University of Arkansas at Little Rock

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UA Little Rock, formerly UALR) is a metropolitan public research university located in Little Rock, Arkansas, United States. 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, the UALR campus encompasses more than 56 buildings, including the Center for Nanotechnology Integrative Sciences, the Emerging Analytics Center, and the Sequoyah Research Center, and the Ottenheimer Library[4] Additionally, UALR houses special learning facilities that include a learning resource center, art galleries, KUAR public radio station,[5] University Television, cyber café, speech and hearing clinic, and a campus-wide wireless network.

University rankings
U.S. News & World Report[6] 230–301
Washington Monthly[7] 76
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
University of Arkansas at Little Rock Seal
MottoCultus, Veritas, Scientia
Motto in English
Culture, Truth, Knowledge
TypePublic university
State university
Budget$168.14 million (2014)
ChancellorAndrew Rogerson
PresidentDonald R. Bobbitt
ProvostChristina Drale
Academic staff
471 (full-time)
Administrative staff
1,852 (1,465 full-time)
Students11,848 (Fall 2015)[2]
Location, ,
ColorsMaroon and Silver[3]
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division ISun Belt


UALR Student Services Center

The university features more than 100 undergraduate degrees[8] and 60 graduate degrees,[9] including graduate certificates, master's degrees, and doctorates, through both traditional and online courses.[10] Students attend classes in one of the university's six colleges and a law school:[11]

  • College of Arts, Letters and Sciences[12]
  • College of Business[13]
  • College of Education and Health Professions[14]
  • George W. Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology[15]
  • College of Social Sciences and Communication[16]
  • William H. Bowen School of Law[17]

Campus life

UALR boat
UALR homecoming boat regatta

The student life at UALR 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 UALR 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 UALR 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.[18]

Campus living

UALR Trojan Grill

UALR 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[19] 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.


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

Collections and archives

On July 1, 2014, the UALR 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.[20]

Notable students and alumni


  • Camille Bennett – Arkansas House of Representatives, 2015-present[21]
  • Karilyn Brown – Arkansas House of Representatives, 2015-present[22]
  • 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[23]
  • Kenneth Henderson - Arkansas House of Representatives, 2015-present [24]
  • Douglas House (1976) Arkansas House of Representatives, 2013-present[25]
  • 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[26]
  • Robert William Schroeder III (1989) - U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas, Nominated June 2014[27]
  • Vic Snyder (1988) – U.S. House of Representatives, 1997–2011
  • James Sturch – (B.S., Political Science) – Arkansas House of Representatives, 2015-present





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  2. ^ "UALR POSTS ENROLLMENT GROWTH FOR FIRST-TIME STUDENTS". University of Arkansas Little Rock. 2015-09-01. Retrieved 2016-11-28.
  3. ^ "Font/Colors – UALR". Retrieved 2016-09-17.
  4. ^ Ottenheimer library
  5. ^ KUAR public radio station
  6. ^ "Best Colleges 2019: National Universities Rankings". U.S. News & World Report. November 19, 2018.
  7. ^ "2018 Rankings - National Universities". Washington Monthly. Retrieved November 19, 2018.
  8. ^ "undergraduate degrees". Archived from the original on 2013-06-30. Retrieved 2013-06-12.
  9. ^ graduate degrees
  10. ^ online
  11. ^ six colleges and a law school
  12. ^ College of Arts, Letters and Sciences
  13. ^ College of Business
  14. ^ College of Education and Health Professions
  15. ^ George W. Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology
  16. ^ College of Social Sciences and Communication
  17. ^ William H. Bowen School of Law
  18. ^ student life
  19. ^ University Village
  20. ^ "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"
  21. ^ "Camille Bennett". Retrieved April 14, 2015.
  22. ^ "Karilyn Brown". Retrieved April 2, 2015.
  23. ^ "Vivian Flowers". Retrieved April 15, 2015.
  24. ^ "Ken Henderson". Retrieved April 8, 2015.
  25. ^ "Douglas House's Biography". Retrieved December 14, 2013.
  26. ^ "Bill Sample's Biography". Retrieved December 6, 2013.
  27. ^ "Robert W. Schroeder III". Archived from the original on 2015-01-06. Retrieved January 6, 2015.

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Andy Davis (Arkansas politician)

