University of Arkansas at Little Rock

University of Arkansas at Little Rock
University of Arkansas at Little Rock Seal.png
Former name
Little Rock Junior College (1927–1957)
Little Rock University (1957–1969)[1]
MottoCultus, Veritas, Scientia
Motto in English
Culture, Truth, Knowledge
TypePublic research university
Established1927; 96 years ago (1927)[2]
Parent institution
University of Arkansas System
Academic affiliations
Endowment$80 million (2019)
ChancellorChristina Drale
PresidentDonald R. Bobbitt
Academic staff
471 (full-time)
Administrative staff
1,852 (1,465 full-time)
Students9,579 (Fall 2019)[3]
Location, ,
United States
ColorsMaroon and silver[4]
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division IOVC
University of Arkansas at Little Rock.svg

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UA Little Rock) is a public research university 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. The former campus of Little Rock Junior College is now (2019) the campus of Philander Smith College.

Located on 250 acres (100 ha), the UA Little Rock campus encompasses more than 56 buildings, including the Center for Nanotechnology Integrative Sciences, the Emerging Analytics Center, the Sequoyah Research Center, and the Ottenheimer Library[5] Additionally, UA Little Rock houses special learning facilities that include a learning resource center, art galleries, KUAR public radio station,[6] University Television, and a campus-wide wireless network. It is classified among "R2: Doctoral Universities – High research activity".[7]


Academic rankings
U.S. News & World Report[8]293-381
Washington Monthly[9]378
UA Little Rock Student Services Center

The university features more than 100 undergraduate degrees[11] and 60 graduate degrees,[12] including graduate certificates, master's degrees, and doctorates, through both traditional and online courses.[13] Students attend classes in one of the university's three new colleges and a law school:[14]

  • College of Business, Health, and Human Services[15]
  • College of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences, and Education[16]
  • Donaghey College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics[17]
  • William H. Bowen School of Law[18]

Student life

UA Little Rock homecoming boat regatta
Student body composition as of May 2, 2022
Race and ethnicity[19] Total
White 48% 48
Black 27% 27
Other[a] 15% 15
Hispanic 4% 4
Foreign national 3% 3
Asian 2% 2
Native American 1% 1
Economic diversity
Low-income[b] 59% 59
Affluent[c] 41% 41

The student life at UA Little Rock 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 UA Little Rock 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 UA Little Rock 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.[20]

Campus living

UA Little Rock Trojan Grill

UA Little Rock 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[21] 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.


UA Little Rock'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); UA Little Rock 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. UA Little Rock 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 do not compete in the Sun Belt are the women's swimming and diving team (Missouri Valley Conference) and wrestling (Pac-12 Conference), neither of which the Sun Belt sponsors. Wrestling is the school's newest sport, starting in 2019 and is the first Division I program in Arkansas.

Little Rock will move to the Ohio Valley Conference for the 2022-23 season.

Collections and archives

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

  • Ottenheimer Library
  • Center for Arkansas History and Culture
  • Sequoyah National Research Center

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.[22]

Notable students and alumni


  • Camille Bennett – Arkansas House of Representatives, 2015–present[23]
  • Karilyn Brown – Arkansas House of Representatives, 2015–present[24]
  • 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[25]
  • Kenneth Henderson - Arkansas House of Representatives, 2015–present [26]
  • Douglas House (1976) Arkansas House of Representatives, 2013–present[27]
  • 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[28]
  • Robert William Schroeder III (1989) - U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas, Nominated June 2014[29]
  • Frank Scott Jr. – current mayor of Little Rock, AR.
  • Vic Snyder (1988) – U.S. House of Representatives, 1997–2011
  • James Sturch – (B.S., Political Science) – Arkansas House of Representatives, 2015–present





  1. ^ Other consists of Multiracial Americans & those who prefer to not say.
  2. ^ The percentage of students who received an income-based federal Pell grant intended for low-income students.
  3. ^ The percentage of students who are a part of the American middle class at the bare minimum.


  1. ^ "About Us: History". University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Retrieved 15 July 2022.
  2. ^ "Facts UALR". Retrieved January 6, 2015.
  3. ^ "UA Littlerock Administration Quick Facts". Retrieved January 27, 2020.
  4. ^ "Colors – UALR". Retrieved 2016-09-17.
  5. ^ Ottenheimer library
  6. ^ KUAR public radio station
  7. ^ "Carnegie Classifications Institution Lookup". Center for Postsecondary Education. Retrieved 13 September 2020.
  8. ^ "2022-2023 Best National Universities". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved September 13, 2022.
  9. ^ "2022 National University Rankings". Washington Monthly. Retrieved September 13, 2022.
  10. ^ "ShanghaiRanking's Academic Ranking of World Universities". Shanghai Ranking Consultancy. Retrieved September 13, 2022.
  11. ^ "undergraduate degrees". Archived from the original on 2013-06-30. Retrieved 2013-06-12.
  12. ^ graduate degrees
  13. ^ online
  14. ^ three colleges and a law school
  15. ^ College of Business, Health, and Human Services
  16. ^ College of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences, and Education
  17. ^ Donaghey College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
  18. ^ William H. Bowen School of Law
  19. ^ "College Scorecard: University of Arkansas at Little Rock". United States Department of Education. Retrieved May 8, 2022.
  20. ^ student life
  21. ^ University Village
  22. ^ "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"
  23. ^ "Camille Bennett". Retrieved April 14, 2015.
  24. ^ "Karilyn Brown". Retrieved April 2, 2015.
  25. ^ "Vivian Flowers". Retrieved April 15, 2015.
  26. ^ "Ken Henderson". Retrieved April 8, 2015.
  27. ^ "Douglas House's Biography". Retrieved December 14, 2013.
  28. ^ "Bill Sample's Biography". Retrieved December 6, 2013.
  29. ^ "Robert W. Schroeder III". Archived from the original on 2015-01-06. Retrieved January 6, 2015.
  30. ^ "Bucks Sign Jaylen Adams And Rayjon Tucker". NBA. 20 August 2019. Retrieved 6 December 2019.

External links

  • Official website

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

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