University of Arkansas

The state’s land-grant university pursues a three-fold mission of teaching, research and service. The University of Arkansas offers more than 200 baccalaureate, master’s, doctoral, professional and specialist degree programs. As the flagship of the University of Arkansas System, the school serves as the state’s major center of arts and sciences and professional education, as well as Arkansas’ main institution for theoretical and applied research.

As the 7th fasted growing public research university in the country, the U of A is flourishing, with enrollment now exceeding 26,700 students. The U of A is consistently ranked one of the nation’s best college values by many publications. It is home to several nationally ranked programs, including architecture, ranked 26th among public institutions in 2016; the Sam M. Walton College of Business, 27th among public business colleges; and the School of Law, 46th among public law schools.

In 2016 the Carnegie foundation for the Advancement of Teaching confirmed the U of A's classification as a top tier research institution for its “very high” level of research activity — placing the university in the top 2 percent of universities nationwide. The classification is based on the number of doctoral degrees awarded, research grants received and other factors.

The university has also invested more than $1.3 billion in new construction, renovations and enhancements to facilities since 2000, truly transforming the campus nestled in the heart of Fayetteville, a city ranked as one of nation’s best places to live.

The University of Arkansas was founded in 1871 and has 10 colleges and schools. It maintains a low student-to-faculty ratio that promotes personal attention and close mentoring, with an emphasis on student success and graduation.​

John Brown University

Founded in Northwest Arkansas in 1919, John Brown University ranked second among Southern regional colleges by U.S. News and World Report. Serving over 2,700 students from 44 nations and 41 states, JBU is a Christian university committed to providing quality academics within a distinctly Christian, interdenominational community. JBU is a vibrant and growing university with excellent programs in the arts, sciences, and professional disciplines.

Northwest Arkansas
Community College

NorthWest Arkansas Community College (NWACC) has experienced tremendous growth since classes were first held in 1990. In fact, last fall, NWACC became the largest two-year college in Arkansas.

Approximately 7,800 credit students, as well as an additional 3,500 non-credit students attend more than 1,300 classes during the day, evening, and weekends at six different locations throughout northwest Arkansas, including two facilities in Springdale, at the college’s main campus in Bentonville, and online.  NWACC has purchased 20 acres next to Arvest Ballpark in Springdale and plans to build an instructional center there.

NWACC offers more than 50 degrees and certificates to its students, including Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees for those transferring to a four-year institution and an Associate of Applied Science degree for those interested in employment opportunities after graduating.

Ecclesia College

Located in west Springdale, Ecclesia College seeks to provide a distinctive education through its mentoring for life and learning, integrated classroom academics, and student-work (hands-on in-service) program. Under the leadership of President Oren Paris III the college continues to expand its student offerings.

Upon successful completion of the Ecclesia College faith and character-based education, graduates should be able to demonstrate effective skills in communication, critical thinking, and leadership, as well as display a Biblically-formed worldview, integrating the Christian faith, lifestyle, and general educational content. The college offers degrees in business administration, sport management, communication ministries, Christian counseling,Christian leadership, music ministries, and Biblical studies and participates in seven intercollegiate sports.