenty of amenities but still small enough to feel easily accessible. Located in a prosperous area of Arkansas, in a small town with great people.
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    Harding University

    • Searcy, AR
    • 887 reviews
    Freshman:Although I have only been at Harding University for one semester, I cannot imagine attending a better school! The community is amazing, and the teachers genuinely care about their students. I am confident that I am getting a great education that will prepare me for the next level of my studies. Most importantly, Harding provides the unique experience of learning academically while also growing in your faith. Through bible classes, chapel, and the amazing students who attend this school, my relationship with The Lord is growing everyday. Harding has a lovely campus and is beautiful on the outside but what makes it the best is the students and teachers on the inside!
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    Central Baptist College

    • Conway, AR
    • 149 reviews
    College Freshman:My favorite experience is probably being in Composition 1, so much writing!! It's a lot of fun, especially since writing is my first love. I would never want to live the=rough experience again though- rather, I look forward to the future that this College is preparing me for. I can't wait!!
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    University of Central Arkansas

    • Conway, AR
    • 1,406 reviews
    Sophomore:After my freshman year of college, I decided to transfer to central Arkansas and attend the University of Central Arkansas. It was the BEST decision I've ever made. The professors and staff are the nicest people you will ever meet and the campus is safe! I would recommend anyone to go to UCA. Not because I go there, but because it's a great school. If I could give this school more than 5 stars I would with no hesitation! Go Bears!
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    Arkansas State University

    • Jonesboro, AR
    • 1,052 reviews
    Freshman:I love Arkansas State University-Jonesboro. The teachers that classes I have attended (within College in Psychology and Exercise Science) were amazing and cared greatly about their students. The classes were not far from the dorms and it was not hard to find a place to live off campus if you needed that as well. Very easy to get involved within the University in a club or program as well. Parking for off campus students is difficult although, so get up early! Highly recommend ASU Jonesboro.
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    University of Arkansas at Little Rock

    • Little Rock, AR
    • 782 reviews
    Sophomore:Academically, UALR is highly (some might say "too") underrated. The return on investment far outweighs any of the larger/more prominent state schools. It's nestled in the heart of central Arkansas, minutes from the downtown area. The professors are amazing and engaging too! We are not really a party school per se, nevertheless, Greek life does have a small presence on campus. Many local and national firms hire out of UALR too. As a business major, the College of Business has made it their goal to help me and all other students secure a job once graduated (an internship in the meantime). Being a part of the economic hub that is Little Rock, the opportunities to succeed are plenty - and being at UALR is extremely beneficial.
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    Arkansas Tech University

    • Russellville, AR
    • 877 reviews
    Freshman:Arkansas Tech University is a great University to study at, whether you like being surrounded by thousands of students at the University in Russellville or a more smaller College in Ozark. I currently go to Arkansas Tech University in Ozark, I mainly choosed to go to this college because I do not like to be surrounded by large groups of people. It is such a wonderful college to go to, everyone is so kind and friendly, everyone makes you feel at home even if your miles away from it! There is nothing I would change about this college!
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    Henderson State University

    • Arkadelphia, AR
    • 681 reviews
    Senior:Henderson is a great place to get an education! All my professors are extremely helpful because they care about student success. Staff, faculty and students are friendly. Nice atmosphere.
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    University of the Ozarks

    • Clarksville, AR
    • 212 reviews
    College Freshman:This university is amazing! I wasn't entirely sure what field I wanted to go into but luckily there is something for everyone here and due to the required courses I get a chance to expand my thinking in order to get involved with so many different groups of people to find my niche. It has so many different programs and organizations on campus and is so involved with the community that it is not difficult to form bonds with people, and the faculty and staff are alwahs so accommodating and helpful because they want to see us succeed. I would choose this university a thousand times over if given the option because I feel as though I really belong here and everyone is so nice and the environment is amazing around here it's not difficult to de-stress when the workload gets overwhelming.
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    Lyon College

    • Batesville, AR
    • 239 reviews
    College Sophomore:Lyon's reputation for extremely prestigious academics and amazing professors are the main reasons I chose this college. The courses are more than challenging (post-grad work sophomore year), but almost every professor is more than willing to help (even outside of normal office hours sometimes). Aside from its academics, Lyon has the usual college problems: bad interenet, lack of parking, unappetizing food, etc.

