2021 Arkansas Best Colleges Tuition Comparison

This page compares the best colleges in Arkansas with tuition, admission, and more academic facts (Ranking data from College Evaluator). For the academic year 2020-2021, Harding University rank first in the best Arkansas college ranking and University of Arkansas is placed in second.

Admission Comparison Between Best Colleges in Arkansas

5 public and 5 private schools rank in the best Arkansas colleges. The schools' average acceptance rate is 68.80% where Lyon College has the tightest (lowest) acceptance rate of 44% and University of Central Arkansas has the highest rate of 90%. Total 77,647 students are attending one of the best Arkansas schools where University of Arkansas has the largest population with 27,778 students and Williams Baptist University has the smallest number of students (496 students). The average graduation rate is 55.40% and the average students to faculty ratio is 14.40:1 at those colleges.
The following table shows the academic information and key facts of the best Arkansas colleges including acceptance rate, graduation rate, student population, and students to faculty ratio.
Table. Arkansas Best Colleges Overview
RankName Acceptance RateSAT ScoreGraduation RatePopulationStudent-Faculty Ratio
1Harding University
Searcy, AR
61%1,16569%5,12116:1 (6.25 %)
2University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR
77%1,21066%27,77818:1 (5.56 %)
3Hendrix College
Conway, AR
70%1,25571%1,20810:1 (10.00 %)
4John Brown University
Siloam Springs, AR
76%1,16072%2,51614:1 (7.14 %)
5Lyon College
Batesville, AR
44%1,12054%65510:1 (10.00 %)
6Williams Baptist University
Walnut Ridge, AR
59%97039%49614:1 (7.14 %)
7Southern Arkansas University Main Campus
Magnolia, AR
65%1,06744%4,47217:1 (5.88 %)
8Arkansas State University-Main Campus
Jonesboro, AR
80%1,11753%13,70918:1 (5.56 %)
9University of Central Arkansas
Conway, AR
90%1,06043%11,17715:1 (6.67 %)
10University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Little Rock, AR
66%1,19143%10,51512:1 (8.33 %)
Average68.80%1,13255.40%77,647 (Total)14.40:1 (6.94 %)

Best Arkansas Colleges 2021 Tuition Comparison and 2022 Estimated Costs

The following table lists 2020-2021 tuition & fees and compares them between the best Arkansas colleges. The 2020-2021 costs are officially published by IPEDS, U.S. Department of Education. The estimated costs for the academic year 2021-2022 are calculated and estimated based on each school's rate of tuition change from 2020 to 2021.

For the undergraduate programs, the average tuition & fees of the best Arkansas colleges is $23,521 where Hendrix College has the most expensive costs at $49,490 and Arkansas State University-Main Campus has the lowest amount of tuition at $12,883. The average graduate tuition & fees of the best Arkansas colleges is $18,175 where Hendrix College has the highest tuition with $49,500 and Southern Arkansas University Main Campus has the lowest amount of graduate school tuition with $9,810.
UndergraduateGraduate
Table. Best Arkansas Colleges 2021 Undergraduate Tuition Comparison and 2022 Estimation
RankSchool Name 2021 Tuition & Fees2022 Estimated Tuition & Fees
In-StateOut-of-StateIn-StateOut-of-State
1Harding University $21,540$22,600
2University of Arkansas $9,384$25,872 $9,384 $25,872
3Hendrix College $49,490$51,455
4John Brown University $28,288$28,922
5Lyon College $29,415$29,693
6Williams Baptist University $18,500$18,953
7Southern Arkansas University Main Campus $9,080$14,120 $9,181 $14,790
8Arkansas State University-Main Campus $7,315$12,883 $6,012 $10,465
9University of Central Arkansas $9,338$16,148 $9,490 $16,299
10University of Arkansas at Little Rock $8,366$18,957 $7,358 $16,510
Average$8,697$23,521$8,285$23,556
Table. Best Arkansas Colleges 2021 Graduate School Tuition Comparison and 2022 Estimation
RankSchool Name 2021 Tuition & Fees2022 Estimated Tuition & Fees
In-StateOut-of-StateIn-StateOut-of-State
1Harding University $11,928$10,242
2University of Arkansas $8,841$22,121 $8,841$8,841
3Hendrix College $49,500$51,476
4John Brown University $13,920$13,456
5Lyon College --
6Williams Baptist University --
7Southern Arkansas University Main Campus $6,894$9,810 $6,894$7,221
8Arkansas State University-Main Campus $6,600$11,586 $6,600$6,783
9University of Central Arkansas $6,629$11,648 $6,629$6,720
10University of Arkansas at Little Rock $7,594$14,884 $7,594$7,594
Average$7,312$18,175$7,432$18,232

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