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University of Arkansas at Little Rock

University of Arkansas at Little Rock
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 US$ 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, USA
Campus Metropolitan
Colors Maroon and Silver
Athletics Division I, Sun Belt Conference
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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 Ottenheimer library. Additionally, UALR houses special learning facilities that include a learning resource center, art galleries, KUAR public radio station, University Television, cyber café, speech and hearing clinic, and a campus-wide wireless network.
UALR Student Services Center
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UALR Student Services Center

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.[2] 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.

University rankings
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UALR Student Services Center
The university features more than 100 undergraduate degrees and 60 graduate degrees, including graduate certificates, master's degrees, and doctorates, through both traditional and online courses. Students attend classes in one of the university's six colleges and a law school:

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.

Campus housing

UALR Trojan Grill
UALR 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 on the eastern side of the campus and the University Village apartment complex 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 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:

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


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Cooper Fountain
The 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:[5]
  • Meyer Collection (Shakespeare and Elizabethan England)
  • Rose Collection (19th-century literature, foreign language)
  • Simon Collection (Fiction, biography, philosophy, history)
  • Research materials of Louis F. Burns, a leading historian and expert on the Osage Nation.[6]
  • UALR Archives
  • UALR Theses and Dissertations
  • USGS Arkansas Maps
  • Other Non-Circulating Materials (rare or fragile items)

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.[7]

Notable students and alumni




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


  1. ^ "Facts UALR". Retrieved January 6, 2015. 
  2. ^ "UALR Dedicates $15M Nanotechnology Center". Retrieved January 6, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Best Colleges". U.S. News & World Report LP. Retrieved September 9, 2014. 
  4. ^ "2014 National Universities Rankings". Washington Monthly. n.d. Retrieved May 25, 2015. 
  5. ^ University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Special collections
  6. ^ Erwin, Mike (2012-05-27). "Osage historian, lecturer Louis Burns dies at 92". Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise. Retrieved 2012-06-02. 
  7. ^ "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"
  8. ^ "Camille Bennett". Retrieved April 14, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Karilyn Brown". Retrieved April 2, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Vivian Flowers". Retrieved April 15, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Ken Henderson". Retrieved April 8, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Douglas House's Biography". Retrieved December 14, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Bill Sample's Biography". Retrieved December 6, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Robert W. Schroeder III". Retrieved January 6, 2015. 

External links

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