List of Private Universities & Colleges in Missouri

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Missouri is the 18th most populated states in the nation and is home to over 200 accredited colleges and universities. The 3 primary metro areas on the state consist of Springfield, Kansas City, and Saint Louis. The accredited private colleges in the state of Missouri include over three dozen schools to research. Colleges span from Saint Louis and Saint Charles to Kansas City to Springfield in the state. Top ranked private colleges in Missouri include Saint Louis University, Washington University, Webster University, Southwest Baptist University, and St Louis College of Pharmacy. The balance of the private colleges found in and around the state of Missouri can quickly be found by searching on this portal or by utilizing our search technology here. Establish your priorities, stay focused, and strive to become the very best you can be.

Differences of a Private College in Missouri

Private colleges are, by definition, schools owned by private entities that do not accept public funds. Thus, a private university must operate through the prudent use of tuition, grants, internal operations, and donations. A private college will tend to offer students a smaller class size and lower student to teacher ratios when compared to state colleges. The smaller class size will often translate into more interactive classrooms and greater levels of communication with teaching faculty at the college. These factors may be enough to seriously consider a private college. Lastly, it is worth noting that many established private universities will provide students with generous financial aid packages. A recent report compiled by our staff reveals that private college tuition discounts are now averaging fully 49% off the published rates putting schools in reach for more and more students across the country.

List of Large 4-Year Private Universities in Missouri

There are 12 large private universities in our database for Missouri. Follow the links below to get more details about each school.

Large Universities with Research Facilities or Faculty

The universities listed below offer many diverse academic programs, have a large student body, and usually have research facilities or faculty involved with research. These schools very often have graduate and professional programs as well.

Lindenwood University in Saint Charles, MO

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Program Details

  • 10,000 to 19,999 Undergraduate Students Enrolled
  • Estimated tuition & fees: $17,000 per year

Visit the website for Maryville University of Saint Louis at

Program Details

  • 5,000 to 9,999 Undergraduate Students Enrolled
  • Estimated tuition & fees: $28,000 per year

Saint Louis University in Saint Louis, MO

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Program Details

  • 10,000 to 19,999 Undergraduate Students Enrolled
  • Estimated tuition & fees: $41,000 per year

Visit the website for Washington University in St Louis at

Program Details

  • 10,000 to 19,999 Undergraduate Students Enrolled
  • Estimated tuition & fees: $50,000 per year

Large Primarily Academic Universities

Each university listed below offers a diverse set of degrees and programs, unlike the research universities listed above, these schools contain little to no research activity on campus and are primarily academic.

Small to Medium Sized 4-Year Universities

The 4-year schools listed below have a small to medium sized student body and may offer a wide range of associate and bachelor's degrees. Get more information about each school by clicking the links below.

4-Year Colleges with a Special Focus on an Area of Study

The schools below are grouped by their special area of focus. To learn about admissions, tuition & fees, programs offered, and more click on the school names below.

Technology-Related Schools

  • in Earth City, MO
  • in St Charles, MO

Theological Seminaries, Bible Colleges, and Other Faith-Related Institutions

Health Professions Schools

Schools of Art, Music, and Design

Notes: Tuition & fee amounts are for both Missouri in-state residents and out of state students, unless noted otherwise. The tuition information displayed is an estimate, which we calculated based on historical data and should be solely used for informational purposes only. Please contact the respective school for information about the current school year.

Source: IPEDS Survey 2012-2015: Data obtained from the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Data may vary depending on school and academic year.