South Arkansas Community College

Tel: (870)862-8131
  • South Arkansas Community College is a public, two-year institution with an open-door policy, providing educational programs, services, and resources for the residents of Union County and the surrounding area. With a philosophy that affirms the value of education, the importance of academic freedom for students and faculty, the worth and dignity of each individual, and an abiding belief in the ideals of a democratic society, the college encourages innovation, excellence, and leadership in its mission as a comprehensive community college.
School Highlights
  • South Arkansas Community College serves 1,693 students (42% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 22:1 is lower than the state community college average of 26:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 41% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 30%.
  • South Arkansas Community College is the only community colleges within Union County, AR.
  • The nearest community college is Southern Arkansas University Tech (27.70 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 77 teachers has declined by 36% over five years.
South Arkansas Community 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 77 staff 61 staff
South Arkansas Community College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 1,693 has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 22:1 has increased from 15:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.52 is more than the state average of 0.47. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment 1,693 students 1,593 students
South Arkansas Community College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio 22:1 26:1
South Arkansas Community College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students 706 students 706 students
South Arkansas Community College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students 987 students 887 students
South Arkansas Community College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
South Arkansas Community College Enrollment Breakdown AR All Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
1%
1%
South Arkansas Community College Asian (2009-2016)
% Hispanic
3%
5%
South Arkansas Community College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
36%
19%
South Arkansas Community College Black (2007-2016)
% White
59%
70%
South Arkansas Community College White (2007-2016)
% Unknown races
1%
1%
South Arkansas Community College Ethnicity Breakdown AR All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.52 0.47
South Arkansas Community College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
13%
24%
South Arkansas Community College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years) $29,300 $28,600
South Arkansas Community College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $2,642 is less than the state average of $2,998. The in-state tuition has grown by 14% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $4,442 is less than the state average of $4,846. The out-state tuition has grown by 12% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $2,642 $2,998
South Arkansas Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees $4,442 $4,846
South Arkansas Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 92% 95%
South Arkansas Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates $9,500 $9,500
South Arkansas Community College Median debt for students who have completed (2012-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts $7,000 $5,999
South Arkansas Community College Median debt for students who have not completed (2012-2015)
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • South Arkansas Community College promotes excellence in service, teaching, and learning; prepares the current and future workforce; provides lifelong educational opportunities. The Workforce Development Center at South Arkansas Community College serves as a link between the college and area businesses, industries, and government agencies. Customized training is developed in response to a specific demand by local business and industry. The center has the capability to deliver training whenever and wherever it best meets the client's needs. In addition to the traditional academic and occupational education available at South Arkansas Community College, the Office of Community Service/Continuing Education offers a variety of opportunities which earn no college credit, but provide training for business and industry, skill development, continuing education for professionals and government agencies, and courses for personal enrichment. The non-credit courses, seminars, and workshops are designed to be informative and enjoyable. The college is a member of, and accredited by, 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 $2,998 per year for in-state students and $4,846 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $16,679 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Arkansas is 76%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Arkansas community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.47, which is lower than the national average of 0.66. The most diverse community college in Arkansas is Remington College-Little Rock Campus. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.