Springfield, Missouri is an outdoorsy yet sophisticated city steeped in the heritage of the Wild West. As one reviewer puts it, "Springfield is Americana at its very plaid-and-proud best." Located in the Ozarks, Springfield is surrounded by mountain trails and rivers, affording plenty of opportunities for fishing, hiking, and hunting. Students of Springfield colleges and universities can also take advantage of cultural amenities such as art museums, a long list of historic sites, a Japanese 'Stroll' Garden, and more.
The largest of Springfield's colleges and universities is Missouri State University, a comprehensive four-year public institution with over 20,000 students. Springfield is also home to a number of parochial colleges and universities, including Evangel University. Ozarks Technical Community College, Forest Institute of Professional Psychology, and St. John's College of Nursing and Health Sciences offer vocational and professional higher education.