University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) is a national 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 and co-created the University of Arkansas System under its present name.
Located on 200 acres (0.81 km2), the UALR campus encompasses more than 40 buildings, including Ottenheimer library which contains more than 500,000 volumes, 700,000 microform items, 8,300 audiovisual forms and CDs, and subscribes to 2,625 periodicals. Additionally, UALR houses special learning facilities that include a learning resource center, art galleries, KUAR radio station, television station, 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), and information technology. 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.
In 2012, the Center for Integrative Nanotechnology Services was opened, a state-of-the-art, user-oriented facility focused on research, education, and economic development. The nanotechnology center is concerned with advancing the science of nanotechnology through research and outreach, along with accelerating technological innovations into applications for society. In 2013, a new center was opened that features data visualization systems that are among the first of their kind in the world, the UALR George W. Donaghey Emerging Analytics Center™ (EAC). Research is encouraged among students where many collaborate with award-winning faculty and go on to land coveted internships. Academic scholarships and financial aid are available for both undergraduate and graduate students.
The university features more than 100 undergraduate degrees and 60 graduate degrees, including 1-year graduate certificates, master's degrees, and doctorates, through both traditional and online courses. Students attend classes in one of the university's seven colleges:
College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
College of Business
College of Education
George W. Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology
College of Professional Studies
College of Science
William H. Bowen School of Law
The student life at UALR is typical of many larger, 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.
With the construction of East Hall in the 1990s, UALR transformed from a commuter-campus (non-residential) to a hybrid-campus (residential and commuter) and currently provides a variety of housing options for students ranging from traditional resident rooms to multiple bedroom apartments (see UALR Office of Student Housing). The university has four residence halls and the University Village apartment complex.
UALR 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, a state-of-the-art facility with 5,600 seats. Sanctioned sports include:
Men's and Women's Basketball
Men's and Women's Golf
Cross Country/Track and Field
Ottenheimer library contains more than 500,000 volumes, 700,000 microform items, 8,300 audiovisual forms and CDs, and subscribes to 2,625 periodicals. The Sequoyah Research Center of the American Native Press Archives is housed within the campus' library. The collection includes the research materials of Louis F. Burns, a leading historian and expert on the Osage Nation.
Notable students and alumni