Andy Davis (born May 28, 1975) is a businessman from his native Little Rock, Arkansas, who is a Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives for District 31 in Pulaski and Saline counties.Davis's grandfather was a fire chief in Little Rock, where Davis graduated from Joe T. Robinson High School. After three years of study at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, he transferred to the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, from which he received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Civil Engineering in 1999 and 2001, respectively. He is a member of the Arkansas Society of Professional Engineers. Since 2003, he has operated his business, New Water Systems, LLC. He is also a licensed builder.Davis is married to the former Haley Melissa Reed (born 1977), a native of Marianna in Lee County in eastern Arkansas, whom he met at the University of Arkansas. The couple has three children and are members of the Parkway Place Baptist Church. Mrs. Davis is a teacher in the Baptist school system.Until his election to the legislature in 2012, Davis had not held public office. He succeeded Representative David J. Sanders, a fellow Republican who was elected to the Arkansas State Senate. Davis serves on these House committees: (1) Public Transportation, (2) Aging, Children and Youth, (3) Legislative and Military Affairs. He is vice chairman of the House Rules Committee.Davis voted in 2013 with the Republican majority in both houses of the Arkansas General Assembly to override the veto of Democratic Governor Mike Beebe in regard to two anti-abortion bills. One forbids abortion after twenty weeks of gestation; the other prohibits abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected. Davis also voted to override Beebe's veto of legislation to require photo identification for casting a ballot in Arkansas. Davis co-sponsored legislation to permit the staff of religious institutions to engage in concealed carry of firearms. He also backed similar legislation to allow the staff of state universities to be armed.Davis is among the "40 Under 40 of Arkansas Business", a recognition of forty Arkansans under the age of forty.

Annabelle Clinton Imber

Justice Annabelle Clinton Imber (born July 15, 1950) was an associate justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court.

Imber was elected to the Supreme Court in 1997, after serving eight years as an elected chancery and probate court judge for Pulaski and Perry counties.

In 1984, Governor Bill Clinton (no relation to her then-husband) appointed her to a vacant criminal division judgeship on the Pulaski County Circuit Court. In 1988, she was elected chancery and probate judge for Pulaski and Perry counties.Prior to taking the bench, Imber was in private practice for several years with the Little Rock law firm of Wright, Lindsey & Jennings. Justice Imber received her undergraduate degree from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts and her law degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

On September 10, 2009 Justice Imber announced plans to retire from the bench. She retired January 1, 2010.The first woman elected to the Arkansas Supreme Court, Imber is best known for a case she handled while she was a chancery judge in the 6th Judicial District (Perry and Pulaski counties).

In 1994, she issued a landmark ruling in the school-funding case filed by the tiny Lake View School District that declared the state was violating the Arkansas Constitution by funding districts inequitably.

Douglas House (politician)

Roy Douglas House, known as Doug House (born 1953), is an attorney and retired United States Army officer from North Little Rock, Arkansas, who is a Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives from District 40, which includes parts of Pulaski and Faulkner counties.

Frank Scott Jr.

Frank Scott Jr. is an American politician from the state of Arkansas. He is the mayor of Little Rock, Arkansas.

Scott is from Southwest Little Rock. He graduated from Mann Arts and Science Magnet Middle School and Parkview Arts and Science Magnet High School. He then earned his bachelor's degree in business from the University of Memphis and his Master of Business Administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.In the 2018 elections, Scott ran for mayor of Little Rock. In the November 6 nonpartisan election, he led a five-candidate field with 37.11% of the vote, falling short of the 40% required to avoid a runoff election. Scott and Baker Kurrus advanced to a December 4 runoff, where Scott defeated Kurrus. Scott is the first elected African American mayor of Little Rock. He was sworn in on January 1, 2019.

Fredrick Love

Fredrick 'Fred' J. Love (born in Little Rock, Arkansas) is an American politician and a Democratic member of the Arkansas House of Representatives representing District 29 since January 14, 2013. Love served consecutively from January 2011 until January 2013 in the District 35 seat.

Jack Stephens Center

Jack Stephens Center is a 5,600-seat multi-purpose arena on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in Little Rock, Arkansas, United States and was built in 2005. It is home to the school's men's basketball, women's basketball and women's volleyball teams, known as the Little Rock Trojans, and named in honor of billionaire philanthropist Jackson T. Stephens, who donated $22.4 million for the construction of the facility.The Trojans had previously played in Barton Coliseum, Verizon Arena and the Statehouse Convention Center.

James Sturch

James Marvin Sturch (born December 8, 1990) is a Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives for District 63 in his native Independence County in the northeastern portion of Arkansas. Sturch was elected to a two-year term in November 2014. As a candidate for re-nomination in 2016, he defeated Phillip Finch in the Republican primary, and was unopposed in the general election.

Karilyn Brown

Karilyn Mae Boggan Peterson Brown (born September 19, 1947), is a technical writer from Sherwood, Arkansas, who is a Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives for District 41 in a portion of Pulaski County outside the capital city of Little Rock.

Brown was elected to her third legislative term in the general election held on November 6, 2018. With 6,337 votes (53.9 percent), she defeated the Democrat Jonathan Crossley, who polled 5,418 votes (46.1 percent).

