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University of Missouri - Columbia Overview

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

What Is University of Missouri - Columbia Known For?

7,095 Undergraduate Awards
$35,077 Avg Cost After Aid
82% 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.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at Mizzou.
  • In 2017-2018, 71% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from Mizzou makes roughly $48,300 a year. This is 18% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.

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University of Missouri - Columbia Rankings

According to our 2022 analysis, Mizzou is ranked #181 out of 2,587 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. Mizzou also holds the #2 spot on the Best Colleges in Missouri ranking.

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
#100 Best Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#161 Best Bachelor’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
#4 Best General Family & Consumer Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Journalism Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best Business & Commerce Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#12 Best Health Sciences & Services Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#33 Best Liberal Arts & Humanities Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#37 Best Communication & Media Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#38 Best Communication & Journalism Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#59 Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure & Fitness Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#78 Best Business, Management & Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#80 Best Visual & Performing Arts 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
#3 Best Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies Schools College Factual
#36 Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Schools College Factual
#45 Best Communication & Journalism Schools College Factual
#91 Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Schools College Factual
#113 Best Business, Management & Marketing Schools College Factual
#129 Best Business Schools Business Degree Central

Where Is University of Missouri - Columbia?

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Contact details for Mizzou are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 105 Jesse Hall, Columbia, MO 65211
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?

82% Acceptance Rate
58% Of Accepted Are Women
9% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 82%, 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 82%, and the acceptance rate for women is 82%.

Average Test Scores

About 9% 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 560 and 660. Math scores were between 550 and 660.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Missouri - Columbia  ( 560 to 660 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for University of Missouri - Columbia  ( 550 to 660 )
200
800
Mizzou received ACT scores from 91% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 22 and 31. Math scores were between 22 and 28. Composite scores were between 23 and 29.

ACT English Scores for University of Missouri - Columbia  ( 22 to 31 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for University of Missouri - Columbia  ( 22 to 28 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for University of Missouri - Columbia  ( 23 to 29 )
1
36

Can I Afford University of Missouri - Columbia?

$35,077 Net Price
42% Take Out Loans
3.6% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Mizzou is $35,077. 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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Mizzou, approximately 42% of students took out student loans averaging $8,188 a year. That adds up to $32,752 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Mizzou is 3.6%. 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

21,344 Full-Time Undergraduates
54% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 23,383 undergraduate students at Mizzou, with 21,344 being full-time and 2,039 being part-time.

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There are also 7,706 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 21,344 full-time undergraduates at Mizzou, 46% are male and 54% are female.

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Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 570
Black or African American 1,494
Hispanic or Latino 1,087
White 16,744
International Students 274
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,175

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

6,763 Took All Classes Online
27,138 Took At Least One Class Online
36.8% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 12 bachelor’s degree and 21 master’s degree programs available online at Mizzou. In 2019-2020, 27,138 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 2019-2020.

Online Affordability Rankings of Mizzou

During the most recent year for which we have data, the full-time undergraduate tuition at University of Missouri - Columbia was $10,723 for in-state students. Out-of-state students paid $29,005. The following table shows how Mizzou is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are not mostly online.

Major Tuition for In-State Students Tuition for Out-of-State Students
Medical Science #1 #1
Biological & Biomedical Sciences #1 #10
Physiology & Pathology Sciences #1 #1
Housing #1 #1
Biological Engineering #1 #1
Human Computer Interaction #4 #4
Family & Consumer Economics #4 #4
Economics #7 #13
General Education #10 #22
Journalism #12 #15
Natural Resources Conservation #13 #16
General Family & Consumer Sciences #22 #22
Hospitality Management #28 #73
Natural Resources & Conservation #28 #31
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations #28 #34
Industrial Engineering #31 #34
Human Development & Family Studies #31 #43
Library & Information Science #40 #52
Finance & Financial Management #40 #83
Library Science #40 #52
Health Sciences & Services #41 #59
Computer Information Systems #44 #72
Student Counseling #49 #76
Communication & Journalism #54 #66
General English Literature #55 #99
Public Health #58 #67
Allied Health Professions #61 #76
Social Sciences #61 #103
Social Work #64 #85
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences #70 #106
English Language & Literature #72 #125

