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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.

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The University of Arkansas at Little Rock maintains rolling admissions for both freshman and transfer students. In other words, applications are accepted all year long, with admitted students being automatically registered for the next semester. Competition is minimal, as 99 percent of freshman applicants are admitted. The Director of Admissions is the lead administrator at the Little Rock campus. At the Benton campus, prospective students need to make an appointment to speak with an admissions or financial aid counselor.

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock application is available online. A non-refundable fee must be paid in order to process the application. Within five days, a UALR official will be in touch to explain the next steps in the application process, which include submitting required credentials and documents.

Freshman Admissions

High-school applicants and other first-time college students must submit their complete transcripts or official GED results. Standardized test scores – ACT, SAT or Compass – must be no older than five years. Immunization records must be verified and current.


Prospective transfer students who will still qualify as freshmen must follow the guidelines for high-school applicants as well as supply all higher education transcripts. Transfer students with sophomore standing and above will only need to produce official transcripts and immunization records. All transfer applicants must have earned a GPA of at least 2.0 on previous coursework to earn regular admission.

International Students

Prospective students who are not US citizens are encouraged to apply up to a year in advance. The Office of International Services acts as the liaison for all current and future international students. The University of Arkansas at Little Rock requires all international students to achieve a certain level of proficiency with the English language. Scores from a standardized test like the Test of English as a Foreign Language will be necessary to demonstrate proficiency. Students who need some help bringing their English up to par, but otherwise meet admission requirements, can enroll in UALR’s Intensive English Language Program. International students must show proof of financial support as well as the appropriate student visa.

Senior Students

Arkansas residents over the age of 60 are eligible to have tuition and general fees waived. Admissions are determined based on the availability of space within the programs. Senior applicants must register on the last regular registration day or during late registration.

Financial Aid

All students have a variety of options for meeting their financial obligations to the university. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid will determine a student’s eligibility for certain forms of assistance. Federal and state grants are typically awarded based on student financial need. Some scholarships follow a similar formula, while others base awards upon academic excellence. Loans, either federally-funded or private, can cover a gap when other sources of funding are exhausted. Unlike other forms of aid, loans and any accrued interest must be repaid.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5467th for the average student loan amount.
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A majority of University of Arkansas at Little Rock undergraduates are women, and nearly half attend class only part-time. Fully one-third earn the title of “non-traditional,” being 25 years of age or older. Another third hail from under-represented groups such as Hispanics and African-Americans.

Campus housing and dining services are available to most students. Seven fraternities and six sororities maintain housing near the campus. Dozens of student organizations offer camaraderie to both traditional and non-traditional students.

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock makes every effort to guarantee a safe and welcoming campus experience for all students. Public safety officers patrol the campus 24 hours a day and are trained to deal with almost any emergency.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


The University of Arkansas at Little Rock fields team and individual sports in the Sun Belt Conference at the NCAA Division I level. The school mascot is the Trojan. Silver, maroon and black are the official team colors. Men’s and women’s basketball teams compete in the 5,600 seat Jack Stephens Center, a $25,000,000 gymnasium which opened during the 2005-06 season. In 2011, the men’s basketball team won the Sun Belt Conferences tournament, earning a bid to the NCAA Tournament.

As of summer 2011, a new recreation and sports complex is under construction that will be home to both track and field and soccer teams. The grandstands will seat approximately 300 spectators.

Local Community

Little Rock is both the capital and largest city in Arkansas. The University of Arkansas at Little Rock benefits enormously from strong relationships with both the business community and leaders in local and state government. Opportunities abound for students to build professional networks, intern for corporations or government agencies, or simply experience everything that Little Rock has to offer.

For those who need to a relaxing time-out from the pressures of university life, Little Rock offers dozens of parks and nature areas. Outdoor activities like hiking, cycling and boating are all accessible from the main campus. To the west of the city, the Ouchita and Ozark Mountains provide a taste of wilderness.


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Information Summary

Ranks 9th in Arkansas and 836th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Arkansas and 433rd overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 2 0.02
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.01
Robbery 1 0.01
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 8 0.06
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 8 0.06
Arrest 123 0.94

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 1,849 0.95
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 37 0.02
Forcible Rape 161 0.08
Robbery 858 0.44
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 4,655 2.39
Larceny 9,756 5.00
Vehicle theft 1,093 0.56

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Little Rock, AR 72204
Surrounding communityMidsize city (inside urban area, pop. between 100,000 to 250,000)
Total Population32,356 (32,344 urban / 12 rural)
Households11,824 (2.56 people per house)
Median Household Income$29,963
Families7,851 (3.13 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Doctoral/Research Universities
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduateDoctoral, professional dominant
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District502

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1106th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $5,525 $5,525 $15,302
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,569 $1,569 $1,569
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $197 $197 $547
FT Graduate Tuition $5,690 $5,690 $13,030
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,121 $1,121 $1,121
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $285 $285 $652
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $23,191 $23,191 $32,968
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $24,135 $24,135 $33,912
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $14,190 $14,190 $23,967

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Law Degree — Tuition $11,568 $25,362
Law Degree — Required Fees $1,786 $1,786

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $6,571 $6,854 $6,571 $6,854 $15,447 $16,066
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,574 $1,864
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,246 $8,989
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,766 $4,290
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,262 $8,747
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,690 $4,894
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,690 $4,894

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$40
Graduate Application Fee$40
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 1,443 (617 male / 826 female)
Admitted 761 (318 male / 442 female)
Admission rate 53%
First-time Enrollment 667 (288 male / 379 female)
FT Enrollment 633 (270 male / 363 female)
PT Enrollment 34 (18 male / 16 female)
Total Enrollment12,377

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Sun Belt Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Sun Belt Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Sun Belt Conference

ACT Test Admission

370th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 82%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 26
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 26
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 27

SAT Test Admission

1257th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 3%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 360 / 480
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 410 / 480
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 770 / 960

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity1,363
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1246th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $71,365 ($76,084 male / $58,806 female)
Number of FT Faculty 471 (277 male / 194 female)
Number of PT Faculty 773
FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
Total Benefits $10,657,582

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