Adult Learners (Nontraditional Students)
An adult learner is defined as a student 25 years of age or older who is beginning or returning to school after being away from college for a number of years and who plans to enroll in credit courses. To respond more effectively to this group’s needs, the Student Experience Center serves as an advocacy and referral office and assists new adult students.
The Non-Traditional Student Program (NTSP) is designed to help nontraditional students be successful in obtaining their educational goals. NTSP helps students navigate the university and provide information about resources, services, and opportunities that UA Little Rock offers. Additional information may be found on the website ualr.edu/campuslife/ntsp/about-non-traditional-student-programs or by calling (501) 569-3308.
The UA Little Rock Alumni Association sponsors a variety of activities for students and former students including homecoming, reunions, speaker series, and other special events. The association offers several scholarships, including one to a second-generation student. The association also cosponsors GradFest each fall and spring semester. Alumni members receive on-campus discounts and receive the Daily Record, a newspaper of law and business information. The Alumni Association offers a basic membership option or membership in a specific constituency group and is open to all former students of UA Little Rock and its predecessor institutions (Little Rock University and Little Rock Junior College) for a small annual membership fee. Visit the Bailey Alumni & Friends Center, (501) 683-7208.
The UA Little Rock Bookstore is located in the Donaghey Student Center complex and is the book center for UA Little Rock. In addition to providing required and recommended textbooks, the Bookstore has a general book department with a basic selection of books, special promotions, school and office supplies, and a special order service. The gift department includes jewelry, imprinted clothing, and greeting cards. University class rings are ordered individually for graduating students. The Bookstore is managed by Barnes and Noble Bookstores, Inc., and is a member of the National Association of College Stores and the Southwest College Bookstore Association.
Campus ID Card
The UA Little Rock photo Campus Card is required to access the Donaghey Student Center Fitness and Aquatics Center, library, athletic events, and special activities, and to perform check cashing and enrollment adjustments.
The ID Card is also used as a debit card for those students on a meal plan and/or receiving book vouchers. The card may not be used by any person other than the one to whom it is issued, and it must be surrendered upon the request of any official of the University. If an ID card is lost, another can be obtained at the Donaghey Student Center for a fee. Campus Cards are issued at the Donaghey Student Center during regular operating hours.
Student Experience Center
Students involved in the Student Experience Center gain valuable experience in building teamwork, planning events, working with diverse personalities and populations and much more! Services, programs, and events include the following:
- Allocation & Administration of Student Activity Fees
- Campus Recreation: Intramural Sports, Fitness/Wellness Programs & Outdoor Adventures
- Diversity Programs & Mentoring
- Fraternity/Sorority Life Student
- Leadership Development
- New Student Orientation
- Peer Tutoring Referrals
- Special Events & Cultural Observances
- Student Government Association
- Student Organization Registration & Advisement
- Support Programs & Services: Women, NonTraditional, Commuter & First Generation
- The UA Little Rock Forum Student Newspaper
- University Program Council
The Student Experience Center provides advisement to all registered student organizations including those funded by the activity fee, coordinates the assignment of student organization office space, and provides student development and leadership enhancement opportunities for UA Little Rock students. The office encourages a diversity of activities designed to entertain and educate while providing opportunities for student development through extracurricular experiences. For more information, contact the Student Experience Center (501) 569-3308.
Chancellor’s Leadership Corps
The Chancellor’s Leadership Corps (CLC) enrolls 225 new scholars each year based on the basis of academics, leadership, scholarship, and service. A renewable scholarship that covers tuition and fees is awarded to every member. The students serve as ambassadors of the University, participate in community service projects, and enjoy numerous social activities as part of a leadership practicum. The program has a four-year curriculum guide. Class enrollment is limited to CLC Scholars which ensures smaller class sizes and class engagement. Each course is designed with the scholars and their futures in mind. All coursework is interactive, engaging, and hands-on and designed upon the foundations of theory. For more information contact Financial Aid at (501) 569-3035 or visit ualr.edu/financialaid.
