University of Arkansas at Little Rock

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University of Arkansas at Little RockUniversity of Arkansas at Little Rock
2801 S. University Avenue,
Little Rock, AR 72204
Phone: (501) 569-3194

UALR is a metropolitan university on the move, a dynamic learning institution where students find unique learning and internship opportunities provided through one-of-a-kind connections to the state’s thriving capital city.

With more than 100 programs of study, UALR has an academic program to suit your interests – and an equal number of social and service organizations as well. UALR is:
A public, metropolitan university with 13,000-plus full and part-time students.
Six colleges and the Bowen School of Law that include more than 100 programs of study.
Small classes with a 14 to 1 student-to-faculty ratio.
Part of the University of Arkansas System since 1969.
Students come from all over Arkansas, 43 other states, and 62 foreign countries.
The tree-lined campus has 40 buildings on 150 acres – and is still growing!
Specialized facilities include a learning resource center, art galleries, radio station, television station, Cyber Café, wireless network, and speech and hearing clinic.
The library contains 400,000 volumes, 700,000 microform items, 8,300 audiovisual forms and CDs, subscribes to 2,625 periodicals, and its computerized services include card catalog, interlibrary loan, and database searching.


The University of Arkansas at Little Rock was founded in 1927 as Little Rock Junior College under the supervision of the city Board of Education. That first semester there were eight instructors and about 100 students. By 1929 the college was accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, a status it has kept through changes in size and status.

Housed at first in public school buildings, the college moved in 1949 to its present location in southwest Little Rock on a beautifully wooded site donated by Raymond Rebsamen, a Little Rock businessman. The college was also by that time the sole beneficiary of a continuing trust established by former Governor George W. Donaghey.

In 1957, the institution began a four‐year degree program, became independent and privately supported under a separate board of trustees, and took the name Little Rock University.

After several years of discussion and study, Little Rock University in September 1969 merged with the University of Arkansas to create the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. That was a major step in the creation of a multi‐campus system that now includes eight campuses: University of Arkansas, Fayetteville; University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences; University of Arkansas at Little Rock; University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff; University of Arkansas at Monticello; Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas; University of Arkansas Community College at Hope; and University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. Within this structure, UALR is state supported, operationally separate, and specifically oriented toward serving the educational needs of Arkansas.

The University of Arkansas merger began a period of rapid growth, which saw UALR go from about 3,500 students and 75 full‐time faculty members in 1969 to about 11,000 students and 500 full‐time faculty members today. The University’s expanded offerings now include more than 100 undergraduate majors, an extensive schedule of night, weekend, and off‐campus classes, and a wide range of community educational services. UALR began offering graduate and professional work in 1975, and the UALR Graduate School was created in 1977. UALR is the only institution in the state to have earned the Carnegie ranking as “Research/Doctoral University ‐ Intensive.” Besides the juris doctor, UALR has three doctoral programs and 39 graduate and professional programs, as well as joint programs with other campuses of the University of Arkansas System. Presidents include R.C. Hall (1927‐1930), John A. Larson (1930‐1950), Granville Davis (1950‐1954), E.Q. Brothers (acting president 1954‐1956), and Carey V. Stabler (1956‐1969).

Chancellors of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock include Carey V. Stabler (1969‐1972), James H. Fribourgh (acting chancellor 1972‐ 1973, 1982), G. Robert Ross (1973‐1982), James H. Young (1982‐1992), Joel E. Anderson (interim chancellor 1993), Charles E. Hathaway (1993‐2002), and Joel E. Anderson (2003‐present).