    Recruiters say that class sizes are usually 15-20, THIS IS A LIE!!! Most of the classes are around 40-80. This being said, the school is still quite small. I rarely see an unfamiliar face.
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    Southern Arkansas University

    • Magnolia, AR
    • 515 reviews
    College Freshman:Overall, I absolutely love Southern Arkansas University! Granted, Magnolia, AR is a small and is not a typical college town, but it just adds to the charm! Literally everybody I have encountered is so polite and welcoming. The classes are not too challenging if you study and prepare, but if you are struggling, the professors are willing to work with you. The professors know how to get along and goof off with the students, but they also make you work. There are opportunities to get involved on campus to compensate for the rural town too! The Mulerider Activity Center is open to all students and is a great way to spend free time! I am beyond blessed to have the opportunity to be a Mulerider!
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    University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

    • Pine Bluff, AR
    • 559 reviews
    Niche User:My Experience
    This university is a wonderful place to further education. Never have I experienced a more intelligent field of study. Academics and athletics are from a variety of foreign professors who enjoy teaching and have a sensitive style of maturity. Dorms are well groomed and entertainment occurs on campus weekly, including party scenes. As far as safety goes, qualified police/security officers make sure the campus is protected from any disaster. The local area of the campus is located by a freeway which gives access to others coming from a different city than and enables students in Pine Bluff to have good distance between home and school for learning purposes. Food here is amazing because there are ten categories to choose from in the cafeteria that are fresh and healthy to eat. Students feel appreciated by the investments they receive after all of their hard work is done. So far this is my experience.
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    University of Arkansas - Fort Smith

    • Fort Smith, AR
    • 602 reviews
    Freshman:Amazing school! The campus is beautiful and great for exercise. Lots of places to connect with classes, students, and teachers. Computers are always in reach for homework.
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    University of Arkansas at Monticello

    • Monticello, AR
    • 213 reviews
    Niche User:I have not yet started college here, but I have visited this college. The scenery around the college is beautiful. All the buildings have such abstract architectures. Inside the buildings the staff and students are helpful and friendly. I have heard that the food there is good , yet I have never been able to try it. In UAM there is a variety of diversity. You see many, Caucasians, African Americans, Hispanics, Asians and more. Everyone I saw had a different race walking to classes with them which is great! The dorms are very clean and neat according to who stays in them. Monticello is "a great place to raise a family". Many restaurants and jobs are available for college students in the Monticello area. They have a campus cop who patrols the whole area. He does his job accordingly by helping students who are endangering themselves and others. Overall, this school would be great!!!!!!
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    Philander Smith College

    • Little Rock, AR
    • 343 reviews
    Junior:Philander Smith Collegiate Choir came long ways, although the loss of former choir director Dr. Parker was unfortunate the school choir still managed to keep flowing. New Director Mr. Chapel has continued a new path, increasing the choirs Collegiate understanding of music.  Recently Philander Smith Collegiate Choir had travelled down to Fort Worth, Texas to perform collegiate songs for Alumnus, in which, they were given donations for the showcase. Philander Smith's  Choir was also apart of panel discussion for the Presidency inauguration performance, if however, Hilary Clinton won the race. Despite the news of Trump taking the Presidency, Philander Smith Collegiate choir still have a substantial amount of Performances coming
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    Arkansas Baptist College

    • Little Rock, AR
    • 44 reviews
    College Freshman:Professors are great and supportive. The courses are easy to understand.
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