Students can connect to education and employment opportunities through the Career Center. The Center coordinates internships and cooperative education experiences, which offers students work experience related to their academic area of interest. The Center offers resume and cover letter writing assistance. In addition to assistance with interviewing skills, the Center also offers resources through Handshake, an online job search platform. To learn more, please visit the Career Center website at ualr.edu/careers or email the Center at email@example.com.
Counseling is a service provided by professionally and clinically trained mental health providers, who promote mental health and wellness within an individual, group, and community format. We assist clients who are goal oriented and want to make positive changes in their lives. Counselors guide clients in overcoming personal barriers and life stressors in meeting their personal and professional goals. We assist our clients in exploring and accessing their own strengths and equip our clients with healthy and sustainable coping skills. For more information call (501) 569-3185 or visit their ualr.edu/counseling.
Disability Resource Center
The Disability Resource Center collaborates with faculty, staff, and students to make UA Little Rock accessible to everyone. Their expertise is at the intersection of disability and design, and so the DRC works with the campus community to ensure that physical, web environments are designed to be barrier-free to the extent possible. Some barriers to access can’t be removed in a timely manner, and so that’s when they work one-on-one with students to determine accommodations. This is a collaborative process between the DRC and the student, and when needed, with faculty.
The DRC believes that disability is an aspect of diversity that is integral to our society and to the UA Little Rock campus community. The DRC also believes that creating and maintaining usable, equitable, inclusive and sustainable learning environments is a shared responsibility of the campus community. Designing learning environments with usability in mind benefit all students at UA Little Rock. The ultimate indicator of our success is when students with disabilities can access their environments as seamlessly as do non-disabled students.
The DRC strives to work proactively with the campus on accessibility issues by serving on many committees, and by doing presentations to colleges and departments across campus on good course design and accessibility issues.
For more information, contact Disability Resource Center by visiting ualr.edu/disability or call (501) 569-3143. The office is located in the Donaghey Student Center, Room 103.
Donaghey Student Center
Located at the heart of the campus, the Donaghey Student Center (DSC) supports the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in it’s dedication to development, service, and community. The DSC provides facilities and services unique to university life. It is one of the few buildings in the nation that combines a traditional student center with a fitness and aquatics center.
The Information Desk is located on the first floor of the Donaghey Student Center, Room 101. An attendant is available from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday.
Offices in the DSC
|Administration, (Room 101)
|Aquatics, (Room 106)
|Student Experience Center, (Room 216)
|Conference Services, (Room 210A)
|Dining Services, (Room 211B)
|Disability Resource Center, (Room 103)
|Educational, Student Services, & Student Life, (Room 215)
|Equipment Services, (Room 106D)
|Environmental Services, (Room 101)
|Fit/Well, (Room 109D1B)
|Information and Call Center, (Room 101A)
|Intramural teams, (Room 109D1C)
|Health Services, (Room 102)
|Reception Services, (Room 101D)
Graduate Student Association
Every UA Little Rock graduate student is a member of the Graduate Student Association (GSA). The GSA is the voice of UA Little Rock’s graduate students, advocating for their interests, hosting social, professional, and academic events throughout the school year, and sponsoring an annual research forum at which graduate students present their scholarly works.
The GSA is led by the Executive Team, composed of President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Social Media Director, and Parliamentarian. Senators act as liaisons between Colleges and the GSA as a whole. This format promotes dialogue between Colleges and encourages productive academic and social relationships between students. In addition, the Executive Team consults with various campus committees and administrative groups on behalf of the graduate student body and helps the GSA with a variety of programs throughout the year, such as workshops, recruitment, and the Student Research and Creative Works Expo.
The GSA performs its duties through monthly meetings, open discussion, and committee work. Senators of the GSA exercise their full rights as representatives by attending and participating in these monthly meetings.
As part of its representation of the GSA before the Graduate School and the University, the GSA elects student representatives to attend the Graduate Faculty Council (GC) and to serve on the GC’s two subcommittees, the personnel subcommittee, and the curriculum subcommittee. The GSA members that attend the GC will provide feedback to the GSA from the meetings about issues relevant to the student body. For more information on the GSA, you can visit its website ualr.edu/gsa or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
UA Little Rock has a wide variety of Greek social fraternities and sororities, as well as honor and recognition societies and professional fraternities. These traditional college student organizations (called Greek organizations because of their Greek names) provide democratic, social, and leadership experience; give value beyond the college years; create an ever-widening circle of service beyond membership; answer the yearning for spiritual expression and guidance, and fill the need to belong.
