University of Arkansas at Little Rock

University of Arkansas at Little Rock is the third largest university, by enrollment, in Arkansas, USA.* The university is located on University Avenue in Little Rock, Arkansas, west of downtown Little Rock and the Arkansas state capitol building.

Arkansas-LR (UALR) is the state's only metropolitan university. Approximately 13,000 full and part-time students attend classes in one of the University's colleges:

  • College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
  • College of Business
  • College of Education
  • Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology
  • College of Professional Studies
  • College of Science and Mathematics
  • William H. Bowen School of Law
  • The Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock
  • University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock

Established as Little Rock Junior College by the Little Rock School District in 1927, it became a private four-year institution, called 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. The University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR or Arkansas-Little Rock) is a metropolitan university with a student population of 13,000 full and part-time students, and has a large number of non-traditional (e.g., part-time and commuting) students. Because of the school's location in the state capital and county seat, Arkansas-Little Rock students may benefit from close contact with leaders in government, business, industry, medicine- (University of Arkansas for Medical Science), and information technology.

Located on in urban and Arkansas' largest city of Little Rock, UALR resides in over forty buildings, including a university library which contains 410,000 volumes, 700,000 microform items, 8,300 audiovisual forms and CDs, and subscribes to 2,625 periodicals; special learning facilities that include a learning resource center, art galleries, radio station, television station, Cyber Café, and a wireless network that is being expanded to the rest of the campus, and speech and hearing clinic.

As part of its mission as a metropolitan university and as a member of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities, UALR is committed to responding to the needs of the community by creating active links between the campus, community, and commerce.


The UALR Trojans is the name by which the athletic teams of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock or the University of Arkansas in Greater Little Rock are known. The Trojans are a non-football member of the Sun Belt Conference.

For the 2005-2006 basketball season, the Trojans moved into the $25 million Jack Stephens Center. This new facility almost doubled the seating capacity of the old UALR gym, with 5,800 seats and of space.

Notable graduates

  • James Richard Cheek — U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia (1985-1988), Sudan (1989-1992) and Argentina (1993-1996)
  • Charlie Daniels — Arkansas Commissioner of State Lands (1985-2003); Arkansas Secretary of State (2003-Present)
  • Derek FisherNBA player
  • Mary Mel French — White House Chief of Protocol under President Clinton
  • Max W. Hooper — Co-founder of Equity Broadcasting.
  • Lynda Hull — Poet
  • Stewart Isbell — Photographer
  • Koby Koomson — Ghana Ambassador to the U.S. (1997-2001)
  • Jerry Maulden — Retired CEO of Entergy Arkansas Corporation
  • Pete MyersNBA player
  • Robert Palmer — Writer, musicologist, musician and blues producer (author of Deep Blues)
  • Wesley Pruden — Editor-in-Chief of The Washington Times
  • Mike Ross — U.S. Congressman
  • Bob Stokes — Meteorologist for the The Weather Channel

------------------- * In recent history, Arkansas-LR has more students enrolled at the end of each term than the University of Central Arkansas, (debate will continue among Arkansas-LR and UCA alumni about who is truly number two by enrollment). This University of Arkansas in Little Rock has its own School of Law and only its sister school can lay claim to this undisputed fact. -------------------

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