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University of Missouri - Columbia Data & Information Overview

434 awards Ranking Badges
Fair Price Value for Your Money
77% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is University of Missouri - Columbia Ranked?

#124 Best Colleges in Nation
#4 Best Colleges in MO
Student Counseling Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2024 Rankings

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University of Missouri - Columbia was awarded 434 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is student counseling.

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Overall Quality

Mizzou landed the #124 spot in College Factual's 2024 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,217 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Mizzou held the #152 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Mizzou also holds the #4 spot on the Best Colleges in Missouri ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Mizzou?

77% Acceptance Rate
59% Of Accepted Are Women
7% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

When it comes to admittance, University of Missouri - Columbia is somewhat selective. Its acceptance rate is 77%, which means you'll face some strong competition during the admissions process. Do what you can to make your application stand out.

Average Test Scores

About 7% of students accepted to Mizzou submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 570 and 680. Math scores were between 560 and 670.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Missouri - Columbia  ( 570 to 680 )

SAT Math Scores for University of Missouri - Columbia  ( 560 to 670 )
Mizzou received ACT scores from 72% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 23 and 30.

ACT Composite Scores for University of Missouri - Columbia  ( 23 to 30 )

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University of Missouri - Columbia Faculty

18 to 1 Student to Faculty
73% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at University of Missouri - Columbia is about average at 18 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at University of Missouri - Columbia is 73%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  73 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of Missouri - Columbia

88% Freshmen Retention
48% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

University of Missouri - Columbia has a freshmen retention rate of 88%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  88 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Mizzou for first-time, full-time students is 48%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  48 out of 100

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University of Missouri - Columbia Undergraduate Student Diversity

21,344 Full-Time Undergraduates
19.5% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
53.8% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 23,383 undergraduates at Mizzou with 21,344 being full-time and 2,039 being part-time.

How Much Does University of Missouri - Columbia Cost?

$16,559 Net Price
39% Take Out Loans
$32,672 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Mizzou is $16,559. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Mizzou

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$11,005 $11,386 $13,715 $19,956 $22,791

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Mizzou, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Mizzou, approximately 39% of students took out student loans averaging $8,168 a year. That adds up to $32,672 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Mizzou is 2.5%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Mizzou Graduates Make?

$56,986 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Mizzou make about $56,986 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. That's great news for Mizzou students since it is 34% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


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Location of University of Missouri - Columbia

Missouri State
21,344 Full-Time Undergraduates
Midsize City Campus Setting
University of Missouri - Columbia is a public institution situated in Columbia, Missouri. The city atmosphere of Columbia makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

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Contact details for Mizzou are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 105 Jesse Hall, Columbia, MO 65211
Phone: 573-882-2121

University of Missouri - Columbia Majors

99 Majors With Completions
5,420 Undergraduate Degrees
2,018 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 99 majors graduated from University of Missouri - Columbia. Of these students, 5,420 received undergraduate degrees and 2,018 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
General Business/Commerce 676 $50,323
Health Sciences & Services 478 $34,419
Journalism 428 $37,418
General Psychology 229 $29,782
Nursing 221 $60,951
Communication & Media Studies 221 $35,358
Educational Administration 221 NA
General Biology 195 $24,544
Teacher Education Grade Specific 157 $33,520
Mechanical Engineering 145 $66,571

Learn more about the majors offered at University of Missouri - Columbia along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Mizzou

63% Take At Least One Class Online
14% Take All Classes Online

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2020-2021, 19,662 students took at least one online class at University of Missouri - Columbia. This is a decrease from the 27,138 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 19,662 4,501
2019-2020 27,138 6,763
2018-2019 9,722 3,258
2017-2018 9,322 2,915
2016-2017 8,380 2,451

Learn more about online learning at University of Missouri - Columbia.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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