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Colleges / University of Missouri

University of Missouri

Columbia, MO 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate77%
Acceptance Rate77%

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 Overview

University of Missouri is a public, state school in a suburban setting in Columbia, Missouri. University of Missouri was founded in 1839 and the school now enrolls around 31,413 students per year, including 23,706 undergraduates. University of Missouri offers housing for up to 6,392 students. Most students live in off campus housing.

There are many ways for students to get involved at University of Missouri!

Interested in music or performing? Join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of the school's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? University of Missouri students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Thinking of pledging? University of Missouri has fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? University of Missouri has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at University of Missouri on the Student Life page.

2022 University of Missouri Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 77%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 7%
In-State Tuition $10,074
Out-of-State $30,441
Percent of Need Met 64%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $14,137

Is University of Missouri a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Some factors that can help you determine what a good school for you might be include admissions criteria, acceptance rate, tuition costs, and more.

Let's take a look at these factors to get a clearer sense of what University of Missouri offers and if it could be a good fit for you.

University of Missouri Acceptance Rate 2022

It is moderately difficult to get into University of Missouri. The acceptance rate at University of Missouri is 77%. Last year, 19,966 students applied to University of Missouri and 15,283 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of Missouri

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. Retention measures how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

About 88% of students who start at University of Missouri return the next year. 72% of University of Missouri undergrads graduate 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 for University of Missouri Grads

Job placement stats are a good resource for understanding the value of a degree from University of Missouri by providing a look on how job placement has gone for other grads. Within six months of graduating, 63% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Check with University of Missouri directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

University of Missouri's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

As of 2022, the total market value of University of Missouri's endowment was $1.407 billion. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021.

Tuition and Financial Aid at University of Missouri

Tuition is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

University of Missouri meets 64% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $14,137 a year.

The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2022 was around $26,231 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served 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! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at University of Missouri.

Based on this information, how does University of Missouri sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for another! 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 would like 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

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

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

University of Missouri ACT Scores


ACT Range

23 - 30

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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University of Missouri SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

560 - 670


Reading SAT Range

570 - 680

University of Missouri Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at University of Missouri is like? There are approximately 31,412 students enrolled at University of Missouri, including 23,706 undergraduate students and 7,706 graduate students. 92% percent of students attend school full-time, 80% percent are from MO and 20% percent of students are from other states.


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