About University of Missouri-Columbia

Founded in 1839, University of Missouri-Columbia. is a Public college. Located in Missouri, which is a city setting in Missouri, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 25,877 full time undergraduate students, and 7,362 full time graduate students.

The University of Missouri-Columbia Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 19:1. There are 1341 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at University of Missouri-Columbia include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate74%
Application Deadline
Application Fee55
SAT Range1020-1290
ACT Range23-29

Admissions at MU are considered Selective, with ,195% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 23 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

86% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 56% were in the top quarter, and 25% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at University of Missouri-Columbia.

3%
“We”re apathetic”
24%
“We know about current events and vote”
57%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
17%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
5%
“We save it for the classroom”
25%
“Sometimes, but not often”
53%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
17%
“All the time, including weekends”
1%
“I”m always terrified”
5%
“I only go out in groups”
46%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
47%
“I feel extremely safe”
4%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
10%
“We bought the gear”
86%
“We live for the big game”
4%
“It”s not really our thing”
26%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
60%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
10%
“We”re a very artistic group”
7%
“Haven”t met them”
8%
“Available in class”
60%
“They keep regular office hours”
25%
“They”re always available”
2%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
8%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
76%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
14%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
2%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
16%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
43%
“We only party on weekends”
39%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
5%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
52%
“There might be people who do”
34%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
8%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
3%
“We”re apathetic”
24%
“We know about current events and vote”
57%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
17%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
5%
“We save it for the classroom”
25%
“Sometimes, but not often”
53%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
17%
“All the time, including weekends”
1%
“I”m always terrified”
5%
“I only go out in groups”
46%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
47%
“I feel extremely safe”
4%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
10%
“We bought the gear”
86%
“We live for the big game”
4%
“It”s not really our thing”
26%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
60%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
10%
“We”re a very artistic group”
7%
“Haven”t met them”
8%
“Available in class”
60%
“They keep regular office hours”
25%
“They”re always available”
2%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
8%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
76%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
14%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
2%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
16%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
43%
“We only party on weekends”
39%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
5%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
52%
“There might be people who do”
34%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
8%
“There”s a huge drug scene”

University of Missouri-Columbia REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    344 Students rated on-campus housing 3.9 stars. 26 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    244 Students rated off-campus housing 3.8 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    363 Students rated campus food 3.9 stars. 32 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    372 Students rated campus facilities 4.3 stars. 48 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    372 Students rated class size 3.8 stars. 27 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    372 Students rated school activities 4.4 stars. 52 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    374 Students rated local services 4.3 stars. 52 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    371 Students rated academics 3.9 stars. 34 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of University of Missouri-Columbia?

123 Students rated University of Missouri-Columbia

Tommy - 06/17/2022

I feel like Missouri is a good place. It’s kind of far from where I live because I came from Maryland. That’s like 14 hours away from home. I knew I had to make friends, plus I like talking to people and getting to know them. I was able to people some good friends and build bonds that are unbreakable. I feel Missouri university is such a good environment and you won’t believe it, but I’m African American and since it’s a pwo, I didn’t really think they will be many black kids. Little did I know the black community is huge in mizzou. Any race is fit for mizzou.

Isaac - 07/12/2021

I think that a bigger focus needs to be put on improving the campus facilities so that every major has good and functioning equipment for lab and class work. The journalism school receives a lot of the financial focus of the school while other schools have to use thirty year old equipment that is a hit-or-miss on working. The college can be difficult to contact and finding and resolving issues can be hard when no one knows how to fix or even address the problem a student is dealing with.

Asha - 02/22/2021

My experience in the Engineering school was average when considering the academic aspect. What made it an experience I don't want to repeat is the sexism and racism you have to deal with every day. The school does nothing to stop this from happening or punish those that perpetuate it. When I was in undergrad, some guys threw cotton in front of the Black Culture Center because they "wanted to see black people pick cotton." As far as I know, no serious repercussions were dealt.

