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
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:
- Cross Country
- Swimming & Diving
- Track & Field
- Cross Country
- Swimming & Diving
- Track & Field
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
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 Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||83%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||69%||$8,451|
|Receiving Student Loans||49%||$7,059|
Academics & Student Services
Student ServicesTo 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
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 Graduate||Percent of Entering Class|
|Students Graduating in 4 Years||47%|
|Graduating in 5 Years||20%|
|Graduating in 6 Years||3%|
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
- Teacher Education (Bachelor's) Program
- Clinical Psychology (Ph.D.) Program
- Counseling Psychology (Ph.D.) Program
- Coordinated Dietetics Program
- Health Services Administration Program
- Law Program
- Medical (M.D.) Program
- Music Program
- Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program
- Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program
- Occupational Therapy (OT) Program
- Graduate Level Public Health (Outside School of Public Health) Program
- Radiology Technician Program
- Speech-Language Pathology Program
- Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) Program
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)
- Swimming and Diving
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.
Get more information about the programs offered by University of Missouri – Columbia by clicking the request information to the right.
(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Business and Marketing Studies
Communications and Journalism
Computer and Information Sciences
English Language and Literature
Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies
Family and Consumer Sciences
Foreign Languages and Literature
Health and Clinical Professions
Legal Professions and Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mathematics and Statistics
Natural Resources and Conservation
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Public Administration and Social Services
Recreation and Fitness Studies
Visual and Performing Arts
Other 4-Year Public Colleges
The list of schools below have been selected by researching which schools offer similar programs to University of Missouri – Columbia.
- Lincoln University - Jefferson City in Jefferson City, MO (28 miles away)
- Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, MO (75 miles away)
- University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, MO (76 miles away)
- Truman State University in Kirksville, MO (87 miles away)
- University of Missouri - St Louis in Saint Louis, MO (109 miles away)
See a list of all the colleges and universities by clicking on one of the links below: