Best Distance Learning Colleges & Programs in Arkansas 2021

Hi readers! In this post, I’ve compiled a list of best distance learning colleges, universities, and institutes in Arkansas. Here, readers will find the following details – rankings, list of distance education colleges, their address, type of institute, fees/cost, degrees and awards, distance learning majors/degrees and more.

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Best Distance Learning Colleges in Arkansas for 2021

Rank

College

Fees/Cost

Type of Institute

Degrees & Awards

Address

1 Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas $4,791 2-year, Public Less than one year certificate|One but less than two years certificate|Associate’s degree 1000 Campus Drive, Helena, Arkansas 72342-0785
2 North Arkansas College $4,955 2-year, Public Less than one year certificate|One but less than two years certificate|Associate’s degree 1515 Pioneer Dr, Harrison, Arkansas 72601-5508
3 Arkansas Northeastern College $5,079 2-year, Public Less than one year certificate|One but less than two years certificate|Associate’s degree 2501 S Division, Blytheville, Arkansas 72316-1109
4 Ozarka College $5,294 2-year, Public Less than one year certificate|One but less than two years certificate|Associate’s degree 218 College Dr, Melbourne, Arkansas 72556-0010
5 NorthWest Arkansas Community College $6,578 2-year, Public Less than one year certificate|One but less than two years certificate|Associate’s degree One College Drive, Bentonville, Arkansas 72712-5091
6 East Arkansas Community College $6,630 2-year, Public Less than one year certificate|One but less than two years certificate|Associate’s degree 1700 Newcastle Rd, Forrest City, Arkansas 72335-2204
7 Arkansas State University Three Rivers $6,676 2-year, Public Less than one year certificate|One but less than two years certificate|Associate’s degree One College Circle, Malvern, Arkansas 72104-0816
8 Southeast Arkansas College $7,275 2-year, Public Less than one year certificate|One but less than two years certificate|Associate’s degree 1900 S Hazel Street, Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71603
9 University of Arkansas Community College-Batesville $7,322 2-year, Public Less than one year certificate|One but less than two years certificate|Associate’s degree 2005 White Drive, Batesville, Arkansas 72503-3350
10 University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana $7,539 2-year, Public Less than one year certificate|One but less than two years certificate|Associate’s degree 2500 S Main, Hope, Arkansas 71801
11 Black River Technical College $7,902 2-year, Public Less than one year certificate|One but less than two years certificate|Associate’s degree 1410 Hwy 304 East, Pocahontas, Arkansas 72455
12 Arkansas State University-Newport $8,373 2-year, Public Less than one year certificate|One but less than two years certificate|Associate’s degree 7648 Victory Blvd, Newport, Arkansas 72112
13 South Arkansas Community College $8,388 2-year, Public Less than one year certificate|One but less than two years certificate|Associate’s degree 300 S West Ave, El Dorado, Arkansas 71731-7010
14 Arkansas State University-Beebe $9,220 2-year, Public Less than one year certificate|One but less than two years certificate|Associate’s degree 1000 Iowa Street, Beebe, Arkansas 72012-1000
15 National Park College $9,596 2-year, Public Less than one year certificate|One but less than two years certificate|Associate’s degree|Two but less than 4 years certificate 101 College Dr, Hot Springs, Arkansas 71913
16 University of Arkansas-Fort Smith $10,032 4-year, Public Less than one year certificate|One but less than two years certificate|Associate’s degree|Bachelor’s degree|Master’s degree 5210 Grand Ave, Fort Smith, Arkansas 72913-3649
17 Southern Arkansas University Tech $10,375 2-year, Public Less than one year certificate|One but less than two years certificate|Associate’s degree 6415 Spellman Road, Camden, Arkansas 71701-1906
18 Arkansas Tech University $10,537 4-year, primarily associate’s, Public Less than one year certificate|One but less than two years certificate|Associate’s degree|Two but less than 4 years certificate|Bachelor’s degree|Postbaccalaureate certificate|Master’s degree|Post-master’s certificate|Doctor’s degree – research/scholarship Administration Bldg 200, 1509 N Boulder Ave, Russellville, Arkansas 72801-2222
19 University of Arkansas-Pulaski Technical College $11,667 2-year, Public Less than one year certificate|One but less than two years certificate|Associate’s degree 3000 W Scenic Dr, North Little Rock, Arkansas 72118-3347
