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University of Missouri-Columbia Admission Requirements

Columbia, Missouri

Chances of getting into University of Missouri Columbia

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
77.8%
Admission Difficulty for University of Missouri Columbia
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsDifficult
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 #31 in Missouri for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 14,750 out of 18,948 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 difficult requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 38 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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Find out which students are getting accepted at University of Missouri-Columbia, which are not, and how your GPA, SAT, or ACT scores compare.

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University of Missouri-Columbia SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1090-1290
Applicants Submitting SAT
10%
SAT Scores for University of Missouri Columbia
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 560
SAT Math 25th 530
SAT Composite 25th 1090
SAT Scores for University of Missouri Columbia
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 640
SAT Math 75th 650
SAT Composite 75th 1290
Average SAT Score 1190

SAT Scores you need to get in

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 43 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1090 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 990. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1190 out of 1600. The school ranks #8 in Missouri for highest average SAT composite score. 10 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

University of Missouri Columbia admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1290 and Above Good >86%
1190 to 1290 Avg + 78%-86%
1090 to 1190 Avg - 68%-78%
990 to 1090 Reach 55%-68%
Less than 990 Low <55%
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University of Missouri-Columbia ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
23-29 
Applicants Submitting ACT
90%
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 31
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 90 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of Missouri Columbia.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class

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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University of Missouri-Columbia GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

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

What GPA do you need to get into University of Missouri Columbia?

Applicants require 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.

 What do these ratings mean?

*This school has not released high school GPA data for its incoming freshmen. In these cases, CollegeSimply employs an artificial intelligence (AI) process to predict GPA based on this school's test scores and a large sample of other colleges' data. 3.61 is an estimate of the school's average incoming freshman GPA.

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%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

Applying

Admission Statistics

University of Missouri Columbia admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 10,935 8,013 18,948
Accepted 8,577 6,173 14,750
Acceptance Rate 78% 77% 78%
Enrolled 2,582 2,091 4,673
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 30% 34% 32%

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to University of Missouri Columbia and what student information is used for 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

Other Colleges to Consider

Other Colleges to Consider
Subject Percent of Class
A
University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, Arkansas

W
Wichita State University

Wichita, Kansas

O
Oklahoma State University Main Campus

Stillwater, Oklahoma

L
University of Louisville

Louisville, Kentucky

K
University of Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky

A
The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

S
Michigan State University

East Lansing, Michigan

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

FAQs

Does University of Missouri Columbia prefer SAT or ACT?

10% of students submit their SAT scores to University of Missouri-Columbia. 90% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into University of Missouri Columbia?

78% of those who apply are granted admission to University of Missouri-Columbia. Admission competition is and the college has difficult admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for University of Missouri Columbia?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1090 and 1290. 10% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for University of Missouri Columbia?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 23 and 29. 90% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.


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