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The Best Colleges in Missouri Ranked for 2019

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 the 2019 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 10 41 23
2 Truman State University 95 727 317
3 Saint Louis University Main Campus 127 634 515
4 William Jewell College 421 265 469
5 Kansas City Art Institute 327 726 188
6 College of the Ozarks 418 24 724
7 University of Missouri Columbia 182 1,070 316
8 Webster University 420 389 516
9 Missouri University of Science and Technology 199 1,260 365
10 Rockhurst University 475 882 227
11 Drury University 249 702 753
12 University of Missouri Kansas City 94 633 1,174
13 Maryville University of Saint Louis 348 1,422 332
14 Stephens College 775 356 691
15 Ozark Christian College 417 287 1,232
16 University of Missouri St Louis 518 1,016 822
17 William Woods University 422 989 866
18 Missouri State University Springfield 419 1,261 692
19 Southwest Baptist University 690 913 944
20 Westminster College 691 1,389 468
21 St Louis College of Pharmacy 274 883 1,762
22 Northwest Missouri State University 689 951 909
23 Avila University 1,131 149 1,139
24 Central Bible College 347 1,577 752
25 Lindenwood University 888 950 1,041
26 Culver Stockton College 1,053 412 1,173
27 Evangel University 599 1,550 796
28 Central Christian College of the Bible 1,187 50 1,399
29 Missouri Baptist University 996 414 1,470
30 Calvary Bible College and Theological Seminary 1,201 949 1,106
31 Cottey College 774 632 1,759
32 Central Methodist University College of Liberal Arts & Sciences 961 1,503 1,107
33 University of Central Missouri 1,461 1,259 865
34 Southeast Missouri State University 1,475 1,292 1,005
35 Saint Louis Christian College 1,474 62 1,613
36 Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary 416 1,492 1,761
37 Fontbonne University 1,464 1,421 1,108
38 Cox College 1,460 1,576 32
39 Hannibal LaGrange University 1,465 413 1,231
40 Conception Seminary College 1,181 1,578 1,607
41 Missouri Valley College 1,470 388 1,508
42 Park University 1,472 781 1,233
43 Missouri Southern State University 1,469 1,493 1,373
44 Kenrick Glennon Seminary 1,467 846 1,760
45 Messenger College 1,811 1,119 1,641

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 2016-2017 academic year.
3National Graduation Rank is based on the percentage of students graduating with bachelor's degrees within six years.