US News and World Report has recognized UA Little Rock for social mobility. U.S. News rankings are widely recognized in higher education, and the results are conferred by an unbiased trust agent. The 2022 Best College rankings list UA Little Rock #143 nationally in social mobility as well as Best Undergraduate Nursing, Best Undergraduate Computer Science, and Best Undergraduate Business – nationally. US News previously has ranked UA Little Rock as #1 in Arkansas for social mobility. Social mobility is the movement of people between different strata of society, and US News assesses this by the graduation rates of students who receive federal funding. These students typically come from households with incomes less than $50,000, annually. The idea is simple: When you begin a degree program at UA Little Rock, you are opening yourself up to better financial security as well as to a world of skills and knowledge to construct a firm foundation to go do what makes you happy. Start a business. Work in industry right here in the capital city. Found a 501c3 organization.
UA Little Rock’s student body is the most diverse of any college or university in Arkansas. Roughly 39 percent of undergraduate students from the fall 2021 semester are Pell Grant recipients. And 55 percent of undergraduate students with known generation status are first-generation students.
The Department of Computer Science, the first Computer Science program accredited in the state (1990), offers a minor in information insurance, a bachelor’s degree in computer science with an option that focuses on games, a master’s degree in computer science, and a Ph.D. in computer and information science. As of fall 2021, the department also offers a bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity, which will prepare students for one of the fastest growing careers in the world!
“The department’s areas of opportunity for our students enable undergraduate students to participate in projects outside the classroom,” said Dr. Al Baker, chair of the Department of Computer Science. “These areas include cybersecurity, virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR), data visualization, artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML), and mobile, smart systems, and software for IoT (Internet of Things). These opportunities in an ABET-accredited degree program make UA Little Rock an outstanding place to study computer science.”