St. Louis is a major Midwest city filled with rich and vibrant history. Washington University in St. Louis contributes to the storied history of the region. Founded in 1853 and named for George Washington, this private 4-year university sits on over 2,300 acres (over 3 locations) inside the city. WUSTL, as it is affectionately called, has produced Nobel Prize winners, Rhodes Scholars and a good number of successful business leaders over time. St. Louis, home to professional sports teams, the Gateway Arch (a monument to American western expansion) and nine Fortune 500 companies. St. Louis is a cultural center for music (the 2nd oldest symphony orchestra is located there) including classical, blues, jazz and ragtime. Washington University played host to Presidential debates in 1992, 2000, 2004 and 2016.