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University of Missouri Columbia

Columbia, Missouri

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University of Missouri Columbia overview
Location Columbia, Missouri
Online missouri.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Midsize City
University of Missouri Columbia overview
Size Large
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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The University of Missouri-Columbia, often referred to as Mizzou, is a public research university located in Columbia, Missouri. Established in 1839, it is the flagship campus of the University of Missouri System and holds the distinction of being the first public university west of the Mississippi River. Situated in a college town, Mizzou's campus spans over 1,262 acres and features a blend of neoclassical and modern architectural styles. It provides a dynamic campus atmosphere with a plethora of student housing options, including residence halls and Greek life accommodations. As a comprehensive institution, Mizzou offers more than 300 degree programs across 13 schools and colleges, with notable strength in journalism and health professions. The university exhibits moderate selectivity in its admissions process. Mizzou is also recognized for its NCAA Division I athletics, with the Mizzou Tigers competing in the Southeastern Conference, particularly distinguished in football and basketball.

In the most recent statistical year 20,303 prospective students applied, and 16,065 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 4,983 enrolled in the school.  26,259 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 5,045 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $10,452 plus fees of $1,529. University of Missouri-Columbia is ranked 278 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












University of Missouri-Columbia is rated within the top 35% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 7 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

University of Missouri Columbia overview
SAT 1140/1340
ACT 23/30
Estimated GPA 3.61

Applications Accepted

University of Missouri Columbia overview
Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $55

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Annual Cost to Attend

Missouri Resident Tuition

In State Costs for University of Missouri Columbia
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,000
Other Fees$1,529
Room and Board $10,890
Budget for Other Expenses$5,350
Total One Year Cost$29,221

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for University of Missouri Columbia
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,000
Other Fees$1,529
Room and Board $10,890
Budget for Other Expenses$5,350
Total One Year Cost$49,210

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$54,200 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

69% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by University of Missouri Columbia students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 18%
Communication 13%
Health Professions 9%
Engineering 7%
Social Sciences 7%

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