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University of Arkansas at Little Rock
University of Arkansas at Little Rock Seal.png
MottoCultus, Veritas, Scientia
Motto in English
Culture, Truth, Knowledge
TypePublic university
State university
Endowment$80 million (2019)
ChancellorChristina Drale
PresidentDonald R. Bobbitt
Academic staff
471 (full-time)
Administrative staff
1,852 (1,465 full-time)
Students11,848 (Fall 2015)[2]
Location, ,
ColorsMaroon and Silver[3]
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division ISun Belt
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The University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UA Little Rock, formerly 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. The former campus of Little Rock Junior College is now (2019) the campus of Philander Smith College.

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] 230–301
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.


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
  • Women's Volleyball
  • Women's Soccer
  • Women's Swimming/Diving
  • Men's and Women's Cross Country
  • Men's and Women's Track and Field (Indoor and Outdoor)
  • Men's wrestling

Two Little Rock teams that does not compete in the Sun Belt are the women's swimming and diving team (Missouri Valley Conference) and wrestling (Pacific-12 Conference), neither of which the Sun Belt sponsors. Wrestling is the school's newest sport, starting in 2019 and the only Division I program in Arkansas.

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]


  • Camille Bennett – Arkansas House of Representatives, 2015-present[21]
  • Karilyn Brown – Arkansas House of Representatives, 2015-present[22]
  • James Richard Cheek (1957) – U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador (1979–1981), Ethiopia (1985–1988), Sudan (1989–1992) and Argentina (1993–1996)
  • Charlie Daniels (attended) – Arkansas Commissioner of State Lands (1985–2001), Arkansas Secretary of State (2002–2010), Arkansas State Auditor (2001–present)
  • Vivian Flowers (B.S. in Political Science) – Arkansas House of Representatives, 2015-present[23]
  • Kenneth Henderson - Arkansas House of Representatives, 2015-present [24]
  • Douglas House (1976) Arkansas House of Representatives, 2013-present[25]
  • Allen Kerr (attended) – Arkansas Insurance Commissioner (2015–present) and former member of the Arkansas House of Representatives
  • Mike Ross (1987) – U.S. House of Representatives, 2001–2013
  • Bill Sample (attended) – Arkansas House of Representatives, 2005–2010; Arkansas Senate 2011–present[26]
  • Robert William Schroeder III (1989) - U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas, Nominated June 2014[27]
  • Vic Snyder (1988) – U.S. House of Representatives, 1997–2011
  • James Sturch – (B.S., Political Science) – Arkansas House of Representatives, 2015-present





  1. ^ "Facts UALR". Retrieved January 6, 2015.
  2. ^ "UALR Posts Enrollment Growth for First-Time Students". University of Arkansas Little Rock. 2015-09-01. Retrieved 2016-11-28.
  3. ^ "Colors – UALR". Retrieved 2016-09-17.
  4. ^ Ottenheimer library
  5. ^ KUAR public radio station
  6. ^ "Best Colleges 2020: National University Rankings". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  7. ^ "2019 National University Rankings". Washington Monthly. Retrieved August 20, 2019.
  8. ^ "undergraduate degrees". Archived from the original on 2013-06-30. Retrieved 2013-06-12. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  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". Archived from the original on 2015-01-06. Retrieved January 6, 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)

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