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University of Missouri - Columbia Overview

University of Missouri - Columbia is a public institution situated in Columbia, Missouri. Columbia is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

What Is University of Missouri - Columbia Known For?

8,075 Undergraduate Awards
$35,244 Avg Cost After Aid
78% Acceptance Rate
  • The student loan default rate at Mizzou is 4%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • The highest award offered at Mizzou is the doctor's degree.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 72% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, Mizzou bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $48,300 a year. That's about 18% more than their peers at other schools.

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University of Missouri - Columbia Rankings

We have ranked Mizzou as #228 out of 2,320 colleges and universities in the country in our 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. It is also ranked #4 out of 56 schools in Missouri.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Mizzou has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#25 Most Popular Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#27 Most Popular Online Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#38 Most Popular Online Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#56 Most Popular Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#59 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#127 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#139 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Mizzou.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Biological Engineering Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Food, Nutrition & Related Services Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#8 Best Journalism Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#11 Best Communication & Journalism Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#14 Best General Business/Commerce Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#17 Best Visual & Performing Arts Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#24 Best Allied Health Professions Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#30 Best Communication & Media Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#52 Best Health Professions Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#82 Best Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Mizzou has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#2 Best Colleges for Journalism College Factual
#3 Best Colleges for Family, Consumer & Human Sciences College Factual
#8 Best Colleges for General Business/Commerce College Factual
#29 Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism College Factual
#57 Best Colleges for Education College Factual
#95 Best Business Schools Business Degree Central

Where Is University of Missouri - Columbia?

Location of University of Missouri - Columbia

Contact details for Mizzou are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 105 Jesse Hall, Columbia, MO 65211-1050
Phone: 573-882-2121
Website: https://missouri.edu/
Facebook: http://socialmedia.missouri.edu/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Mizzou

How Do I Get Into Mizzou?

You can apply to Mizzou online at: https://admissions.missouri.edu/apply/

Admission Requirements for Mizzou

Submission Required?
High School GPA recommended
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Mizzou?

78% Acceptance Rate
58% Of Accepted Are Women
7% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 78%, Mizzou may not be as selective as some schools, but you should not take admittance for granted. Be sure to submit the best application you can.

Approximately 42% of accepted students are men and 58% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 77%, and the acceptance rate for women is 79%.

Average Test Scores

About 7% of students accepted to Mizzou submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 570 and 680. Math scores were between 550 and 670.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Missouri - Columbia  ( 570 to 680 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for University of Missouri - Columbia  ( 550 to 670 )
200
800
Mizzou received ACT scores from 96% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 23 and 30. Math scores were between 22 and 27. Composite scores were between 23 and 29.

ACT English Scores for University of Missouri - Columbia  ( 23 to 30 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for University of Missouri - Columbia  ( 22 to 27 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for University of Missouri - Columbia  ( 23 to 29 )
1
36

Can I Afford University of Missouri - Columbia?

$35,244 Net Price
44% Take Out Loans
4.1% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Mizzou is $35,244. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Mizzou, approximately 44% of students took out student loans averaging $7,779 a year. That adds up to $31,116 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Mizzou is 4.1%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

University of Missouri - Columbia Undergraduate Student Diversity

20,676 Full-Time Undergraduates
53% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 22,589 undergraduate students at Mizzou, with 20,676 being full-time and 1,913 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Mizzou

There are also 7,425 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 20,676 full-time undergraduates at Mizzou, 47% are male and 53% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Mizzou

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of University of Missouri - Columbia students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Mizzou Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 544
Black or African American 1,489
Hispanic or Latino 989
White 16,121
International Students 444
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,089

Geographic Diversity

Missouri students aren't the only ones who study at University of Missouri - Columbia. At this time, 40 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 96 countries are represented at Mizzou. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and South Korea.

Online Learning at University of Missouri - Columbia

2,915 Took All Classes Online
9,322 Took At Least One Class Online
5.4% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 14 bachelor’s degree and 21 master’s degree programs available online at Mizzou. In 2017-2018, 9,322 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Mizzou has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the most popular in Missouri for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Mizzou

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University of Missouri - Columbia was 5.4%. This is the #1,641 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Mizzou regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Mizzou majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Accounting 21%
Allied Health Professions 13%
Business Administration & Management 26%
Business, Management & Marketing 2%
Communication & Journalism 4%
Communication & Media Studies 5%
Computer & Information Sciences 5%
Economics 19%
General Family & Consumer Sciences 8%
General Visual & Performing Arts 52%
Health Professions 4%
Health Sciences & Services 12%
Human Computer Interaction 29%
Human Development & Family Studies 1%
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies 1%
Multilingual Education 75%
Natural Resources & Conservation 2%
Natural Resources Conservation 21%
Other Computer & Information Sciences 48%
Public Administration 16%
Public Administration & Social Service 7%
Public Health 4%
Social Sciences 7%
Special Education 14%
Veterinary Biomedical & Clinical Services 19%
Visual & Performing Arts 5%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Mizzou ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Mizzou.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Housing #2
Veterinary Biomedical & Clinical Services #3
Forestry #3
Medical Science #4
Family & Consumer Economics #5
General Family & Consumer Sciences #11
Food, Nutrition & Related Services #12
Economics #14
Multilingual Education #15
Natural Resources Conservation #20
Gerontology #21
Natural Resources & Conservation #26
Hospitality Management #38
Student Counseling #44
Health Sciences & Services #46
Social Work #58
Public Administration #68
Public Health #71
Allied Health Professions #72
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies #74
General Education #86
Human Development & Family Studies #89
Curriculum & Instruction #98
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences #109
General Psychology #110
General Business/Commerce #127
Special Education #143
Teacher Education Subject Specific #145
Social Sciences #146
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #152
Psychology #152
Public Administration & Social Service #154
Liberal Arts General Studies #363
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #363
Education #465

