The Best Arkansas Colleges

The Best Colleges in Arkansas for 2024

These are the top ranked public and private four-year colleges in Arkansas as ranked by CollegeSimply. Leading the list for 2024 as the best overall college in Arkansas is John Brown University. The top rated public state college is University of Arkansas. Learn how the Best Colleges rankings are calculated on our ranking methodology page.


11 results

John Brown University
J
Siloam Springs, AR

John Brown University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#1 Best Private Colleges in Arkansas

  • 2,459enrollment
  • $21,578net price
  • 53%acceptance rate
  • 1100-1320SAT range
  • 22-29ACT range
  • 3.77Avg GPA

Hendrix College
H
Conway, AR

Hendrix College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#17 Best Value Colleges in America

  • 1,120enrollment
  • $20,778net price
  • 68%acceptance rate
  • 1090-1340SAT range
  • 24-31ACT range
  • 3.79Avg GPA

Applications Due Jun 1

University of Arkansas
A
Fayetteville, AR

University of Arkansas

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#1 Best Public Universities in Arkansas

  • 29,068enrollment
  • $16,759net price
  • 83%acceptance rate
  • 1050-1220SAT range
  • 21-28ACT range
  • 3.74Avg GPA

Applications Due Aug 1

Ouachita Baptist University
O
Arkadelphia, AR

Ouachita Baptist University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#3 Best Value Colleges in Arkansas

  • 1,764enrollment
  • $20,534net price
  • 74%acceptance rate
  • 1030-1230SAT range
  • 21-29ACT range
  • 3.72Avg GPA

Harding University
H
Searcy, AR

Harding University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#4 Best Private Colleges in Arkansas

  • 4,973enrollment
  • $19,454net price
  • 54%acceptance rate
  • 1050-1300SAT range
  • 20-28ACT range
  • 3.71Avg GPA

University of Arkansas at Little Rock
A
Little Rock, AR

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#2 Best Public Universities in Arkansas

  • 8,295enrollment
  • $12,235net price
  • 58%acceptance rate
  • 1020-1180SAT range
  • 19-25ACT range
  • 3.42Avg GPA

Applications Due Aug 17

Arkansas State University Main Campus
A
Jonesboro, AR

Arkansas State University Main Campus

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#3 Best Public Universities in Arkansas

  • 12,863enrollment
  • $14,275net price
  • 63%acceptance rate
  • 1030-1200SAT range
  • 20-26ACT range
  • 3.66Avg GPA

University of Central Arkansas
C
Conway, AR

University of Central Arkansas

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#4 Best Public Universities in Arkansas

  • 10,105enrollment
  • $16,048net price
  • 92%acceptance rate
  • 980-1160SAT range
  • 19-26ACT range
  • 3.7Avg GPA

Southern Arkansas University Main Campus
S
Magnolia, AR
 

Southern Arkansas University Main Campus

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#5 Best Public Universities in Arkansas

  • 4,434enrollment
  • $13,561net price
  • 63%acceptance rate
  • 930-1140SAT range
  • 18-25ACT range
  • 3.46Avg GPA

Applications Due Aug 27

Henderson State University
H
Arkadelphia, AR

Henderson State University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#6 Best Public Universities in Arkansas

  • 2,919enrollment
  • $14,046net price
  • 75%acceptance rate
  • 978-1151SAT range
  • 18-24ACT range
  • 3.23Avg GPA

Applications Due Jul 15

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
A
HBCU
Pine Bluff, AR
 

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#7 Best Public Universities in Arkansas

  • 2,670enrollment
  • $10,684net price
  • 68%acceptance rate
  • 810-1016SAT range
  • 14-18ACT range
  • 2.9Avg GPA