Overview of Missouri Colleges & Schools

A concentration of colleges and universities can be found in Missouri’s three major cities, Saint Louis, Springfield and Kansas City.  The state of Missouri houses over 200 colleges, vocational/career schools and universities including the University of Missouri school system.

The University of Missouri School System was founded in 1963 when the University of Kansas City, a private institution, was acquired and renamed the University of Missouri – Kansas City, and joined the University of Missouri as a centralized state run institution. The University of Missouri School System currently operates four universities:

In addition to the University of Missouri School System, there are other publically funded institutions within the Missouri border. These schools operate independently of one another rather than have a centralized organization manage them. The three largest public institutions not part of the UMSS are:

The state of Missouri is also home to many private institutions. These institutions operate independent of the state. Often the schools will have a specific purpose or intention in their founding that drives the direction and educational offerings of the school. A large number of these institutions have been in operation for over one hundred years, with some quickly approaching their bicentennial. The three largest private institutions are:

In addition to the various four year institutions, Missouri has many two year colleges, technical and vocational schools and privately operated career schools. Many of the community colleges are state run and operate as feeder schools into four year institutions, usually through an agreement of curriculum that guarantees entry or allows for credit transfer. Career, technical and vocational schools assist students in obtaining the skills necessary to perform jobs in a chosen field.

The most populous city in Missouri is Kansas City, followed by Saint Louis and Springfield.  While the most populous county in Missouri is St. Louis County with Jackson County a distant second.   If you are interested in visiting the state of Missouri, consider visiting their state page or the state chapter of the Chamber of Commerce.

College Degree Breakdown for the State of Missouri

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, NCES, O*NET Online

Doctoral or professional degree63,0302.3
Master's degree48,6401.8
Bachelor's degree558,35020.2
Associate's degree61,7602.2
Postsecondary nondegree award186,1106.7
Some college, no degree66,3902.4
High school diploma or equivalent1,017,17036.9
No formal educational credential756,39027.4

Public Universities & Colleges

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There are thirteen public 4-year state universities and colleges in Missouri. These four-year institutions predominantly offer bachelor's or higher level programs and some may even include research facilities. See a state-wide list of the state universities and colleges in Missouri.

Private Universities & Colleges

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In Missouri there are forty-two accredited private four-year colleges. Similar to public schools, private colleges and universities offer bachelor's or higher level programs and research opportunities, although they usually have smaller classes and higher tuition. Compare admission requirements and tuition details for private colleges in Missouri.

Community Colleges

Community College in Missouri

Community colleges are public institutions that offer low cost, high quality education for residents throughout the state. These schools offer 2-year programs that grant associate degrees or offer training courses in specialized trades. Missouri" Community colleges also are the number one transfer-out programs available for four-year colleges and universities. Learn more and compare community colleges in Missouri.

Bible & Christian Colleges

Christian Colleges

Bible and Christian colleges generally provide specialized undergraduate education with a focus on religious or biblical study. There are approximately thirty-one such colleges in Missouri located throughout the state. See a full list of Christian colleges in Missouri along with program and tuition information.

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