Membership is by invitation, following a formal “rush week” during which each sorority and fraternity holds parties for potential members to learn about the organizations. For more information or to participate in Rush Week, call the Student Experience Center, (501) 569-3308.
Health Services is an outpatient medical clinic that provides inclusive, evidenced-based, quality health care and wellness promotion to students and employees of UA Little Rock.
Health Services is under the Division of Student Affairs and is conveniently located in the Donaghey Student Center (Suite 102) next to the Information Desk and across from the bookstore. The medical staff includes board-certiﬁed advanced practice registered nurses, registered nurses, and a consulting physician.
Services include evaluation and treatment of illnesses (including prescriptions when needed); physical exams; STD screening and treatment; women’s health visits including annual exams and birth control; immunizations; tuberculosis screening; allergy injections; international travel consultations; and lab testing.
Students are encouraged to complete their medical history forms found at ualr.medicatconnect.com within the ﬁrst week of classes. This will greatly decrease the time it takes to check-in on the first visit to Health Services.
The Campus Wellness Center (located in DSC 201J) serves as the health promotion area within Health Services and offers free consultations on nutrition, weight management, smoking cessation, and exercise. There also are physical activity challenges throughout the year and a variety of programs on health-related topics including drug and alcohol abuse prevention.
Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday | 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
How to Access Care
Schedule an appointment with Health Services by calling 501-569-3188 or with the Campus Wellness Center by calling 501-907-8974.
The student health fee included in tuition costs covers the cost of most ofﬁce visits. There are additional charges for vaccines, labs, and certain procedures. Health Services can bill most insurance providers or charges can be posted to a student’s BOSS account. Charges must be paid in full before the end of each semester.
All programs and services offered through the Campus Wellness Center are free.
Living on campus at UA Little Rock is an opportunity to be in the middle of it all. Being a part of a residential community has many perks, from a greater chance at academic success to a built-in social setting that is brimming with possibility.
UA Little Rock offers a variety of housing options to meet the needs of a diverse student body. Each of the four halls and the new University Village are equipped with amenities such as furnished rooms, Internet access, cable connections, and reserved student parking. And let’s not forget about laundry, fitness and recreation areas, and the UA Little Rock Dining Experience.
Review the choices and decide which one best fits your needs before completing the housing application.
UA Little Rock adheres to all federal and state regulations and guidelines regarding nondiscrimination in housing. Inquiries may be made to the Campus Living at (501) 661-1743.
The Information & Call Center is located on the first floor of the Donaghey Student Center (DSC), Room 101. A team representative is available at the desk during our regularly scheduled hours to assist you.
The Information Center is open from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Friday (during regular sessions). The Information Center’s telephone number is (501) 569-3362.
The UA Little Rock athletic program is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I and abides by NCAA rules and regulations. Men’s and women’s teams compete in the Sun Belt Conference. Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, tennis, and water polo. Women’s sports include basketball, cross country, soccer, swimming, tennis, track, and volleyball.
Any student interested in intercollegiate sports participation is encouraged to try out. Interested students should contact the Director of Athletics.
Intramural Sports and Campus Recreation
The purpose of the Office of Campus Recreation is to provide opportunities for a diversified population to recreate, exercise, and socialize through a variety of programs. The Office of Campus Recreation help stimulate student learning and development as well as enhance the quality of life for the students, faculty, and staff. The Office Campus Recreations offers the following programs:
- Fitness & Wellness Classes– Offers approximately thirty (30) group exercise classes, personal programming, personal training, incentive programs, personal assessments, and CPR/First Aid classes during the academic year.
- Intramural Sports – Offers approximately fifteen (15) individual and/or team sports during the academic year.
- Outdoor Adventures– Offers students the opportunity to experience the outdoors through the rental of camping equipment.
- Special Events– Offers opportunities for leisure, education, socialization, fitness, and fun through a variety of alternative events. The program’s purpose is to provide off-campus connections with other universities’ participants through competitive and recreational events
For more information, call (501) 569-3308.