Important Milestones

1927 Little Rock Board of Education established Little Rock Junior College (LRJC) upon the urging of Swedish-born principal John A. Larson. The college was located in Little Rock High School (now Little Rock Central High School) at West 14th and Park Streets.
1929 LRJC became the beneficiary of a trust established by former Arkansas Governor George W. Donaghey and his wife Louvenia.
1931 LRJC moved to the Uriah M. Rose Grammar School located at 13th and State Streets beginning with the fall term in September.
1949 LRJC moved to present location on an 80-acre tract of land on Hayes Street (now University Avenue) donated by Mr. Raymond Rebsamen.
1949 LRJC’s football team won Junior Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.
1957 LRJC became the private Little Rock University (LRU) and began offering four-year degrees.
1969 Little Rock University merged with the University of Arkansas System to create the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR).
1975 UA law program in Little Rock transferred to UALR and School of Law created.
1975 UA Graduate School of Social Work in Little Rock transferred to UALR.
1977 UALR Graduate School established.
1978 UA Industrial Research and Extension Center in Little Rock transferred to UALR.
1979 UALR joined the Trans-America Athletic Conference and began NCAA Division I competition.
1985 UA Little Rock Graduate Resident Center graduate programs in education transferred to UALR.
1986 UA Graduate Institute of Technology in Little Rock transferred to UALR.
1986 UALR Public Radio–KUAR-FM public radio went on the air.
1990 First UALR doctoral degree offered.
1991 UALR joined SunBelt Athletic Conference.
1992 First UALR student residence hall opened.
1995 UALR Benton Center opened.
1999 Donaghey College of Information Science and Systems Engineering (now Donaghey college of Engineering and Information Technology) established.
2000 UALR classified as doctoral university/research intensive in the National Carnegie categories of institutions of higher education.
2002 UALR celebrated its 75th anniversary.
2004 UALR purchased University Plaza Shopping Center on south end of campus at Asher and University Avenues.
2005 UALR opened on-campus intercollegiate athletic arena, a gift from Mr. Jackson T. Stephens.
2008 UALR launched its first comprehensive campaign, It’s Time for UALR.

Mission, Role and Scope

Most universities today develop and publish statements explaining their purposes and describing their programs. Official boards that govern a campus or coordinate its activities in relation to other campuses also develop and publish such statements. For UALR there are mission statements and role and scope statements developed at three levels: the University of Arkansas System, the statewide coordinating board, and the campus. Although not identical, the statements are similar and consistent in content, each reflecting a different perspective from a different level of responsibility.

The mission statement typically is brief, general, and philosophical. It states why the institution exists. It addresses fundamental purposes and permanent commitments. It distinguishes the university from other societal institutions such as a church, a factory, a political party, or an elementary school.

The role and scope statement is more concrete and specific than the mission statement. Elements of a role and scope statement have only relative permanence. The role and scope statement distinguishes one university from other universities. Each university campus has a role to play in a larger cast of actors. Thus role and scope statements tend to be of particular concern to officials responsible for governing or coordinating multiple university campuses.

The role and scope statement typically discloses the nature and range of the institution’s responsibilities and activities: geographical service area; disciplines in which programs are provided; levels of degree offerings, e.g., associate, baccalaureate, master’s, doctoral; dominant characteristics of the student clientele; other constituencies to be served; emphasis areas; and sometimes future directions.
University of Arkansas System Mission

The University of Arkansas is a comprehensive, multi-campus, publicly-aided institution dedicated to the improvement of the mind and spirit through the development and dissemination of knowledge.
The University embraces and expands the historic trust inherent in the land-grant philosophy by providing access to academic and professional education, by developing intellectual growth and cultural awareness in its students, and by applying knowledge and research skills to an ever-changing human condition. (Adopted by the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees, 1989)
University of Arkansas at Little Rock Mission

The mission of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock is to develop the intellect of students; to discover and disseminate knowledge; to serve and strengthen society by enhancing awareness in scientific, technical, and cultural arenas; and to promote humane sensitivities and understanding of interdependence. Within this broad mission are the responsibilities to use quality instruction to instill in students a lifelong desire to learn; to use knowledge in ways that will contribute to society; and to apply the resources and research skills of the University community to the service of the city, the state, the nation, and the world in ways that will benefit humanity. (Adopted by the UALR Faculty Senate, 1988)

The University, through its various programs, works toward six mission objectives:
Excellence in Instruction: The University has a responsibility to provide excellence in instruction to ensure high-quality education for our students. This responsibility includes developing faculty teaching skills, awareness of the ways students learn, assessing student learning outcomes, and enhancement of resources to support effective instruction.
Scholarly Inquiry: The University has a responsibility to use scholarly inquiry to advance the discovery, preservation, and dissemination of knowledge. This responsibility includes the creation of a university environment that supports diverse research activities by faculty, staff, and students.
Service to Society: The University has a responsibility to serve society through the application of knowledge and research skills. This responsibility includes applying the University’s resources to local, state, national, and international needs in order to improve the human condition.
Community of Learning: The University has a responsibility to provide a community of learning through creation of an academic environment that stimulates students, faculty, and staff to become lifelong learners. This environment should heighten the intellectual, cultural, and humane sensitivities of students, faculty, and staff.
Accessibility: The University has a responsibility to serve the needs of a heterogeneous student population and to make its resources accessible to the general public and to local, state, national, and international groups. This responsibility includes creating opportunities for access to the University’s academic and other resources.
Responsiveness: The University has a responsibility to remain responsive to a changing environment and society. This responsibility includes a continuous assessment of the University’s strengths and weaknesses in planning for and meeting internal and external needs. It also includes developing the faculty, staff, and students’ desire and capacity in order to create an academic community that is open to change and ready to meet the demands of a dynamic environment and student body.

