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The University of Missouri, Columbia, is a public, research university located in Columbia, Missouri. Also known as Mizzou, Missouri or MU, it is the largest institution of higher education in the state, with a student body of 35,000. MU is the only Missouri school in the Association of American Universities, which represents elite research universities.

MU was established in 1839, making it the first public institution of higher education west of the Mississippi River. The school is comprised of 20 colleges organized on a 1,200-acre main campus in Columbia that serves as a botanical garden. Francis Quadrangle, the heart of the campus, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as well as a number of campus buildings.

MU is well known and respected for programs such as law, medicine, veterinary medicine, agriculture, engineering and journalism. The Missouri School of Journalism, founded in 1908, is the world’s first journalism school. U.S. News & World Report lists MU 97th best among all universities in the country.

The University of Missouri Health Care System operates four hospitals in the central Missouri region. MU also claims the world’s most powerful university-operated research reactor. The MU mascot is Truman the Tiger, named after Missouri native President Harry S. Truman. The Missouri Tigers compete in the Southeastern Conference of the NCAA’s Division 1-A. According to NCAA records, the national tradition of a homecoming sports event first took place at MU in 1911.

MU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing building

Sinclair School of Nursing – Established 1920.

Nursing Programs

The University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing (SSON) has a tradition of helping aspiring students to be high achievers dedicated to improving health care. They become professionals who make informed clinical decisions based on evidence. They aspire to achieve greatness in all that they do. The school is dedicated to discovering new knowledge and implementing best practices in teaching, research and service. SSON students have an opportunity to learn from some of the greatest and most-innovative nursing researchers in the world. Students not only learn how to care for patients, but they bring best practices to the point of care. By the time SSON students graduate, they are confident in their nursing skills and have the ability to excel in complex health care systems.

University of Missouri Health Professions logo

The University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing is committed to preparing nurses at the baccalaureate, masters and doctoral levels to meet the healthcare needs of the citizens of Missouri and beyond. Their degree opportunities include: a bachelor's degree, an online RN to BSN option, an accelerated BSN program, a master's program, a doctor of nursing practice (DNP), and a PhD program. All graduate programs are offered online. More information can be found on the University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing website. SSON students can have confidence that they will be well-trained nurses and competent patient advocates, prior to graduation.

Undergraduate Programs

The University of Missouri’s School of Journalism is considered the best “j-school” in the country according to U.S. News & World Report. Students in the program gain hands-on experience in print, radio, and television news. The school operates the local NBC and NPR affiliate stations where students can work and also publishes two magazines.

Online Programs

Eighteen of MU’s colleges offer programs through Mizzou Online. These programs include bachelor’s degrees in nursing, health sciences, and general studies; master’s degrees in journalism, agricultural education, natural resources, and education; doctorates in nursing, educational leadership, and architectural studies; and a variety of certificates.

Departments, Colleges, and Schools

MU’s degree programs are divided into the following main colleges and schools.

  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • School of Medicine
  • Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs
  • Sinclair School of Nursing
  • School of Law
  • School of Journalism
  • College of Human Environmental Sciences
  • School of Health Professions
  • College of Engineering
  • Trulaske College of Business
  • College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
  • College of Arts and Science

Financial Aid

MU offers special scholarships for first-year students, international students, transfer students, graduate students, and continuing undergraduate students. These are based both on merit and financial need. The school also accepts federal and state grants and loans, as well as private loans.


MU has the largest library collection in the state at approximately 3.1 million volumes. Ellis Library is the campus’ main library, but seven specialized libraries are located around campus.


MU’s sport teams are known as the Tigers and participate in the Southeastern Conference. Intercollegiate athletics include baseball, football, golf, gymnastics, swimming and diving, cross country, basketball, softball, tennis, track, volleyball, soccer, and wrestling. Its men’s basketball team is its most successful, with 22 NCAA tournament bids and 15 conference championships.


