University of Arkansas at Little Rock

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University of Arkansas at Little Rock
University of Arkansas at Little Rock Seal.png
Motto Cultus, Veritas, Scientia
Motto in English
Culture, Truth, Knowledge
Type Public university
State university
Established 1927[1]
Budget $168.14 million (2014)
Chancellor Andrew Rogerson
President Donald R. Bobbitt
Provost Zulma Toro
Academic staff
471 (full-time)
Administrative staff
1,852 (1,465 full-time)
Students 11,848 (Fall 2015)[2]
Location Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.
Campus Metropolitan
Colors Maroon and Silver[3]
Nickname Trojans
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division ISun Belt

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) is a metropolitan public research university located in Little Rock, Arkansas, United States. 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[4] Additionally, UALR houses special learning facilities that include a learning resource center, art galleries, KUAR public radio station,[5] University Television, cyber café, speech and hearing clinic, and a campus-wide wireless network.

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 Living[edit]

UALR Trojan Grill

UALR provides a variety of on-campus living 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 Little Rock Trojans, with almost all teams participating in the Sun Belt Conference. Little Rock is one of two Sun Belt members that do not sponsor football (UT Arlington being the other); UALR last fielded a football team in 1955 when it was known as Little Rock Junior College. Little Rock's main athletic offices are 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
  • Women's Swimming/Diving
  • Cross Country/Track and Field

The only Little Rock team that does not compete in the Sun Belt is the women's swimming and diving team; the Sun Belt does not sponsor the sport. That team instead competes in the Missouri Valley Conference.

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]

Cheating scandal[edit]

In the early tenure of the Director/Chief Scientist of the UALR center for Integrative Nanotechnology Sciences, Alexandru S. Biris was collaborated in unusually high amount of journal publications / patents,[21] and won numerous honors.[22] Since 2010 many of his publications and even his tenure application documents were found having fabricated data,[23] plagiarism and faulty contributions.[24] [25] [26] [27] Some of these ethically problematic publications have been retracted, but many more at large. Some academic ethics and integrity organizations launched investigations as cheating concerns intensified.[28] Alexandru S. Biris and the university rejected to respond to several phone calls or email messages and comments. The Biris’ ethical issues didn’t bring any difficulty to his academic career. After so many retractions of his publications, Alexandru S. Biris still keeps receiving honors frequently. At the end of 2014, Dr. Biris was named as the first Arkansas research fellow by the Arkansas Research Alliance.[29] UALR Chancellor Joel Anderson was very pleased that "Dr. Biris has been recognized for his remarkable research as an ARA Fellow", and said that "His record as a researcher, teacher, and mentor speaks for itself. In a state with limited resources, Dr. Biris has been a facilitator for leveraging funds, and his belief in nurturing the next generation of scientists is evident in his work with students." [30] The administrative corruption directly leads to several faculty/staff's leave.

Notable students and alumni[edit]





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  2. ^ "UALR POSTS ENROLLMENT GROWTH FOR FIRST-TIME STUDENTS". University of Arkansas Little Rock. 2015-09-01. Retrieved 2016-11-28. 
  3. ^ "Font/Colors – UALR". Retrieved 2016-09-17. 
  4. ^ Ottenheimer library
  5. ^ KUAR public radio station
  6. ^ "Best Colleges 2017: National Universities Rankings". U.S. News & World Report. September 12, 2016. 
  7. ^ "2016 Rankings - National Universities". Washington Monthly. Retrieved September 6, 2016. 
  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. ^ Alexandru Sorin Biris published more than 240 journal articles and was granted more than 33 U.S. patents in just 5 years. [cite news | url= | title=Faculty Excellence: Alexandu Biris]
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  23. ^ – A. Biris, et al, "Studies on near infrared optical absorption, Raman scattering, and corresponding thermal properties of single- and double-walled carbon nanotubes for possible cancer targeting and laser-based ablation", Carbon, Volume 49(13), (2011) Pages 4403–4411 – A. Biris, A. Biris, et al., "Catalyst excitation by radio frequency for improved carbon nanotubes synthesis", Chemical Physics Letters, Volume 429(1), (2006) Pages 204-208. – A. Biris, et al. "Nanophotothermolysis of multiple scattered cancer cells with carbon nanotubes guided by time-resolved infrared thermal imaging". J. Biomed. Opt., Vol. 14, (2009) 021007.
  24. ^ "Retraction Notice for "Influence of the RF Excitation of the Catalyst System on the Morphology of Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes"". American Chemical Society. August 20, 2012. Retrieved August 20, 2012. 
  25. ^ "Correction to Morphology of Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes Affected by the Thermal Stability of the Catalyst System". American Chemical Society. August 20, 2012. Retrieved August 20, 2012. 
  26. ^ p. 107 "Retraction Notice for: One Step Synthesis of Ceramic Carbon Nanotube Composites with Nanojunctions" Check |url= value (help). American Scientific Publishers. Retrieved August 20, 2013. 
  27. ^ "Retraction Notice for Carbon Nanotubes Are Able To Penetrate Plant Seed Coat and Dramatically Affect Seed Germination and Plant Growth". American Chemical Society. August 20, 2012. Retrieved August 20, 2012. 
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  29. ^ "Arkansas Research Alliance Launches ARA Fellows Program". The mission of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. December 3, 2014. 
  30. ^ "BIRIS AMONG STATE'S FIRST RESEARCH FELLOWS". University of Arkansas at Little Rock. December 5, 2014. 
  31. ^ "Camille Bennett". Retrieved April 14, 2015. 
  32. ^ "Karilyn Brown". Retrieved April 2, 2015. 
  33. ^ "Vivian Flowers". Retrieved April 15, 2015. 
  34. ^ "Ken Henderson". Retrieved April 8, 2015. 
  35. ^ "Douglas House's Biography". Retrieved December 14, 2013. 
  36. ^ "Bill Sample's Biography". Retrieved December 6, 2013. 
  37. ^ "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