10 Best Colleges For Jobs In Arkansas For 2019

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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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:

  1. University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  2. Williams Baptist University
  3. John Brown University
  4. Hendrix College
  5. University of Central Arkansas
  6. Lyon College
  7. Ouachita Baptist University
  8. Harding University
  9. University of Arkansas
  10. University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

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.

How We Determined The Best Schools In Arkansas For Jobs

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 19 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.’

Best Colleges For Getting A Job In Arkansas

Rank College Employed
1 University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 93.06%
2 Williams Baptist University 90.82%
3 John Brown University 89.32%
4 Hendrix College 89.32%
5 University of Central Arkansas 89.29%
6 Lyon College 89.13%
7 Ouachita Baptist University 88.69%
8 Harding University 87.93%
9 University of Arkansas 87.91%
10 University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff 86.71%
11 Henderson State University 85.75%
12 Southern Arkansas University Main Campus 85.65%
13 Philander Smith College 85.39%
14 University of Arkansas at Monticello 85.23%
15 Arkansas Tech University 84.78%
16 Arkansas State University-Main Campus 83.5%
17 University of Arkansas at Little Rock 82.83%
18 University of Arkansas-Fort Smith 82.81%
19 Arkansas Baptist College 74.4%
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