(Adopted by the UALR Faculty Senate, 1988)
Role and Scope

As the state’s metropolitan university, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) has the responsibility for serving:
Residents of Arkansas and the Little Rock metropolitan area who have completed a high school education and are seeking either a college degree or continuing professional education. As a metropolitan university, the institution serves adult, part-time students in particular.
Employers across the state, particularly in the region, both public and private, seeking well-educated employees, technical assistance and applied research.
Economic development interests and entrepreneurs in the region and across the state.
The research community.
The community and area by providing a broad range of academic and cultural activities and public events.
Area K-12 schools seeking college general education courses for advanced students.
Two-year college transfer students.
Array of Programs and Services

UALR serves these audiences by providing:
Baccalaureate programs in arts and humanities, the natural sciences, and social sciences appropriate to a teaching institution with a predominantly undergraduate student body.
Associate, baccalaureate and masters programs in the professional fields of particular importance in the region, including journalism and communications, public administration and community services, computer and information science, nursing, human services (including social work and criminal justice), education, engineering, and business.
Doctoral programs most needed by regional and state employers, most importantly programs in education and applied science.
Services specifically designed to meet the needs of statewide and regional economic development–continuing professional education, technical and professional services, support of small businesses and entrepreneurs, and technology transfer.
Special Features
Institute for Economic Advancement
Nanotechnology Center
UALR-UAMS joint academic and research programs.

What Makes UALR a Metropolitan University?

What makes a university a metropolitan university? It is more than just where the university is located. A metropolitan university has a diverse student body: students are on average older and diverse in ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic background. Because the makeup of a metropolitan university is different, the mission of such an institution is different as well. Metropolitan universities must educate their students, but they also have to teach them to be effective citizens and capable in their chosen professions.

Metropolitan universities also have to reach beyond the borders of the campus. They must serve the needs of the community in which they are located by developing partnerships with public and private enterprises. As described in the Declaration of Metropolitan Universities, a metropolitan university is an integral part of its region, shaped by its community even as it works with its community to shape their joint future.
Declaration of Metropolitan Universities

Several years ago, a group of educators from metropolitan universities and colleges across the country joined to draft a formal statement of what constitutes a metropolitan university. Chancellor Joel E. Anderson is among the signatories on that statement, which is reproduced below:

We, the leaders of metropolitan universities and colleges, embracing the historical values and principles which define all universities and colleges, and which make our institutions major intellectual resources for their metropolitan regions:
reaffirm that the creation, interpretation, dissemination, and application of knowledge are the fundamental functions of our universities;
assert and accept a broadened responsibility to bring these functions to bear on the needs of our metropolitan regions;
commit our institutions to be responsive to the needs of our metropolitan areas by seeking new ways of using our human and physical resources to provide leadership in addressing metropolitan problems, through teaching, research, and professional service.

Our teaching must:
educate individuals to be informed and effective citizens, as well as capable practitioners of professions and occupations;
be adapted to the particular needs of metropolitan students, including minorities and other underserved groups, adults of all ages, and the place-bound;
combine research-based knowledge with practical application and experience, using the best current technology and pedagogical techniques.

Our research must:
seek and exploit opportunities for linking basic investigation with practical application, and for creating synergistic interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary scholarly partnerships for attacking complex metropolitan problems, while meeting the highest scholarly standards of the academic community.

Our professional service must include:
development of creative partnerships with public and private enterprises that ensure that the intellectual resources of our institutions are fully engaged with such enterprises in mutually beneficial ways;
close working relationships with the elementary and secondary schools of our metropolitan regions, aimed at maximizing the effectiveness of the entire metropolitan education system, from preschool through post-doctoral levels;
the fullest possible contributions to the cultural life and general quality of life of our metropolitan regions.

(As quoted in Metropolitan Universities: An Emerging Model in American Education, compiled and edited by Daniel M. Johnson and David A. Bell, University of North Texas Press, Denton, Texas, 1995.)


