Missouri Colleges & Universities

Thinking about furthering your education? Explore your choicies and consider getting a degree from one of the many schools in Missouri.

Missouri Schools: Gateway to the West and Learning: In 1839, Missouri laid a foundation by following the philosophy of education of Thomas Jefferson. Since then, the University of Missouri System includes four campuses with more than 70,000 students in addition to distinguished private and state campuses at the numerous schools in Missouri.

Adventures at Missouri Colleges: Lewis and Clark began their trek along the Missouri river kicking off western exploration of the United States. Choosing a college can be just as much of an adventure at Missouri schools. If you are up for a challenge, Missouri has more than 10 four-year public colleges and universities, as well as more than 20 four-year private institutions. Missouri colleges offer thriving programs from Agriculture and Biology to Communication and Sociology. Washington University in St. Louis is consistently ranked among the top research facilities in the country and has gained fame from its prominent research contribution to the Human Genome Project. St. Louis University, founded by Jesuits, is the oldest university west of the Mississippi River. U.S. News and World Report ranked University of Missouri-Columbia, also known as Mizzou, in the top 100 best colleges in the nation for 2010.

Other notable Missouri colleges and universities include:
  • • Webster University
  • • Columbia College
  • • Truman State University
  • • Park University
  • • A.T. Still University

University of Missouri-Rolla (also called Missouri University of Science and Technology) focuses specifically on engineering, computing, and sciences. Located in Springfield, Missouri State University is the second largest university in the state.

Student populations range from around 200 students to over 28,000 students at Missouri colleges and universities. The average tuition ranges from around $1,500 to over $20,000 per year. Missouri State University offers internship programs for students to gain work experience with state employers. With a sister campus in Madrid, Spain, St. Louis University was among the first universities to offer programs to students of all races. Missouri colleges and universities strive to strengthen community and education with many multi-cultural associations.

In 2008, data released by U.S. Census Bureau reported the annual median income in Missouri was $46,847. Leading Missouri employers include: AT&T Corp, Bank of America, Department of Defense, Ford Motor Co., NASA, Union Electric Company, University of Missouri and Washington University. Housing in Missouri is comparable to the rest of the U.S. with median housing at $141,500.

Top Missouri industries include: Food and Beverage Service, Administration and Support Services, and Tourism, as well as:

  • • Health care and social assistance
  • • Educational Services
  • • Professional, Scientific and Technical
  • • Manufacturing - food, chemical and transportation equipment

Missouri is called the "Show Me State." And it's easy to see why. Home to 85 state parks and historic sites, students attending Missouri schools can explore many natural resources -- the Ozarks, lakes, rivers, and caves. Have a penchant for Mark Twain? You can visit his hometown of Hannibal. Don't miss St. Louis' most famous landmark, the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, nicknamed the Gateway Arch. Sport fans can attend a Cardinals or Royals baseball game and in fall, Rams or Chiefs football games. If you are a country music fan, check out the world-famous, Branson.

Heather Bieber


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