If you're looking for a college experience that's part high culture and part Wild West, Fort Smith, Arkansas, should be on your short list. Originally a western frontier military post, Fort Smith has a strong heritage in law enforcement and taming of the Wild West. The city was recently selected as the future home of the US Marshal Service National Museum. As the largest city in Western Arkansas, Fort Smith offers many activities, attractions, and venues for musical and theatrical performances.
The University of Arkansas at Fort Smith is among Fort Smith's best known schools. Until 2002, this school was known as Westark College, and was only recently incorporated into the University of Arkansas System. Fort Smith colleges and universities offer applied and traditional baccalaureate degrees in a variety of fields, as well as technical, associate's, and master's programs.