• 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 1,472 students (56% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 8:1 is lower than the state community college average of 10:1.
Minority enrollment is 6% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 36%.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 1,472 students
  • In-state tuition: $2,688
  • Out-state tuition: $5,232
  • Student:teacher ratio: 8:1
  • Minority enrollment: 6%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

School Overview

The teacher population of 174 teachers has grown by 29% over five years.
Black River Technical College
(AR) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High Traditional
Associate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High Nontraditional
Institution Level
At least 2 but less than 4 years
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
174 staff
162 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Black River Technical College has declined by 25% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 8:1 has decreased from 21:1 over five years.
The Black River Technical College diversity score of 0.12 is less than the state average of 0.55. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
1,472 students
1,412 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
8:1
10:1
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# Full-Time Students
825 students
585 students
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# Part-Time Students
647 students
827 students
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
172 students
174 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
825 students
585 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
7 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
647 students
815 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
145 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
n/a
1%
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% Asian
n/a
2%
% Hispanic
3%
10%
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% Black
2%
18%
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% White
94%
64%
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% Two or more races
1%
4%
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% Non Resident races
n/a
1%
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Diversity Score
0.12
0.55
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
2.18%
1.37%
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
n/a
1.36%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$30,300
$28,600
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $2,688 is less than the state average of $2,994. The in-state tuition has declined by 7% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $5,232 is more than the state average of $4,750. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$2,688
$2,994
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$5,232
$4,750
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
86%
93%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$9,400
$9,750
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Median Debt for Dropouts
$4,918
$5,300
This chart display median debt for students who have not completed a certificate or degree in Black River Technical College and average median debt for community college students who have not completed a certificate or degree in AR by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Acceptance Rate
n/a
100%
SAT Reading
n/a
540
SAT Math
n/a
520
SAT Writing
n/a
515
ACT Composite
n/a
22
ACT English
n/a
22
ACT Math
n/a
21
Source: 2020 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Black River Technical College cost?

Black River Technical College's tuition is approximately $2,688 for In-State students and $5,232 for Out-State students.

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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 1,472 students
  • In-state tuition: $2,688
  • Out-state tuition: $5,232
  • Student:teacher ratio: 8:1
  • Minority enrollment: 6%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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For Arkansas public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $2,994 per year for in-state students and $4,750 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $11,533 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Arkansas is 86%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Arkansas community colleges have a diversity score of 0.55, which is lower than the national average of 0.71. The most diverse community college in Arkansas is Bryan University. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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