20 Henderson State University $11,910 4-year, Public Less than one year certificate|Associate’s degree|Bachelor’s degree|Postbaccalaureate certificate|Master’s degree|Post-master’s certificate 1100 Henderson Street, Arkadelphia, Arkansas 71999-0001
21 University of Arkansas at Monticello $11,913 4-year, primarily associate’s, Public Less than one year certificate|One but less than two years certificate|Associate’s degree|Two but less than 4 years certificate|Bachelor’s degree|Postbaccalaureate certificate|Master’s degree Highway 425 South, Monticello, Arkansas 71656
22 Arkansas State University $13,281 4-year, Public Less than one year certificate|One but less than two years certificate|Associate’s degree|Bachelor’s degree|Postbaccalaureate certificate|Master’s degree|Post-master’s certificate|Doctor’s degree – research/scholarship|Doctor’s degree – professional practice 2105 E. Aggie Road, Jonesboro, Arkansas 72401
23 Southern Arkansas University Main Campus $13,514 4-year, Public Less than one year certificate|One but less than two years certificate|Associate’s degree|Bachelor’s degree|Postbaccalaureate certificate|Master’s degree 100 E. University, Magnolia, Arkansas 71753
24 University of Arkansas at Little Rock $13,751 4-year, Public Less than one year certificate|One but less than two years certificate|Associate’s degree|Bachelor’s degree|Postbaccalaureate certificate|Master’s degree|Post-master’s certificate|Doctor’s degree – research/scholarship|Doctor’s degree – professional practice 2801 S University Ave, Little Rock, Arkansas 72204
25 Philander Smith College $13,783 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor’s degree 900 W. Daisy Bates Drive, Little Rock, Arkansas 72202-3799
26 University of Central Arkansas $14,796 4-year, Public Less than one year certificate|One but less than two years certificate|Associate’s degree|Bachelor’s degree|Postbaccalaureate certificate|Master’s degree|Post-master’s certificate|Doctor’s degree – research/scholarship|Doctor’s degree – professional practice 201 Donaghey Ave, Conway, Arkansas 72035-0001
27 University of Arkansas $16,263 4-year, Public Less than one year certificate|Bachelor’s degree|Postbaccalaureate certificate|Master’s degree|Post-master’s certificate|Doctor’s degree – research/scholarship|Doctor’s degree – professional practice Administration Bldg 425, Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701
28 Central Baptist College $16,325 4-year, Private not-for-profit Associate’s degree|Bachelor’s degree 1501 College Avenue, Conway, Arkansas 72034
29 Williams Baptist University $18,487 4-year, Private not-for-profit Associate’s degree|Bachelor’s degree|Master’s degree 60 W Fulbright Avenue, Walnut Ridge, Arkansas 72476
30 Ecclesia College $18,695 4-year, Private not-for-profit Associate’s degree|Bachelor’s degree|Master’s degree 9653 Nations Dr, Springdale, Arkansas 72762
31 Harding University $19,578 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor’s degree|Master’s degree|Post-master’s certificate|Doctor’s degree – research/scholarship|Doctor’s degree – professional practice 915 E. Market Ave., Searcy, Arkansas 72149-5615
32 Ouachita Baptist University $19,962 4-year, Private not-for-profit Associate’s degree|Bachelor’s degree 410 Ouachita St, Arkadelphia, Arkansas 71998-0001
33 John Brown University $21,912 4-year, Private not-for-profit Associate’s degree|Bachelor’s degree|Master’s degree|Post-master’s certificate 2000 W University St, Siloam Springs, Arkansas 72761
34 Baptist Health College Little Rock $23,552 2-year, Private not-for-profit One but less than two years certificate|Associate’s degree|Two but less than 4 years certificate 11900 COLONEL GLENN RD STE 1000, Little Rock, Arkansas 72210-2827
35 Strayer University-Arkansas NA 4-year, Private for-profit Less than one year certificate|One but less than two years certificate|Associate’s degree|Bachelor’s degree|Postbaccalaureate certificate|Master’s degree 10825 Financial Centre Pkwy Ste 400, Little Rock, Arkansas 72211
36 University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences NA 4-year, Public One but less than two years certificate|Associate’s degree|Bachelor’s degree|Postbaccalaureate certificate|Master’s degree|Doctor’s degree – research/scholarship|Doctor’s degree – professional practice 4301 W Markham, Little Rock, Arkansas 72205-7199
37 University of Arkansas System eVersity NA 4-year, Public Less than one year certificate|Associate’s degree|Bachelor’s degree 2402 North University Avenue, Little Rock, Arkansas 72207-3608

 

For ranking colleges, we have used the ‘affordability’ factor. With each passing year, cost of higher-education is rising. Keeping this fact in mind, we have decided to rank institutes on the basis of cost/expenses and affordability.

