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The Best Colleges in Arkansas Ranked for 2019

These are the best four year colleges in Arkansas as ranked by CollegeSimply. This Arkansas ranking is a subset of our national ranking of the best colleges in America. Our ranking methodology is purely statistical and not subjective in nature. Measuring factors include but are not limited to: student body intellect as indicated by admission scores, graduation rate and admission selectivity. In order to be considered for the ranking, a school must offer four year undergraduate degrees, selectively admit students and be a non-profit institution. Leading the 2019 ranking as the best college in Arkansas is Hendrix College.

List of The Best Colleges & Universities in Arkansas
Rank College National Academic Rank1 National Selectivity Rank2 National Graduation Rank3
1 Hendrix College 100 1,121 237
2 University of Arkansas 317 684 566
3 John Brown University 241 1,006 384
4 Harding University 318 868 450
5 Ouachita Baptist University 366 835 451
6 Lyon College 453 613 849
7 Arkansas State University Main Campus 501 685 1,254
8 Southern Arkansas University Main Campus 836 770 1,337
9 University of Central Arkansas 835 1,381 1,186
10 University of Arkansas at Little Rock 752 972 1,564
11 University of the Ozarks 671 1,354 994
12 University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff 1,094 243 1,540
13 Henderson State University 905 1,120 1,408
14 Central Baptist College 986 743 1,320
15 Williams Baptist College 1,226 556 1,321
16 Arkansas Tech University 1,222 1,481 1,094
17 Ecclesia College 1,838 438 1,277

Ranking Methodology

Overall Rank is calculated based on the following school characteristics.

1National Academic Rank is calculated using standardized test admission data as well as GPA data for admitted freshman.
2National Selectivity Rank is based on admission selectivity for incoming students starting the 2016-2017 academic year.
3National Graduation Rank is based on the percentage of students graduating with bachelor's degrees within six years.