SOME OF THE NATION’S BEST HIGHER EDUCATION OPTIONS ARE IN NORTHWEST ARKANSAS, INCLUDING THE STATE’S FLAGSHIP UNIVERSITY, PRIVATE UNIVERSITIES AND TWO-YEAR COLLEGES WITH MORE PROGRAMS OF STUDY THAN WE CAN LIST.

The University of Arkansas, the state’s flagship university, has a rich history in Northwest Arkansas and has been a unifying force within the state since 1871.

The university’s more than 27,000 students represent every county in Arkansas, every state in the U.S. and more than 100 countries. The U of A provides an internationally competitive education for undergraduate and graduate students in more than 200 academic programs.

The Carnegie Foundation classifies the University of Arkansas among fewer than 2.7 percent of universities in America that have the highest level of research activity. U.S. News & World Report ranks the University of Arkansas among its top American public research universities.

The U of A also boasts one of the most unique traditions found on any campus: Senior Walk – miles of sidewalks engraved with the names of more than 195,000 University of Arkansas graduates.

With about 2,000 students from across the U.S., John Brown University (pictured right) is the region’s largest private college, located in Siloam Springs. JBU is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the Best Regional Universities in the South and as one of the nation’s Best Value Schools.

Northwest Arkansas is home to a teaching medical school, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences – Northwest, where physicians, pharmacists, and other health-related specialties are taught.

NorthWest Arkansas Community College is Northwest Arkansas’ primary two-year college, providing skilled instruction on dozens of educational tracts. The school’s impressive programs include the still-fairly-new culinary school called Brightwater. It’s already being recognized for its excellence.

Northwest Technical Institute provides instruction in skilled trades and other technical professions to support the region’s need for a skilled workforce.