Arkansas Tech University Reviews

  • 16 Reviews
  • Russellville (AR)
  • Annual Tuition: $13,636
67% of 16 students said this degree improved their career prospects
81% of 16 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

  • Reviewed: 2/6/2023
  • Degree: Psychology
"After 15 years of dabbling in taking a class here or there, it was time to complete my Bachelors degree. By chance, we drove through Russellville and noticed the quaint campus. When we arrived back home, we looked at the website for our daughter to consider as an option to in-state programs. To my surprise, they had a Professional Studies program to complete degrees. I clicked a link and asked for more information. From the first phone call through graduation, ATU was wonderful. My professors were responsive and understanding. The program was academically based, which was important to me, not just skills based. This made it a little more challenging to balance multiple courses at one time for the normal three month courses, but the experience was well worth it. Thanks to this program, I was able to advance at my company and my car proudly displays an ATU license plate holder!"
  • Reviewed: 9/22/2022
  • Degree: Nursing
"LPN to RN program. If you are looking to to advance your career and still work good luck. The lectures along with supposed reviews match nothing like the tests. You will have 4 weeks worth of studying with only 40 questions on the test. If you were an A and B student kiss that good bye. I honestly do not know why anyone would want to go to the nursing program. It is really not worth it. Good luck getting any kind of review for tests. The tests are all over the place. If you are married or have kids kiss that life goodbye and probably a divorce tensions will be high with little to know help from the teachers. I would not recommend wasting your time on this program. Good luck, not worth it"
Lydia Grate
  • Reviewed: 8/12/2019
  • Degree: Communications
"Arkansas Tech University is a quaint campus setting. All the resources necessary for study with vibrant on campus activities and a community ready to welcome students off campus. Affordable and array of scholarships available as well. Great degree programs with generally small student-teacher ratios which allow students to really know their peers and professors. Highly recommended for students looking for an extra bit of guidance or seeking to explore different majors before making a final choice."
Justin Garton
  • Reviewed: 4/24/2019
  • Degree: Communications
"I transferred to Arkansas Tech after 4 years of school at UA-Fort Smith. The biggest difference right off the bat was the helpfulness of the administration. If I needed assistance, or guidance, the staff at Tech were right there to help. They were kind, efficient and tackled any problem I had with ease. The teaching staff was great. Each one had their own style but they were each equally effective and showed they truly cared about the success or failure of their students. These are perfect examples of how finding the right fit for you can be just as important as what you actually do at school."
Lindsey Werner
  • Reviewed: 4/12/2018
  • Degree: Early Childhood Education
"The teachers, staff, and community all play a part in getting my bachelors degree at Arkansas Tech University. My experience was a good one. I got involved in intramural sports and an on campus ministry. The teaching program itself was intense at times, but helped prepare me for teaching. I have been teaching for 2 years now and still reflect on things I learned in my courses to help me in the classroom."
Miles McDonnell
  • Reviewed: 2/11/2018
  • Degree: Emergency Management
"The program and instructors are, for the most, part excellent. The field of emergency management is so broad it is difficult for the university to prepare you for all job in the field. Research Emergency Management closely before choosing this major, you should have some understanding of what professions you are interested in and what specifics are required of those professionals. If you come into the program with this understanding your are much more likely to find a job after you graduate."
Kristen Thomas
  • Reviewed: 10/20/2017
  • Degree: Early Childhood Education
"Arkansas Tech University has a wonderful Early Childhood Education program. The instructors were very knowledgeable regarding the content and I enjoyed my time there. I am starting on my masters degree soon for Educational Leadership. Excited about the future in the education field."
Izzy Thoma
  • Reviewed: 2/6/2017
  • Degree: Management
"I had a wonderful experience at Arkansas Tech University. The campus theme is "Welcome Home" and you truly feel like Tech is your home after your time there. The campus environment is relaxed and it fully represents the term "southern hospitality." Tech offers a wide variety of majors and campus activities, many of which that are housed in updated or brand new facilities. As a graduate of the business department I can personally speak to the knowledge of professors, who are always willing to help students and advance their learning in and out of the classroom."
  • Reviewed: 2/1/2017
  • Degree: Environmental Science
"The program and school are small however if you are independent and seek out opportunities for yourself you can count on the support of the staff. Upon talking to peers who considered this program but choose another the main reasons seem to be that it is in the state of Arkansas. However I have found the area to be affordable and so a great place to earn a degree."
  • Reviewed: 6/30/2016
  • Degree: Teaching
"The opportunities available at Arkansas Tech University are staggering, considering you still get the small campus feel. I thoroughly enjoyed being able to walk to my next class in 10 minutes without worrying about parking. ATU offered several ways to be involved in campus and activities to do, especially your freshman year, so that you stay engaged. In the past four years since I've graduation, ATU has added a multiple of new and diverse degree programs, including a game and video design program with a brand new creative lab to go with it. If you are looking for the diversity and opportunities of a large university, but want the feel of a small campus, ATU is for you!"
