The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith was founded in 1928 as the Fort Smith Junior College. It was named the Westark Junior College in 1966 and Westark Community College in 1972. The name was changed to Westark College in February 1998, and it gained a university status on January 1, 2002. Presently, it is the sixth largest university in Arkansas. The main campus of the university covers more than 125 acres. It is organized into the following colleges:
UA Fort Smith competes in the National Junior College Athletic Association. Its sports teams are known as the Lions and sponsors women's teams in basketball, tennis, golf and volleyball and men's teams in baseball, basketball, tennis and golf.
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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