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The Best Colleges in Missouri Ranked for 2018

These are the best four year colleges in Missouri as ranked by CollegeSimply. This Missouri ranking is a subset of our national ranking of the best colleges in America. Our ranking methodology is purely statistical and not subjective in nature. Measuring factors include but are not limited to: student body intellect as indicated by admission scores, graduation rate and admission selectivity. In order to be considered for the ranking, a school must offer four year undergraduate degrees, selectively admit students and be a non-profit institution. Leading our 2018 ranking as the best college in Missouri is Washington University in St Louis.

List of The Best Colleges & Universities in Missouri
Rank College National Academic Rank1 National Selectivity Rank2 National Graduation Rank3
1 Washington University in St Louis 12 37 23
2 William Jewell College 254 284 471
3 Saint Louis University Main Campus 136 621 518
4 Webster University 253 429 519
5 Kansas City Art Institute 478 481 188
6 Truman State University 85 1,110 318
7 University of Missouri Columbia 185 1,083 317
8 Rockhurst University 348 957 227
9 Missouri University of Science and Technology 186 1,319 366
10 Westminster College 515 645 470
11 University of Missouri Kansas City 100 620 1,178
12 College of the Ozarks 836 19 727
13 Evangel University 477 557 799
14 Central Christian College of the Bible 476 117 1,405
15 Missouri State University Springfield 328 1,285 695
16 Lindenwood University 790 405 1,045
17 St Louis College of Pharmacy 252 760 1,771
18 Maryville University of Saint Louis 1,454 889 333
19 William Woods University 791 922 869
20 Central Methodist University College of Liberal Arts & Sciences 911 480 1,111
21 Avila University 949 325 1,143
22 Northwest Missouri State University 725 991 912
23 Central Bible College 234 1,504 755
24 Southeast Missouri State University 440 1,243 1,008
25 Cox College 1,443 501 32
26 Culver Stockton College 912 428 1,177
27 Drury University 1,448 1,242 756
28 University of Missouri St Louis 1,458 1,013 825
29 Southwest Baptist University 913 1,344 947
30 Missouri Baptist University 1,112 456 1,476
31 Saint Louis Christian College 1,462 121 1,620
32 Calvary Bible College and Theological Seminary 689 1,410 1,110
33 University of Central Missouri 1,444 1,109 868
34 Park University 1,460 154 1,237
35 Hannibal LaGrange University 1,450 502 1,235
36 Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary 613 1,461 1,770
37 Fontbonne University 1,449 1,460 1,112
38 Missouri Valley College 1,456 227 1,514
39 Missouri Southern State University 1,455 1,411 1,378
40 Messenger College 1,822 204 1,649

Ranking Methodology

Overall Rank is calculated based on the following school characteristics.

1National Academic Rank is calculated using standardized test admission data as well as GPA data for admitted freshman.
2National Selectivity Rank is based on admission selectivity for incoming students starting the 2015-2016 academic year.
3National Graduation Rank is based on the percentage of students graduating with bachelor's degrees within six years.