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University of Missouri in Columbia, MO

Research the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO. Learn about its admission requirements, degree programs, and financial aid to make an informed education decision.

About the University of Missouri - Columbia

Located 125 miles west of Kansas City, the University of Missouri in Columbia is the main campus of the state's university system. This four-year public university is the largest public research institution in the state and one of only five in the country that has medicine, veterinary medicine, and law programs on the same campus. Additionally, 92% of full-time faculty members hold doctoral degrees or the highest degree available in their field.


There are 19 colleges on the University of Missouri - Columbia campus offering more than 300 degree programs. Business/commerce was the most popular bachelor's degree program in 2011-2012. The curriculum and instruction program saw the most master's degree awards that year, while the most doctoral degrees were completed in MU's law program. The most postgraduate certificates were in the public health field. MU also hosts the largest study-abroad program in the state. The National Science Foundation ranked this school's undergraduate research program as one of the top ten in the nation.


Prospective students can apply to MU electronically or with a standard printed application. Admissions decisions take into account both high school coursework and ranking, as well as ACT or SAT scores. In fall 2012, 81% of the more than 20,000 applicants were admitted, and 39% enrolled. Just more than half of the undergraduate student body was female that year, and the most-represented ethnic or racial group was Caucasian, at 80% of the student population. Full-time students comprised 93% of the population.

Tuition & Financial Aid

The costs of attending the University of Missouri vary depending on whether a student is a resident of Missouri or not. The total costs for in-state students were about $22,000 in 2012-2013, whereas out-of-state students paid close to $36,500 that year. Expenses included tuition, fees, books, supplies, and housing. According to the school's website, four out of five students received some sort of financial aid, which totaled more than $65 million in 2010-2011. Aid options include scholarships, loans, and grant awards.

School Type Public, four-year*
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees; postgraduate certificates*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semester**
School Setting Midsize city*
Student Body 26,960 undergraduates, 7,744 graduate students in 2011*
Student Housing 25 residence halls**
Schools and Programs 19 colleges; over 300 degree and certificate programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 20:1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011-2012:
Bachelor's: Business/commerce (700)
Master's: Curriculum and instruction (380)
Doctorate: Law (142)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates (Students Who Began Studies in 2006) 47% in four year
71% in six years*
Admission Rate 81% in 2012*
First-Year Retention Rates 84% for full-time and 60% for part-time students*
Tuition $9,257 for in-state, $23,366 for out-of-state (tuition and fees 2012-2013)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Undergraduate Students Receiving It) In 2011-2012: Grants/scholarships (62%), Pell grants (23%), federal loans (51%)*
Percent of First-Year Students Receiving Some Sort of Aid 84% in 2011-2012*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **University of Missouri - Columbia website.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, University of Missouri, 230 Jesse Hall, Columbia, Missouri 65211
  • Phone: (573) 882-7786 or (800) 225-6075
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