The Office of International Services is responsible for foreign student orientation and assists international students regarding living and studying on an American campus, with housing, advisory services for matters involving nonacademic concerns, and helps develop programs to bring foreign and U.S. students together. The office works in cooperation with other units on campus that serve international students. For more information, phone (501) 683-7566. (See the International Services section of this catalog.)
New Student Orientation
Your life changes when you enter college. Your days will soon be even busier and filled with new challenges, priorities, and activities. Students who become familiar with their campus, the faculty and staff, and available resources enhance their chances for success. Students admitted to UA Little Rock will receive an email invitation, at the email address provided on the admission application, to complete online orientation or attend orientation on campus.
Additional information is available at ualr.edu/newstudents or you may contact the Student Experience Center, (501) 569-3308.
Providing a unique educational experience to graduate students, the UA Little Rock Graduate School conducts orientation online at ualr.edu/gradschool. It is required that all newly admitted graduate students complete this orientation.
Orientation leaders assist in a variety of activities designed to welcome new students and their families. Criteria for orientation leader selection include the ability to interact well with others and to communicate information about the University; successful scholastic achievement; and evidence of previous leadership roles. Faculty, staff, and administrators are invited to recommend students for orientation leader selection. For more information, contact the Student Experience Center.
Military Student Success Center
The Office of Military Student Success serves over 700 Active Duty, Reservists, National Guardsmen, Veterans, and their family members.
The Military Student Success Center is the place to start. We are here to help you with your educational journey.
The Center has a lounge, study area with computers, conference area, and kitchen area.
The Center staff consists of two full-time employees—the Director and Assistant Director—as well as a team VA Work Study Students.
Both the Director and Assistant Director are advocates for the military student population and are able to assist you with any concerns you may have about your student experience and facilitate a resolution.
Contact us by email: email@example.com.
Phone: (501) 682-VETS (8387) | Fax: (501) 683-7055 | In Person: Speech Building, Room 111 Office Hours: Monday – Friday | 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Ottenheimer Library welcomes students, as well as faculty and staff. Friendly librarians and library staff are available to answer questions and assist with research. In addition to more than 500,000 books, Ottenheimer Library also features:
- Wireless access
- Computers, printers, copiers, and scanners
- Laptops and iPads for personal use
- Music CDs and DVDs
- United States government and European Union publications
Over 100 electronic databases, 30,000 electronic books, and 37,000 electronic journals, newspapers, and magazines.
The library delivers electronic copies of print articles and chapters upon demand, and can also order additional books, articles, and other materials from libraries throughout North America. Many of the library’s resources are available online and can be accessed anywhere with an Internet connection. For additional information, visit ualr.edu/library General information is available by calling (501) 569-3123. The telephone number for reference and documents assistance is (501) 569-3123.
The UA Little Rock Department of Public Safety (DPS) is responsible for maintaining an orderly, safe environment for the pursuit of education, and it works in many ways to serve, protect, and assist the students, faculty, staff, and their guests. Police service is provided 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and UA Little Rock police officers are commissioned law enforcement officers with the same authority and arrest powers as city police officers. The public safety telephone number is (501) 569-3408; (501) 569-3400 or 911 for emergencies.
Public Safety provides parking and traffic control, individual assistance, crowd control at campus events, crime control, and crime prevention information. Brochures listing traffic, parking, bicycle, pet, and other regulations are available in the public safety office, and these regulations are detailed in the UA Little Rock Student Handbook. University police officers are there to help, but students are responsible for knowing and obeying University regulations.
The department should be notified immediately in the event of theft, assault, public drunkenness or other disturbances, or any other criminal, dangerous, or suspicious activity. The Student Patrol trained students equipped with radios, flashlights, and identifying caps and badges, regularly patrol the campus buildings and parking lots and are available on request as escorts to on-campus destinations.
Emergency telephones, direct lines to the public safety dispatcher, are located around campus and their use is encouraged. These phones are in small, gray metal boxes on poles topped with flashing blue lights. Simply pick up the receiver and wait for the dispatcher to answer.
UA Little Rock is in compliance with federal law requiring disclosure of statistics regarding arrests and certain crimes.
