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UA Little Rock is a comprehensive metropolitan university that serves a diverse student body and assumes a special role in addressing the needs of central Arkansas in its academic, research, and public service programs. While maintaining a strong liberal arts core education, UA Little Rock offers undergraduate and graduate degrees that meet the demand for professional and advanced level preparation in areas of critical need for local, state, and regional development. UA Little Rock is committed to a research and public service portfolio that applies its expertise and resources to public concerns and community wellbeing. Partnerships play a key role in enabling the university to extend its reach and increase its effectiveness.
—Adapted from the UA Little Rock Role and Scope Statement of the UA Board of Trustees

Based on this role, four institutional priorities guide our actions:

  1. Enhance access to higher education at UA Little Rock and ensure student success overall.
  2. Develop, maintain, strengthen the right mix of academic programs that will prepare students for viable career paths or career enhancements.
  3. Develop, maintain, strengthen a campus research portfolio that applies our talent and expertise to real life issues.
  4. Promote community engagement through our educational, research, and public service programs and projects, and through Trojan Athletics.

UA Little Rock’s Lasting Impact

UA Little Rock’s connections to the business community provide career opportunities uniquely found in the capital city. But don’t take it from us; our students say it best. Their stories highlight our unique sense of place and our firm commitment to supporting students and enhancing our communities.

Equipping UA Little Rock Students for Successful Careers

UA Little Rock’s connections to the business community provide career opportunities uniquely found in the capital city.

Nikki Mullen

Nikki Mullen – UA Little Rock

Nikki Mullen began studying mechanical systems engineering at UA Little Rock, and today, she’s a PhD student while working for Nushores Biosciences, a company that develops patented bone and tissue regeneration technologies.


Nikki Mullen began studying mechanical systems engineering, and today, she’s a PhD student while working for a company that develops patented bone and tissue regeneration technologies.

Andrea Vargas

Andrea Vargas – UA Little Rock

A first-generation college student, Andrea Vargas wanted to follow in her father’s footsteps to literally build her future, studying civil and construction engineering. Through a tight-knit community she’s formed here, UA Little Rock has become like home.


A first-generation college student, Andrea Vargas wanted to follow in her father’s footsteps to literally build her future. Through a tight-knit community she’s formed here, UA Little Rock has become like home.

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