The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences campus is located in the center of Little Rock and is the center of medical education for the state of Arkansas. The graduate programs on this campus are the only ones in the state offering advanced degrees in the biomedical sciences. The campus is comprised of the Graduate School, College of Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, College of Health Professions, and College of Public Health.
UAMS is listed among the top U.S. Colleges of Medicine in its rate of growth and is the fastest growing medical sciences campus in the South. World-class scientists and physicians continue to be recruited to UAMS, facilitating this dramatic rise and providing new scientific and educational opportunities.
Located just ten minutes away from UAMS is the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UA-Little Rock), a 150-acre campus which offers undergraduate and post-graduate degrees.
Many students live in an on-campus dormitory, but ample housing within walking distance is readily available to students. A fitness center is available on campus.
Little Rock is centrally located in Arkansas and is the largest city and seat of government and business in the state. With a population of about 250,000 people, the city has the advantages of a larger city but the feel of a smaller town. Within literally minutes of campus are the shops and restaurants of the Hillcrest Historic District, the downtown business, theater and art centers, and the expanding neighborhoods and shopping of west Little Rock. Cultural activities include the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, the Arkansas Repertory Theater, Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts, and the Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts. The River Market District on the Arkansas River in downtown Little Rock has become a focus of many fine restaurants and evening activities as well as the Museum of Discovery, an outstanding hands-on museum for children, and the Clinton Presidential Library. There are many fine restaurants in Little Rock serving a variety of cuisines, not forgetting classic southern barbecue ribs.
Arkansas is a state of natural beauty with outdoor wilderness preserved in the state’s two mountain ranges, 600,000 acres of lakes, 9,700 miles of rivers and streams, and 2.4 million acres of national forest land. Hiking, biking, camping, fishing, canoeing and other outdoor activities are available within an hour’s drive from Little Rock. The climate is such that one can participate in outdoor activities from February through November, although the state does exhibit a change of seasons. About the time one is getting tired of the cold weather, spring has arrived.