The purpose of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Office of Campus Recreation is to provide opportunities for a diversified population to recreate, exercise, and socialize through a variety of programs. The Office of Campus Recreation help stimulate student learning and development as well as enhance the quality of life for the students, faculty, and staff. The Office Campus Recreations offers the following programs:
- Fitness & Wellness Classes
- Intramural Sports
- Outdoor Adventures
- Special Events
For more information, call (501) 569-3308.
Speech and Hearing Clinic
This program provides evaluations and therapy for any student wishing assistance. The UA Little Rock Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic is accredited in speech-language pathology and audiology and is supervised by certified speech-language pathologists and audiologists. Self, faculty, and external referrals may be made. Evaluations and therapy are scheduled at the faculty member ‘s and student’s convenience. The clinic is located in the University Plaza.
This clinic has the only diagnostic and rehabilitative training program in audiology in Arkansas. Audiological services include testing of hearing and communication skills, monitoring of hearing problems, hearing aid evaluations, hearing aid checks, training in speech reading, and counseling services for hearing-impaired students who may be experiencing difficulty in school because of hearing problems.
Appointments may be scheduled by calling (501) 569-3155.
Speech and language services include evaluations and therapy in disorders of articulation, language, stuttering and cluttering, voice, and organic disorders such as laryngectomy, aphasia, cerebral palsy, and cleft palate.
Some services are available at a reduced charge to regularly enrolled students. In addition, referrals are encouraged from community speech- and hearing-impaired children and adults.
Students Affected by the Military
Students Affected by the Military (SAM) is a UA Little Rock student organization with a mission to foster and develop a support and social network for UA Little Rock students affected by the military.
SAM wants to help you
- Develop Social Networks
- Receive Outreach Services (Counseling, Advising, Help when you need it)
- Enjoy the Company of Others Who Share Your Experiences
- Achieve Your Educational Goals
- Make Your Interests Known
UA Little Rock is a chapter of the Student Veterans of America (SVA) organization. SVA is a chapter-based student veteran membership organization that provides military veterans with resources, support, and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and post-graduation. Visit the website at ualr.edu/military/sam or contact the UA Little Rock military ombudsman at (501) 683-7167.
Under the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (commonly known as FERPA), a student at UA Little Rock has the right to withhold the following information, which is considered to be directory information, will be subject to public disclosure unless the student informs the campus Office of Records and Registration in writing, that he or she does not want any information designated as directory information.
- Student’s name,
- Telephone number,
- Date and place of birth,
- Major field of study,
- number of credit hours enrolled and/or completed,
- withdrawal record,
- Participation in registered activities and sports,
- weight and height (for members of athletic teams only),
- class rank,
- Honors, degrees, and awards received,
- previously attended a certain high school, college or university
- E-mail addresses.
Student Government Association
The UA Little Rock Student Government Association (SGA) offers an opportunity for students to play an active role in the University’s affairs and provides information on campus policies, events, and organizations, and an avenue for students to make known their feelings about campus policies.
SGA officers are selected by campus-wide election and represent the student body in the UA Little Rock University Assembly and the SGA President is a member of the Faculty Senate. The SGA appoints student members to UA Little Rock’s administrative and standing committees, provides an appeal system for parking and traffic violation tickets, maintains open lines of communication between University policy makers and students, and provides meeting space for student organizations. For more information or to become involved with the student government, call (501) 569-3567.
Student rights, responsibilities, and behavior, as well as other information on matters of conduct and due process, are described in the UA Little Rock Student Handbook. This publication is given to students at orientation or may be obtained from the Office of the Dean of Students. Students are considered to be mature individuals who neither lose the rights nor escape the responsibilities of citizenship through enrollment at UA Little Rock.
In addition to the UA Little Rock Student Handbook, graduate students are further required to familiarize themselves with the Graduate Student Handbook, Dissertation and Thesis Guideline, and the UA Little Rock Graduate Catalog.
There are more than 150 student organizations and clubs registered at UA Little Rock. These groups offer opportunities for leadership and student development experiences; recognize scholarship and leadership achievements at either the undergraduate or graduate level; and provide social experiences and opportunities to promote common interests in such areas as social action, politics, religion, philosophy, ethics, recreation, and hobbies. For a complete list of registered student organizations, or to register a student organization, contact the Student Experience Center.
