Rival Survival: Arkansas-Little Rock

Learn about App State's new Sun Belt rivals. School by school, App State Mania will guide you through the conference, revealing each university. The academics, the athletics, and the rivalries; everything you'll need to know when it's time to go to battle.

Billed as a metropolitan university, the University of Arkansas-Little Rock (UALR) is located on 250 acres in the capital city of Little Rock. After merging with the University of Arkansas in 1969 the school began rapid expansion, nearly quadrupling their student enrollment, which stands at nearly 12,400 today. Over 100 undergraduate degrees and 60 graduate degrees can be earned through colleges of:

Arts, Humanities and Social Services



Engineering and Information Technology

Professional Studies


Bowen School of Law

The most recent areas of academic and research focus are reflected in the Center for Integrative Nanotechnology and the Donaghey Emerging Analytics Center.

Ranked as a national university, due to the affiliation with the University of Arkansas, US News and World Report did not publish the UALR ranking, which falls somewhere after #200.

UALR's NCAA Academic Progress Rating (APR), a team-based metric that accounts for the eligibility and retention of each student-athlete in each term, stands at 961 for the most current evaluation period. The Sun Belt average APR is 967.

UALR Trojan Athletics fields 14 university-sponsored programs. Interestingly, only four are men's sports and the remaining 10 are women's teams. The Trojans are one of the non-football members of the Sun Belt.

UALR finished 10th in the 2013-2014 Bubas Cup standings, awarded annually based on point totals derived from conference success of individual sports programs within each university.

Athletic success has been spotty over recent years, though the men's basketball team did win the Sun Belt Tournament in 2011 and made their first NCAA Tournament appearance in over 20 years. During the 2013-2014 athletic year, UALR finished second in the Sun Belt in both men's cross country and volleyball, and third in women's basketball. Recently retired NBA player and recently hired coach of the New York Knicks, Derek Fisher is UALR's most recognizable former athlete.

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