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Bachelor's Degrees in Hot Springs

NPC and SAU share a passion for providing affordable, quality, and relevant degree programs for students from Arkansas and beyond.

Starting in August 2019, students will be able to start

and complete a bachelor’s degree in Hot Springs

at National Park University Center in partnership with Southern Arkansas University.

Start Here/Finish Here Event | May 14

Join us to learn about four-year degree opportunities at National Park College (NPC). You can now complete a bachelor’s degree in Biology, Chemistry, or Computer Science at NPC in Hot Springs in partnership with Southern Arkansas University (SAU).
 
Information about how you can complete an associate degree at NPC, complete upper-level SAU courses at NPC, and receive a bachelor’s degree from SAU will be provided at a Start Here/Finish Here event May 14 from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. via Zoom.
 
This event features information for students, parents, and anyone that may be considering a degree in Biology, Chemistry, or Computer Science. The session will include an overview of the NPC-SAU partnership and details about the degree plans, career opportunities, the NPC-SAU honors program, and a time for Q & A with NPC and SAU faculty. A drawing for one free 3-hour course (tuition only) will also be held.
 
If you have questions, please contact Anne.Benoit@np.edu 
 

Programs

There are currently three academic programs available for this opportunity – Computer Science (General), Biology-Pre-Health, and Chemistry-Pre-Health – with more programs to be added. View degree plans by clicking the images below.

View degree plans by clicking the images below.

Frequently Asked Questions

No, NPC and SAU are still independent institutions. The degrees are part of the National Park University Center, which includes transfer opportunities for many universities in Arkansas.

Both! Your associate diploma will be granted by NPC. Upon completion of your associate degree coursework, you will be eligible to participate in NPC’s graduation ceremony. Your bachelor’s diploma will be granted by SAU. Once all requirements for graduation are met with SAU coursework, you will be eligible to participate in SAU’s commencement ceremony in Magnolia.

Yes, SAU students who are local will have the opportunity to purchase meal plans and live on campus. They will have all of the services, support, and resources of NPC students except for NJCAA athletics.

Yes, all coursework will be completed on the NPC campus or through NPC online. All freshman and sophomore level coursework will be taught by NPC instructors. Junior and senior-level coursework will be taught by NPC and SAU faculty.

Yes, SAU students will have all of the services, support, and resources of NPC students except for NJCAA athletics.

Yes, SAU students who are local will have the opportunity to purchase meal plans and live on campus. They will have all of the services, support, and resources of NPC students except for NJCAA athletics.

 Yes, students enrolled in these degree programs will have the opportunity to apply for SAU transfer scholarships.

Yes, students who meet the eligibility requirements will be able to apply for the SAU Honors College. Graduates of the NPC Honors Program can transfer NPC honors credit into the SAU Honors College.

Yes! NPC’s library is one of the best in the state. Our experienced staff will have everything you need to be successful in your classes. You will also have access to all of SAU’s library resources.

For your freshman and sophomore level coursework, you will pay NPC tuition and fees to NPC. For your junior and senior level coursework, you will pay SAU tuition and fees to SAU.

The faculty mentors listed below are the degree program advisors. After meeting with the faculty mentor for your selected degree, your mentor will refer you to an NPC Advisor who will assist you in registering for classes.

 No. While these degrees prepare you to enter medical school, pharmacy school, or graduate school, you can also find high-demand and lucrative science-related careers with the Biology and Chemistry degrees upon graduation.

Yes, after completing your NPC coursework you must apply and be accepted to SAU. Learn more about SAU admission requirements

Yes, you will need an NPC ID card to access services on NPC’s campus.

If you are eligible for federal financial aid, your aid will be processed through the NPC financial aid office during your freshman and sophomore coursework. Once you transfer and are accepted to SAU, your financial aid will be processed through the SAU financial aid office. Learn more about financial aid at NPC. Learn more about financial aid at SAU.

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