Missouri (MO): Overview of Missouri's Colleges and Schools

College options in the state of Missouri include all sizes of public and private non-profit schools. To objectively compare the schools, we've focused on the four areas, with statistics based on the website for the National Center for Educational Statistics.

Missouri Schools Near Large Cities

The state of Missouri offers potential students the chance to get an education at schools in large cities like Saint Louis and Kansas City. About half of the public and private non-profit schools in the state are, in fact, located in or around cities, whether small, mid-sized or large.

  • Avila University (Kansas City)
  • Harris-Stowe State University (Saint Louis)
  • Metropolitan Community College-Kansas City (Kansas City)
  • Columbia College (Columbia)
  • Drury University (Springfield)

Largest Schools in Missouri

Most of the largest schools in the state of Missouri had student enrollments in excess of 10,000 students, as of the fall in 2014. Some of the largest schools even had more than 20,000 students. All the largest schools were public schools.

  • University of Missouri-Columbia (35,425 students)
  • Missouri State University-Springfield (21,816 students)
  • Saint Louis Community College (21,218 students)
  • Metropolitan Community College-Kansas City (18,222 students)
  • University of Missouri-St Louis (17,072 students)

Lowest Net Price

Knowing the cost of attending a specific school can often be a deal-breaker when choosing a college. The NCES determines a college's net cost by subtracting the average total cost of government or institutional financial aid a student receives from the total cost of attending the school. Net prices at all types of postsecondary schools below were based on figures for the 2014-2015 school year from the NCES for full-time undergraduate students.

  • St Charles Community College ($3,777)
  • State Fair Community College ($4,577)
  • Crowder College ($4,911)
  • Jefferson College ($5,494)
  • Three Rivers Community College ($6,637)

Highest Graduation Rate

The success of a college, often evaluated by its graduation rate, can also be a consideration when choosing which school to attend. The NCES reported the overall graduation rates for full-time undergraduate students who began their studies in 2009 or 2012 and completed them in 150% of the 'normal time' it takes to complete the program (for instance, six years for a bachelor's degree). The Missouri schools listed below had the highest overall graduation rates among traditional, not-for-profit schools in the state, for full-time students.

  • Cox College (99% graduation rate)
  • Washington University in St Louis (93% graduation rate)
  • Truman State University (73% graduation rate)
  • College of the Ozarks (73% graduation rate)
  • Rockhurst University (71% graduation rate)

Take these four categories into consideration, when deciding on the best school fitted to your needs: graduation rates, location to large cities, lowest net prices, and largest student populations.

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