Black River Technical College

  • Black River Technical College is an institution of higher learning committed to a partnership with the individual and the global community to provide lifelong learning experiences, seeking always to empower those it serves to achieve their academic, vocational, and personal development goals.
School Highlights
  • Black River Technical College serves 1,963 students (58% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 21:1 is lower than the state community college average of 25:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 5% of the student body (majority Hispanic and Black), which is more than the state average of 31%.
  • Black River Technical College is the only community colleges within Randolph County, AR.
  • The nearest community college to Black River Technical College is Crowley's Ridge College (23.7 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 93 teachers has declined by 26% over five years.
Black River Technical College (AR) Community College Avg.
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public Public
Total Faculty 93 staff 62 staff
Black River Technical College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of Black River Technical College has declined by 17% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 21:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Black River Technical College diversity score of 0.10 is less than the state average of 0.48. The school's diversity has grown by 28% over five years.
Total Enrollment 1,963 students 1,650 students
Black River Technical College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio 21:1 25:1
Black River Technical College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students 1,138 students 724 students
Black River Technical College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students 825 students 926 students
Black River Technical College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Black River Technical College Enrollment Breakdown AR All Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
Black River Technical College American Indian/Alaskan (2009-2011)
% Hispanic
Black River Technical College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Black River Technical College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Black River Technical College White (2007-2016)
Black River Technical College Ethnicity Breakdown AR All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score 0.10 0.48
Black River Technical College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Black River Technical College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years) $30,300 $28,600
Black River Technical College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $2,688 is less than the state average of $3,014. The in-state tuition has grown by 36% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $5,232 is more than the state average of $4,803. The out-state tuition has grown by 12% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $2,688 $3,014
Black River Technical College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees $5,232 $4,803
Black River Technical College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 89% 95%
Black River Technical College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates $10,322 $9,500
Black River Technical College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts $5,999 $5,362
Black River Technical College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Black River Technical College was founded in 1972 on land donated by the City of Pocahontas, and was known as Black River Vocational Technical School. The vocational school became the Black River Technical College in 1991, operating temporarily under the supervision of the Department of Higher Education. In 1993, the college became an independent institution of higher education. Black River Technical College is an architecturally modern designed campus with 18 buildings located on 89 acres. BRTC offers Associate of Applied Science and Associate of Arts degrees, Technical Certificates, Certificates of Proficiency, and Adult and Continuing Education courses. A Board of Trustees, appointed by the Governor of Arkansas, serves as the governing board. The college is accredited by the The Higher Learning Commissions of North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. BRTC faculty share a devotion to their diverse disciplines and programs and a commitment to the intellectual, technical, and professional growth of their students. The student-faculty ratio of 16 to 1 permits students to have a productive learning relationship with their instructors.

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Did You Know?
For Arkansas public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $3,014 per year for in-state students and $4,803 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $12,899 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Arkansas is 81%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Arkansas community colleges have a diversity score of 0.48, which is lower than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in Arkansas is Remington College-Little Rock Campus. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.