The University of Arkansas at Little Rock exceeded its enrollment predictions and is experiencing record-setting growth for first-time freshmen, transfer and graduate students for the fall 2022 semester. This includes an unprecedented growth of 29% for first-time freshmen, an 8% increase for transfer students, and a 5% increase for graduate students.

“UA Little Rock is experiencing its largest percent increase in first-time freshmen and transfer students in over a decade,” said Dr. Cody Decker, vice chancellor for student affairs. “In addition to new student enrollment growth, student success measures continue to rise, with fall-to-fall retention improving from 65% to 75%.”


The positive enrollment news is attributed to UA Little Rock’s focus on college affordability, continued investment in the learning and living environment, and a commitment to increasing student success. With the added academic and social benefits of living on campus, campus housing saw an 11% increase in occupancy this fall.

“One option for our incoming freshmen is a half-off tuition scholarship for eligible students,” Decker said. “That scholarship supports our mission of making college accessible to Arkansans and was made possible by the generosity of an anonymous donor who gave the university $25 million dollars in 2020.”


With the university seeing a rise in enrollment in many programs in the Donaghey College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, this is an exciting time for STEM education at UA Little Rock. The Department of Information Science saw the highest jump with an enrollment increase of 86% in its graduate program. The university has exciting things in the works that will pave the way for STEM education for many years to come.

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