University of Arkansas at Little Rock

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University of Arkansas at Little Rock
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MottoCultus, Veritas, Scientia
Motto in English
Culture, Truth, Knowledge
Type Public university
State university
Established1927 [1]
Budget$168.14 million (2014)
Chancellor Andrew Rogerson
President Donald R. Bobbitt
Provost Christina Drale
Academic staff
471 (full-time)
Administrative staff
1,852 (1,465 full-time)
Students11,848 (Fall 2015) [2]
Location, ,
Colors Maroon and Silver [3]
Nickname Trojans
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.

Little Rock, Arkansas Capital of Arkansas

Little Rock is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Arkansas. As the county seat of Pulaski County, the city was incorporated on November 7, 1831, on the south bank of the Arkansas River close to the state's geographic center. The city derives its name from a rock formation along the river, named the "Little Rock" by the French explorer Jean-Baptiste Bénard de la Harpe in the 1720s. The capital of the Arkansas Territory was moved to Little Rock from Arkansas Post in 1821. The city's population was 198,541 in 2016 according to the United States Census Bureau. The six-county Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) is ranked 78th in terms of population in the United States with 738,344 residents according to the 2017 estimate by the United States Census Bureau.

The Little Rock School District is a school district in Little Rock, Arkansas, United States. It is one of four public school districts in Pulaski County and encompasses 97.60 square miles (252.8 km2) of land nearly coterminous with the state's capital and largest city. As of the 2009-2010 school year, the district includes 50 schools, and had an enrollment of approximately 25,000 students. It has 5 high schools, 7 middle schools, 29 elementary schools, 4 early childhood (pre-kindergarten) centers, 2 alternative schools, 1 adult education center, 1 accelerated learning center, 1 career-technical center, and about 3,800 employees.

University of Arkansas System

The University of Arkansas System comprises six campuses within the state of Arkansas; a medical school; two law schools; a unique graduate school focused on public service; a HBCU, statewide research, service and educational units for agriculture, criminal justice and archeology; and several community colleges. Over 50,000 students are enrolled in over 188 undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs.


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


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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]

William H. Bowen School of Law

The UA Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law is a public law school, part of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. The school is both American Bar Association (ABA) accredited and a member of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS).

Campus life

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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]

Intramural sports or intramurals are recreational sports organized within a particular institution, usually an educational institution, or a set geographic area. The term, which is chiefly North American, derives from the Latin words intra muros meaning "within walls", and was used to describe sports matches and contests that took place among teams from "within the walls" of an institution or area. The term dates to the 1840s. It is contrasted with extramural, varsity or intercollegiate sports, which are played between teams from different educational institutions. The word intermural, which also correctly means "between institutions", is a common error for "intramural".

Campus living

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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:

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

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

Weekend programs

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





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