Campus News

  • College of the Ouachitas wants to welcome you to Spring classes for 2017. We want to remind you that either a payment or your financial aid needs to be completed and showing on your account before January 18, 2017. If you have made a payment plan, we still need a payment on your account by this date. Otherwise, you risk the chance of losing your classes. Classes start Tuesday, January 17, 2017.

    The Business Office offers a payment plan. Payments are divided into three payments for spring classes. We charge a $35 finance fee (non-refundable) for this service. You may also make payments online through your self-service account. Be sure to review your self-service account to verify all payments have been applied and all charges are correct. Contact the Business Office at 501.332.0237 to make payment arrangements or if you have questions regarding your student account.

  • Due to the unanticipated band of snow that should move into our area around 12:00, College of the Ouachitas will close TODAY (1/6) AT 11:00 AM to allow our employees to get home ahead of this band.  Stay safe and stay warm!

    January 5, 2017
    Contact: Amber Childers, Executive Director of College Advancement
    College of the Ouachitas
    One College Circle
    Malvern, AR 72104

    DLM Division of Systems, Inc. in collaboration with College of the Ouachitas, COTO Adult Education, Department of Workforce Services, Department of Human Services, and the West Central Arkansas Workforce Development Area is pleased to announce a free training program which could potentially lead to full-time employment with DLM as a mig welder. 

    No experience is necessary to apply for this free training program which will be conducted to prepare applicants for employment opportunities with DLM. Trainees will not be paid for their time while attending class however DLM will hire welders from those who successfully complete the training. The training will be conducted on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and on one Saturday beginning January 21, 2017 for approximately five weeks to accommodate those who are already employed but are looking for a better opportunity.  The training will also include four weeks of paid work experience before full-time employment is determined.  DLM offers excellent pay & benefits and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

    Successful completion of the training does not guarantee employment.  Other factors for consideration include: passing a drug screen, Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) assessment scores, interview, lifting and transferring materials of up to 50 lbs., following safety rules and general company policy, showing up for training and work on time and every day, demonstrating a positive can-do attitude, demonstrating a good work ethic, and producing a quality product.

    If you think you have what it takes and are interested in investing in your future you may apply at the Malvern Workforce Center located at 1735 East Sullenberger, or at the College of the Ouachitas, CAST Building located at 829 MLK Blvd, Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.  Applicants can also fill out applications at any Arkansas Workforce Center where they will be forwarded via email to the Malvern Workforce Center. Application deadline is January 13, 2017.  Applicants will be required to attend one of two information sessions on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 6:00 PM or Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 10:00 AM at the COTO CAST Building in order to be considered for the training.  If you have any questions or for more information please call Laurie Hawthorne at 501.332.0236. 

  • Malvern, Arkansas – Governor Asa Hutchinson announced the Southern Arkansas Regional Alliance (SARA) Wednesday between College of the Ouachitas (COTO), National Park College (NPC), and Henderson State University (HSU). 

    The institutions collaborated to form the alliance in response to the Governor’s Closing the Gap 2020 master plan for higher education. The goal of the regional alliance is to create an innovative, collaborative, 21st century delivery model for higher education and workforce development initiatives in Arkansas that will prioritize student success, degree attainment and workforce development ahead of tradition and turf. The agreement also includes strategies for creating institutional efficiencies through shared resources. 

    Dr. Maria Markham, Director of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE) reflected on the Governor’s call for more accountability for institutions of higher education in October. She noted a number of initiatives have been announced in response to the Governor’s call. The Higher Education Productivity Funding Model is a productivity-based approach that emphasizes student success, as well as access. She explained that today’s announcement, which includes two of the state’s community colleges and one four-year university – will allow these institutions to prioritize student success, degree attainment and workforce development in Arkansas.

    Dr. Steve Rook, COTO President said, “Alliances of this type are fairly common within community colleges but not necessarily with a mixture of both two-year and four-year institutions. The alliance allows the three schools to set up a framework that will promote student success and workforce development in our region. While the two-year schools focus on meeting our primary mission within our service areas, the additional help from Henderson State University will be instrumental to the alliance’s success. The MOU will be the center of the relationship for the three of us as we work together in higher education and economic development promoting the student success in our area.”

    “Our partnership will create greater opportunities for the students in our region. We will establish more seamless degree options and increase student degree attainment throughout south Arkansas as we simplify transfer pathways between our institutions,” said Dr. Glen Jones, Henderson State University President. “We look forward to serving as a catalyst for economic development in south Arkansas as we work with leaders and communities to promote stronger cooperation, industry engagement and branding throughout our region,” he added.

    NPC President Dr. John Hogan said, “Our main goal is to increase degree completions for our service areas by compressing time to degree and eliminating wasted coursework which will result in keeping quality graduates in the area. NPC has prioritized expansion of transfer agreements for Garland County students. We believe this alliance will help strengthen our efforts in that area.” He noted, “This alliance is not a merger and it is not exclusive to COTO, NPC, and Henderson State. We look forward to welcoming other institutions who may contribute to the group’s mission.”


