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Located in El Dorado, Arkansas, South Arkansas Community College is a public institution. The surrounding location of El Dorado is ideal for students who enjoy the charms of a college town.

530 Full-Time Undergraduates
$2,328 Avg In-State Tuition

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South Arkansas Community College Rankings

SouthArk is ranked #2 out of 30 schools in Arkansas.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at SouthArk.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Value Health Sciences & Services Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
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#2 Most Popular Health Sciences & Services Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It
#8 Best Value Allied Health Services Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#27 Best Value Health/Medical Admin Services Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#31 Best Value Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science Basic Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#43 Best Value Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
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#56 Best Value Allied Health Professions Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#84 Best Allied Health Services Associate Degree Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards SouthArk has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#6 Best Value Colleges for Occupational Therapist Assistant College Factual
#9 Best Value Colleges for Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services College Factual
#9 Best Value Colleges for Physical Therapy Assistant College Factual
#28 Best Occupational Therapist Assistant Schools College Factual
#44 Best Physical Therapy Assistant Schools College Factual
#71 Best Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services Schools College Factual

Where Is South Arkansas Community College?

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Contact details for SouthArk are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 300 S West Ave, El Dorado, AR 71731-7010
Phone: 870-862-8131
Website: www.southark.edu/

Can I Afford SouthArk?

$2,328 In-State Tuition
15% Take Out Loans
14.5% Loan Default Rate
For the 2017-2018 academic year, part-time SouthArk students paid $97 per credit hour if they lived in-state. Out-of-state students paid $172 per credit hour. The costs for full-time students are given in the table below.

In State Out of State
Tuition $2,328 $4,128
Fees $684 $684
Books and Supplies $1,635 $1,635

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At SouthArk, approximately 15% of students took out student loans averaging $4,216 a year. That adds up to $16,864 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at SouthArk is 14.5%. This is higher than the national default rate of 10.1% so you should proceed with caution when taking out student loans.

South Arkansas Community College Undergraduate Student Diversity

530 Full-Time Undergraduates
73% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 1,253 undergraduate students at SouthArk, with 530 being full-time and 723 being part-time.

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Gender Diversity

Of the 530 full-time undergraduates at SouthArk, 27% are male and 73% are female.

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Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of South Arkansas Community College students is as follows.

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 2
Black or African American 208
Hispanic or Latino 42
White 255
International Students 8
Other Races/Ethnicities 15

Over 3 countries are represented at SouthArk. The most popular countries sending students to the school are India, Pakistan, and Nepal.

Online Learning at South Arkansas Community College

357 Took All Classes Online
732 Took At Least One Class Online
11.5% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 732 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at SouthArk has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 6th most popular in Arkansas for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2019-2020.

Online Growth Rankings of SouthArk

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at South Arkansas Community College was 11.5%. This is the #1,172 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at SouthArk regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of SouthArk majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Health & Medical Administrative Services 10%
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician 57%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at SouthArk ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at SouthArk.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder #91
Health & Medical Administrative Services #476

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

South Arkansas Community College Trade School Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Undergraduate Certificate TOTAL
General Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences 0 0 143 143
Welding Technology/Welder 128 0 9 137
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 61 7 16 84
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 0 0 53 53
Physical Therapy Assistant 0 20 0 20
Culinary Arts/Chef Training 15 0 5 20
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 8 0 3 11
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapy 0 10 0 10
Occupational Therapist Assistant 0 9 0 9
Industrial Technology 5 1 2 8
Surgical Technology 0 7 0 7
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician 7 0 0 7
Phlebotomy Technician/Phlebotomist 6 0 0 6
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder 0 0 3 3
Respiratory Care Therapy 0 0 0 0
Laboratory Technician 0 0 0 0
Heavy/Industrial Equipment Maintenance Technologies, Other 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 230 54 234 518

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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