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you around our campus and tell you all the advantages of becoming a SouthArk student! This Is Your Home!

Distance Learning

We know that you're busy. You want to go to college, but a traditional classroom schedule might not work for you.

At SouthArk you can complete a two-year associate's degree entirely online and use it to transfer to any state university at an affordable cost. Our rates are some of the least-expensive in the region and FAR lower than many national online universities.

You can do it all while wearing your favorite slippers, sitting in your favorite chair, sipping on your favorite beverage.

  • Take a course or complete a two-year transfer degree that will count at any Arkansas four-year university - online!
  • The ability to do coursework according to your own schedule makes SouthArk online an ideal option.
  • Online courses allow you the freedom to learn on your own terms, while still letting you share ideas with professors and classmates.
  • Receive the same excellent support needed to obtain an Associates degree, Certificate or courses to transfer to a four-year university.
  • SouthArk is one of the most affordable, trustworthy colleges in the state. And you may qualify for financial aid!

Ready to start? Apply now!

The mission of the Distance Learning Department is to provide greater access to higher education and to support the effective implementation of emerging technologies by faculty and students in distance or blended learning environments.


Honors Program

An intellectually-stimulating, supportive, personally-rewarding learning environment for exceptional academic students, in an atmosphere in which the best and brightest can excel.

Students who graduate from the SouthArk Honors Program are guaranteed acceptance by the Honors College at Southern Arkansas University.

SouthArk's honors credits represent half of the 24 total needed for graduation from SAU's Honors College.

Eligibility: Minimum 23 composite score on the ACT or equivalent.

Benefits: Affiliation with students of like abilities in enriched honors courses as well as co-curricular activities; small classes with more personalized and individual mentoring; guaranteed acceptance into the Honors College at Southern Arkansas University upon completion of the program; notation on the SouthArk transcript of Honors Program completion

Requirements: Completion of at least 12 credit hours of honors courses while finishing certificate or degree at SouthArk.

The Honors Program is coming soon!  Please contact Dr. Ken Bridges at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details!

Get Credit For Your Experience

SouthArk grants credit by the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) process.

Review the procedures for getting started here CLICK HERE and complete the APPLICATION HERE!  

SouthArk Grants Credit for the following:

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  • What You Have Done

On the Job Training
Did you attend any training on the job? Can you document that? Bring us a copy and let’s see what we can do!

us military logos.142150329 stdDid you serve in the armed forces? Did your training have anything to do with your major? Bring us a Joint Services Transcript and let us look at your information. Don’t know how to get your Joint Services transcript?

Joint Services Transcript Portal   

Joint Services Transcript Brochure    

Industry-Based Skills  

Skills that You Can't Document

Talk to your Student Advising Coaches. Maybe we can develop a portfolio to showcase your skills!

  • What You Know

Advanced Placement (AP) Exams
college credit flagDid you take the AP exam, score a 3, 4, or 5? You may be able to get credit.

Think you can take a test and prove you know the material? Talk to your Student Advising Coaches about the CLEP Test.

Challenging a Course

Think you can test out of a class? Talk to your Student Advising Coaches about Credit by Examination.


Take College Classes While In High School

SouthArk is excited to work with area high schools to help promote college readiness. As a result, there are programs and resources available that SouthArk has developed for high school students. These programs and resources include:

Early College Start

Early College Start is an opportunity for high school students to take college-level classes while still in high school. Please click here for more information on the Early College Start program.

College and Career Readiness Pilot Program

The Arkansas Department of Higher Education has selected South Arkansas College as one of two sites to facilitate a two-year college and career readiness program.  SouthArk’s program organizes by grade-appropriate activities a series of college readiness strategies starting in the 7th grade to move students systematically toward college enrollment and completion, leading eventually to a fulfilling career.  Additionally, the program has designated career coaches to serve the five Union County school districts as coordinators of these grade-appropriate activities.  The career coaches will also function as advisors to guide, support, and encourage students in the various activities and strategies employed in the program. 

ACT Prep Courses

SouthArk has participated in the College and Career Readiness Planning Programs through the Arkansas Department of Education on two occasions; one in 2012 and again in 2014.

Bridge to College Algebra

Bridge to College Algebra is a grant-funded, four-week program sponsored by El Dorado Public Schools, South Arkansas Community College, and the El Dorado Education Foundation. The program is an activity-rich course that provides students with an authentic hands-on experience in higher-level mathematics. Services and activities provided by the program are at NO COST to participants. Benefits include academic field trips, one semester of credit recovery for Algebra II from El Dorado High School (if needed), a TI-84 graphing calculator, preparation for students’ required fourth-year math course, and an opportunity to enroll in College Algebra concurrently the next school year.

Secondary Technical Center

SouthArk partners with secondary school districts through a consortium that allows Union County high school students to purse a program of technical skills studies on the SouthArk campus. For more information on the Secondary Technical Center, click here.

Upward Bound

Partnering with the El Dorado school district, SouthArk participates in the Federal TRiO program via Upward Bound. This is a pre-college program designed to help at-risk students who demonstrate academic potential for higher education, prepare for education beyond high school. For more information on Upward Bound, click here.