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About University of Missouri

The University of Missouri — known to most as “Mizzou” — was founded in 1839 as the first public university west of the Mississippi River. A certified botanic garden, our 1,262-acre flagship campus in downtown Columbia is renowned for its classical architectural beauty. At its heart is Francis Quadrangle, home to our six famous Columns and recently named among Business Insider’s “Most Beautiful and Iconic American College Quads.” More than 350,000 living alumni call Mizzou “home.” It’s a deep and vibrant community where you can become your best self. It’s also where countless Tigers have rallied for one of the nation’s most spirited Homecoming celebrations every fall since 1911. We hope to welcome you soon to experience it all firsthand. After all, this is the Show-Me State — and we think you’ll like what you see

University of Missouri is a public, state school in an suburban setting in Columbia, Missouri. University of Missouri was founded in 1839 and now enrolls around 31,103 students a year, including 23,396 undergrads.

University of Missouri offers housing for up to 6,392 students. Most students live off campus,.

University of Missouri's endowment was valued at $1.091 billion in 2021. There are 18 University of Missouri undergrads for each full-time professor.

2021 University of Missouri Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 82%
In-State Tuition $9,120
Out-of-State $26,991

2022 University of Missouri Regular Decision Application Deadline

All regular decision applicants will be notified by June 1.

Early Admission at University of Missouri

University of Missouri does not offer early decision or early action.

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2021 Acceptance Rate for University of Missouri

It is moderately difficult to get into University of Missouri. In 2021, University of Missouri accepted 82% of applicants. Last year, 20,641 students applied to University of Missouri and 16,880 were admitted.

University of Missouri Waitlist 2021

University of Missouri reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in 2021.

How Do I Get Into University of Missouri?

University of Missouri is considered moderately difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to University of Missouri, applicants must submit the following items.

University of Missouri Application Requirements

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GPA and Test Scores for University of Missouri

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to University of Missouri.

Does University of Missouri Require the ACT or SAT?

University of Missouri does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 9% submitted the SAT. 91% submitted the ACT.

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Dorms at University of Missouri

Yes! University of Missouri provides on-campus housing for up to 6,392 students.

University of Missouri students are active in the school's Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity (Academic), Pre-Medical Society (Academic) and Alpha Phi Omega (Service). Homecoming, Midnight BBQ, and and International Welcome Party are a few of the events that the campus rallies behind each year.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at University of Missouri.

Financial Aid at University of Missouri

University of Missouri meets 62% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend University of Missouri full-time are awarded $14,179 a year in financial aid, on average.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Is University of Missouri a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how competitive a university is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. However, there are a few good ways to get a better sense how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its student body.

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of Missouri

About 89% of students who start at University of Missouri return for their second year of college. Out of the 6,408 students who started at University of Missouri as first-time freshman, 3,228 graduate within four years.

Around 73% of students who started at University of Missouri earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes and Debt for University of Missouri Grads

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Within six months of graduating, 64% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

In 2020, students graduated with an average of $28,456.64 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does University of Missouri sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So ask yourself: Is University of Missouri a good school for you?

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Where is University of Missouri?

University of Missouri is located in the suburban setting of Columbia, Missouri.

If you want to see University of Missouri for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 70, Highway 63 to Columbia, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Columbia Regional.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what University of Missouri and Columbia are like without leaving home.

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College Info

University of Missouri Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

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Transfer Applications are Due

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The deadline for Fall first-year applications to University of Missouri is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to University of Missouri is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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University of Missouri ACT Scores


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Wondering what life at University of Missouri is like? There are approximately 31,103 students enrolled at University of Missouri, including 23,396 undergraduate students and 7,707 graduate students. 91% percent of students attend school full-time, 81% percent are from MO and 19% percent of students are from other states.


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