Facts & Pride Points


1839; first public university west of the Mississippi River and the first in Louisiana Purchase territory


Columbia, Missouri; population 116,906

Interim Chancellor

Hank Foley


Teaching, research, service and economic development
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Learn why MU is an important investment for the state and nation.  


Respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence
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The Higher Learning Commission has accredited MU since 1913. Many degree programs have specialized accreditation through national associations, councils and commissions.

Budget, FY2016

$2.2 billion

Endowment, June 30, 2016

$851.1 million (MU's endowment has grown by 66 percent since FY2010 when it was $513.9 million.)

Learn how MU manages resources wisely. 

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

Degrees and Certificates Offered

  • Total: 313
  • Bachelor’s:  92
  • Master’s: 85
  • Certificates: 63
  • First Professional: 3
  • Education Specialist: 6
  • Doctoral: 64

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Mizzou Online

In 2015-16, Mizzou offered 93 online degree options and more than 1,070 online courses. Many of MU’s 16,640 online learners were undergraduates who used online classes to augment their on-campus schedules. In fact, 41 percent of Mizzou students took at least one online course. Last year, 3,655 students were earning their degrees at a distance.

Learn about MU's high-quality, well-rounded education.


  • Total: 33,266
  • In-state: 24,340
  • Out-of-state: 11,108
  • Undergraduate: 25,627)
  • Graduate: 5,967
  • Professional: 1,183
  • Minority: 5,209
  • St. Louis area: 9,519
  • Kansas City area: 3,816
  • International: 2,507
    • China (1,331), India (201), South Korea (167), Iraq (94), Saudi Arabia (81), Brazil (68), United Kingdom (55) and Vietnam (54) send the most students.

* Percentage based on total population for which ethnicity is known.

Freshman Average ACT Score

26 (state average 21.7; national average 21)

Learn about MU's diverse, high-achieving students.

Full-Time Employees, 2014-15

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

Research & Related Expenditures, FY2015

$246.7 million (includes $105 million in expenditures generated from federal sources)

Learn about MU research and economic power.

Degrees Granted for 2015-16

8,792 (Mizzou Tigers graduate, on average, in 4.2 years.)

Living Alumni

  • Worldwide: 304,057
  • Missouri: 160,757
  • St. Louis area: 63,123
  • Kansas City area: 30,969

Learn how alumni and friends make MU stronger.

Visit the Mizzou Alumni Association 

Annual Undergraduate Costs, 2016-17

Missouri resident total: $25,916*
Non-resident total: $42,290*

  • Tuition and fees: $9,518 (resident); $25,892 (non-resident) 
  • Room and board: $10,298         
  • Books and supplies: $1,344
  • Personal and transportation: $4,756

*Costs assume 15-hour enrollment each semester.

Financial Aid

During the 2014-15 academic year, MU spent $130 million on financial aid and $58.2 million on student employment. Three out of five students receive some type of financial aid (excluding loans).

Learn how MU is accessible and affordable

University of Missouri Health

MU Health is one of the most comprehensive health care networks in Missouri. MU Health Care is the network’s multi-hospital and clinical enterprise. 

University of Missouri Extension

MU Extension, supported by a partnership with federal, state and local governments, takes university knowledge to Missouri's to 114 counties, Kansas City and St. Louis.

Learn how MU serves citizens and the public good through extension and health care.


  • 357 buildings
  • Main campus: 1,262-acre botanic garden
  • Statewide: 19,261 acres 


MU’s NCAA Division I athletic program has 550 students-athletes in 20 sports, many in the top 25 percent nationally. 

Mascot and Colors

  • Bengal tiger
  • Black and gold



Visitor Information

104 Jesse Hall
Phone: 573-882-6333
Toll-free: 800-856-2181

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