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2022 Best Colleges in Missouri

55 Colleges
$43,960 Avg Salary*
39% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

When pursuing a degree in today's world, there are many different options to choose from. At College Factual, we're committed to helping you make that decision by providing information such as that found in our Top Missouri Schools ranking.

Our analysis looked at 55 schools in Missouri to determine which ones were the best in terms of overall quality. Our ranking methodology focuses on over 20 different objective factors - such as graduation rate, post graduate earnings, and a school's average expenditure per student - to make this determination.

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Top Colleges in Missouri

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#1

Washington University in St Louis

Saint Louis, Missouri

Washington University in St Louis tops this year’s ranking as the best school in Missouri for overall quality. WUSTL is located in Saint Louis, Missouri and has a fairly large student population. In 2019-2020, this school awarded 5,648 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 97%. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from WUSTL is $70,100 during the early years of their career.

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#2

Ranken Technical College

Saint Louis, Missouri

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around if you attend Ranken Technical College. The school came in at #2 in Missouri on this year’s overall quality ranking. Ranken Technical College is a private not-for-profit institution located in Saint Louis, Missouri. The school has a small population, and it awarded 417 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Ranken Technical College make an average of $48,400 per year during the early years of their career.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around if you attend Missouri University of Science and Technology. The school came in at #3 in Missouri on this year’s overall quality ranking. This medium-sized public school is located in Rolla, Missouri, and it awarded 1,969 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

The low student loan default rate of 3.1% is a good sign that students have an easier time paying off their loans than they might at other schools. For comparison, the national default rate is 10.1% Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Missouri University of Science and Technology go into careers with an average salary of $71,200 during the early years of their career.

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#4

University of Missouri - Columbia

Columbia, Missouri

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at University of Missouri - Columbia helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools in Missouri. Mizzou is a large public school situated in Columbia, Missouri. It awarded 7,938 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

The student loan default rate at the school is 3.6%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1% Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Mizzou make an average of $48,300 per year during the early years of their career.

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#5

Truman State University

Kirksville, Missouri

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Truman State University. It ranked #5 on our 2022 Best Colleges in Missouri list. Truman State is a small public school situated in Kirksville, Missouri. It awarded 1,365 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

The student loan default rate at the school is 3.5%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1% Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Truman State go into careers with an average salary of $44,500 during the early years of their career.

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#6

Saint Louis University

Saint Louis, Missouri

Saint Louis University landed the #6 spot on the 2022 Best Colleges in Missouri ranking. SLU is located in Saint Louis, Missouri and has a fairly large student population. In 2019-2020, this school awarded 3,230 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 91%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. During the early years of their career, graduates from SLU make an average of $56,500 a year.

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#7

Maryville University of Saint Louis

Saint Louis, Missouri

Maryville University of Saint Louis landed the #7 spot on the 2022 Best Colleges in Missouri ranking. Maryville U is a fairly large private not-for-profit school situated in Saint Louis, Missouri. It awarded 2,438 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 2.4%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $47,200 during the early years of their career..

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#8

Webster University

Saint Louis, Missouri

Webster University ranked #8 on this year’s Best Colleges in Missouri list. Located in Saint Louis, Missouri, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school handed out 3,758 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

The low student loan default rate of 4.9% is a good sign that students have an easier time paying off their loans than they might at other schools. For comparison, the national default rate is 10.1% Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $42,300 during the early years of their career..

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State Technical College of Missouri ranked #9 on this year’s Best Colleges in Missouri list. State Technical College of Missouri is a small public school located in Linn, Missouri that handed out 533 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from STC go into careers with an average salary of $39,900 during the early years of their career.

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#10

Rockhurst University

Kansas City, Missouri

Rockhurst University landed the #10 spot on the 2022 Best Colleges in Missouri ranking. Located in Kansas City, Missouri, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 1,092 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 4.3%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Rockhurst is $50,800 during the early years of their career.

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#11

William Jewell College

Liberty, Missouri

William Jewell College landed the #11 spot on the 2022 Best Colleges in Missouri ranking. Located in Liberty, Missouri, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 298 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2019-2020.

The student loan default rate at the school is 4.8%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1% Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $45,700 during the early years of their career..

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#12

Saint Louis Community College

Saint Louis, Missouri

Saint Louis Community College did quite well in the 2022 Best Colleges in Missouri ranking, coming in at #12. Saint Louis Community College is a public institution located in Saint Louis, Missouri. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 1,978 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

During the early years of their career, graduates from Saint Louis Community College make an average of $28,300 a year.

