Milestones in UALR History

LR Junior College Campus1927 – Little Rock Board of Education established Little Rock Junior College (LRJC) upon the urging of Swedish-born principal John A. Larson. The college was located in Little Rock High School (now Central High School) at West 14th and Park Streets.

Governor George W. Donaghey and his wife Louvenia1929 – LRJC became the beneficiary of a trust established by former Arkansas Governor George W. Donaghey and his wife Louvenia.

1931 – LRJC moved to the Uriah M. Rose Grammar School located at 13th and State Streets beginning with the fall term in September.

1949 – LRJC’s football team won Junior Rose Bowl in Pasadena California.

Raymond Rebsamen

1949 – LRJC moved to present location on an 80-acre tract of land on Hayes Street (now University Avenue) donated by Mr. Raymond Rebsamen.

1957 – LRJC became the private Little Rock University (LRU) and began offering four-year degrees.

1969 – Little Rock University merged with the University of Arkansas to create the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR).

Law School Campus1975 – UA law program in Little Rock transferred to UALR and School of Law created. UA Graduate School of Social Work in Little Rock transferred to UALR.

1977 – UALR Graduate School established.

1978 – UA Industrial Research and Extension Center in Little Rock transferred to UALR.

UALR Trojan Mascot
1979 – UALR Trojans joined the Trans-America Athletic Conference and began NCAA Division I competition.

1985 – UA Little Rock Graduate Resident Center graduate programs in education transferred to UALR.

1986 – UA Graduate Institute of Technology in Little Rock transferred to UALR.

1986 – UALR Public Radio–KUAR-FM public radio went on the air.

1990 – First UALR doctoral degree offered.

1991 – UALR joined SunBelt Athletic Conference.

UALR Dorms

1992 – First UALR student residence hall opened.

1995 – UALR Benton Center opened.

1999 – Donaghey College of Information Science and Systems Engineering established.

2000 – UALR classified as doctoral university/research intensive in the National Carnegie categories of institutions of higher education.

University Plaza

2004 – UALR purchased University Plaza Shopping Center on south end of campus at Asher and University Avenues.

2005 – UALR opened on-campus intercollegiate athletic arena, a gift from Mr. Jackson T. Stephens.

Jack Stephens Center

2009-2010– UALR experienced the “Year of Accreditation” hosting the North Central Association, Higher Learning Commission re-accreditation visit and seven department-based accreditation site visits.