University of Missouri – Columbia

105 Jesse Hall, Columbia, MO

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The University of Missouri (MU), known by students, faculty and locals as "Mizzou," is located in one of America's best college towns: Columbia, Missouri. Mizzou offers more than 280 degrees and many academic programs that are highly ranked including writing, journalism, family and community medicine, and dispute resolution.  MU has 40 degrees that may be completed online.

The faculty at MU includes many award-winning scientists and scholars.  MU is Missouri's largest public research university and is the flagship campus of the University of Missouri System.

The campus of MU is considered to be one of the most beautiful, and its 1,372-acres full of many varieties of trees and plants has been designated a botanic garden.


The University of Missouri was founded in 1839.  Located in Columbia, Missouri, it was the first state university in the Louisiana Purchase territory, and the first public university west of the Mississippi River.


The University of Missouri follows the semester-format academic calendar, with fall and spring semesters and shorter summer sessions.

The UM offers more than 200 degree programs through its 19 colleges and schools, including:

Colleges and Schools

  • College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
  • School of Natural Resources
  • College of Arts and Science
  • School of Music
  • Trulaske College of Business
  • School of Accountancy
  • College of Education
  • School of Information Science and Learning Technologies
  • College of Engineering
  • Graduate School
  • Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs
  • School of Health Professions
  • College of Human Environmental Sciences
  • School of Social
  • School of Journalism
  • School of Law
  • School of Medicine
  • Sinclair School of Nursing
  • College of Veterinary Medicine

Student Life

There are many services and amenities offered to students at Mizzou including academic advising and career resources, as well as many venues for dining, shopping, meeting, studying, and socializing on campus.  There are many historic and beautiful buildings on campus, and the University Club is a popular choice for fine dining, special events, weddings, meetings, and more.  The Department of Student Life offers many resources and lists of things to do at Mizzou, from guest lectures to learning how to rock climb.

There is campus housing available and residential life is very social at MU. The online portal "MyZou" has a campus housing tab that offers more information about student housing options.


Black and Gold are the colors of the Mizzou, or Missouri, "Tigers" athletics teams of the University of Missouri.  The Tigers compete in many intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Track & Field
  • Wrestling

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Softball
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball

Community Life

Columbia, Missouri has been named by several publications as one of the best places to live in America for the exceptional quality of life it offers.  For MU students, there is much to do on and off campus, from MU Tiger athletic games to musical performances from the School of Music, or productions from the Department of Theatre, and shopping in town.  There are many museums and art galleries on and off campus, including exhibits at the State Historical Society of Missouri.

Admission Requirements & Details

The admission details below may give an overview of the students University of Missouri – Columbia accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

The total student enrollment at University of Missouri – Columbia is about 35,000, with undergraduate students making up about 78% of the total student population and graduate students making up the rest.


Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $16,000. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. There is also a $55 application fee for those applying to a program. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition estimates are:
    • In-State Tuition: $8,300-$9,900
    • Nonresident Student Tuition: $24,000-$28,730
  • Charges per unit:
    • In-State: $280-$330 per unit
    • Out-of-State: $800-$960 per unit
  • May offer prepaid tuition rates, allowing tuition to be purchased at current rates for future enrollment.

Financial Aid Details

The table listed below helps break down the types of financial aid students receive and the percent receiving aid, as well as the average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid83%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships69%$8,451
Receiving Student Loans49%$7,059

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and alumni, University of Missouri – Columbia may offer services like those listed below:

  • Distance learning
  • Weekend and night classes available
  • Counseling assistance
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Assistance to find work

Graduation Rates

With a very high graduation rate of around 70%, University of Missouri – Columbia is among the most successful schools in the area.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years47%
Graduating in 5 Years20%
Graduating in 6 Years3%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Teacher Education (Bachelor's) Program (more info)
  • Clinical Psychology (Ph.D.) Program
  • Counseling Psychology (Ph.D.) Program
  • Coordinated Dietetics Program
  • Health Services Administration Program
  • Law Program (more info)
  • Medical (M.D.) Program (more info)
  • Music Program (more info)
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program (more info)
  • Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program (more info)
  • Occupational Therapy (OT) Program (more info)
  • Graduate Level Public Health (Outside School of Public Health) Program (more info)
  • Radiology Technician Program (more info)
  • Speech-Language Pathology Program (more info)
  • Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) Program (more info)

Intercollegiate Athletics

University of Missouri – Columbia is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports belonging to the NCAA Division I-A classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (Southeastern Conference)
  • Basketball (Southeastern Conference)
  • Track and Field (Southeastern Conference)
  • Football (Southeastern Conference)
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Agriculture Operations

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences



Engineering Technology

English Language and Literature

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

Family and Consumer Sciences

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions


Interdisciplinary Studies

Legal Professions and Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Natural Resources and Conservation

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences


Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

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