 

Best Distance Learning Programs/Majors

Here are some popular distance learning programs/majors –

  1. Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences

    • Agricultural and Domestic Animal Services
    • Agricultural and Food Products Processing
    • Agricultural Business and Management
    • Agricultural Mechanization
    • Agricultural Production Operations
    • Agricultural Public Services
    • Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences, Other
    • Agriculture, General
    • Animal Sciences
    • Applied Horticulture and Horticultural Business Services
    • Food Science and Technology
    • International Agriculture
    • Plant Sciences
    • Soil Sciences
  2. Architecture and Related Services

  3. Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies

    • Area Studies
    • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies
  4. Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  5. Business, Marketing, Management, and Related Support Services

    • Accounting and Related Services
    • Business Administration, Management and Operations
    • Business Operations Support and Assistant Services
    • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
    • Business/Commerce, General
    • Business/Corporate Communications
    • Business/Managerial Economics
    • Construction Management
    • Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations
    • Finance and Financial Management Services
    • General Sales, Merchandising, and Related Marketing Operations
    • Hospitality Administration/Management
    • Human Resources Management and Services
    • Insurance
    • International Business
    • Management Information Systems and Services
    • Management Sciences and Quantitative Methocs
    • Marketing
    • Real Estate
    • Specialized Sales, Merchandising, and Marketing Operations
    • Taxation
    • Telecommunications Management
  6. Communication Technologies/Technicians and Support Services

    • Audiovisual Communications Technologies/Technicians
    • Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services, Other
    • Communications Technology/Technician
    • Graphic Communications
  7. Communication, Journalism, and Related programs

    • Communication and Media Studies
    • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other
    • Journalism
    • Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication
    • Publishing
    • Radio, Television, and Digital Communication
  8. Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

    • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other
    • Computer and Information Sciences, General
    • Computer Programming
    • Computer Science
    • Computer Software and Media Applications
    • Computer Systems Analysis
    • Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
    • Computer/Information Technology Administration and Management
    • Data Entry/Microcomputer Applications
    • Data Processing
    • Information Science/Studies
  9. Construction Trades

    • Construction Trades, General
    • Construction Trades, Other
  10. Education

    • Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education
    • Curriculum and Instruction
    • Education, General
    • Education, Other
    • Educational Administration and Supervision
    • Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research
    • Educational/Instructional Media Design
    • International and Comparative Education
    • Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education
    • Special Education and Teaching
    • Student Counseling and Personnel Services
    • Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas
    • Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods
    • Teaching Assistants/Aides
    • Teaching English or French as a Second or Foreign Language
  11. Engineering

    • Aerospace, Aeronautical, and Astronautical Engineering
    • Agricultural Engineering
    • Architectural Engineering
    • Biochemical Engineering
    • Biological/Biosystems Engineering
    • Biomedical/Medical Engineering
    • Cermic Sciences and Engineering
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Civil Engineering
    • Computer Engineering
    • Construction Engineering
    • Electrical, Electronics, and Communications Engineering
    • Electromechanical Engineering
    • Engineering Chemistry
    • Engineering Mechanics
    • Engineering Physics
    • Engineering Science
    • Engineering, General
    • Engineering, Other
    • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
    • Forest Engineering
    • Geological Engineering
    • Industrial Engineering
    • Manufacturing Engineering
    • Materials Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Mechatronics, Robotics, and Automation Engineering
    • Metallurgical Engineering
    • Mining and Mineral Engineering
    • Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering
    • Nuclear Engineering
    • Ocean Engineering
    • Operations Research
    • Paper Science and Engineering
    • Petroleum Engineering
    • Plastics Engineering
    • Surveying Engineering
    • Systems Engineering
    • Textile Sciences and Engineering
  12. Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields

    • Architecture Engineering Technicians
    • Civil Engineering Technicians
    • Computer Engineering Technicians
    • Construction Engineering Technologies
    • Drafting Engineering Technicians
    • Electrical Engineering Technicians
    • Electromechanical Instrumentation and Maintenance Technicians
    • Engineering Technicians, Other
    • Engineering Technology, General
    • Engineering-Related Fields
    • Engineering-Related Technologies
    • Environmental Control Technicians
    • Industrial Production Technicians
    • Mechanical Engineering Related Technicians
    • Mining and Petroleum Technicians
    • Nanotechnology
    • Nuclear Engineering Technicians
    • Quality Control and Safety Technicians
  13. English Language and Literature/Letters

    • English Language and Literature, General
    • English Language and Literature/Letters, Other
    • Literature
    • Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies
  14. Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

    • Apparel and Textiles
    • Family and Consumer Electronics Related Studies
    • Family and Consumer Sciences Business Services
    • Family and Consumer Sciences, General
    • Family and Consumer Sciences, Other
    • Foods, Nutrition, and Related Services
    • Housing and Human Environments
    • Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services
    • Work and Family Studies
  15. Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics

