College of the Ouachitas

One College Circle
Malvern, AR 72104-0816
Tel: (501)337-5000
  • As a growing two-year college, OTC provides excellent and affordable programs to suit every interest and need. Our curriculum includes career training, continuing education, transfer options, and custom-designed training for business and industry.
School Highlights
  • College of the Ouachitas serves 1,444 students (36% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 27:1 is higher than the state community college average of 25:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 24% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 30%.
  • College of the Ouachitas is the only community colleges within Hot Spring County, AR.
  • The nearest community college is National Park Community College (14.90 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 54 teachers has declined by 30% over five years.
College of the Ouachitas(AR) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty54 staff62 staff
College of the Ouachitas Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 1,444 has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 27:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.40 is less than the state average of 0.47. The school's diversity has grown by 16% over five years.
Total Enrollment1,444 students1,650 students
College of the Ouachitas Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio27:125:1
College of the Ouachitas Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students518 students724 students
College of the Ouachitas Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students926 students926 students
College of the Ouachitas Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
College of the Ouachitas Enrollment Breakdown AR All Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
College of the Ouachitas American Indian/Alaskan (2011-2016)
% Asian
College of the Ouachitas Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
College of the Ouachitas Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
College of the Ouachitas Black (2007-2016)
% White
College of the Ouachitas White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
College of the Ouachitas More (2010-2016)
% Non Resident races
College of the Ouachitas Non Resident (2013-2016)
College of the Ouachitas Ethnicity Breakdown AR All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.400.47
College of the Ouachitas Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
College of the Ouachitas Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$28,100$28,600
College of the Ouachitas Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $3,310 is more than the state average of $3,004. The in-state tuition has grown by 37% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $5,950 is more than the state average of $4,857. The out-state tuition has grown by 39% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$3,310$3,004
College of the Ouachitas In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$5,950$4,857
College of the Ouachitas Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid93%95%
College of the Ouachitas % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$9,140$9,500
College of the Ouachitas Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$5,363$5,999
College of the Ouachitas Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • OTC's hassle-free registration, computer and learning labs, "hands-on" learning, caring faculty, and staff; career, academic, personal counseling; basic skills instruction, and free tutoring, are offered to help you succeed. Whether you want to prepare for a new career with a degree or certificate, to get the basics to transfer to a university, to upgrade your skills, to complete your GED, to get customized training for your employees, or to just learn to send e-mail to family and friends, OTC has a credit and/or non-credit course or program for you. Ouachita Technical College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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Did You Know?
For Arkansas public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $3,004 per year for in-state students and $4,857 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 0.47, which is lower than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in Arkansas is Remington College-Little Rock Campus. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.