Kenneth Henderson

Kenneth Lee Henderson, known as Ken Henderson (born c. 1963), is a real estate developer from Russellville, Arkansas, who is a Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives for District 71 in Pope County in the north central portion of his state.Henderson graduated from the University of Arkansas in the capital city of Little Rock. He (born c. 1964), has three children. He is a Baptist and a member of Ducks Unlimited, the Chamber of Commerce, and Rotary International. He previously lived in Little Rock, Benton, Bryant, and Ozone, Arkansas, dates unavailable.Henderson ran without opposition in both the Republican primary election and the general election for the legislative seat vacated by Andrea Lea, a fellow Republican who was instead elected Arkansas State Auditor on November 4, 2014 in the Republican sweep of state offices. Henderson is assigned to the House committees on: (1) Public Health, Welfare, and Labor, and (2) City, County, and Local Affairs.In February 2015, Henderson joined dozens of his fellow Republicans to support House Bill 1228, sponsored by Bob Ballinger of Carroll County, which sought to prohibit government from imposing a burden on the free exercise of religion. The measure passed the House, seventy-two to twenty. One of the opponents, Democratic Representative Camille Bennett, a former city attorney for Lonoke, Arkansas, called for a reworking of the legislation. Bennett claimed the Ballinger bill would establish a "type of religious litmus test" which could impact nearly any law under consideration by the legislature. The measure was subsequently passed by a large margin in the House and signed into law in revised form, SB 975, by Governor Hutchinson.

Little Rock Trojans baseball

The Little Rock Trojans baseball team, is a varsity intercollegiate athletic team of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in Little Rock, Arkansas, United States. The team is a member of the Sun Belt Conference, which is part of the NCAA Division I. The team plays its home games at Gary Hogan Field in Little Rock, Arkansas.

On July 1, 2015, the Trojans officially announced they would no longer be branded as Arkansas–Little Rock or "UALR," but will be the Little Rock Trojans effective immediately.

Little Rock Trojans men's basketball

The Little Rock Trojans men's basketball team, formerly branded as Arkansas–Little Rock Trojans represents the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in Little Rock, Arkansas, United States. The school's team currently competes in the Sun Belt Conference. They are led by first-year head coach Darrell Walker. They play their home games at the Jack Stephens Center.

Mike Saunders

Michael Earl "Mike" Saunders (born May 1952), also known as Metal Mike, is a rock critic and the singer of the Californian punk band Angry Samoans. He is credited with coining the music genre label "heavy metal" in a record review for Humble Pie's As Safe As Yesterday Is in the November 12, 1970 issue of Rolling Stone. (The original text is shown in the VH1 Classic documentary Heavy: The Story of Metal from 2007.) Six months later in 1971, he used the phrase again while reviewing Sir Lord Baltimore's first album, Kingdom Come, in the pages of Creem magazine.

Oscar Marin

Oscar Marin (born December 5, 1982) is an American professional baseball bullpen coach for the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball (MLB).

Robert W. Schroeder III

Robert William "Trey" Schroeder III (born June 1, 1966) is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

Stuart Greer

Stuart Greer (born December 2, 1959) is an American character actor.

Tommy F. Robinson

Tommy Franklin Robinson (born March 7, 1942) is a politician from the U.S. state of Arkansas.

Vivian Flowers

For the African-American state senator from Pine Bluff, Arkansas, see Stephanie Flowers,Vivian Laveda Flowers (born c. 1969) is a Democratic member of the Arkansas House of Representatives for District 17, which includes a portion of Jefferson County.She works as a diversity officer at the UAMS Medical Center in the capital city of Little Rock, Arkansas. A resident of Pine Bluff, she is also in the south central section of her state.

Flowers holds a degree in Political Science and Technical Writing from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She received a master's degree from the Clinton School of Public Service, also in Little Rock. She is affiliated with the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Her cousin, Stephanie Flowers, currently serves in the Arkansas Senate for District 25.

William F. Norrell

William Frank Norrell (August 29, 1896 – February 15, 1961) was a U.S. Representative from Arkansas' former 6th congressional district. Upon his death, he was succeeded in Congress by his widow, Catherine Dorris Norrell.

Born in Milo in Ashley County in south Arkansas, Norrell attended the public schools, the University of Arkansas at Monticello, then known as Arkansas Agricultural and Mechanical College, the University of the Ozarks, then College of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Arkansas, and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Law School. During World War I, Norrell served in the Quartermaster Corps of the United States Army. In 1920, he was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Monticello in Drew County, Arkansas. From 1930 to 1938, Norrell served as member of the Arkansas State Senate. He was the Senate President from 1934 to 1938 under Lieutenant Governors William Lee Cazort and Robert L. Bailey.

Norrell was elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-sixth and to the eleven succeeding Congresses and served from January 3, 1939, until his death in Washington, D.C. He was a signatory to the 1956 Southern Manifesto that opposed the desegregation of public schools ordered by the Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education.

He is interred beside his wife at Oakland Cemetery in Monticello, Arkansas.

William H. Bowen School of Law

The UA Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law is a public law school , part of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UA Little Rock). The school is both American Bar Association (ABA) accredited and a member of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS).

The school awards the Juris Doctor (JD) degree in its full-time and part-time programs. It follows a traditional doctrinal curriculum while also blending hands-on practice into the student experience. The first year begins with the Bowen Student Success Program and the Professional Mentor Program where students are matched with a practicing lawyer or judge. Before graduating, students are required to take skills courses such as Evidence and Lawyering Skills I & II, required to participate in an externship or clinic, and are encouraged to participate in the Bowen Concurrent Bar Preparation Program.

University of Arkansas at Little Rock


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