Arkansas is home to four of the nation’s 101 HBCUs – Arkansas Baptist College, Philander Smith College, Shorter College and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Each institution are unique yet equally important to the rich history of Arkansas. Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have significantly increased the amount of science degrees held by Blacks including agriculture, biology, computer science and physical science.
Arkansas Baptist College is the only Baptist HBCU that is west of the Mississippi River. Philander Smith College and Shorter College were both founded as Methodist. The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) is the only public HBCU, and the second oldest public institution in the state of Arkansas.
The Mission of Shorter College is to provide accessible, affordable and higher-quality education for students to accomplish their academic goals by offering programs that meet the learner’s needs in a challenging and nurturing Christian environment.
For more information, visit www.shortercollege.edu.
Founded in 1877, Philander Smith College is a small, privately supported, historically Black, four-year liberal arts institution related to the Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church
The College offers four degrees: the Bachelor of Arts, the Bachelor of Science, the Bachelor of Business Administration, and the Bachelor of Social Work.
Arkansas Baptist College prepares students for a life of service grounded in academic scholarship, the liberal arts tradition, social responsibility, Christian development and preparation for employment in a global community.
For more information, visit www.arkansasbaptist.edu .
The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is a public comprehensive HBCU 1890 Land-Grant Institution. The University embraces its land-grant mission of providing cutting edge research, teaching, outreach, and service programs that respond to the social and economic needs of the state and region. Its mission is to promote and sustain excellent academic programs that integrate quality instruction, research, and student learning experiences responsive to the needs of a racially, culturally, and economically diverse student population. Ultimately, the University is dedicated to providing access and opportunity to academically deserving students and producing graduates who are equipped to excel through their contributions and leadership in a 21st century national and global community.
For more information, visit www.uapb.edu.