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

University of Missouri - Columbia Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Ethnic Studies 1,521 0 0 0 0 1,521
General Business/Commerce 24 741 0 73 5 843
Health Sciences & Services 0 624 0 0 0 624
Journalism 0 533 0 82 6 621
Accounting 0 160 122 161 2 445
General Psychology 0 285 23 0 0 308
General Biology 0 278 4 2 13 297
Nursing 0 204 0 7 54 265
Mechanical Engineering 0 200 0 16 11 227
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 218 0 0 0 218
Computer Information Systems 0 189 0 17 4 210
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 21 156 15 192
Communication & Media Studies 0 179 0 2 5 186
Student Counseling 0 0 24 136 12 172
Political Science & Government 33 126 0 1 9 169
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 0 133 0 0 0 133
Hospitality Management 0 129 0 0 0 129
Public Administration 0 0 37 88 1 126
Public Health 0 17 58 50 0 125
Social Work 0 34 3 79 2 118
Animal Science 0 98 0 11 7 116
Veterinary Medicine 0 0 0 0 111 111
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 109 0 0 0 109
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 3 0 42 61 106
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 106 0 0 0 106
General English Literature 0 98 0 1 6 105
Allied Health Professions 0 98 0 6 0 104
Civil Engineering 0 82 0 10 8 100
Medicine 0 0 0 0 95 95
Law 0 0 0 0 93 93
Electrical Engineering 0 74 0 11 7 92
Educational Administration 0 0 13 24 53 90
Textile & Apparel Studies 0 86 0 0 0 86
Sociology 0 68 1 4 12 85
Economics 0 60 0 14 10 84
Family & Consumer Economics 0 77 2 2 0 81
Area Studies 0 79 0 0 0 79
Human Development & Family Studies 0 55 0 20 0 75
Communication Sciences 0 46 0 24 0 70
History 0 57 0 5 6 68
General Sales & Marketing 67 0 0 0 0 67
Natural Resources Conservation 3 33 0 25 6 67
Special Education 0 27 0 37 1 65
Chemical Engineering 0 57 0 0 6 63
Plant Sciences 0 38 0 8 16 62
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 52 0 4 6 62
Biological Engineering 0 41 0 15 5 61
Statistics 0 34 0 21 6 61
Agricultural Mechanization 21 38 0 0 0 59
Industrial Engineering 0 50 0 6 0 56
Mathematics 0 45 0 4 7 56
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 0 54 0 0 0 54
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 46 0 0 7 53
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 52 0 0 0 0 52
General Visual & Performing Arts 0 52 0 0 0 52
Fine & Studio Arts 0 42 0 8 0 50
Agricultural Economics & Business 0 42 0 3 2 47
Human Computer Interaction 0 0 28 13 4 45
Music 0 20 0 19 6 45
Computer Engineering 0 38 0 6 0 44
Chemistry 0 29 0 2 13 44
Housing 0 40 0 3 0 43
Other Computer & Information Sciences 0 0 0 40 0 40
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 25 0 13 1 39
Geography & Cartography 11 21 3 3 0 38
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 0 35 0 35
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 0 33 0 0 1 34
Physics 0 22 0 2 6 30
Anthropology 0 25 0 2 3 30
Library & Information Science 0 0 0 29 0 29
Child Development & Psychology 0 0 0 13 15 28
Insurance 25 0 0 0 0 25
Medical Illustration & Informatics 0 0 9 11 4 24
Legal Research 0 0 14 10 0 24
General Agriculture 0 22 0 0 0 22
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 22 0 0 0 22
Veterinary Biomedical & Clinical Services 0 0 0 13 8 21
Food Science Technology 0 9 0 8 3 20
Taxation 0 0 20 0 0 20
Philosophy 0 14 0 2 4 20
Business Administration & Management 0 0 19 0 0 19
Drama & Theater Arts 0 14 0 3 2 19
General Engineering 0 0 0 17 0 17
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 8 0 4 5 17
Germanic Languages 0 9 0 7 0 16
Classical Languages & Literature 0 9 0 2 3 14
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 0 0 0 14 0 14
Archeology 0 9 0 1 4 14
General Education 0 9 4 0 0 13
General Family & Consumer Sciences 0 0 0 0 13 13
Forestry 0 10 2 0 1 13
Multilingual Education 0 0 12 0 0 12
Biomedical Engineering 0 12 0 0 0 12
Biological & Physical Science 0 4 6 0 0 10
Religious Studies 0 7 0 2 0 9
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 0 3 1 4 8
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 0 0 1 6 7
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 6 0 0 6
Finance & Financial Management 4 0 0 1 0 5
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 0 2 0 3 0 5
Medical Science 0 0 0 5 0 5
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 5 0 5
Agricultural Public Services 0 4 0 0 0 4
Applied Mathematics 0 0 0 4 0 4
Marketing 0 0 3 0 0 3
Nuclear Engineering 0 0 0 1 2 3
Public Policy 0 0 3 0 0 3
Genetics 0 0 0 0 2 2
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 0 0 0 2 2
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 0 0 1 1 2
Educational Assessment 0 0 2 0 0 2
Health & Physical Education 0 0 0 2 0 2
Arts & Media Management 0 0 2 0 0 2
Gerontology 0 0 1 0 0 1
Animal Services 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Health Professions 0 0 0 0 0 0
Natural Resources Conservation (Other) 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Social Sciences 0 0 0 0 0 0
Community Organization & Advocacy 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 1,761 6,314 445 1,473 783 10,776

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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