In a nationally recognized ranking, Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas (PCCUA) ranks No. 4 in the top 25 best community colleges in Arkansas by Bestcolleges.com! Factors examined for this ranking included acceptance, retention, graduation and enrollment rates.

Boasting over 40 universities and community colleges combined, Arkansas offers students a vast array of options for college majors, minors and technical degrees. To help students tally all of the important things to consider when choosing a college, Bestcollege.com examined education rates, academic programs, financial aid and other factors in conducting separate rankings of Arkansas universities and community colleges.

In describing offerings at PCCUA, Bestcolleges.com provided the following information: “PCCUA students may choose from a comprehensive set of associate degrees in the arts and sciences, as well as technical AAS degrees. Innovative programs include an AA in English, speech, and drama; an AS in chemistry and pre-med; or an AAS in behavioral health technology. PCCUA is also one of the only community colleges in Arkansas to maintain a partnership with Arkansas' Criminal Justice Institute and offers associate degree pathways in crime scene investigation or law enforcement administration. New students can earn college credit for passing Advanced Placement (AP) exam scores in a number of subjects, including calculus and English. Students can take advantage of on-campus resources like free individual and group tutoring and study labs, TRIO support services for first-generation college students, and special career pathway services for qualifying students. Intramural activities--including volleyball, flag football, disc golf, and more--are open to students interested in staying active and connecting with peers on campus.”

The top 25 Arkansas community colleges were ranked by scores as follows: (1) Arkansas State University-Newport – 78.88; (2) University of Arkansas Community College-Batesville – 75.36; (3) Arkansas Northeastern College – 75.36; (4) PCCUA – 73.60; (5) Arkansas State University-Mountain Home – 72.80; (6) Arkansas State University-Beebe – 70.40; (7) Southern Arkansas University Tech – 65.44; (8) North Arkansas College – 62.56; (9) College of the Ouachitas – 59.36; (10) Northwest Arkansas Community College – 59.20; (11) East Arkansas Community College – 58.40; (12) University of Arkansas-Rich Mountain – 55.20; (13) Remington College-Little Rock campus – 53.44; (14) University of Arkansas Community College-Hope – 52.96; (15) University of Arkansas Community College-Morrilton – 52.48; (16)  Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas – 51.20; (17) Mid-South Community College – 43.36; (18) Southeast Arkansas Community College – 42.72; (19) Baptist Health College-Little Rock – 39.68; (20) Ozarka College – 37.12; (21) Black River Technical College - 35.52; (22) National Park Community College – 32.80; (23) Pulaski Technical College – 31.68; (24) South Arkansas Community College – 27.52; and (25) Shorter College – 20.48.  

According to Bestcolleges.com, it partners with HigherEducation.com to provide students with direct connections to schools and programs suiting their educational goals through its program rankings. This information is intended to inform and guide prospective students toward institutions that provide a quality education and a meaningful learning experience at an affordable cost.

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