Despite historical problems with funding and maintaining state educational institutions, schools in Arkansas have seen their national rankings greatly improve over the last few years as the government has funded additional measures to provide greater opportunities to the state's residents. Here are the universities and colleges widely judged to be the very best in the state by educators, analysts, and employers*:
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
The Fayetteville school is the flagship campus of the state system. It is also considered to be the best university in the state, having recently been ranked #63 among other public universities nationwide by US News and World Report and recognized as a top tier university. The business school is ranked #24 on the list of public schools nationwide, with the marketing program in particular earning high praise. The undergraduate architecture program is ranked the 20th best among public universities. In total, over 70 bachelor degrees are available for undergraduate students to pursue. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools**.
University of Central Arkansas
UCA is a public university located in the town of Conway, just north of Little Rock. The school offers over 80 different bachelor degrees for students to choose from, in many programs that are nationally ranked. In 2006, UCA was ranked 61st among schools in the South for academic excellence by US News and World Report. Degrees are available in various fields of study including liberal arts, fine arts, behavioral science, mathematics, and science. Just like the University of Arkansas, UCA is accredited by the North Central Association***.
Arkansas State University
A-State is the second largest school in the state with over 13,000 students. The campus is located in Jonesboro. Over 75 different bachelor degrees are offered to undergraduate students in a host of different areas including business, journalism, visual arts, education, and various health professions. As with all other schools included on our list, A-State is regionally accredited by the North Central Association Commission on Higher Learning****.
Harding is a private liberal arts Christian university located in the small town of Searcy. It was founded in 1924 and is affiliated with the Churches of Christ. With a growing student body of over 6,000 undergraduates, the school offers a combination of rigorous academic study with ample social opportunities to create a suitable environment for learning and excellence. Both the Princeton Review and US News and World Report have named Harding as one of the top learning institutions in the southeast. Ten bachelor degrees are offered in over 110 different majors that includes everything from biochemistry to dramatic arts. Harding is also a member of the North Central Association and accredited by their Higher Learning Commission*****.
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