Complete Directory of Online Colleges and Universities in Arkansas - 2014 Top Online Schools
Using the directory below, discover the accredited online programs available in Arkansas. Find the best programs that fit your needs by filtering the directory on criteria such as size, location, degree levels, campus setting, and type of school.
Arkansas has more than 76 post-secondary institutions. Of these, 16 offer online programs. Of these accredited online colleges, seven are public four-year colleges or universities and three are public community or technical colleges and six are private colleges, universities, or career and vocational schools. 465 online certificate programs, 1,638 online associates programs, 2,556 online bachelors programs, 1,036 online masters programs, 1,220 online professional programs, and 184 online doctoral programs are offered at these schools. These programs offer students courses in subjects such as science, finance, and allied health.
Of the online colleges in Arkansas, the one with the greatest number of programs online is University of Phoenix, which is a 4-year research university. It offers 32 online programs. These programs are offered in the following areas:
- Advanced Nursing
- Business Administration
- Business Management
- Construction Management
- Criminal Justice
- Educational Leadership
- Fire Science
- Game Design
- Human Resources
- Information Systems
- International Business
- Legal Assisting
- Liberal Arts
- Public Administration
- Special Education
Tuition for online college courses varies depending on factors such as the type and location of the institution as well as the program. In Arkansas, the average in-state tuition at the public four-year colleges and universities was $5,043 per year. On average, tuition at public community and technical colleges was $2,251 per year. Private accredited online college tuition ranged from $9,480 to $18,884 per year.
To offset tuition costs, Arkansas college students received an estimated $8,420,452,685 worth of financial aid each year. Approximately 39.77% of this aid was in the form of scholarships and grants. The remainder was in the form of loans that had to be paid back. Institutional grants account for a reported 80.95% of the scholarships and grants. In 2010, the accredited Arkansas online colleges awarded their students $2,897,974,288 in institutional scholarships and grants.
Job and Careers
Based on the total gross state product for Arkansas, which was $102.022 billion in 2010, Arkansas has the 17th weakest economy amongst the states in the nation.
There are a total of 1,135,560 employees in the state. The state's biggest industries are:
- Arts and entertainment
About 2% of Arkansas employees are working in the information industry. Additionally, Arkansas's administration industry employs about 7% of the total number of employees. Also, about 8% of Arkansas workers are employed in the arts and entertainment industry.
The average wage of Arkansas employees is less than the average wage for employees across the US. Employees in Arkansas earn an average annual income of $35,460 while the national average annual income is $42,871. The median income for employees is $27,860 per year. But, the top 10% of the state's employees earn over $61,420 per year, while the bottom 10% earn under $16,470. The highest paid employees are surgeons, while the lowest paid employees in the state are locker room attendants. Arkansas surgeons can make up to $238,580 per annum, while locker room attendants in the state can make as little as $16,320 per year. Across the US, surgeons earn an average yearly income of $225,390. On the other hand, locker room attendants earn, on average, $21,700 per year around the country.
Named from the Quapaw Indians, Arkansas is located in the Southern region of the United States. The 23rd smallest state in the US, it has an area of 53,179 square miles. It has an average annual temperature of about 60°F.
The population of Arkansas is the 20th smallest in the US. It has an estimated population of 2,915,918 residents living in its 75 counties. Approximately 41% of those living in Arkansas are less than 30 years old. Also, it has one of the least diverse populations in the nation with about 25% of the population identifying itself as belonging to a racial or ethnic minority group.
Arkansas's capital city, Little Rock, is the largest city in the state. It has a population of 193,524 residents. Of the state's residents, about 15.07% reside in the greater Little Rock area. Other large cities in the state are Fort Smith, Fayetteville, Springdale, and Jonesboro.
As compared to residents in other states around the nation, Arkansas residents generally have a higher than average level of education. According to the 2010 Census, about 22.8% of the state's residents over the age of 25 have finished high school, 3.6% have at least an associates degree, 2.7% have degrees at the bachelors level or higher, and 1% hold a graduate level degree.