Dedicated to academic excellence, as well as fulfilling the metropolitan university mission, UALR’s administration represents a variety of innovative and gifted leaders. Under their direction, UALR is forming valuable partnerships with business, government and industry that strengthen the University and the region.
Chancellor’s Office
Budget Office
Intercollegiate Athletics
Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Academic Colleges, Schools, and Departments
Office of Research and Graduate Studies
Office of Institutional Research
Scholarly Technology and Resources (STaR)
Dean of Extended Programs
Office of the Vice Chancellor for Information Services
Computing Services
Desktop Support Services
Management of Information Systems
Office of the Vice Chancellor for Educational and Student Services
Academic Advising
Admissions & Financial Aid
Records & Registration
Campus Life
Counseling & Career Planning
Cooperative Education
Dean of Students
Disability Resource Center
Donaghey Student Center
Health Services
TRIO Pre-College Programs
Testing Services
Office of the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration
Administrative Services
Human Resources
Facilities Management
Public Safety
Student Accounts
Financial Services
Accounts Payable
General Accounting
Mail Services
Office of the Vice Chancellor for University Advancement
Office of Communications
Children International
University District

Assessment Central

The purpose of Assessment Central is to showcase what we are doing to promote teaching excellence and accountability to our stakeholders, both on and off campus. Assessment at UALR helps academic programs (core, undergraduate, or graduate) achieve their student learning and teaching effectiveness goals. It is part of the ongoing scholarship of teaching and learning that is at the center of our educational mission.

About Assessment

Each organization on campus has reached a consensus about their mission, goals, and objectives of their program. Every unit at UALR has an assessment process in place that is used to make decisions to improve its operation. In that process, students, alumni, and various stakeholders participate in a variety of assessment activities designed to evaluate the organization’s mission accomplishment.

Assessment News

Please send your assessment news items to Kathy Oliverio([email protected]) for posting here.

Apply for Admissions

Greetings from the UALR Admission’s staff! We know that you are eager to take the next steps toward beginning your college education here at UALR. We look forward to helping you begin your college career as a Trojan! Applying for admission to UALR is quick and easy. You can apply online at There is a $40 non-refundable fee required to submit your application.
Admissions Process

Once your online application for admission is received it will be reviewed and you will receive a letter or email within 3-5 business days reminding you of the required credentials needed in order to complete your admission application. Your application must be complete before you will be fully admitted to UALR.
Checklist (What do I need to submit?)
Entering Freshmen:
Official Final High School Transcript or GED Test Score
Official Test Scores (ACT, SAT, or Compass) taken within the last 5 years
Immunization Records (proof of 2 rounds of Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccination)
Freshmen Transfer:
Official Final High School Transcript or GED Test Score
Official Test Scores (ACT, SAT, or Compass) taken within the last 5 years
Immunization Records (proof of 2 rounds of Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccination)
Complete, official transcripts from each institution of higher education attended (including high school concurrent coursework)

All new Freshmen and Freshmen Transfer students must submit all credentials no later than 5:00 p.m. August 10, 2011 for the Fall 2011 semester. All Freshmen must be registered no later than 4:00 p.m. on August 17, 2011. There will be no late registration for new freshmen students.
Immunization Records (proof of 2 rounds of Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccination)
Official transcripts from each institution of higher education attended
Transient Students:
Letter of Good Standing from current institution of higher education
Non-Degree Seeking:
Immunization Records (proof of 2 rounds of Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccination)
Immunization Records (proof of 2 rounds of Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccination)
Official transcript from bachelors degree granting institution of higher education
Senior Citizens:

All students over the age of 60 will need to speak with student accounts to receive the tuition discount. For more information see

Freshmen Admission Standards

Admission of Entering Freshmen

First-time entering freshmen and freshmen transfer applicants who present the following academic qualifications will be automatically admitted:
Successful completion of the high school college preparatory core in effect at the time of graduation from high school (the current core is shown below), plus one of the following:
A cumulative high school grade-point average of 2.5 or
An ACT composite score of 21 or a combined critical reading/math SAT score of at least 990
Students who were home schooled or completed a GED are automatically admitted if they have an ACT composite of 21 or a combined critical reading/math SAT score of at least 990

The academic qualifications of all other applicants will be individually reviewed by the Admissions and Transfer of Credit Committee, with attention to those factors that indicate the applicant’s ability and motivation to earn the grades required for satisfactory academic progress and eventual graduation. Such factors include, but are not limited to, high school grades with particular focus on the college preparatory core courses and grades, the academic rigor of the high school courses, success in AP and International Baccalaureate courses, and standardized test scores. Based upon this review, the Committee may admit, defer or deny admission to any applicant.

