*In-state, two semesters' tuition and required fees. Source: U.S. News Best Colleges 2012.
The U of A is nestled on 345 acres overlooking the Ozark Mountains, and the state’s flagship university is known for its business, engineering and nursing programs.
Town: Fayetteville (pop. 73,580)
Nickname: Razorbacks, named after the feral pig. The nickname was the Cardinals, but students voted in the new one in 1910.
Colors: Cardinal and white
Traditions: Calling the Hogs, one of college sports’ most revered rituals, inspires Arkansas fans everywhere to chant “Woo pig sooie!” three times followed by “Razorbacks!” The sidewalks of campus, known as Senior Walk, feature more than 140,000 names of graduates starting with the class of 1876.
Eats and treats: Come and get it at Mama Dean’s Soul Food Kitchen, from fried chicken, fried pork chops and ribs, to mashed potatoes and greens. The Hog Haus Brewing Co. offers nine full-time beers and 15 seasonal brews to sip with steak, wings or seafood. Locals rave about the atmosphere and burgers at Hugo’s, just off the square.
Places and spaces: Pick up a brochure at the Fayetteville Visitors Center for the All Seasons Trail, a driving route including city landmarks, the UA campus, famous homes and scenic points. The Arkansas Air Museum showcases artifacts of aviation history from military aircraft to Sam Walton’s first airplane. Fayetteville’s energetic Dickson Street is the spot for live music and restaurants.
Correction: An earlier version of this article misspelled Dickson Street.
Old Main is the oldest building on the University of Arkansas campus.