Megan - 01/05/2021

I wish my school was advocating more for minorities. a instead of spending $20,000 on a glass case for the Thomas Jefferson statue in our quad, that money could’ve been spent on creating scholarships for minorities, especially given the timing (protests of summer 2020).

University of Missouri-Columbia FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at University of Missouri-Columbia?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for University of Missouri-Columbia is 74%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    Given the opportunity to go back and speak to my highschool self, I would tell myself that things become better, to keep my eyes forward and chin up. While I was highly involved in highschool and maintained a large group of friends, I battled through depression, sometimes struggling to believe that I would ever be happy with what I was doing and that it all meant something. When I finally arrived in college though, life took a wonderful turn; my friends shared the sam interests as I did and were willing to go on adventures like hiking and camping, my professors were not only well known in their fields, but were also my friends, who readily took time out of their schedule to listen to my problems and help me in whatever ways they could. My four years in college has given me the most beautiful opportunity anyone could give me--the chance to be myslef. The chance to act weird, study what I want and do the hobbies that make me happy while not fearing being judged or put down. I survived, but if I could have spoken to myself then, I would simply say "Keep moving forward".

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  3. Describe the students at your school.

    aight

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  4. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    cold

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  5. What's unique about your campus?

    I would say that the best thing about my school is the setting. There are lots of places during the warmer months to sit outside and enjoy nature. The campus is a botanical garden, so it has lots of trees and flowers. The landscapers for the campus do a great job of keeping everything green and blooming. It makes the campus seem more upbeat and welcoming, which helps with the moods of those around campus.

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  6. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    The University of Missouri-Columbia is a highly respected, valued, and diverse school that offers a number of beneficial opportunities through it's education and involvement programs.

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  7. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    I wish I would've known more about how to make payments on things.

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  8. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    For the Journalism School.

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  9. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    The absolute best thing about the University of Missouri is that you can pretty much do anything you want! We have multiple colleges within the system, and hundreds of different majors, minors, and emphasis areas to choose from. The endless choices don't stop there - you can choose one or more of our 500+ student organizations, multiple dining plans and halls, single or even suite style dorms, and there is ALWAYS something going on. Your education at Mizzou is like a fully loaded and customizable car. For out of state students, this comes at a price, but it is cheaper than attending a private university (plus, there are even MORE options for aid and scholarships). The town grew around the school, so it is catered to students - concerts, bars, restaurants, clubs, late night diners, and ALL within walking distance. Pile on a heaping helping of Mizzou pride (which never goes out of style) and you officially have the coolest school in the Midwest.

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  10. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    Although excessive partying can be a problem with students at mizzou, I do brag about the opportunities for meeting interesting people inside and outside of class

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  11. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    Very competitive research positions

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  12. What are the academics like at your school?

    At first, class sizes can be out of this world scary. Your typical freshman level lecture style class can have an upwards of 500 students! Never fear, for the further you get along in your major, the smaller your classes get. Professors love when students come to talk to them during office hours, so take advantage of that free time! They always remember a student who comes to their office. At Mizzou you can get anything you want out of your education. There's so many different departments to choose from and there's even a major dedicated to creating your own major! The academic requirements center around getting a well rounded education, so at the end of your stay at MU you will have interacted with all the different fields of study in some way. It's great because you get a chance to take classes like Magic and Religion (which is all Harry Potter all the time) or 16 and Pregnant; yes, those courses count towards graduation! Mizzou is very focused on making sure that the students that graduate are prepared for the real world as well as passionate about their chosen field. There are classes that focus solely on career exploration, be it a specific one (like Exploring Careers in Journalism) or more general. Professors and administration alike want students to get active, be a part of their campus, and be well rounded people. Even though we're big, you won't get lost in the shuffle.

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  13. What kind of person should attend this school?

    Someone who is outgoing; it is a large school and could be overwhelming to somone who is very shy. Getting involved is the best way to meet people, so they should also be willing to put themselves out there and try new things. Also, someone who is into sports because football and basketball are a major part of life here.

