CP Logo

University of Missouri College Portrait

Home Compare At A Glance Contact


There Is Only One Mizzou

Founded in 1839 as the first public university west of the Mississippi River, the University of Missouri in Columbia is a member of the nation’s most prestigious group of 60 U.S. public and private institutions:  the Association of American Universities. Today MU is a $2 billion enterprise with more than 35,000 students and 300,000 alumni worldwide.

MU offers more than 300 degree programs through 19 colleges and schools and has the largest research operation of any public university in Missouri. In fact, the National Science Foundation has recognized Mizzou as one of the top 10 universities in the country for integrating research into undergraduate education.

Home to the world’s first School of Journalism, Mizzou offers many strong, unique programs on its 1,262-acre campus and is one of only six public universities nationwide with medicine, veterinary medicine and law on one campus.

More than 31 percent of MU students come from another state or another country, and a strong international community thrives in Columbia, a city consistently ranked among the top U.S. cities for its excellent quality of life.

Living in the Mizzou Community

Best Education from the Heart of the Nation

MU is committed to student success. We invite you and your family to visit our campus. You will visit with our admissions staff, explore the campus during a student led tour, interact with faculty in the academic areas in which you have the most interest and visit our wonderful student focused facilities. Once admitted, students and their families return for Summer Welcome, our new student orientation program. We work with you to develop a personalized academic plan for your first semester. You may join a Freshman Interest Group (FIG), a Learning Community, or consider joining a Greek organization or more than 600 student organizations. At the start of the semester, you participate in Fall and Spring Welcome activities to get better connected with the campus and your department. We want you to have a successful start at MU. The Learning Center, Academic Advising, Academic Retention Services and other programs are available to help you develop learning strategies to enhance your success. Our freshman retention rate indicates our students are well served by these programs. We want to help you define, clarify, and achieve your academic, personal, and professional goals throughout your program of study at MU.