Politicos aren’t the only ones making waves with their stumping as of late; the University of Arkansas’s (UA’s) “Campaign for the 21st Century” resulted in the largest gift ever given to a public university in the United States ($300 million, by the Walton Family) in 2005. But the new Honors College and significant endowment boost weren’t the only benefits this public research university of 26,000+ undergraduates saw via this effort. The Razorbacks’ college of business, law school, and creative writing program consistently rank among the nation’s best. UA researchers have been responsible for the discovery of vitamin E, the development of the first biological herbicide for weed control, and the Wide Area Bar Code Reader technology used around the world for sorting mail! Campus life here is about more than just “hitting the books,” though: UA offers 33 Greek houses, has hosted free concerts by such big names as John Mayer and Snoop Dogg, and encourages involvement in any of its hundreds of student organizations, including a juggling club, the Society of Art Historians, and the NWA Biliteracy Project. And at only about $8,500 tuition per year for Arkansas residents, UA offers its applicants an exceptional value for their money.