    • African Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
    • Native American Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
    • American Sign Language
    • Celtic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
    • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
    • East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
    • Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
    • Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
    • Persian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
    • Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services
    • Middle Eastern and Semitic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
    • Modern Greek Language and Literature
    • Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
    • Slavic, Baltic, and Albanian Languages, Literature, and Linguistics
    • South Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
    • Southeast Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
    • Turkic, Uralic-Altaic, Caucasian, and Central Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
  16. History

  17. Legal Professions and Studies

    • Law
    • Legal Professions and Studies, Other
    • Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies
    • Legal Support Services
    • Non-Professional General Legal Studies (UG)
  18. Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies, and Humanities

  19. Library Science

  20. Mathematics and Statistics

    • Applied Mathematics
    • Mathematics
    • Mathematics and Statistics, Other
    • Statistics
  21. Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians

  22. Military Technologies and Applied Sciences

  23. Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  24. Natural Resources and Conservation

    • Fishing and Fisheries Sciences Management
    • Forestry
    • Natural Resources and Conservation
    • Natural Resources and Conservation and Research
    • Natural Resources Management and Policy
    • Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management
  25. Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

    • Health and Physical Education/Fitness
    • Outdoor Education
    • Parks, Recreation, and Leisure Facilities Management
    • Parks, Recreation, and Leisure Studies
    • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies, Other
  26. Personal and Culinary Services

    • Cosmetology and Related Personal Grooming Services
    • Culinary Arts and Related Services
    • Funeral Service and Mortuary Science
    • Personal and Culinary Services, Other
  27. Philosophy and Religious Studies

    • Philosophy
    • Philosophy and Religious Studies, General
    • Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other
    • Religion/Religious Studies
  28. Physical Sciences

    • Astronomy and Astrophysics
    • Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology
    • Chemistry
    • Geosciences
    • Materials Sciences
    • Physical Sciences
    • Physical Sciences, Other
    • Physics
  29. Precision Production

  30. Psychology

    • Psychology, General
    • Psychology, Other
  31. Public Administration and Social Service Professions

    • Community Organization and Advocacy
    • Human Services, General
    • Public Administration
    • Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other
    • Public Policy Analysis
    • Social Work
  32. Science Technologies/Technicians

  33. Social Sciences

    • Demography and Population Studies
    • Economics
    • Geography and Cartography
    • International Relations and National Security Studies
    • Political Science and Government
    • Rural Sociology
    • Social Sciences, General
    • Social Sciences, Other
    • Sociology
    • Sociology and Anthropology
    • Urban Studies/Affairs
  34. Theology and Religious Vocations

    • Bible/Biblical Studies
    • Missionary Studies
    • Pastoral Counseling and Specialized Ministries
    • Religious Education
    • Religious Music
    • Theological and Ministerial Studies
    • Theology and Religious Vocations, Other
  35. Transportation and Materials Moving

    • Transportation and Materials Moving, Other
  36. Visual and Performing Arts

    • Arts, Entertainment, and Media Management
    • Design and Applied Arts
    • Fine and Studio Arts
    • Visual and Performing Arts, General
    • Visual and Performing Arts, Other

 

Come, let us take a close look at the admission process and requirements –

 

Admission Requirements

While evaluating candidates who’ve applied for admission, colleges take the following factors into consideration –

  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school rank
  • Secondary school record
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Formal demonstration of competencies
  • ACT/SAT test scores
  • TOEFL
  • Other relevant tests

 

The factors mentioned above are divided into the following groups – Admission considerations that are ‘Required/Mandatory’, admission considerations that are ‘Recommended’ and admission requirements that are ‘Considered but not required’.

 

Admission requirements may vary from one college to another. Most of the colleges rely on secondary school GPA, secondary school record, ACT/SAT scores and TOEFL (as mandatory considerations). Community colleges usually have an open admission policy.

 

Distance Education Degrees

Depending upon the level of the program, Degrees or Awards can be classified into the following types –

  • Certificates
  • Associate’s Degree
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Advanced Degrees

 

Certificates

  • Less than one year certificate: The duration of the program is less than one year.
  • One but less than two years certificate: The duration of the course is 1 year (or more, but less than 2 years).

 

Associate’s Degree

Associate’s Degree program is two years long. After completing this program, you’ll obtain an Associate’s Degree from the college/university/accrediting body.

 

Bachelor’s Degree

Bachelor’s Degree program is four years long. After completing this program, you’ll obtain an Associate’s Degree from the college/university/accrediting body.

 

Advanced Degrees

Here are some of the popular advanced degrees –

  • Master’s Degree
  • Doctor’s Degree
  • Post-master’s certificate
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