Arkansas Tech University
Administration Bldg 200; 1509 N Boulder Ave, Russellville, Arkansas 72801
Russellville, Arkansas 72801
(800) 582-6953
Accrediting Agency:
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Arkansas Tech University is a four-year, regional public university with a main campus in Russellville, Ark., and a second campus in Ozark. The main campus offers associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees, while the Ozark campus primarily offers Associate of Applied Science degrees and occupational certificates. The university was founded in 1909 by an act of the Arkansas General Assembly as one of four agricultural schools. From its humble beginnings with 186 students and nine faculty members, the university has grown into a master’s degree-granting institution with more than 1,500 students in fall 2010. Along with offering high-quality traditional undergraduate and graduate programs, Arkansas Tech offers top online bachelor’s programs and education programs, ranking high in student engagement and assessment, and student services and technology, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Programs Offered

Arkansas Tech University offers a wide range of undergraduate majors, including accounting, electrical engineering, journalism, nursing, rehabilitation science, theatre, and many more. The main campus also offers a small sampling of associate degrees, with notable programs in nuclear technology and Ozark-Ouachita studies. ATU is also known for its pre-professional programs, including pre-law, pre-dentistry, pre-medical, pre-pharmacy, pre-vet, and pre-physical therapy. Graduate programs include the Master of Education, Education Specialist, Master of Engineering, Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Arts in various areas, Master of Science in various areas, and Master of Liberal Arts. ATU also offers online education opportunities through eTech, ATU’s online division. Online programs include an associate degree in early childhood education, four bachelor’s degrees, and master’s programs in college student personnel, and emergency management and homeland security.


Arkansas Tech University has been accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission, since 1930. In addition, the university’s music, teacher education, and nursing programs hold specialized accreditation from various accrediting bodies, which prospective students can verify on College Navigator.


Entering freshmen must submit a completed application, submit official standardized test scores, submit a record that the applicant has completed secondary requirements, and submit proof of two vaccinations for measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR). See the university website for more information on minimum exam score and GPA criteria for entering freshmen. Transfer students will need to submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended as well, although transfer students who have completed the required amount of credits will not need to submit a high school transcript. Graduate applicants must apply by March 1 for the fall semester or Oct. 1 for the spring semester if they want priority consideration, according to the university website. To apply to the Graduate College, applicants must submit a completed application, pay a $25 application fee, submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended showing that the applicant possesses a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college. Applicants must also have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or a 3.0 GPA in the last 30 hours of undergraduate work (or otherwise hold a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution). Beyond this, prospective students must meet all other admissions requirements established by the graduate department to which they are applying, which might include entrance exam scores, writing samples, and more.


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