Hot Springs Region Offers Abundant Options at Collegiate Level

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Mar. 26, 2012 12:00 am  

Ouachita Baptist University

The Hot Springs metro region is home to top-notch public schools that offers unique educational opportunities for students. The National Park Technical Center offers career training opportunities for juniors and seniors in Garland County. It is home to the Arkansas School for Math, Science and the Arts, one of thirteen public, residential schools in the country, for gifted and talented students in mathematics and science.

In the fall of 2010, came the “Arkadelphia Promise. “ The scholarship program “promises” to pay tuition and fees at Arkansas public colleges and universities and assist student who want to attend private or out-of-state schools. The program was developed by the Clark County Strategic Plan, a planning initiative designed to address the development of the area in the next 10 years. The Arkadelphia Promise Scholarship program is sponsored by the Ross Foundation and Southern Bancorp, both based in Arkadelphia.

Higher education opportunities are rich in the metro region. Two four-year universities and a pair of two-year community colleges are helping to meet workforce needs. Known as the “Athens of Arkansas,” Arkadelphia is home to Ouachita Baptist University and Henderson State University, which afford residents a vibrant college-town atmosphere with a multitude of sporting and cultural events.

Ouachita Baptist University

Ouachita Baptist University, founded in 1886, celebrated its 125th anniversary as a leading liberal arts university in a faith-centered learning community.

OBU is ranked nationally among “Best National Liberals Arts Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report and among “America’s Top Colleges” by Forbes magazine. U.S. News ranks OBU among the top colleges and universities with the least student debt and is the only national liberal arts college in Arkansas recognized as an “A+ School for B Students.”

OBU offers majors in business, Christian studies, education, fine arts, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences. Students also can study in a variety of international settings, including Ouachita’s newest partnership with Liverpool Hope University in England.

With a 10 percent enrollment growth over the past two years, OBU is impacting the lives of almost 1,600 students from more than 30 states and 40 nations. Recent campus growth projects totaling approximately $35 million include the Student Village and Westside residence halls.

With 16 NCAA Division II athletic programs OBU competes in the new Great American Conference and earned the GAC’s first conference football championship in 2011.

Henderson State University

Since Henderson State’s inception in 1890, the university has been proud to be part of the Arkadelphia community.

HSU, which offers the only university-level aviation program in Arkansas, handles Arkadelphia Municipal Airport’s fixed base operation under a contract with the city. Many community members attend performances, events and seminars in facilities like Arkansas Hall, Garrison Center and Studio Theatre.



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