University of Missouri—Columbia

Columbia, MO

University of Missouri—Columbia

Columbia, MO

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A better way to learn

The University of Missouri, also known as Mizzou, is a flagship public research university located in Columbia, Missouri. Founded in 1839, it is the largest university in the state of Missouri and a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. With over 300 degree programs and more than 30,000 students, Mizzou offers a diverse and inclusive community where students can pursue their passions and prepare for successful careers.

One of the unique features of Mizzou is its commitment to hands-on learning and research opportunities for undergraduate students. Students can participate in cutting-edge research with world-renowned faculty, engage in service-learning projects, and gain real-world experience through internships and co-op programs. In addition, Mizzou is home to the MU Career Center, which provides students with career counseling, job search assistance, and access to over 2,000 employers.

Mizzou also offers a vibrant campus life with over 700 student organizations and a variety of events and activities throughout the year. From sports to music to cultural events, there is always something happening on campus. Mizzou is also home to the Missouri Tigers, who compete in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and offer a wide range of varsity sports.

Simply said, Mizzou offers a better way to learn.


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Are you CoMo ready?

Ranked by the American Institute for Economic Research as one of the nation’s top 10 college towns, Columbia combines small-town comforts, community spirit and a low cost of living with big-city culture, activities, and resources. Come see why Money magazine, Fortune magazine, U.S. News & World Report, Men’s Journal, and others have all named Columbia one of the best places in the country to live.

Mizzou: By the Numbers

31,318 students from all 50 states and over 100 countries

26.2: average freshman ACT score (state average 20.8, national average 20.7)

4.1: average number of years it takes Mizzou students to complete a four-year degree

300+ degree programs, including 97 undergraduate majors, 96 master’s degrees, 69 doctoral degrees and over 70 certificates

550 student-athletes in 20 sports, many in the top 25% nationally.

1: Nobel laureate George P. Smith won the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

1,963 full-time faculty, 93.1% hold doctorates or the highest degree in their field

$186+ million on scholarships and gifts in 2020-2021

75% graduation rate

95% of Mizzou graduates are successful within six months of graduation

11,500+ employers partner with Mizzou each year to recruit Mizzou students

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “Mizzou is so rare in that it has such a great combination of meaningful traditions and a tight knit community, but also endless opportunity for involvement and learning.”

    • Gretchen Metzger
      BS BA ’19 - Business Marketing
  • “Any school can teach students valuable lessons in the classroom, and Mizzou does a fabulous job of that, but Mizzou also offers a one-of-a-kind experience out of the classroom. Had I not pushed myself out of my comfort zone and gotten involved, I would not have had the confidence to [pursue a career with the Kansas City Chiefs], let alone learn leadership, interpersonal, and 'real-world' skills that employers are looking for.”

    • Lauren Lanter
      BS '18, Parks Recreation and Tourism
  • “Mizzou equipped me with not only a supportive community but provided me with opportunities that helped me develop confidence in myself as a professional and person. Through involvement, I was able to strengthen my communication and relationship-building skills, which have allowed me to be successful in my career and make meaningful connections with others.”

    • Billy Donley
      BA '18, Communication
  • “The faculty and staff at Mizzou wanted nothing more than for me to succeed in life so they entrusted me with tasks where I'd have to step out of my comfort zone so I could learn from each step.”

    • Cece Bolin
      BS ’17, Hospitality Management