About Our University

OUR History


Arkansas Tech University is a public institution of higher education offering credentials at the certificate, associate, baccalaureate, master, educational specialist and doctoral levels. It was founded in 1909 as the Second District Agricultural School and its Russellville campus conducted its first day of classes on Oct. 26, 1910.

The name of the institution was changed to Arkansas Polytechnic College in 1925 and Arkansas Tech University in 1976. The former Arkansas Valley Technical Institute, now known as ATU-Ozark Campus, joined ATU in 2003.

ATU curriculum is approved by the ATU Board of Trustees and the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Together, the ATU faculty, staff, Board of Trustees and Coordinating board work to ensure Arkansas Tech fosters an environment where students succeed, innovation thrives and communities flourish. 



Adopted October 19, 2016

Arkansas Tech University: where students succeed, innovation thrives, and communities flourish.


Adopted October 19, 2016

Arkansas Tech University is dedicated to student success, access, and excellence as a responsive campus community providing opportunities for progressive intellectual development and civic engagement. Embracing and expanding upon its technological traditions, Tech inspires and empowers members of the community to achieve their goals while striving for the betterment of Arkansas, the nation, and the world.






ATU offers instruction in locations across the Arkansas River Valley. These campuses give you complete access to higher education. With programs ranging from a certificate of proficiency through a doctorate, you can leverage your career goals without leaving the River Valley. Each campus offers its own culture and program options, but they equal a great experience, regardless of the location or program you pick.

Russellville Campus


Student To Faculty Ratio


Regional Public University in Arkansas


Square feet in new student union and recreation center, which will open in 2025.


Ozark Campus


Ozark Campus students who qualify for tuition assistance through the Arkansas Future Grant


Ozark Degrees That Can Be in Two Years or Less


Current Student Satisfaction

About Ozark Campus

With dozens of certificates of proficiency, technical certificates and associate’s degrees — you’ll be ready to begin a rewarding career in your industry quickly. And since ATU offers degrees at all levels, your courses can count toward your next one, seamlessly — what we call stackable degrees.

Online & Academic Affairs


Online Degrees and Certificates Offered


Medalists from Arkansas Tech Career Center in the 2023 2023 SkillsUSA Arkansas competition


Year ATU began offering its Doctor of Education degree in school leadership