Applicants whose admission is denied or deferred may, with the submission of additional information, request reconsideration.
College Preparatory Core

To be automatically admitted as a freshmen, students must complete a minimum of 16 high school units (year-long classes) in the following areas:
English - 4 units (Four units with emphasis on writing skills, not to include courses in oral communications, journalism, drama or debate.)
Natural Sciences - 3 units (Three units, with laboratories, chosen from Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry, or Physics. Only one unit may come from a Life Science.)
Mathematics - 4 units (Four units including Algebra I and II, Geometry, and an advanced math course. It is strongly recommended that students take a math course during their senior year.)
Social Studies - 3 units (Three units, including one of American History -does not included contemporary American History, one of World History -not to include World Cultures, World Geography, or Global Studies, and at least one-half unit of Civics or American Government -not to include courses in practical arts.)
Electives - 2 units (To be chosen from English, foreign languages, oral communications, mathematics, computer science, natural sciences, (pre) engineering, and social studies. As you choose your electives, residents of Arkansas please remember that to be eligible for such scholarships as the Arkansas Department of Higher Education’s Academic Challenge Scholarship or the Federal Academic Competitiveness Grant, students must also have 2 years of the same foreign language.)

Transfer Admissions Standards

Admission of Transfer Students

Transfer students are those who have been enrolled previously in a higher institution of learning and have at least 12 transferable college credit hours and a grade point average of at least 2.00 on all previous college work to be granted regular admission. Such applicants must submit:
Complete application of admission
Official transcript from each institution of higher education previously attended
Proof of two MMR immunizations (required for all applications born after January 1, 1957)

Only official transcripts will be accepted for evaluation. Applicants are encouraged to apply early and submit documents by the early credential deadline. Please submit all official transcripts, even those with in-progress work, for initial review. All completed transcripts will be required to finalize your admissions application and receive your financial aid disbursement.

Admissions FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I check my application status?

You can log into your admission application to monitor your current status using the following link, It is important that you select “Returning User”. You will then be prompted to confirm your identity, after which you will have the ability to view your application status. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office. You may reach us at 501-569-3127 or [email protected] Please include your name and student ID on all correspondence.
After I’m accepted to UALR, what should I do next?

You should contact your academic adviser to schedule an advising appointment. In order to be advised, you need to both your ACT/SAT scores and at least a 7th semester high school transcript. If you have taken college courses, they will also need your college transcripts.
When can Freshmen register for classes?

How do I get a copy of my GED scores?

You will need to complete this form from the Arkansas GED testing service and mail it to the address on the form.
Can I register for classes before I am fully admitted?
That depends. If you are a freshmen or freshmen transfer you need to meet admission standards to be cleared for registration. For non-freshmen students - yes, as a provisional student you are eligible for registration during the open registration period of each semester.
Incoming Freshmen and Freshmen Transfer students must submit credentials before they will be cleared for registration. Please review our admission standards.
Note: You must be fully admitted to a degree-seeking program before receiving any form of financial aid.
How do I sign up for orientation?

Once a student has registered for classes, the Office of Campus Life will mail information about orientation dates and an invitation to orientation. You can also visit the Campus Life website by clicking HERE for my information.
Does UALR have on-campus housing? How do I apply?

Yes. Housing applications are available online.
What is the student-faculty ratio?

Where is UALR address?

2801 South University Avenue, Little Rock Arkansas 72204-1099.
If I have taken classes at another university or community college, will I receive credit for these classes if I am admitted to UALR?

Yes, UALR accepts most credits with a grade of “C” or higher from regionally accredited institutions (this does not include technical coursework).
Is it more difficult to be admitted to UALR if you are an out-of-state applicant?

No, out-of-state applicants must meet the same admission criteria as in-state applicants.
When will I receive my UALR email account?

UALR email accounts are created within 24 hours of class registration. For more information, contact Computing Services 501-569-3345.
What information do I need to submit if I am home-schooled?

A home-school transcript of courses taken or GED scores, ACT/SAT scores and immunization records.
Where can I get more information on establishing residency in the state of Arkansas (for tuition purposes at UALR)?

The residency policy and appeal form is available online
Where do I get information if I am an International student?

Contact International Student Services at 501-683-7566 or visit their website at
How do I contact the Office of Admissions & Financial Aid?
We are located in Administration South Building, Suite 208
Our office hours are Monday through Thursday 8 am to 6 pm, and Friday 8 am to 5 pm while class is in session
We can be contacted by phone at 501-569-3127
We can be contacted by email at [email protected]
What do I need to submit in order to apply for Veteran benefits?

Please see the Veterans Information page

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