Twenty-three residence halls are operated on campus. Many offer learning communities for students interested in specific subject areas. The university also operates two off-campus locations: Tiger Diggs at Campus View Apartments and True Scholars House.

General Information

Admission Office
230 Jesse Hall
Columbia, MO 65211
(573) 882-7786
(800) 225-6075
Fax: (573) 882-7887
Contact: Barbara Rupp
Director of Admissions
Main Address
Columbia, MO 65211
(573) 882-2121
Total undergrads: 26,965
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 5,782
Degree-seeking undergrads: 22,649
Graduate enrollment: 7,693

Urban, College town
Small city (50,000 – 249,999)
Residential campus
Degrees offered:
First Professional

Admissions Information

Application Fee
College has an application fee: Yes
Regular application fee: $45
Online application fee: $45
Enrollment Rates
Percent applicants admitted: 85%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-'09 2009-'10 2010-'11 2011-'12 % change 2010-'12
Tuition and fees $8,099 $8,467 $8,501 $8,501 0.00%
Books and Supplies $980 $1,020 $1,040 $1,070 +2.88%
Living Arrangement – On Campus

Room and Board $7,170 $8,100 $8,170 $8,607 +5.35%
Other $2,860 $2,890 $3,030 $3,110 +2.64%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus

Room and Board $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Other $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-'09 2009-'10 2010-'11 2011-'12 % change 2010-'12
In-state On Campus $19,109 $20,477 $20,741 $21,288 +2.64%
In-state Off Campus $9,079 $9,487 $9,541 $9,571 +0.31%
In-state with Family $9,079 $9,487 $9,541 $9,571 +0.31%
Average Graduate Student Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $7,363
In-state Student Fees $1,017
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $19,008
Out-of-state Fees $1,017

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 4,560 80%

Grant or scholarship aid 3,813 67% $23,026,584 $6,039
– Federal grants 810 14% $3,558,454 $4,393
– Pell grants 810 14% $2,715,928 $3,353
– Other federal grants 703 12% $842,526 $1,198
State/local government grant or scholarships 1,865 33% $3,594,026 $1,927
Institutional grants or scholarships 3,435 60% $15,874,104 $4,621
Student loan aid 2,798 49% $15,433,588 $5,516
– Federal student loans 2,745 48% $12,555,352 $4,574
Other student loans 268 5% $2,878,236 $10,740

