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University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Brice Smith

  • Major:

    Information science

  • Hometown:

    Fordyce

  • At UALR:

    Intern at Acxiom, president of student club, the Society of Computing and Information Science

Brice Smith is a self-proclaimed “proud son” of Fordyce, a small town in south central Arkansas. With a population of just over 4,000 people, Fordyce is not just a community, but almost an extended family.

Still, Smith is the first to admit the importance of choosing a university where a small-town student can participate in perks of metropolitan life.

“When you move to Little Rock, you see how amazing it is to have the world at your fingertips,” he said. “No more driving 45 minutes to get to the nearest movie theater!”

More importantly, Smith, an information science major living in the South Hall residence on campus, is a close drive to Little Rock-based Acxiom, a marketing and technology company known around the globe. At Acxiom, Smith is completing an internship where he makes weekly virtual visits to Australia and Brazil to work on products in those locales.

He said no other university in the state seemed able to connect him to real-world opportunities the same way that UALR has.

“You see the connections that UALR has with major corporations here in central Arkansas, as well as all over the world,” he said. “I can assure you that there is no decision that will benefit you more.”

Not that UALR’s metropolitan setting has diminished the family-like classroom experiences that Smith enjoys.

“I have had no trouble interacting with the faculty on a professional and personal level. All of the classes are sized wonderfully to give each student the one-on-one attention that they need with a professor,” he said.