    About NPC
    National Park College was established in 1973 and is located in Hot Springs, Arkansas. The College enrolls nearly 5,000 credit and non-credit students per semester. NPC is a comprehensive two-year institution offering associate degrees and certificates as well as continuing education, community services and workforce training.

    About Henderson State
    Henderson State University, located in the heart of southwest Arkansas, provides a learning environment that prepares students for a lifetime of intellectual and personal growth in a global society. For 125 years, Henderson State has worked to bridge student aspirations to career success by instilling in students the skills employers most want – communication, decision-making, teamwork and problem-solving – through the application of a strong core of liberal arts classes that are applied through professional studies.

    About COTO
    College of the Ouachitas in Malvern, Arkansas, provides high quality, accessible educational opportunities at the freshman and sophomore level in associate degree, technical certificate, and certificate of proficiency programs, a college-transfer program, continuing education, and industry-specific training to support individual and community needs in Arkansas.  As directed by its mission, the College “continually identifies and addresses the changing learning needs of the communities it serves.”  Annual enrollments include over 1,800 credit and over 1,200 non-credit students. To learn more, visit

    Watch the full announcement here

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  • College of the Ouachitas Library will be open for students on Sunday, December 11, 12:00-5:00 pm, in preparation for Finals Week.

  • You may now register for the upcoming Spring 2017 semester! Classes are offered on the Main Campus in Malvern and at the Sheridan Center! Call 501-337-5000 for more information! The Spring 2017 Schedule of Classes can be found by following this link:


  • The application to apply for financial aid, or the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application, is FREE to complete. Please do not pay to fill out the FAFSA. You may visit to get access to the free application.

    NOTE!  When completing the 2017-18 FAFSA, you are required to use your, and if applicable, parent’s 2015 income information.  You do not have to wait for the filing of your 2016 federal tax return.
    Complete your FAFSA for next year, enrollment beginning August, 2017. NOW!  Be sure and use the available option, LINK to the IRS, when completing your FAFSA.  This option allows you to transfer your 2015 tax information from the IRS into your application when you are completing the Financial Information Section.
    File Early!!!!!!!!

  • The last day to request a Federal Student Loan for the Fall semester is November 14.

  • Malvern, AR -- College of the Ouachitas (COTO) has been awarded a five-year $2.24 million commitment from the U.S. Department of Education’s Title III program, the largest single grant in the College’s 47 year history.  The grant, written by COTO Vice President of Instruction, Pat Simms, and former COTO Dean of Learning, Casey Rockwell, will provide resources to improve distance-delivered instruction and student services. 

    “This is exciting news for the College, our students, and our region,” COTO President Steve Rook said.  “The grant will provide COTO with the ability to improve online course offerings, enhance distance delivery and bolster our technology infrastructure.”

    The College is a public, comprehensive, community-based, two-year institution of higher education that serves a rural, five-county service area (approximate population of 192,000, approximate median income of $59,854; Census ACS 2013). Enrollment at the College grew more than ten-fold from the College’s founding in 1991 to 2006. However, for the past ten years, enrollment has declined to 83.5% of its highest level. Adults with work and family responsibilities, the majority of the College’s service area residents, are underrepresented among on-campus students, but they do comprise most of the students the College serves through distance education.  While 95.6% of non-dual (high school/college) distance enrollees seek college degrees, most are part-time students, and many have completed only three or fewer courses.  Expanding distance options will provide more choices, promote distance students’ success and all students’ re-enrollment, and build enrollment for the institution.

    “This award will allow COTO to strengthen existing offerings by providing distance specific, hands-on professional development to faculty and adding innovative technologies to enhance the course experience for students. Dedicated information technology and distance learning support specialists will increase consistency among classes and serve as additional resources for faculty and students,” stated Pat Simms.

    Notification of the “Strengthening Institutions Program” grant came earlier this month from Senator Tom Cotton’s office.  The $2,248,383 Title III grant will be distributed to COTO over five years, with a beginning date of October 1, 2016.  The College will receive $449,900 for the 2016-2017 grant year. 

    About College of the Ouachitas
    Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, College of the Ouachitas is one of 22 two-year colleges in the state of Arkansas.  The College provides high quality, accessible educational opportunities at the freshman and sophomore level in associate degree, technical certificate, and certificate of proficiency programs, a college-transfer program, continuing education, and industry-specific training to support individual and community needs in Arkansas.  The College’s primary goals are to enable individuals to develop to their fullest potential and to support the economic development of the state. As directed by its mission, the College “continually identifies and addresses the changing learning needs of the communities it serves.”  Annual enrollments include over 1,800 credit and over 1,200 non-credit students. To learn more, visit