MU Facts

The University of Missouri was founded in 1839 in Columbia, Mo., as the first public university west of the Mississippi River and the first state university in Thomas Jefferson’s Louisiana Purchase territory.

Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin

Mission

Teaching, research, service and economic development

Values

Respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence

Academic Units

  • College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
    • School of Natural Resources
  • College of Arts and Science
    • School of Music
  • Trulaske College of Business
    • School of Accountancy
  • College of Education
    • School of Information Science and Learning Technologies
  • College of Engineering
  • Graduate Studies
  • School of Health Professions
  • Honors College
  • College of Human Environmental Sciences
    • School of Social Work
  • School of Journalism
  • School of Law
  • School of Medicine
  • Sinclair School of Nursing
  • Truman School of Public Affairs
  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • University of Missouri Extension

University of Missouri Health System

The MU Health System is one of the most comprehensive health care networks in Missouri. It includes:

  • University Hospital
  • 50 primary and specialty clinics statewide
  • University Physicians, a group practice with 500+ members
  • Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, a certified member of the MD Anderson Cancer Network®
  • Missouri Orthopaedic Institute
  • Missouri Psychiatric Center
  • Women’s and Children’s Hospital, the only hospital of its kind in Missouri
  • Mizzou Quick Care clinics that offer walk-in medical services inside Columbia’s three Hy-Vee stores
  • Missouri Telehealth Network, which serves more than 60 Missouri counties and allows patients to stay in their own communities while being seen by physicians at major medical centers
  • Health Network of Missouri, which improves access and better coordinates health care for patients; MU is a founding member

The system also conducts life-changing research and educates tomorrow’s physicians, nurses and allied health specialists in three schools:

  • School of Health Professions
  • School of Medicine
  • Sinclair School of Nursing

Libraries

MU’s library collection is one of Missouri's largest. Ellis and eight specialized libraries hold:

  • 3.9 million volumes
  • 53,400 journal subscriptions
  • 7.5 million microforms
  • 1 million e-books

Living Alumni

  • Worldwide: 296,357
  • Missouri: 153,824
  • St. Louis area: 59,900
  • Kansas City area: 29,426

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Enrollment (fall 2014)

  • Total: 35,441
  • In-state: 24,586 (69.4 percent)
  • Out-of-state: 10,855 (30.6 percent)
  • Undergraduate: 27,654 (78 percent)
  • Graduate: 6,565 (18.5 percent)
  • Professional: 1,222 (3.4 percent)
  • Minority: 5,486 (15.7 percent)*
  • International: 2,417 (6.8 percent)
    • China (1,283), India (196) and Republic of Korea (183) send the most students from overseas.
* Percentage based on total population for which ethnicity is known.

Annual Undergraduate Costs, 2014-15

  • Missouri resident total: $23,597
  • Non-resident total: $38,624
    • Tuition and fees: $9,433 (resident); $24,460 (non-resident)
    • Room and board: $9,386
    • Books and supplies: $1,114
    • Personal and transportation: $3,664
      Costs assume 15-hour enrollment each semester.

Financial Aid

During the 2013-14 academic year, MU students received grants, scholarships, loans or other financial aid. Those who received financial assistance:

  • 12,806 students received need-based aid (average package $7,081)
  • 28,087 students received both need-based and non-need-based aid (average package $15,839)

Financial Aid Sources, FY2014:

  • MU (scholarships, graduate tuition and fee waivers) $121 million
    • Note: Mizzou spent an additional $57.4 million on student employment.
  • Federal (scholarships, fellowships and grants) $29 million
  • State (scholarships, fellowships and grants) $10.5 million
  • Other $12.1 million
  • Federal loans $195.8 million
  • Alternative loans $18.3 million

Average ACT Score

25.9 (state 21.8; national 21)

Freshman Retention Rate

86.2 percent (state 75.7 percent; national 79.9 percent)

Graduation Rates

Four-year: 43.9 percent (state 32.3 percent; national 33.5 percent)
Six-year: 69.4 percent (state: 55.2 percent; national 57.7 percent)
Note: Mizzou Tigers graduate, on average, in 4.1 years.

Degrees Granted for 2013-14

8,369

(Among all of Missouri's public universities, MU grants 27 percent of bachelor’s degrees, 23 percent of master’s degrees, 37 percent of first-professional degrees and 62 percent of doctoral degrees. Roughly one in three degrees awarded is in a science, technology, engineering, mathematics or health field.)

Degrees and Certificates Offered

  • Total: 307
  • Bachelor’s:  91
  • Master’s: 84
  • Certificates: 57
  • First Professional: 3
  • Education Specialist: 6
  • Doctoral: 66

Mizzou Online

In 2013-14, Mizzou offered 85 online degree options and nearly 1,000 online courses. Many of MU’s 14,115 online learners were undergraduates also enrolled in on-campus courses. In fact, 36 percent of Mizzou students took at least one online course. Last year, 3,227 students were earning their degrees at a distance.

Research & related expenditures, FY2013

$236.4 million (includes $111.5 million in expenditures generated from federal sources)

Endowment, June 30, 2014

$804.9 million

Budget, FY2015

$2.1 billion

Revenues (in millions), FY2015

  • Patient care: $879.7 (40.5 percent)
  • Tuition: $355.5 (16.4 percent)
  • Enterprise operations: $318 (14.7 percent)
  • State appropriations: $219.4 (10.1 percent)
  • Grants and contracts: $199.2 (9.2 percent)
  • Extension, course and other fees: $107.6 (5 percent)
  • Gifts and endowment income: $72.7 (3.4 percent)
  • Federal appropriations $17.4 (0.8 percent)

Expenditures (in millions), FY2014

  • Hospitals and University Physicians $825.2 (44.5 percent)
  • Teaching and academic support $397.9 (21.4 percent)
  • Auxiliary enterprises* $230.5 (12.4 percent)
  • Research $141.7 (7.6 percent)
  • Extension and public service $109.4 (5.9 percent)
  • Plant maintenance and operations $62.7 (3.4 percent)
  • Student services $36.5 (2 percent)
  • Scholarships and fellowships** $34 (1.8 percent)
  • Institutional support/administration $17.4 (0.9 percent)

* Includes residence halls, athletics, university stores, Research Reactor, Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Lab, etc.
** Does not include $104.7 million in scholarship allowances.

Full-Time Employees, 2014-15

  • Total: 13,303
  • MU Health Care: 4,515
  • Faculty and instructors: 2,184 (includes 337 international visiting faculty)

Classification

MU is classified with American universities that offer the most educational opportunities and highest level of instruction:

Accreditation

MU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 1913. Many degree programs have specialized accreditation through national associations, councils and commissions.

Acreage

  • 357 buildings on 1,262 acres, main campus
  • 19,261 acres statewide

Mascot and Colors

  • Bengal tiger
  • Black and gold

Nickname

Mizzou

Visitor Information

107 Reynolds Alumni Center
Phone: 573-882-6333
Toll-free: 800-856-2181
visitus.missouri.edu