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.
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.
------------------- * 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. -------------------