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2021 Best Colleges in Arkansas by Salary Score

By the GradReports team | Updated 3/1/2021

The following list features the best schools in Arkansas based on Salary Score. This score indicates whether alumni from one school tend to have higher salaries than alumni with the same major at other schools. We calculated this score for each school by comparing the median alumni salary for each program at that school to the median alumni salary for the same program at other schools. Arkansas has a relatively low cost of living, so graduates of in-state schools may earn less because of lower living expenses. Even so, the top two schools on this list — John Brown University and the University of Arkansas — score above the median U.S. Salary Score at 65.17 and 56.63, respectively.

To be considered for our state rankings, schools must offer and provide data for at least 8 bachelor's programs. This list includes all eligible schools in Arkansas. You can click on a school's name to view individual program scores. Read our methodology to learn more about how schools were ranked.

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Salary Scores based on data reported by the U.S. Department of Education
Rank School Location Annual Tuition Salary Score
#1 #1 Siloam Springs Siloam Springs $26,928 65.17
#2 #2 Fayetteville Fayetteville $9,130 56.63
#3 #3 Searcy Searcy $19,845 37.45
#4 #4 Little Rock Little Rock $9,544 32.20
#5 #5 Arkadelphia Arkadelphia $26,790 30.50
#6 #6 Fort Smith Fort Smith $5,593 30.29
#7 #7 Conway Conway $8,752 27.96
#8 #8 Arkadelphia Arkadelphia $8,530 23.55
#9 #9 Jonesboro Jonesboro $8,607 23.24
#10 #10 Magnolia Magnolia $8,786 21.16
#11 #11 Pine Bluff Pine Bluff $8,038 20.93
#12 #12 Russellville Russellville $7,254 20.07
#13 #13 Monticello (and 1 other) Monticello (and 1 other) $7,462 19.82