Second-largest member of the University of Arkansas system, the campus at Little Rock became a public institution in 1969. In 1927, the school was founded as a junior college and later morphed into the private Little Rock University. The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is the only metropolitan university in the state, with resources and opportunities from the capital city enhancing nearly every program of study. More than 13,000 part-time and full-time students pursue over 100 programs of study on the large urban campus. A student to faculty ration of 16:1 means smaller classes and more personalized instruction.
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Each of UALR’s departments and schools are similarly accredited by regional and national entities. Six colleges, a graduate school and a law school comprise the academic offerings available to students. In the English department, the William G. Cooper, Jr., Honors Program provides talented students the chance to earn a renewable yearly stipend while completing advanced coursework. Assistantship opportunities in the department allow students to partner with a faculty mentor in pursuit of advanced research.
The William H. Bowen School of Law has been recognized as a leading institution for the specialty of legal writing. Students seeking their JD have the option of earning a Master of Business degree concurrently in one of five specialties. The student body of the Bowen School of Law numbers fewer than 500, making for individualized instruction and a strong sense of community.
Extended Programs through the University of Arkansas at Little Rock move the classroom into the 21st century. Online classes are readily available in most academic departments, freeing up a student’s schedule for work or other responsibilities. Some online classes still require occasional meetings or proctored tests, while others are delivered entirely through the digital medium. Bachelor’s and master’s degrees and certificates can all be earned via online instruction. For students near Benton, Arkansas, an extended campus of UALR allows for completion of an associate’s degree in one of several disciplines, as well as seamless transfer of all credits to the main campus in Little Rock.