Arkansas is known for its “Southern Hospitality”, and we are no strangers to it. Whether you are national or international, you are always welcome here.
It is with great pleasure that we, at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UA Little Rock), Institute for Chief Data Officers and the Information Quality Graduate Program, receive our visitors and our students.
We would like to share with you some information about the wonderful place we call home as well as the unique educational institution we call our workplace.
Arkansas (/ˈɑrkənsɔː/ ar-kən-saw) is a state located in the Southern region of the United States. Its name is of Algonquian derivation, denoting the Quapaw Indians. The state’s diverse geography ranges from the mountainous regions of the Ozark and the Ouachita Mountains, which make up the U.S. Interior Highlands, to the densely forested land in the south known as the Arkansas Timberlands, to the eastern lowlands along the Mississippi River and the Arkansas Delta. Known as “the Natural State”, the diverse regions of Arkansas offer residents and tourists a variety of opportunities for outdoor recreation.
Arkansas is the 29th largest in square miles and the 33rd most populous of the 50 United States. The capital and most populous city is Little Rock, located in the central portion of the state, a hub for transportation, business, culture, and government. The northwestern corner of the state, including the Fayetteville–Springdale–Rogers Metropolitan Area and Fort Smith metropolitan area, is also an important population, education, and economic center. The largest city in the eastern part of the state is Jonesboro.
Arkansas has a humid subtropical climate, which borders on humid continental in some northern highland areas. Generally, Arkansas has hot, humid summers and cold, slightly drier winters.
Arkansas’s economy has evolved and diversified to meet the needs of today’s consumer. The state’s gross domestic product (GDP) was $120.7 billion in 2016. Six Fortune 500 companies are based in Arkansas, including the world’s #1 retailer, Walmart, Tyson Foods, Dillard’s and J.B. Hunt Transport.
According to CNBC, Arkansas currently ranks as the state with the 7th-lowest cost of doing business, 4th-lowest cost of living and the 12th best infrastructure. As of 2017, CNBC also lists Arkansas as the 4th most affordable US state to live in.
Prominent Arkansans include Bill Clinton, William Fulbright, Sam Walton, Johnny Cash and many others.
About Little Rock
Little Rock is the capital and the largest city of the U.S. state of Arkansas. The Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) had a population of 734,622 people in the 2016 census estimate. The MSA is included in the Little Rock−North Little Rock, AR Combined Statistical Area, which had a population of 905,847 in the 2016 census estimate. As of the 2010 US Census, Little Rock had a city proper population of 198,541 (www.census.gov). It is the county seat of Pulaski County.
Located near the geographic center of Arkansas, Little Rock derives its name from a small rock formation on the south bank of the Arkansas River called la Petite Roche (French: “the little rock”). The “little rock” was used by early river traffic as a landmark and became a well-known river crossing. The “little rock” is across the river from “big rock,” a large bluff at the edge of the river, which was once used as a rock quarry.
University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UA Little Rock)
UA Little Rock is a national public research university located in Little Rock, Arkansas. Established as Little Rock Junior College by the Little Rock School District in 1927, the institution became a private four-year university under the name Little Rock University in 1957. It returned to public status in 1969 when it merged and co- created the University of Arkansas System under its present name.
Located on 200 acres (0.81 km2), the UA Little Rock campus encompasses more than 40 buildings, including Ottenheimer library which contains more than 500,000 volumes, 700,000 microform items, 8,300 audiovisual forms and CDs, and subscribes to 2,625 periodicals. Additionally, UA Little Rock houses special learning facilities that include a learning resource center, art galleries, KUAR radio station, television station, cyber café, speech and hearing clinic, and a campus-wide wireless network.
Because of the university’s location in the state capital, UA Little Rock students benefit from close contact with leaders in government, business, industry, medicine (University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences), and information technology. As the state’s only metropolitan university and as a member of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities, UA Little Rock provides a strategic focus on the needs of the community by creating active links between the campus, community, and commerce.
The university features more than 100 undergraduate degrees and 60 graduate degrees, including 1-year graduate certificates, master’s degrees, and doctorates, through both traditional and online courses. Students attend classes in one of the university’s seven colleges:
College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
College of Business
College of Education
George W. Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology
College of Professional Studies
College of Science
William H. Bowen School of Law
The student life at UA Little Rock is typical of many larger, public universities in the United States. It is characterized by student run organizations and affiliation groups that support social, academic, athletic and religious activities and interests.
Some of the services offered by the UA Little Rock Office of Campus Life are intramural sports and fitness programs, diversity programs, leadership development, peer tutoring, student government association, student support programs including groups for non-traditional and first generation students, a student-run newspaper, and fraternity and sorority life.
The proximity of the UA Little Rock campus to downtown Little Rock enables students to take advantage of a wide array of recreational, entertainment, educational, internship and employment opportunities that are not available anywhere else in Arkansas.
About the George W. Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology (EIT)
The George W. Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology (EIT) is a key partner with industry, research, and education in the capital region of Little Rock, Arkansas. EIT is a vital part of the eco-system of the region and is an active partner with its many constituents within the state and the region. We are a metropolitan university positioned in a community and region that is innovative and is collaborative with engineering and IT professionals. Now is an exciting time to be a part of UA Little Rock EIT. The College continues to innovate and stay on top of current trends in the marketplace in all seven of its undergraduate programs – architectural and construction engineering, civil and construction engineering, computer science, construction management, information science, engineering technology and systems engineering. Its programs are built around forward-thinking precepts, meaning our graduates are prepared to immediately succeed in construction-, engineering- and technology-focused careers – whether working for themselves or at a leading company – as well as in graduate programs at top universities.
EIT is also home to eight cutting-edge graduate programs including doctoral degrees, masters of Science degrees and graduate certificates – all focused on strategic areas of commerce and research directly relevant to 21st Century success. EIT has just become a true center of academic excellence, recognized by U.S. News and World report as having one of the top undergraduate engineering programs at a public university in the South.