Haley Leleux
  • Reviewed: 3/28/2016
  • Degree: ESL
"This graduate program will accurately prepare me for the workforce once I graduate. The cost of living is appropriate and the academics/advising are helpful in directing me on the path to my future."
  • Reviewed: 10/9/2015
  • Degree: Teaching
"The MTLL program at the CLL is a joke. They never give straight answers and push graduation as far as possible. However if you are their favorite then you can do whatever you want. All my classes they would start out by saying were "kind of an intro" to the program. Never learned what we were supposed to learn since we spent all class talking about random things. Don't waste your money at Tech for this program. Go through the state or Arkansas State."
  • Reviewed: 12/9/2014
  • Degree: Early Childhood Education
"The financial aid office encouraged us (my husband and I, married young) to get substantial student loans, far above what we needed for tuition and books. My husband blew the money from both our loans. He is now in prison (by the grace of God we are still together and he has got his life under control with the Lord's help) and I am raising three children by myself for the next 4 years. I had to default on the loans and I will be paying them for at least the next 20 years. I just enrolled in NPCC to obtain a paralegal certificate, only federal Pell Grant, no loans this time! Please, if you must get loans, make them as minimal as possible, having money now doesn't negate having to pay far into your future!"
  • Reviewed: 9/5/2014
  • Degree: Nursing
"I have just started and so far I am coming to love the school. When you make your schedule the academic advisers do there best to work with you for your schedule. I am a single parent who could work past a certain time. We were able to find all the classes i need and still found me time to study. Most everyone here are supper helpful and welcoming. I highly recommend my school to you."
Kristi Orr
  • Reviewed: 8/2/2014
  • Degree: Child Development
"I would have liked to go have gone to a different college, but my undergraduate experience cannot be traded. I chose to focus on the academic aspect of college more so than the social part. Although, ATU does have opportunities to meet people on campus and do fun activities, it seemed like I always had to work. I went into college with a declared major which you don't have to do until you have earned 40 hours, but I knew what area I wanted to study and that was Psychology. The Psychology undergraduate degree program has a lot of room for electives, second field's of study, and/or possibly a second degree. I liked that I was still able to pursue my studies in psych, but I could also pursue an associate's and two minors as well. I love the professors in the Behavioral Sciences Department and the Biological Sciences Department. I am from the Russellville area where as each professor at Tech has an interesting background and how they ended up at Tech. I decided to stay at ATU and get a Master's simply because I am very comfortable there and I know I would be able to receive good financial aid. ATU has a high acceptance rate and is willing to let you in if you do the work. I took classes in Psych, Criminal Justice, Biology, French, and Philosophy and each professor is very educated and wants you to learn. Tech is focused more on a teaching university instead of a research university. Also, there are many resources for students such as Norman Career Services which helps with interviews, resumes, and getting you prepared for employment. There is Student Counseling Services which a student can go to if they are feeling overwhelmed or there are some issues going on that they would like to talk to someone about. We have a lot of International Students here at Tech which introduces students to different cultures. Tech does have it's flaws too. Common things that a Tech student is bound to be irritated by is parking, rain, and the library. Parking can be a giant hassle, especially on "Time Out For Tech" which if when high school students and their families visit the campus. I recommend getting there at least 15 minutes early so that you can get a parking spot, walk to class, and then get your seat. I also recommend rain boots, because Russellville, and Tech is not excluded, floods somewhat when it rains. After periods of long rain fall, "Lake Tech" should be expected. One of my peeves is the library and how it is usually cold, people can be loud, and during finals getting a computer is really hard. However, I am in the library every day, so if you are like me, you are bound to experience these things. Overall, I do recommend Tech to my friends and others, but if you are given the opportunity to go elsewhere consider other places. I am from here, so Tech is my home. It's a love/hate relationship for me and the city of Russellville. But I am staying for my Master's, so obviously it does not annoy me that much. I am just so comfortable here that it's hard to get out of that comfort zone and explore other options."
Tiffany M Berryman
  • Reviewed: 8/1/2014
  • Degree: Business
"I am a full time student with a full time career. I am a mother of three children and active in community events. I have been able to further my education with the wonderful program Arkansas Tech University offers online. The advisors are very helpful and the professors and instructors are very educated and interested to assist students. My experience has been fantastic and I would have have been able to complete my degree without the direction of the school. As a first generation college student I hope to change the education for my children with the knowledge I have gained. My husband of 17 years has been very supportive of my decision to further my education. It's a family decision for us!"