Some of the nation’s best and fastest growing higher education institutions are in Northwest Arkansas, including private and public universities and colleges, two and four year programs, and more programs of study than we can list.

The University of Arkansas, the state’s flagship University, has a rich history in Northwest Arkansas. Established in 1871, the university remains a unifying force within the state, creating traditions, educational excellence and sports teams to rally around.

The university’s roughly 27,000 students come from every county in Arkansas and more than 100 countries, and those students choose from nearly 200 academic programs of study. Through the integration of teaching, research, and service that puts students first, the University of Arkansas is taking its place among the nation’s greatest comprehensive academies.

The University of Arkansas has the largest international exchange of scholars in the world, the Fulbright Scholarship Program. The university continues to accrue a long list of accolades and achievements.

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.