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#13

University of Missouri - Kansas City

Kansas City, Missouri

University of Missouri - Kansas City ranked #13 on this year’s Best Colleges in Missouri list. This fairly large public school is located in Kansas City, Missouri, and it awarded 3,457 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

During the early years of their career, graduates from UMKC make an average of $45,700 a year.

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Metropolitan Community College - Kansas City came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges in Missouri ranking. MCC is located in Kansas City, Missouri and has a fairly large student population. In 2019-2020, this school awarded 1,857 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from MCC is $31,200 during the early years of their career.

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#15

Columbia College

Columbia, Missouri

Columbia College came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges in Missouri ranking. Columbia College Missouri is located in Columbia, Missouri and has a medium-sized student population. In 2019-2020, this school awarded 3,340 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Columbia College Missouri go into careers with an average salary of $38,300 during the early years of their career.

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#16

Missouri State University - Springfield

Springfield, Missouri

Missouri State University - Springfield came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges in Missouri ranking. This large public school is located in Springfield, Missouri, and it awarded 4,990 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $39,300 during the early years of their career..

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#17

Park University

Parkville, Missouri

Park University did quite well in the 2022 Best Colleges in Missouri ranking, coming in at #17. Park University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in Parkville, Missouri that handed out 2,543 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

During the early years of their career, graduates from Park University make an average of $45,900 a year.

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#18

William Woods University

Fulton, Missouri

William Woods University ranked #18 on this year’s Best Colleges in Missouri list. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Fulton, Missouri, and it awarded 758 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

The impressive student-to-faculty rate of 9 to 1 means that students may have more opportunities to work more closely with their professors than they would at other schools. During the early years of their career, graduates from William Woods make an average of $36,500 a year.

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#19

University of Missouri - St Louis

Saint Louis, Missouri

University of Missouri - St Louis did quite well in the 2022 Best Colleges in Missouri ranking, coming in at #19.Saint Louis, Missouri is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 2,711 students in 2019-2020.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from UMSL go into careers with an average salary of $42,900 during the early years of their career.

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#20

Stephens College

Columbia, Missouri

Stephens College landed the #20 spot on the 2022 Best Colleges in Missouri ranking. Stephens is a private not-for-profit institution located in Columbia, Missouri. The school has a small population, and it awarded 168 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

The student-to-faculty rate of 9 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Stephens go into careers with an average salary of $33,900 during the early years of their career.

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#21

Lindenwood University

Saint Charles, Missouri

Lindenwood University did quite well in the 2022 Best Colleges in Missouri ranking, coming in at #21. Lindenwood University is located in Saint Charles, Missouri and has a medium-sized student population. In 2019-2020, this school awarded 2,820 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

The low student loan default rate of 4.8% is a good sign that students have an easier time paying off their loans than they might at other schools. For comparison, the national default rate is 10.1% Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Lindenwood University go into careers with an average salary of $41,300 during the early years of their career.

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#22

St Charles Community College

Cottleville, Missouri

With a ranking of #22, St Charles Community College did quite well on the 2022 Best Colleges in Missouri list. Located in Cottleville, Missouri, the medium-sized public school awarded 804 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2019-2020.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from SCC is $33,000 during the early years of their career.

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#23

Northwest Missouri State University

Maryville, Missouri

Northwest Missouri State University came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges in Missouri ranking. Located in Maryville, Missouri, the medium-sized public school awarded 2,029 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2019-2020.

During the early years of their career, graduates from Northwest make an average of $40,000 a year.

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#24

Fontbonne University

Saint Louis, Missouri

Fontbonne University landed the #24 spot on the 2022 Best Colleges in Missouri ranking. Fontbonne University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Saint Louis, Missouri. The school has a small population, and it awarded 322 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

The student loan default rate at the school is 4.8%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1% Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Fontbonne University make an average of $40,800 per year during the early years of their career.

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#25

Southeast Missouri State University

Cape Girardeau, Missouri

With a ranking of #25, Southeast Missouri State University did quite well on the 2022 Best Colleges in Missouri list. Located in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, the fairly large public school awarded 2,315 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2019-2020.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Southeast Missouri State University make an average of $37,000 per year during the early years of their career.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Information about the national average student loan default rate is from the U.S. Department of Education and refers to data about the 2016 borrower cohort tracking period for which the cohort default rate (CDR) was 10.1%.

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