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University of Missouri-Columbia Admission Requirements

Columbia, Missouri

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Chances of getting into University of Missouri Columbia

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
82%
Admission Difficulty for University of Missouri Columbia
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Difficult 
Applicant Competition Very Low 
How hard is it to get into University of Missouri-Columbia and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at University of Missouri-Columbia is 82%.  It ranks #30 in Missouri for lowest rate of acceptance. University of Missouri Columbia is an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission requirements. Last year, 16,880 out of 20,641 applicants were admitted.

The school has difficult admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 36 percent (SAT 1110/1320 ACT 23/29). University of Missouri Columbia typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.61. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 31% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The University of Missouri-Columbia application fee is $55 and applications are due by May 1.

Testing Requirements

You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. University of Missouri Columbia is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to confirm the most up to date testing requirements.

University of Missouri-Columbia SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1110-1320
Applicants Submitting SAT 
10%
SAT Scores for University of Missouri Columbia
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 560
SAT Math 25th 550
SAT Composite 25th 1110
SAT Scores for University of Missouri Columbia
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 660
SAT Math 75th 660
SAT Composite 75th 1320
Average SAT Score 1220

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 prefers applicants to be in the top 39 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1110 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 1000. The average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1220 out of 1600. University of Missouri-Columbia ranks #6 in Missouri and #220 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score. 10 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 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 
1320 and Above Good >90%
1215 to 1320 Avg + 82%-90%
1110 to 1215 Avg - 71%-82%
1005 to 1110 Reach 56%-71%
Less than 1005 Low <56%
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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 22
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 28
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 #7 in Missouri and #237 in the U.S. 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.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 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 >90%
26 to 29 Avg + 82%-90%
23 to 26 Avg - 71%-82%
20 to 23 Reach 56%-71%
Less than 20 Low <56%
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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 #10 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 82% of all applicants.

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*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.

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High School Class Rank

65% 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 35%
Top 25% of class 65%
Top 50% of class 92%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

University of Missouri Columbia admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 11,983 8,658 20,641
Accepted 9,813 7,067 16,880
Acceptance Rate 82% 82% 82%
Enrolled 2,897 2,418 5,315
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 30% 34% 31%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
May 1, 2023
Days left to Apply
151

Applicants have 151 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on May 1, 2023.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to University of Missouri Columbia is $55.

Application 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 Application Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Recommended
High School Class Rank Recommended
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.

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?

82% 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 1110 and 1320. 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.