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 4910 1507 623 201
Agriculture 188 31 12
Agricultural Business and Management 34
Agricultural Communication/Journalism 8
Agricultural Economics 13 6 2
Agricultural Mechanization 27
Agronomy and Crop Science 1 2
Animal Sciences 77 12 3
Food Science 8 9 2
Plant Sciences 21 3 3
Area, Gender, Cultural, Ethnic, and Group Studies 86
Area Studies, Other 86
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 303 13 32 2
Biochemistry 52 2 2
Biology and Biological Sciences, General 248 6 6
Conservation Biology 2
Entomology 2
Genetics 3
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology 11
Microbiology 3
Neuroscience 1
Pathology/Experimental Pathology 1
Physiology 3 5
Plant Pathology/Phytopathology 3
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 999 237 4 28
Accounting 122 123 1 26
Business/Commerce 778 114 3
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce 2
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management 99
Communication and Journalism Programs 675 113 15
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 675 113 15
Computing and Information Sciences 68 14 4
Computer and Information Sciences 33 14 4
Information Technology 35
Education 266 506 78 62
Agricultural Teacher Education 27 4 4
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 60 10 13
Curriculum and Instruction 396 20 25
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 16
Education 4 3
Educational Leadership and Administration 18 43 21
Elementary Education and Teaching 118
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching 22
Secondary Education and Teaching 66
Special Education and Teaching 13 28 1
Engineering 335 75 22
Agricultural Engineering 22 6 4
Chemical Engineering 30 4 1
Civil Engineering 75 14 7
Computer Engineering 35 5
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 54 14 6
Engineering 8
Industrial Engineering 28 5
Mechanical Engineering 91 8 2
Nuclear Engineering 11 2
English Language, Composition and Literature/Letters 128 9 9
English Language and Literature 128 9 9
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 78 16 3
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 11 4
Foreign Languages and Literatures 3
French Language and Literature 7 1
German Language and Literature 12 3
Linguistics 11
Russian Language and Literature 4 3
Spanish Language and Literature 33 5
Health Services and Allied Health Sciences 366 189 205 40
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 27 12 1
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science and Allied Professions, Other 7
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other 10 21 1 1
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 40 36
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science – Radiation Therapist 32
Medicine 99
Nursing Science 3
Occupational Therapy/Therapist 23 21
Pharmaceutics and Drug Design 1
Physical Therapy/Therapist 19 2 35
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing 3
Public Health 30 36
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 190 60
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 18
Veterinary Medicine 64
Veterinary Sciences/Veterinary Clinical Sciences 7 1
History 98 7 2
History 98 7 2
Human Services 42 154 4 18
Community Organization and Advocacy 3
Public Administration 25 14
Public Policy Analysis 1
Social Work 42 129 4
Legal and Law Studies 7 141 37
Law 141
Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies, Other 7 37
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 86
General Studies 86
Mathematics and Statistics 36 22 15
Applied Mathematics 3
Mathematics 27 7 7
Statistics 9 12 8
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies 109 1
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 109
Nutrition Sciences 1
Natural Resources and Conservation 51 5 1
Forestry 14 1 1
Natural Resources Management and Policy, Other
Natural Resources/Conservation 37 4
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 26 11
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 1
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies 26 10
Physical Sciences 58 19 29
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology 19 6 4
Chemistry 21 3 16
Geology and Earth Science 4 5 4
Physics 14 5 5
Psychology 243 11 11
Psychology 243 11 11
Social Sciences 310 37 25 14
Anthropology 32 5 1
Archaeology 17 4 1
Economics 20 13 8
Geography 17 6 14
Political Science and Government 116 6 4
Sociology 108 3 11
Visual and Performing Arts 85 15 3
Art/Art Studies 60 5
Drama and Dramatics/Theater Arts 16 2 3
Music 9 8
Work and Family Studies 274 16 7
Apparel and Textiles 62 1
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 7
Family Resource Management Studies 61 6
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies 82
Housing and Human Environments 32 1
Human Development and Family Studies 37 8

Above data represent first majors only.

(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences
Agricultural Business B
Agricultural Communications B
Agricultural Economics B
Agriculture – General B
Animal Sciences B
Food Science B
Plant Sciences B
Soil Science and Agronomy B

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies
African-American Studies B
East Asian Studies B
European Studies B
Latin American Studies B
South Asian Studies B
Women's Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing
Art – General B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Music – General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Biochemistry B
Biology B
Conservation Biology B
Microbiology B

Business, Management, & Marketing
Accounting B
Banking/Financial Services B
Business – General B
Business Administration/Management B
Hotel/Motel Management B
International Business B
Marketing Management B
Real Estate B
Restaurant/Food Services Management B
Tourism/Travel Marketing B

Communications & Journalism
Advertising B
Broadcast Journalism B
Communications/Rhetoric B
Journalism B
Photojournalism B
Radio/Television B

Computer & Information Sciences
Computer Science B
Computer/Information Sciences – General B
Information Technology B

Agricultural Education B
Art Teacher Education B
Biology Teacher Education B
Business Teacher Education B
Chemistry Teacher Education B
Early Childhood Education B
Education – General B
Education of Multiple Handicapped B
Elementary Education B
English Teacher Education B
Foreign Language Teacher Education B
Junior High Education B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physics Teacher Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Secondary Education B
Social Studies Teacher Education B
Spanish Language Teacher Education B

Agricultural Engineering B
Biomedical Engineering B
Chemical Engineering B
Civil Engineering B
Computer Engineering – General B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Industrial Engineering B
Mechanical Engineering B

English Language & Literature
English Language & