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University of Missouri - Columbia Data & Information Overview

Find out more about how University of Missouri - Columbia ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you'll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is University of Missouri - Columbia Ranked?

2021 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

University of Missouri - Columbia was awarded 132 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is journalism.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2021 analysis, Mizzou is ranked #274 out of 1,715 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality.

Mizzou is also ranked #5 out of 46 schools in Missouri.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Mizzou?

Acceptance Rate

When it comes to admittance, University of Missouri - Columbia is somewhat selective. Its acceptance rate is 78%, 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 550 and 670.

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

SAT Math Scores for University of Missouri - Columbia  ( 550 to 670 )
Mizzou received ACT scores from 96% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 23 and 29.

ACT Composite Scores for University of Missouri - Columbia  ( 23 to 29 )

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University of Missouri - Columbia Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 18 to 1, University of Missouri - Columbia is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

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 72%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  72 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of Missouri - Columbia

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 87% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like University of Missouri - Columbia enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  87 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Mizzou the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 46%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  46 out of 100

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Good Overall Diversity at Mizzou

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 22,484 undergraduates at Mizzou with 20,720 being full-time and 1,764 being part-time.

Mizzou Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and racial-ethnic minorities*. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

The overall diversity score for Mizzou is 84.12 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  84.12 out of 100
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How Much Does University of Missouri - Columbia Cost?

The overall average net price of Mizzou is $18,480. 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 +
$13,236 $14,246 $16,343 $20,314 $23,592

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

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Mizzou, approximately 44% of students took out student loans averaging $7,779 a year. That adds up to $31,116 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Mizzou is 4.1%. 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?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Mizzou make about $48,300 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is good news for future Mizzou graduates since it is 21% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at University of Missouri - Columbia make the most money.

Location of University of Missouri - Columbia

University of Missouri - Columbia is a public institution located 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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Location of University of Missouri - Columbia

Contact details for Mizzou are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 105 Jesse Hall, Columbia, MO 65211-1050
Phone: 573-882-2121

University of Missouri - Columbia Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 101 majors graduated from University of Missouri - Columbia. Of these students, 6,314 received undergraduate degrees and 2,256 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 741 $46,800
Health Sciences & Services 624 $32,100
Journalism 533 $37,300
General Psychology 285 $28,700
General Biology 278 $27,000
Teacher Education Grade Specific 218 $31,400
Nursing 204 $55,000
Mechanical Engineering 200 $64,200
Computer Information Systems 189 $60,900
Communication & Media Studies 179 $33,900

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

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2017-2018, 9,322 students took at least one online class at University of Missouri - Columbia. This is an increase from the 8,380 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 9,322 2,915
2016-2017 8,380 2,451
2015-2016 8,576 2,251
2014-2015 10,572 2,572
2013-2014 10,286 2,419

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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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