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Columbia, Missouri

University of Missouri-Columbia Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into University of Missouri Columbia

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
78.1%
Admission Difficulty for University of Missouri Columbia
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsVery High
Applicant CompetitionVery Low

How hard is it to get into University of Missouri-Columbia and can I get accepted? The school has a 78% acceptance rate ranking it #33 in Missouri for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 12,781 out of 16,367 applicants were admitted making University of Missouri Columbia an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance assuming you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has very high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 29 percent. University of Missouri Columbia typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 32% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

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University of Missouri-Columbia SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1190-1410
Applicants Submitting SAT
7%
SAT Scores for University of Missouri Columbia
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 620
SAT Math 25th 570
SAT Composite 25th 1190
SAT Scores for University of Missouri Columbia
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 710
SAT Math 75th 700
SAT Composite 75th 1410
Average SAT Score 1300

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What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to University of Missouri Columbia?

University of Missouri Columbia typically requires applicants to be in the top 26 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1190 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1080. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1300 out of 1600. The school ranks #5 in Missouri for highest average SAT composite score. 7 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

University of Missouri Columbia admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1410 and Above Good >86%
1300 to 1410 Avg + 78%-86%
1190 to 1300 Avg - 68%-78%
1080 to 1190 Reach 55%-68%
Less than 1080 Low <55%
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University of Missouri-Columbia ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
23-29 
Applicants Submitting ACT
96%
ACT Scores for University of Missouri Columbia
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 23
ACT Math 25th 22
ACT Composite 25th 23
ACT Scores for University of Missouri Columbia
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 30
ACT Math 75th 27
ACT Composite 75th 29
Average ACT Score 26

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into University of Missouri-Columbia?

Admission data indicates that University of Missouri-Columbia regularly accepts students with ACT's of 23 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 32 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 20 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 26 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 29 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #5 in Missouri for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 96 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of Missouri Columbia.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

University of Missouri Columbia admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
29 and Above Good >86%
26 to 29 Avg + 78%-86%
23 to 26 Avg - 68%-78%
20 to 23 Reach 55%-68%
Less than 20 Low <55%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.61*
Typical High School Grades
B+

You will need very good grades in high school to get into University of Missouri Columbia. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at University of Missouri Columbia was 3.61 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #8 in Missouri for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.61 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as University of Missouri-Columbia accepts 78% of all applicants.

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High School Class Rank

56% of University of Missouri Columbia freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted University of Missouri Columbia students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 26%
Top 25% of class 56%
Top 50% of class 86%
Bottom 50% of class 14%
Bottom 25% of class 3%

Admission Statistics

University of Missouri Columbia admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 9,437 6,930 16,367
Accepted 7,436 5,345 12,781
Acceptance Rate 79% 77% 78%
Enrolled 2,244 1,890 4,134
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 30% 35% 32%

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to University of Missouri Columbia and what considerations affect admission decisions?

University of Missouri Columbia Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Recommended
High School Class Rank Required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at University of Missouri Columbia
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=178396 IPEDS survey data for University of Missouri Columbia.