University of Arkansas at Little Rock

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University of Arkansas at Little Rock
University of Arkansas at Little Rock Seal.png
Former names
Little Rock Junior College (1927 to 1957), Little Rock University (1957 to 1969)
Motto Cultus, Veritas, Scientia
Motto in English
Culture, Truth, Knowledge
Established 1927[1]
Type Public university space-grant state university
Budget $168,139,644 (2014)
Chancellor Joel E. Anderson
Academic staff
471 (full-time)
Administrative staff
1,852 (1,465 full-time)
Students 12,000+
Location Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.
Campus Metropolitan
Colors Maroon and Silver
Athletics Division I, Sun Belt Conference
Nickname Trojans

University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) is a metropolitan public research university located in Little Rock, Arkansas. Established as Little Rock Junior College by the Little Rock School District in 1927, the institution became a private four-year university under the name Little Rock University in 1957. It returned to public status in 1969 when it merged with the University of Arkansas System under its present name.

Located on 250 acres, the UALR campus encompasses more than 56 buildings, including the Center for Nanotechnology Integrative Sciences, the Emerging Analytics Center, and the Sequoyah Research Center, and the Ottenheimer Library[2] Additionally, UALR houses special learning facilities that include a learning resource center, art galleries, KUAR public radio station,[3] University Television, cyber café, speech and hearing clinic, and a campus-wide wireless network.

Because of the university's location in the state capital, UALR students benefit from close contact with leaders in government, business, industry, medicine (University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences), information technology, and arts and culture. As the state's only metropolitan university and as a member of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities, UALR provides a strategic focus on the needs of the community by creating active links between the campus, community, and commerce.

The Center for Integrative Nanotechnology Sciences is a state-of-the-art facility focused on faculty and student research, education, and economic development. The center advances the science of nanotechnology through research and outreach, along with accelerating technological innovations into applications for society.[4] In 2013, the Emerging Analytics Center opened to provide advanced visualization and interactive technologies enhance economic development in Arkansas and around the world. Dr. Carolina Cruz-Neira, globally recognized as an international pioneer in the areas of virtual reality and interactive visualization, directs the center, which is creating exciting collaborative endeavors to bring faculty, students, and industry professionals toward transforming innovative ideas into tangible research and development projects.[5]

University rankings
U.S. News & World Report[6] 207–270
Washington Monthly[7] 76


UALR Student Services Center

The university features more than 100 undergraduate degrees[8] and 60 graduate degrees,[9] including graduate certificates, master's degrees, and doctorates, through both traditional and online courses.[10] Students attend classes in one of the university's six colleges and a law school:[11]

  • College of Arts, Letters and Sciences[12]
  • College of Business[13]
  • College of Education and Health Professions[14]
  • George W. Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology[15]
  • College of Social Sciences and Communication[16]
  • William H. Bowen School of Law[17]

Campus life[edit]

UALR homecoming boat regatta

The student life at UALR is typical of public universities in the United States. It is characterized by student-run organizations and affiliation groups that support social, academic, athletic and religious activities and interests. Some of the services offered by the UALR Office of Campus Life are intramural sports and fitness programs, diversity programs, leadership development, peer tutoring, student government association, student support programs including groups for non-traditional and first generation students, a student-run newspaper, and fraternity and sorority life. The proximity of the UALR campus to downtown Little Rock enables students to take advantage of a wide array of recreational, entertainment, educational, internship and employment opportunities that are not available anywhere else in Arkansas.[18]

Campus housing[edit]

UALR Trojan Grill

UALR provides a variety of housing options for students ranging from traditional resident rooms to multiple bedroom apartments. The university has four residence halls on the eastern side of the campus and the University Village Apartment Complex[19] on the southern side of campus. Six learning communities focusing on criminal justice, arts and culture, majors and careers, future business innovators, nursing careers, and STEM are available to students.


Main article: Little Rock Trojans

UALR's 14 athletic teams are known as the Trojans and are a non-football member of the Sun Belt Conference. UALR Athletics is located in the Jack Stephens Center. UALR offers the following sports:

  • Baseball
  • Men's and Women's Basketball
  • Men's and Women's Golf
  • Volleyball
  • Women's Soccer
  • Swimming/Diving
  • Cross Country/Track and Field

Collections and Archives[edit]

On July 1, 2014, the UALR Collections and Archives division was created. The division encompasses:

  • Ottenheimer Library
  • Center for Arkansas History and Culture
  • Sequoyah National Research Center

Weekend programs[edit]

The Japanese School of Little Rock (リトルロック日本語補習校 Ritoru Rokku Nihongo Hoshūkō), a weekend Japanese education program, holds its classes at the University Plaza.[20]

Notable students and alumni[edit]




  • Derek Fisher – Head Coach of the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA).


  1. ^ "Facts UALR". Retrieved January 6, 2015. 
  2. ^ Ottenheimer library
  3. ^ KUAR public radio station
  4. ^ "UALR Dedicates $15M Nanotechnology Center". Retrieved January 6, 2015. 
  5. ^ Center for Integrative Nanotechnology Sciences
  6. ^ "Best Colleges". U.S. News & World Report LP. Retrieved September 10, 2015. 
  7. ^ "2015 National Universities Rankings". Washington Monthly. n.d. Retrieved September 17, 2015. 
  8. ^ undergraduate degrees
  9. ^ graduate degrees
  10. ^ online
  11. ^ six colleges and a law school
  12. ^ College of Arts, Letters and Sciences
  13. ^ College of Business
  14. ^ College of Education and Health Professions
  15. ^ George W. Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology
  16. ^ College of Social Sciences and Communication
  17. ^ William H. Bowen School of Law
  18. ^ student life
  19. ^ University Village
  20. ^ "補習授業校リスト" (Archive). Consulate General of Japan in Nashville. Retrieved on February 15, 2015. "リトルロック日本語補習校 ( Japanese School of Little Rock ) 学校所在地  c/o University of Arkansas at Little Rock 5820 Asher Avenue, University Plaza Suite600, Little Rock AR 72204"
  21. ^ "Camille Bennett". Retrieved April 14, 2015. 
  22. ^ "Karilyn Brown". Retrieved April 2, 2015. 
  23. ^ "Vivian Flowers". Retrieved April 15, 2015. 
  24. ^ "Ken Henderson". Retrieved April 8, 2015. 
  25. ^ "Douglas House's Biography". Retrieved December 14, 2013. 
  26. ^ "Bill Sample's Biography". Retrieved December 6, 2013. 
  27. ^ "Robert W. Schroeder III". Retrieved January 6, 2015. 

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Coordinates: 34°43′21″N 92°20′26″W / 34.722472°N 92.340650°W / 34.722472; -92.340650