Arkansas residents who plan to have careers in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) should know that one of the many requirements for these jobs is a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

The good news about this requirement is that Arkansas is home to many fine degree granting institutions, making it easy to fulfill this requirement.

With that said, however, there are definitely some higher learning institutions that tend to be preferred over others by the FBI and by prospective agents. You should always choose the school you think is best for you, but it wouldn’t hurt if that school happened to be one of the top ones.

Most FBI agents have academic backgrounds in accounting and finance, computer related studies, foreign languages or linguistics, law and/or the general legal or corrections systems, or some combination of these. Therefore, the top schools for prospective FBI agents tend to be schools that offer a lot of programs in these areas.

Top schools also tend to be those that design their programs according to the FBI’s regulations and that offer their students lots of opportunities for experiential learning and personal growth, making them perfect candidates for the bureau.

One school commonly attended by prospective FBI agents in the state is Arkansas Northeastern College, located in Blytheville. There is also Arkansas State University in State University, Arkansas State University at Beebe, and Arkansas State University at Mountain Home. State universities tend to be very affordable and well connected, making them an excellent option for many students. Other notable state or private universities in the state include Harding University in Searcy, Southern Arkansas University at Magnolia, and the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

There are also technical universities in the state as well, and these tend to be even more affordable than state universities. One such university is Arkansas Tech University of Russellville. There’s also Black River Technical College at Pocahontas, ITT Technical Institute of Little Rock, Ouachita Technical College in Malvern, and Pulaski Technical College at Little Rock.

Community colleges shouldn’t be overlooked either, as there are many good ones in the state. East Arkansas Community College, located in Forrest City is one of the best, as is National Park Community College at Hot Springs. There’s also Northwest Arkansas Community College, located in Bentonville, and the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton.

It is important to note, however, that there is no rule book that says you absolutely have to attend one of the above colleges. While any of those schools will most certainly prepare you for a career in the FBI, there are still many other fine choices throughout the state. You can also choose an accredited online school if that fits in better with your lifestyle. Remember that the most important thing is for you to find a school that matches your personality and learning style and then to give your educational program your all. Know that your grades in college will be considered on your FBI application, so you’ll want them to be top notch.