Online Growth Rankings of Mizzou

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University of Missouri - Columbia was 36.8%. This is the #800 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
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations 22%
Biological & Physical Science 52%
Business, Management & Marketing 1%
Civil Engineering 11%
Communication & Media Studies 5%
Computer & Information Sciences 12%
Computer Information Systems 26%
Economics 22%
Finance & Financial Management 69%
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 5%
Forestry 28%
General Education 38%
General Family & Consumer Sciences 13%
Health & Medical Administrative Services 13%
Health & Physical Education 71%
Human Computer Interaction 51%
Library & Information Science 28%
Library Science 28%
Marketing 57%
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies 11%
Multilingual Education 8%
Nursing 4%
Philosophy 17%
Philosophy & Religious Studies 17%
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 33%
Public Health 2%
Social Sciences 3%
Social Work 16%
Special Education 14%
Student Counseling 28%

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
Family & Consumer Economics #1
Biological Engineering #1
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology #1
Physiology & Pathology Sciences #1
Statistics #1
Forestry #1
Human Computer Interaction #4
Medical Science #7
Philosophy #7
Biological & Physical Science #7
Food, Nutrition & Related Services #7
Mechanical Engineering #10
General Family & Consumer Sciences #10
Journalism #10
Natural Resources Conservation #10
Industrial Engineering #10
Economics #11
Multilingual Education #16
Natural Resources & Conservation #16
Mathematics & Statistics #19
General English Literature #21
Civil Engineering #22
Electrical Engineering #22
Computer Engineering #25
Student Counseling #28
Library Science #28
Library & Information Science #28
Teaching English or French #29
Finance & Financial Management #29
Philosophy & Religious Studies #35
Gerontology #36
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations #37
Biological & Biomedical Sciences #37
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions #41
Social Work #42
Communication & Media Studies #46
Computer Software & Applications #49
Public Administration #50
General Education #58
English Language & Literature #58
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies #62
Health Sciences & Services #68
Allied Health Professions #70
Health & Physical Education #76
Engineering #79
Curriculum & Instruction #81
Human Development & Family Studies #82
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies #82
Public Health #83
Marketing #91
Communication & Journalism #92
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences #100
Special Education #103
General Business/Commerce #111
Computer Information Systems #113
Teacher Education Subject Specific #118
Social Sciences #127
Public Administration & Social Service #134
Educational Administration #147
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #184
Accounting #199
Health & Medical Administrative Services #258
Liberal Arts General Studies #268
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #268
Nursing #277
Computer & Information Sciences #317
Education #450

