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South Arkansas Community College (SouthArk) is an open enrollment public two-year college located in downtown El Dorado, Arkansas  and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC-NCA). 

SouthArk was established by a vote of the citizens of Union County on March 31, 1992. Voters approved forming a community college district for the county, merging Oil Belt Technical College and Southern Arkansas University-El Dorado Branch to form a comprehensive community college.  The college’s designated service area includes not only Union county but also Bradley, Ashley, and Chicot Counties.

SouthArk offers 19 associate degrees and more than 40 certificates in health sciences, career technical education, liberal arts, and business and technology. For students who are planning to transfer to a four-year college, SouthArk offers the associate of arts degree.  SouthArk’s workforce programs are designed with industry driven curriculum and specialized accreditation.  Articulation agreements with area universities also allows for seamless credit transfer and the  University Center provides the opportunity for those universities to advise students and deliver courses on SouthArk’s campus.

SouthArk’s west campus is home to programs for general education, business and technology, and health care.  At the heart of the main campus is Heritage Plaza, a green space for students to meet and relax between classes.  Across the street, the El Dorado Conference Center, managed by the college, is also the home of the SouthArk Student Center where students’ enrollment, registration, and support needs are met.  SouthArk’s east campus offers career technical programs for high school and post-secondary students.  Non-credit classes at this site meet the workforce needs of local employers and the interests of the community. SouthArk also has approved educational sites in Warren and Little Rock.  Beyond the traditional classroom, SouthArk has an extensive online course and program presence where a student can earn an associate of arts completely online.  Many other degree and certificate programs can be completed primarily or entirely through online courses.

With the combination of quality faculty and staff, innovative teaching, and first-rate facilities, SouthArk continues to make excellent education and workforce training available and affordable for the people of south Arkansas.


Facts at a Glance
Fall 2017 Headcount = 1,481
Fall 2017 Student Semester Credit hours = 13,707
29.9% Male and 70.1% Female
Average Age = 27
Top 5 Majors: Nursing, Associate of Arts, Physical Therapist Assistant, Practical Nursing, and Occupational Therapy Assistant
Over 80% of degree seeking students receive some form of financial aid
Highlights and Milestones
2015 Community College Survey of Student Engagement Scores show SouthArk among the top performing colleges in support for learners
2015 Community College Survey of Student Engagement Scores also indicated that Academic Advising and Skills Labs are areas of high engagement for SouthArk students.
SouthArk was recognized as a factor in El Dorado receiving the Arkansas Business City of Distinction Award for Workforce Development and Tourism in 2015.
In 2013, the South West Arkansas Community College Consortium was awarded an $8.9 Million Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant from the Department of Labor with SouthArk as the lead college
The Arkansas Women’s Business Center is housed in one of SouthArk’s West Campus facilities