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The University of Arkansas at Little Rock, located in Little Rock, Arkansas, was founded in 1927 , as Little Rock Junior College. The school was initially located in a public school, eventually moving to its permanent home in 1949. In 1957 the school began offering four year degrees which greatly expanded the school's focus and enrollment. In 1969 the Little Rock University (the school's name at the time) merged with the University of Arkansas, becoming UALR and establishing the multi-campus University of Arkansas System that is currently comprised of 8 campuses. After this time the school grew very quickly, expanding its program offerings and facilities. The school now serves over 11,000 students yearly and employs over 500 faculty members. As one of the largest institutions in the state, the school is committed to providing a quality education and is constantly updating and reviewing programs to ensure that they are current and relevant.
UALR offers over 100 undergraduate programs and nearly 40 graduate programs. The large number of programs ensures that students enrolled at UALR will be able to pursue their academic and professional goals. Undergraduate majors may be augmented through a number of minor degrees, or otherwise assist students in exploring interests outside of their area of focus. Students will also be able to pursue a number of internship opportunities provided by the school's location, as it is the only metropolitan public institution in the state. Programs are administered through various schools that comprise UALR, which in turn have a number of departments dedicated to specific areas of study. The school also has several libraries to further assist students in research and study.
Programs offered at UALR include:
Admissions and Financial Aid
Students interested in enrollment at UALR must submit an application either through a physical copy or online, as well as provide transcripts and standardized test scores. Once the application is received it will be reviewed by the admissions officers, and a decision will be made regarding enrollment. A final decision will be provided well prior to the start of the fall semester (assuming standard enrollment), at which point the student will participate in orientation, academic counseling and registration.
Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs available at the federal and state levels. Students in need of assistance must complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) prior to the financial aid deadline. Once submitted, the resulting student aid report will be used to determine need, eligibility and awards. Additional information may be asked for by the school prior to the disbursement of funds to ensure informational accuracy. Students may also apply to external scholarships offered by private organizations, each requiring a separate application and offered for a variety of reasons.
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock Trojans participate in a number of intercollegiate athletic activities and programs through the NCAA Sunbelt Conference. Such programs provide students with a forum to experience healthy competition, allowing for personal and group success and expose students to the bonds formed when pursuing a unified goal. Additionally, such programs provide student the opportunity to develop skills and abilities, such as good health practices, teamwork, and discipline, which may be applied to one's academic and professional success. Athletic events also allow all students and faculty to enjoy such activities as spectators and root for their school.
Athletic programs offered at UALR:
- Cross Country
- Track and Field
UALR is located in the metropolitan capital of Arkansas, and as such has strong ties to the community. Students are able to participate in a number of community based programs, experience various cultural and social events, as well as pursue career development opportunities while still in school. The resources provided by being in a metropolitan center are invaluable to students, as they provide recreational, social, academic, and professional development.
Admission Requirements & Details
The admission details below may provide a better idea of the applicants UALR accepts. The details may include admissions application requirements and recommendations, SAT/ACT scores of students who were accepted, as well as any AP college credits that may be transferred. This information can be used to get a better feeling of your chances of getting accepted to University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Admission Requirements & Recommendations
- High School G.P.A. and School Records are Required
- SAT or ACT Test Scores are Required
- TOEFL for ESL Students are Required
College Credits Accepted
- Dual Credits
- AP Course Credits
Admissions Test Scores - SAT Exam, ACT Exam, etc...
ACT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2013
|Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)|
|ACT ® English||20 - 26|
|ACT ® Math||19 - 26|
|ACT ® Composite Score||20 - 27|
Acceptance Rate Table - Chances of Getting Into UALR
The chances of getting into University of Arkansas at Little Rock can be seen in the table below.
|Granted Admissions||760 (53%)|
|Accepted Students That Enrolled||667 (88%)|
University of Arkansas at Little Rock has a total student population of about 12,000. The enrollment breakdown by academic level is 19% enrolling as graduate students and 81% as undergraduate students.
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $7,100. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. There is also a $40 application fee for those applying to a program. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Annual tuition estimates are:
- In-State: $5,800-$6,900
- Out-of-State: $16,000-$19,320
- Part-time students are charged:
- In-State: $210-$250 per unit
- Out-of-State: $580-$690 per unit
- on campus dorms & meals are estimated to cost around $12,000
Financial Aid Details
The table listed below helps break down the types of financial aid students receive and the percent receiving aid, as well as the average amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||95%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||92%||$9,854|
|Receiving Student Loans||41%||$4,101|
Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2012 was around 8.6%.
Academics & Student Services
Student ServicesTo help students and recent graduates, University of Arkansas at Little Rock may offer student services like those listed below:
- Online course work available
- Night and weekend classes available
- Remedial courses
- Academic counseling for students
- Employing students to lower education costs
- Employment search assistance
UALR has an overall graduation rate which is around 24%.
|Number of Year to Graduate||Percent of Entering Class|
|Students Graduating in 4 Years||7%|
|Graduating in 5 Years||9%|
|Graduating in 6 Years||6%|
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
- Art and Design Program
- Clinical Audiology (Au.D.) Program (more info)
- Health Services Administration Program
- Law Program (more info)
- Music Program (more info)
- Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program (more info)
- Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program (more info)
- Speech-Language Pathology Program (more info)
- Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program
- Theatre Program
University of Arkansas at Little Rock is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division I-AAA classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:
- Baseball (Sun Belt Conference)
- Basketball (Sun Belt Conference)
- Track and Field (Sun Belt Conference)
- Swimming and Diving
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Business and Marketing Studies
Communications and Journalism
Computer and Information Sciences
English Language and Literature
Foreign Languages and Literature
Health and Clinical Professions
Legal Professions and Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mathematics and Statistics
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Public Administration and Social Services
Security and Protective Services
Visual and Performing Arts
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- Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, AR (58 miles away)
- Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, AR (59 miles away)
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