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 1,218 0 0 0 0 1,218
General Business/Commerce 30 707 5 61 6 809
Journalism 0 451 2 73 5 531
Health Sciences & Services 0 478 0 0 0 478
Accounting 0 159 113 173 0 445
General Psychology 0 274 22 0 0 296
Computer Information Systems 0 179 0 93 12 284
Nursing 0 215 0 9 51 275
Student Counseling 0 0 20 202 17 239
General Biology 0 189 1 3 11 204
Communication & Media Studies 0 190 0 2 4 196
Mechanical Engineering 0 166 0 7 15 188
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 187 0 0 0 187
Political Science & Government 24 149 0 2 8 183
Social Work 0 27 10 102 2 141
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 15 119 5 139
Public Health 0 19 39 70 0 128
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 0 126 0 0 0 126
Civil Engineering 0 95 0 6 11 112
Economics 0 81 0 26 1 108
Medicine 0 0 0 0 106 106
Hospitality Management 0 104 0 0 0 104
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 100 0 0 0 100
Allied Health Professions 0 87 0 7 0 94
Animal Science 0 81 0 10 1 92
General English Literature 0 77 0 2 13 92
Human Computer Interaction 0 0 50 42 0 92
Public Administration 0 0 15 70 3 88
Educational Administration 0 0 23 25 36 84
Law 0 0 0 0 84 84
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 5 0 2 72 79
Special Education 0 27 0 47 2 76
Area Studies 0 76 0 0 0 76
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 72 0 0 0 72
Electrical Engineering 0 57 0 7 7 71
Human Development & Family Studies 0 47 0 19 0 66
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 60 0 0 4 64
Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing 0 61 0 3 0 64
Family & Consumer Economics 0 55 1 8 0 64
General Sales & Marketing 63 0 0 0 0 63
Agricultural Economics & Business 0 52 0 6 2 60
Sociology 0 43 0 9 8 60
Mathematics 0 51 0 3 5 59
Chemical Engineering 0 51 0 5 2 58
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 0 55 2 0 0 57
Statistics 2 36 0 14 4 56
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 50 0 5 0 55
Natural Resources Conservation 2 16 0 30 7 55
General Visual & Performing Arts 0 55 0 0 0 55
Communication Sciences 0 30 0 21 0 51
Biological Engineering 7 34 0 2 6 49
Music 0 23 0 23 3 49
Agricultural Mechanization 15 31 0 0 0 46
Industrial Engineering 0 39 0 3 3 45
Plant Sciences 0 28 0 6 9 43
History 0 36 0 3 4 43
Physics 0 20 0 14 9 43
Geography & Cartography 11 17 8 5 0 41
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 0 40 0 40
Library & Information Science 0 0 0 40 0 40
Fine & Studio Arts 0 37 0 2 0 39
Computer Engineering 17 19 0 1 0 37
Housing 0 35 0 2 0 37
Chemistry 0 24 0 3 10 37
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 16 1 18 0 35
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 32 0 0 0 0 32
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 0 28 0 0 0 28
Taxation 0 0 26 0 0 26
Philosophy 0 16 0 5 3 24
Anthropology 0 17 0 4 3 24
General Education 0 17 4 0 0 21
Biological & Physical Science 0 15 6 0 0 21
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 21 0 0 0 21
Business Administration & Management 0 0 18 0 0 18
Medical Illustration & Informatics 0 0 5 8 5 18
Forestry 0 14 4 0 0 18
Food Science Technology 0 11 0 4 2 17
Classical Languages & Literature 0 11 0 4 2 17
Child Development & Psychology 0 0 0 7 10 17
General Agriculture 0 16 0 0 0 16
Finance & Financial Management 4 0 0 12 0 16
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 12 0 3 0 0 15
General Family & Consumer Sciences 0 1 0 0 14 15
Archeology 0 9 0 2 4 15
Biomedical Engineering 0 14 0 0 0 14
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 0 0 0 14 0 14
Legal Research 0 0 9 5 0 14
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 6 0 6 2 14
Drama & Theater Arts 0 11 0 2 1 14
Multilingual Education 0 0 13 0 0 13
Insurance 12 0 0 0 0 12
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 12 0 12
Agricultural Public Services 0 11 0 0 0 11
Religious Studies 0 9 0 2 0 11
Germanic Languages 0 9 0 0 0 9
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 0 0 1 6 7
Marketing 0 0 7 0 0 7
Health & Physical Education 0 0 0 7 0 7
General Engineering 0 0 0 6 0 6
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 0 6 0 0 0 6
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 5 0 0 5
Applied Mathematics 0 0 0 5 0 5
Teaching English or French 0 0 4 0 0 4
Animal Services 3 0 0 0 0 3
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 0 0 0 3 3
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 0 0 0 3 3
Community Organization & Advocacy 0 0 3 0 0 3
Arts & Media Management 2 0 1 0 0 3
Genetics 0 0 0 0 2 2
Nuclear Engineering 0 0 0 0 2 2
General Social Sciences 0 0 2 0 0 2
Other Social Sciences 0 0 2 0 0 2
Medical Science 0 0 0 1 0 1
Public Policy 0 0 1 0 0 1
Computer Software & Applications 0 0 0 0 0 0
Educational Assessment 0 0 0 0 0 0
Textile & Apparel Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 0 0 0 0 0 0
Gerontology 0 0 0 0 0 0
Science, Technology & Society 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 1,454 5,641 440 1,552 610 9,697

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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