University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Joined system: 1969
At a Glance:
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock, located in the state’s capital city, offers a comprehensive academic experience at the baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral levels; innovative research opportunities; a quality faculty educated from around the world; and a rich student life experience with athletics, housing, study abroad, Greek life and service learning.
Student success is the university’s top priority and not just for our 18 to 25-year-olds. From high school students and traditional residential and graduate degree seekers, to mid-life adults and senior citizens, UALR fulfills one of the state’s greatest needs by educating more college graduates. UALR’s caring faculty and staff in programs such as the Academic Success Center and the Mentoring Network provide students with extra help to be successful.
UALR has been selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for the Community Engagement classification – the only institution in Arkansas in this category. The university is widely recognized for its involvement in community issues such as race and ethnicity, criminal justice and pre-kindergarten to 12th grade education. UALR students, faculty and staff are actively involved in service-learning activities around the state through partnerships with the Clinton School of Public Service and the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty.
Points of Pride
- UALR is a public university with more than 12,000 full- and part-time students enrolled in more than 140 programs of study in five colleges, the Graduate School and the William H. Bowen School of Law.
- Coleman Creek runs through the natural tree-lined campus that is undergoing facility growth. Recent constructed facilities include the Engineering and Information Technology, West Hall residential housing, Center for Integrated Nanotechnology Sciences, Coleman Sports and Recreation Complex, and Charles W. Donaldson Student Services Center. Additionally, an administration facility was totally renovated into the Nursing Building and was designated with a LEED Gold certification.
- UALR’s location in the center of the state and at the seat of state government affords its students and employees the benefits of a bustling metropolitan environment, with unique access to corporate, government and nonprofit opportunities for jobs, internships, research and professional mentoring, and a range of cultural and recreational opportunities in art, theater, dance and music. The collaborations inspired new divisions in 2014 to include Research, Innovation and Economic Development; Community Connections Center; and Collections and Archives.
- Most UALR classes are small with a 14-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio, with students who come from all over Arkansas, 42 other states and 75 foreign countries.