O'Fallon, Missouri (MO) Colleges and Universities

While there are no schools in O'Fallon, there are many schools located within a 20-mile radius. Read about the top schools in several categories, including most program variety and lowest costs, to find the school for you.

School Ranking Overview

O'Fallon, MO, has five schools within 20 miles, including one community college and several smaller universities. To help students choose the right school, this article compares these five schools, ranking the top three in the following areas:

  • Most Program Variety
  • Lowest Net Price
  • Highest Graduation Rate
  • Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio

Most Program Variety

The program variety category informs students whether a given college has many different areas of concentration or a few select specializations of study. In the O'Fallon area, one school has noticeably more program variety than the rest.

1 - Lindenwood University

A private not-for-profit university located 14 miles to the east of O'Fallon in St. Charles, Lindenwood University offers about 121 bachelor's and post-graduate programs to its 11,500 students. The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) states that business was the most popular field of study among both bachelor's and master's degree recipients at Lindenwood in 2011-12. Education is also a popular field of study at this school, particularly at the master's degree level.

2 - Maryville University of St. Louis

Maryville University of St. Louis offers about 82 programs at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree levels from its location in the suburb of Town and Country, about 20 miles west of St. Louis. The NCES reports that 135 of the 548 bachelor's degrees conferred at the university in 2011-12 were in nursing; no other program had more than 49 degree recipients. Health professions were the most popular overall category for master's programs at Maryville in 2011-12, but business and education areas were also well represented.

3 - Missouri Baptist University

A Christian liberal arts college in St. Louis, Missouri Baptist University has around 61 different programs available at certificate, associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree levels. Many students attend Missouri Baptist for the education programs; according to the NCES, 137 out of 374 bachelor's degree recipients and 317 out of 430 master's degree recipients in 2011-12 received their degrees in an education-related field. Business administration, fitness management and psychology are other notable programs at Missouri Baptist.

Lowest Net Price

The NCES calculates an estimated net price for attending different schools around the country. This statistic takes into account tuition, fees, books, supplies, room, board and other costs, then subtracts the average amount of financial aid given to students. All net price statistics listed below are from the NCES and are based on the 2010-11 school year.

1 - St. Charles Community College

On average, St. Charles Community College students paid a net price of $3,545 to attend classes at the school's Cottleville campus, located about seven miles away from O'Fallon. Tuition and fees for in-district residents (which include residents of O'Fallon) were $2,160 in 2012-2013. Over three-quarters of incoming full-time students received financial aid their first year at the university, but that figure was lower - 42% - for all undergraduate students combined.

2 - Missouri Baptist University

Missouri Baptist comes in a distant second with a net price of $21,254. As a private 4-year school, the tuition and fees of $20,764 in 2012-2013 at this school are noticeably more expensive than a community college's. It should be noted that 100% of incoming freshmen in the 2010-11 school year were given financial aid, with the average amount of aid received being $12,148, yet only 42% of all undergraduate students combined received financial aid that same year. The estimated cost of books and supplies at the university also dropped from $2,496 in 2010-11 to $1,168 in 2012-13.

3 - Maryville University of St. Louis

The net price of attending Maryville in 2010-11 was $21,310, coming in as a virtual tie for second with Missouri Baptist. Like Missouri Baptist, virtually all incoming students at Maryville received financial aid - in this case, 99% of incoming students. On average, first-time students received $14,001 in financial aid at Maryville in their first year at the school - the vast majority of that coming through school scholarships. Seventy-four percent of all undergraduate students received financial assistance, and the amount awarded to that larger group averaged $9,153.

Highest Graduation Rate

Graduation rates and retention rates are one indication of the level of student satisfaction at a particular school. The NCES measures graduation rates by researching the number of students who graduate from their college within 150% of the 'normal time' it takes to complete their program (for example, 150% of normal time for a bachelor's degree is six years). The three private not-for-profit universities in the O'Fallon area are the leaders in this category. All statistics stated below are reported by the NCES for students who began their studies in Fall 2005, unless otherwise stated.

1 - Maryville University of St. Louis

Maryville's graduation rate as defined by NCES was 68% among students who began in 2005 and finished within 150% of the normal time for their program. Fifty-seven percent of the students from that class were able to earn their bachelor's degree within four years. The NCES states that the school's retention rate (based on students who enrolled for the first time in 2010 and returned in 2011) among full-time students was 82%, compared to 59% for part-time students.

2 - Lindenwood University

The overall graduation rate reported for first-time full-time students enrolling at Lindenwood in 2005-06 was 45%. Bachelor's degree students completed their programs within four years 27% of the time. Lindenwood's retention rate didn't vary much among first-time students who enrolled in Fall 2010: 70% of full-time students and 67% of part-time students returned for classes in 2011-12, per the NCES.

3 - Missouri Baptist University

Missouri Baptist's 28% overall graduation rate for the 2005 freshman class ranks third in the O'Fallon area; it marks a decline from the 45% of students who began studies at the school in 2003-04 and graduated within 150% of normal time. The 4-year graduation rate followed a similar trend, since 33% of first-year students in Fall 2003 finished in the normal time, compared to 21% of students who began Fall 2005. The 2010 first-time full-time students at Missouri Baptist returned for a second year at a rate 66%, according to the NCES, while part-time students returned 38% of the time.

Lowest Student-Faculty Ratios

Student-faculty ratios and class sizes indicate how much individual attention a student is likely to receive at a given college. Here are the three colleges in the O'Fallon area with the lowest student-faculty ratios as reported by the NCES.

1 - Logan University

Located 16 miles to the southeast of O'Fallon in Chesterfield, Logan University's student-faculty ratio is a low 9:1. The private not-for-profit institution specializes in health-related training in areas such as chiropractic care, biology and exercise. Of approximately 1,000 students in its population, more than 900 are enrolled in a graduate program, so most of Logan's 100+ faculty members teach at the master's and doctoral levels.

2 - Maryville University of St. Louis

Maryville also has a fairly low student-faculty ratio of 12:1. Research from U.S. News & World Report shows that 67% of classes at the university have fewer than 20 students in them and less than 1% of classes have 50 or more students. The school has a 74% female student population, and 60.9% of full-time faculty members and 65% of part-time instructors at Maryville are also female.

3 - Missouri Baptist University

There are approximately 20 students for every faculty member at Missouri Baptist University. The school's website states that the average class size for freshmen students is 30. That number falls to 20 students per class in upper-division courses. Seventy-five full-time and 215 part-time faculty members are employed at this school.

O'Fallon Area Schools at a Glance

School Name Location School Type Programs Offered Area Ranking
Lindenwood University St. Charles, MO (14 miles from O'Fallon) 4-year, private not-for-profit Bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees; postbaccalaureate and post-master's certificates Most Program Variety,
2nd Highest Graduation Rate
Logan University Chesterfield, MO (16 miles from O'Fallon) 4-year, private not-for-profit Bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio
Maryville University of St. Louis Town and Country, MO (19 miles from O'Fallon) 4-year, private not-for-profit Bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees Highest Graduation Rate,
2nd Most Program Variety,
2nd Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio,
3rd Lowest Net Price
Missouri Baptist University St. Louis, MO (19 miles from O'Fallon) 4-year, private not-for-profit Less-than-one-year and one-year certificates; associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees; post-master's certificates 2nd Lowest Net Price,
3rd Most Program Variety,
3rd Highest Graduation Rate,
3rd Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio
St. Charles Community College Cottleville, MO (7 miles from O'Fallon) 2-year, public Less-than-one-year and one-year certificates; associate's degrees Lowest Net Price

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