Facts & Pride Points


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


Columbia, Missouri; population 119,906


Alexander N. Cartwright


Teaching, research, service and economic development
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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, FY2017

$2.3 billion


$1 billion (Since 2011, MU's endowment has grown by more than $400 million.)

Academic Units

Degrees and Certificates Offered

  • Total: 320

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Mizzou Online

In 2016-17, Mizzou offered 101 online or hybrid degree options and more than 1,098 online courses. Many of MU’s 16,480 online learners were undergraduates who used online classes to augment their on-campus schedules. In fact, more than 45 percent of Mizzou students took at least one online course. Last year, 3,643 students were earning their degrees at a distance.

Enrollment (Fall 2018)

  • Total: 29,866

Freshman Average ACT Score

26 (state average 20.4; national average 21)

Full-Time Employees

  • Total: 13,356
  • MU Health Care: 4,907
  • Faculty and instructors: 2,129

Research & Related Expenditures, FY2016

$248.3 million (includes $109 million in expenditures generated from federal sources)

Degrees Granted for 2016-17

9,150 (Mizzou Tigers graduate, on average, in 4.2 years.)

Living Alumni*

  • Worldwide: 317,773
  • Missouri: 168,429
  • St. Louis area: 65,910
  • Kansas City area: 32,263

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*As of October 2017

Annual Cost of Attendance

Financial Aid

During the 2016-17 academic year, MU spent $137 million on financial aid and $58.2 million on student employment. 

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.


  • 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

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Phone: 573-882-6333
Toll-free: 800-856-2181