South Arkansas Community College—or "SouthArk"—is a comprehensive community college based in El Dorado, Arkansas. "Comprehensive" means that we offer a lot of different kinds of education and many different services. The "community," in our case, is not only our four-county service area (Union, Chicot, Bradley, Ashley) but also the places located outside of that area, and even beyond. The educational quality that students receive at SouthArk is a matter of pride for us. Our class sizes are smaller than typical university classes. Our staff is known for the care and concern that it shows for individual students.
Graduates of SouthArk who immediately enter the workforce have good reputations for employability. Those who graduate and then transfer are known for exceptional academic abilities. It also costs less to attend SouthArk than it does other colleges in the area, so whether you want to come here to complete your educational journey, or if you intend to take some coursework before transferring to a university, you will save money, learn—and have fun while doing it!
Activities are part of the college learning experience. Organizations and leadership positions are available to SouthArk students. Student Government Association elections are held annually; the Phi Theta Kappa honor society holds inductions twice a year; SouthArk's Phi Beta Lambda business organization is noted as one of the state's strongest and most active chapters. Singers can join the choir; pianists can give recitals; painters can sell items in the annual Starving Artist Sale; writers can have their work published in the Between the Lines literary magazine.
There is always something going on at SouthArk in which students can be involved: all-college functions like Spring Fling and Fall Festival; special speaker presentations through the SouthArk Lecture Series and Noon Symposia; events like African-American Family and Friends Day and the SouthArk Outdoor Expo.
SouthArk is a community college, but there is plenty to do here for students who want to be involved!
Beautiful and cozy, SouthArk's facilities also are state-of-the-art. We actually have three different campuses: Our West Campus in El Dorado, our East Campus in El Dorado and our Education Center in Warren.
At SouthArk, rapid enrollment growth over the last few years has led to the opening of two multi-million-dollar buildings and the renovation of several others. We have a wonderful student center (which includes the lunchtime favorite SouthArk Bistro), library, gymnasium and a multitude of other facililities designed to accommodate student needs.
Our grounds are serene and well-kept with study and recreational areas both indoors and out.
What does college cost? At SouthArk it costs significantly less money than at other area institutions. Particularly when compared with universities, our tuition is lower and so are most of our fees.
But it still costs money to attend college, and that's where financial aid comes into the picture. Students at South Arkansas Community College have the opportunity for institution and foundation scholarships, state and private scholarships and federal grants and loans, just to name a few.
SouthArk also has an installment payment plan available.