UA Little Rock recognizes three official student publications on campus.
- Equinox is a student-run journal of contemporary literature and art at UA Little Rock.
- The Forum is the UA Little Rock student newspaper. It is published weekly during the fall and spring semesters and four times during the summer.
- Quills and Pixels is the peer-reviewed, student publication of the UA Little Rock Writers’ Network, an organization dedicated to spotlighting the importance of writing in society.
Administration North, Room 205, (501) 569-3376, ualr.edu/studyabroad
Study abroad at UA Little Rock offers you a unique and valuable experience—the opportunity not only to study but also to immerse yourself in another country and culture, thus expanding your view of the world. While working to fulfill major and minor coursework requirements, you also have an unparalleled opportunity to acquire firsthand knowledge of another culture, develop or improve fluency in another language, and gain a global perspective. Your time abroad will be full of vivid and amazing experiences that you will remember for the rest of your life, no matter where you choose to go. Our students have traveled the world, from Austria and China to Costa Rica and Spain. The photo opportunities are just part of the big picture – UA Little Rock students are interacting with other cultures, immersing themselves, and picking up the skills necessary to thrive in an increasingly interconnected world. For more information call (501) 569-3376 or visit the website.
Student Services Center, Room 315, (501) 569-3198, Website
Testing Services provides high-quality assessments that adhere to national, state, and professional standards in order to validate exam results. Testing programs include examinations for placement, credit, admission, graduate and professional schools, licensing and certification, distance education, and proctoring for students who receive accommodations.
The office maintains the policies and articulates credit for prior learning assessments such as Advanced Placement (AP), CLEP, DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST), Excelsior College Examinations (ECE), International Baccalaureate (IB), and UA Little Rock Departmental Exams. Information regarding scheduling, programs, and current policy is available online at ualr.edu/testing.
University Program Council
The University Program Council (UPC) is a registered student organization that serves as a programming extension of the Student Experience Center. UPC provides movie nights, lectures and comedians.
Any student who wishes to participate in UPC may become a member. Students who participate share in the presentation of student activity programs from beginning to end and may also serve in leadership positions within the organization. UPC members have the opportunity to work with many different groups to provide programs for a diverse campus population.
Graduate with the experiential education that UPC programs provide! The UPC is funded by the student activity fee and therefore, all events sponsored by the UPC are free to enrolled UA Little Rock students. UPC meets every Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. in DSC 201T. If you would like more information about the University Program Council, please contact the Student Experience Center at (501) 569-3308 or visit the website.
University Academic Assistance Centers
Communication Skill Center
The Communication Skill Center (CSC) helps take the panic out of public speaking! The CSC is a free campus resource devoted to helping students, faculty, and staff with all stages of the speech creation process. Our services include, but are not limited to, managing anxiety, brainstorming topics, conducting research, organizing content, outlining, designing and integrating effective presentational aids, and rehearsing traditionally, as well as via video, with personalized feedback. Additionally, we offer individualized help as well as group workshops on other communication-based skills, such as team communication, leadership communication, and conflict resolution. For more information call (501) 569-8208 or visit 201 SPCH Building.
Mathematics Assistance Centers
The Mathematics Assistance Centers (MAC I & II) are excellent places for students to study and do their homework. No appointment is necessary and the MAC I and MAC II are free to all UA Little Rock students. Each MAC is an excellent place to get help. Tutoring, DVDs, and computers are available.
University Writing Center
The University Writing Center offers writing assistance to any student at any level. Computers for word processing are also available. Located in Student Union B 116, the University Writing Center is open five days a week. Hours change each semester.
For more information, come by or call (501) 569-8343. You may also visit the Center for help with writing at the University Writing Center Online. (ualr.edu/owl/)
Vehicle Registration and Parking
Every student who owns or operates a motorized vehicle on the campus is required to register that vehicle and display a parking permit as instructed. A student may register one vehicle for open parking free of charge. Contact the Department of Public Safety for more information on registering vehicles (501) 569-3408.