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One of the biggest things that incoming college freshmen consider when they’re thinking about what school to attend is the likelihood that a school will improve their job prospects.
Jobs are hard to come by nowadays, after all, and the everyday expenses of living in a country like America aren’t cheap.
Compared to a lot of other states, Arkansas has some unique advantages as far as attending college here goes. There are impressive research universities, quality state schools, and the ability to study majors that will prepare you well for the job market.
All that made us curious — with so many good colleges to attend in AR, which ones, in particular, were most likely to help their graduates land a job? Using data from IPEDS as well as College Scorecard as a baseline, we created this list of some of the best colleges for jobs in Arkansas.
The full list can be found further down, but first, here’s a look at the top ten best colleges for jobs in Arkansas:
If you go to one of these schools, chances are, you’re not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.
But for the rest of you — keep reading and we’ll get to just why these schools have some of the best programs the state of Arkansas has to offer.
Using the College Scorecard Data, we searched for the college in each state with the highest listed job placement ratings, looking specifically at employment levels at year 10 after students have graduated.
We limited the analysis to the 21 public and non-profit, four year institutions colleges in Arkansas that offer at least a bachelors degree.
Then, we ranked each college from best to worst on the percentage of graduates with jobs. For the purposes of readability, each school’s rating was then rounded down to the last two decimal places.
The school with the highest percentage of grads with jobs, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, earned the distinction of being the ‘Best College For Jobs in Arkansas.’
Location: Little Rock
Location: Walnut Ridge
Location: Siloam Springs
If you’re looking to have a career after college, you should consider applying to any one of the universities and colleges on this list. They have some of the highest rates of employment for not only Arkansas, but the entire country.
Here’s a look at the full list of colleges in Arkansas by their employment rates 10 years after college.
|1||University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences||92.5%|
|2||Williams Baptist College||90.36%|
|3||University of Central Arkansas||88.79%|
|4||University of Arkansas||88.67%|
|5||John Brown University||88.03%|
|7||Henderson State University||86.94%|
|8||University of the Ozarks||86.69%|
|9||Ouachita Baptist University||86.49%|
|11||Central Baptist College||86.36%|
|12||University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff||86.03%|
|13||Southern Arkansas University Main Campus||85.69%|
|15||Arkansas State University-Main Campus||83.95%|
|16||University of Arkansas at Little Rock||83.94%|
|17||Arkansas Tech University||83.75%|
|18||Philander Smith College||83.71%|
|19||University of Arkansas at Monticello||83.45%|
|20||University of Arkansas-Fort Smith||82.28%|
|21||Arkansas Baptist College||78.85%|
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