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University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Motto A Difference of Degree
Established 1927
Type Public university
Chancellor Joel Anderson
Students 13,167[1]
Location Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
Campus Urban/Metropolitan
Colors Maroon and Black plus Silver
Nickname UALR Trojans [1]

University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR), is a 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 and co-created the University of Arkansas System under its present name.

Located on 200 acres in Arkansas' largest city, the UALR campus emcompasses forty buildings, including a university library which contains over 500,000 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, speech and hearing clinic and a wireless network that is being expanded to the rest of the campus.

Because of the university's location in the state capital, UALR students benefit from close contact with leaders in government, business, industry, medicine (University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences), and information technology. As the state's only metropolitan university and as a member of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities, UALR provides a strategic focus on the needs of the community by creating active links between the campus, community, and commerce.

Students attend classes in one of the University's colleges:

  • College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
  • College of Business
  • College of Education
  • Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology
  • College of Professional Studies
  • College of Science and Mathematics
  • William H. Bowen School of Law



The UALR Trojans is the name by which the athletic teams of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock are known. The Trojans are a non-football member of the Sun Belt Conference.

For the 2005-2006 basketball season, the Trojans moved into the $25 million Jack Stephens Center. The Center almost doubled the seating capacity of the previous facility, with 5,800 seats and 149,000 square feet (13,800 m2) of space.

Notable graduates

  • James Richard Cheek — U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia (1985-1988), Sudan (1989-1992) and Argentina (1993-1996)
  • Charlie Daniels — Arkansas Commissioner of State Lands (1985-2003); Arkansas Secretary of State (2003-Present)
  • Derek FisherNBA player
  • Mary Mel French — White House Chief of Protocol (1997-2001)
  • Max W. Hooper — Co-founder of Equity Broadcasting
  • Lynda Hull — Poet (Juniper Prize (1986); Edwin Ford Piper Award (1990); Carl Sandburg Award (1991)
  • Koby Koomson — Ghana Ambassador to the U.S. (1997-2001)
  • Jerry Maulden — Former CEO of Entergy Arkansas and Vice Chairman of Entergy Corporation
  • Pete MyersNBA player
  • Robert Palmer — Writer, musicologist, musician and blues producer (author of Deep Blues)
  • Wesley Pruden — Editor-in-Chief of The Washington Times (1992-2008)
  • Mike Ross — U.S. Congressman (2001-present)
  • Bob Stokes — Meteorologist for the The Weather Channel (1996-2008)

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Coordinates: 34°43′21″N 92°20′26″W / 34.722472°N 92.340650°W / 34.722472; -92.340650


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