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  14. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    Any kind - there is no set type

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  15. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    We have over 500 clubs! That's right, five hundred clubs. Plus more. If you somehow can't find a club you are interested in, then you can go ahead and start one up! The big thing that unites most of campus is athletics, football and basketball being the big ones. Tailgating for those events (especially football) can start early in the mornings and go way into the evenings. For those who aren't interested in sports, there's guest speakers, local theater productions, concerts, club events, fraternity and sorority events, and a downtown scene that has something for everyone. If you're awake at a 2AM on a Tuesday, you can head down to the late night diner and grab a bite to eat - it's only a five minute walk from campus. If you aren't hungry and don't want to drink, Mizzou has that covered with Mizzou After Dark! There's a wide range of activities at After Dark from face painting to costume contests to dance parties. Throughout the semester, they'll show recently released movies at Memorial Union or, if it's warm enough, outside on Lowry Mall. It's incredibly easy to find something to do here when you're bored; you just have to walk outside!

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  16. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    The procedure to petition for Missouri residency and achieve an easier to pay tuition is quite extensive and could be confusing, though it makes sense financially for the school to implement it. It is a bit of a leap of faith to have this thing over your head for the first semester and not know what you're going to have to pay for your education once it ends.

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  17. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    The University of Missouri is a large, exciting campus. There are many stereotypes of the students that attend my school. A big portion of the students are affiliated with Greek fraternities and sororities. These kids are often seen as partiers. In fact, Mizzou is seen as a party school. There are constantly parties, and people are always around. Most of the students go to parties, but during the week the campus calms and students are studying and working. There are always people studying in Ellis Library and the Student Center. So, even though Mizzou is viewed as a big party school, we also have outstanding academic success.

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  18. Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

    Not everyone is a hick. Most of my friends were from all over the country, and had come to Mizzou for the J-School. The drunk part I can't dispute.

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  19. What is the stereotype of students at your school?

    I think a lot of people come to Mizzou to party, and because of our relatively huge Greek Life we look like we're all just drunken sorority girls or frat boys. While there are a lot of us that are exactly that, there's still a significant population of non-Greeks, and while partying is an important part of the Mizzou experience (some might argue college-experience) you can still find releases that have nothing to do with alcohol.

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  20. Why did you decide to go to this school?

    The journalism school!

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  21. Describe the dorms.

    Like the rest of the buildings, the dorms are going through cyclical overhauls and renovations. My freshman year, lived in Mark Twain Hall, a dorm tucked away into the north side of campus and slightly set apart. Mark Twain is a hotel-turned-dorm and its isolation meant that the whole building really bonded together. I loved it because it had a dining hall on the first floor (perfect for rainy days and winter storms) and everyone left their door open all the time, so meeting people was as easy as going for a short walk. However, some things are changing. With every renovation and construction project the dorms are becoming more and more like luxury (tiny) hotel rooms and doors stay closed. While the amenities are wonderful, and much improved from the days our parents went to school, I'm a little sad to see that the dorm experience is slowly disappearing. That being said, you can find dorms of any variety on our campus: all girls, all boys, single, suite, double, shared etc. And we have great programs where you can live with people who are studying the same major. I lived in a Journalism community and it was great to get tips about classes and find out what everyone else in my field was up to. I recommend it. If nothing else, you'll at least make some great friends and connections.

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Student Body

Students

52%

female

48%

male

25,877

Total Undergrad Enrollment

7,362

Total Grad Students

32%

Out-Of-State

66%

In-State

2%

International

Organizations

700

Student Organizations

33

Fraternities

16

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

21%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
N/A
% Asian/Pacific Islander
2%
% Black or African-American
8%
% Hispanic/Latino
4%
% White or Caucasian
78%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

82% of students attending University of Missouri-Columbia receive some sort of financial aid. 20% were awarded federal grants. While 46% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$25,892

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$1,344

Books and Supplies

$10,298

Room and Board

37,534

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$12,060
$30 - $48K
$12,746
$48 - $75K
$15,203
$75 - $110K
$19,545
$110K & UP
$21,444

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