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University of Arkansas at Little Rock

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is a four-year, public institution that was originally founded as a junior college back in 1927. In 1969, the institution merged with the University of Arkansas and changed its name from Little Rock University to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Today, UALR is part of a multi-campus system that encompasses eight campuses, although UALR maintains independent governance. UALR is distinctive in that it is a metropolitan university, meaning that its students tend to be older and more diverse, coming from a variety of ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, the university explains. The university has nationally ranked graduate programs in law, audiology, rehabilitation counseling, public affairs, social work, and speech-language pathology, according to U.S. News & World Report. In addition to offering high-quality traditional undergraduate and graduate programs, UALR offers online programs that help make a higher education more convenient for working adults and other nontraditional students.

Programs Offered

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock offers more than 100 programs of study through six colleges, which include colleges of education, business, engineering and information technology, arts, humanities, and social sciences, science and mathematics, and professional studies. Students can pursue programs at the associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels, and even pursue undergraduate and graduate certificates. Programs available through the William H. Bowen School of Law are held in particularly high regard, as UALR was placed among nine law schools deemed “golden,” according to Matt Leichter’s study of Law School Admission Council (LSAC) data; the data put UALR’s law school next to greats like Stanford, Yale, and Harvard when looking at acceptance rates, applicant yields, and dedication to admitting only the most qualified and diverse students into the law program. UALR also offers a large selection of online classes, as well as fully online degree programs. Online bachelor’s degree programs are available in criminal justice, liberal arts, management, nursing, and more, while online master’s programs are available in orientation and mobility, rehabilitation counseling, learning systems technology, and criminal justice.


The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has been accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission, since 1929. In addition, many individual programs at UALR hold specialized accreditation from various accrediting bodies, which students can verify at College Navigator.


First-time freshmen apply to UALR by submitting a completed application, paying a $40 application fee, submitting their official high school transcripts, and submitting their official SAT and/or ACT scores. Automatic admission will be given to freshmen applicants who have completed all of the required high school college prep courses, and have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, or ACT score of 21 or higher/SAT score of 990 or higher, according to the university website. All other applicants will be evaluated individually based on grades (particularly in college prep courses), how rigorous their high school courses were, the student’s performance in any AP or IB courses, and standardized test scores. Graduate applicants must pay careful attention to application deadlines, as they differ greatly by graduate department. Admissions requirements also vary greatly among graduate programs, although in general, students must have earned a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, maintain a high GPA, and submit any required standardized test scores, such as the GRE or MAT.


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