by Max Brantley
UALR today touts its recruiting success. No, we're not talking about the signing of a point guard or a soccer goalie. We're talking about academic all-stars.
The Arkansas School for Math, Science, and the Arts, the prestigious state boarding school in Hot Springs for the state's top scholars, graduated 121 students this spring and 21 of them are heading for UALR - the most of any university, either in-state or out-of-state.
Eighteen of the 21 ASMSA students are planning to enroll in programs at UALR's College of Information Science and Systems Engineering - the CyberCollege.
ASMSA is a public residential high school for academically advanced juniors and seniors. This year, the high school's graduates earned more than $10.2 million in scholarships and grants - believed to be a record for any graduating class in the state of Arkansas.
"These students are among the most gifted in the state if not the nation. It is a testament to the strength of UALR's programs and faculty that so many of this year's ASMSA graduates are choosing UALR," said Dr. Robert Mock, UALR's director of Recruitment and Retention. "They could go anywhere, but they chose UALR for our top-flight faculty, cutting edge research, the excitement and opportunities that the Capitol city can offer, and our outstanding student services."