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University of Missouri is a public institution that was founded in 1839. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 26,996, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 1,262 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Missouri's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 97. Its in-state tuition and fees are $9,415 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $23,764 (2013-14).
Students at the University of Missouri live in a unique botanical garden, with more than 40,000 plants across campus. More than a third of high school seniors from Missouri attend Mizzou each year, and all freshmen must live on campus. As the only Division I-A sports school in the state, the Missouri Tigers teams are a big focus of campus life. The teams compete in the NCAA Division I Southeastern Conference and are particularly competitive in football. The school mascot, Truman the Tiger, is named after former President Harry Truman, who was born in Missouri. Mizzou has more than 600 clubs and organizations for students. More than 20 percent of students join the school's Greek system, which is made up of 50-plus fraternities and sororities. Students also have a vast array of degree options, with more than 280 majors, nearly 70 of which can be completed online. The university's hometown of Columbia is in central Missouri and is host to annual events like the Roots 'n Blues 'n BBQ music festival and Art in the Park, a large creative works showcase. To travel around campus and the town on the weekends, students have free access to STRIPES, a transportation service that delivers riders to their homes from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Thursday through Sunday.
The University of Missouri has highly ranked graduate programs at the College of Education and Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business, as well as a School of Medicine and a Tier 1 School of Law. This public research university offers opportunities for students to team up on faculty-led projects as early as their freshman year. Among the scores of notable Mizzou alumni are actor Jon Hamm, singer Sheryl Crow and U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill. Playwright Tennessee Williams, who won the Pulitzer Prize for "A Street Car Named Desire," attended but did not graduate.
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Founded in 1839 as the first public university west of the Mississippi River, the University of Missouri in Columbia is a member of the Association of American Universities, the nation's most prestigious group of 59 public and private institutions. Today MU is a $2 billion enterprise with more than 34,000 students and 262,500 alumni worldwide.
|School type||public, coed college|
When applying to University of Missouri, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due May 1. The application fee at University of Missouri is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 81.5 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2012 acceptance rate||81.5%|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||May 1|
The student-faculty ratio at University of Missouri is 20:1, and the school has 45.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of Missouri include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; Health Professions and Related Programs; Engineering; and Social Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 84.5 percent.
|4-year graduation rate||47%|
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University of Missouri has a total undergraduate enrollment of 26,996, with a gender distribution of 48.2 percent male students and 51.8 percent female students. At this school, 26 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 74 percent of students live off campus. University of Missouri is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA I|
Campus Info & Services
University of Missouri offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. University of Missouri also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at University of Missouri, 55 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at University of Missouri.
|Students who have cars on campus||55%|
|Health insurance offered||Yes|
Paying for School
At University of Missouri, 48.9 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $7,812.
Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.
|In-state tuition and fees||$9,415 (2013-14)|
|Out-of-state tuition and fees||$23,764 (2013-14)|
|Room and board||$9,286 (2013-14)|
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* Overview details based on 2012 data