University of Arkansas at Little Rock

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The University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) is a metropolitan state university located in Little Rock, Arkansas. The university's annual enrollment is about 12,000 students.


The university was founded in 1927 as the Little Rock Junior College, an entity administered by the Little Rock School District. In 1949 the school moved to its current campus location on south University Avenue. The school was renamed Little Rock University in 1957 after becoming a private, four-year institution of higher education. In 1969 the university became a part of the University of Arkansas system. The University of Arkansas Law School became part of UALR in 1975. The UALR Graduate School was established in 1977. A doctoral degree was offered for the first time in 1990. Student residence halls opened on campus beginning in 1992. The Benton Center opened in 1995. In 2004 the school purchased the University Plaza Shopping Center.

In February 1997 President Clinton selected UALR as the educational affiliate of his proposed Clinton School of Public Service.

The address of UALR is 2801 South University Avenue.


Courses are taught in seven separate colleges: the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, the College of Business, College of Education, Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology (also known as Donaghey CyberCollege), College of Professional Studies, College of Science and Mathematics, and the William H. Bowen School of Law.

Divisions within the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences include American Humanics: Nonprofit Professional Studies, Arkansas Global Programs, Department of Art, Artspree, Department of English, Department of History, Department of International and Second Language Studies, Arkansas International Center, Department of Music, Department of Philosophy and Liberal Studies, Department of Political Science, Department of Psychology, Department of Rhetoric and Writing, the University Writing Center, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, and the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance.

Divisions within the College of Business include the Department of Accounting, Department of Economics and Finance, Department of Management, Department of Marketing and Advertising, the Institute for Economic Advancement, the Arkansas Small Business Development Center, and the GIS Applications Laboratory.

Divisions within the College of Education include the Department of Educational Leadership, Advanced Placement Summer Institute, Center for Gifted Education, Department of Counseling, Adult and Rehabilitation Education (CARE), the Academic Success Center, Department of Teacher Education, and the Center for Applied Studies in Education.

Divisions within the Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology include the Applied Science Department, Department of Computer Science, Department of Construction Management, Department of Engineering Technology, Department of Information Science, and Department of Systems Engineering.

Divisions within the College of Professional Studies include the Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology, Criminal Justice Department, Department of Speech Communication, KUAR and KLRE Radio, the School of Social Work, MidSOUTH — A Center for Leadership and Training, the School of Mass Communication, and the Institute of Government.

Divisions within the College of Science and Mathematics include the Department of Biology, Environmental Health Sciences Program, Department of Health Sciences, Department of Integrated Science and Mathematics, Department of Chemistry, Center for Theoretical Studies of Molecular and Biomolecular Systems, Department of Earth Sciences, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Department of Nursing, and the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

The Graduate Institute of Technology houses Arkansas STRIVE, the Arkansas Earthquake Center, the Space Grant Consortium, and the NASA EPSCoR Research Program.

The William H. Bowen School of Law is located on a separate campus downtown near MacArthur Park. The Bowen School has a special law library, and publishes the UALR Law Review and the Journal of Appellate Practice and Process. The school is touted by the Princeton Review as one of the top 170 law schools in the nation.

UALR also has two honors programs: the William G. Cooper Jr. Honors Program and the Donaghey Scholars Program.

The Arkansas Nanotechnology Center is also located on the UALR campus.


  • Karla Haworth, "Clinton Announces Plans for His Presidential Library," Chronicle of Higher Education, 43.24 (February 21, 1997): A32.

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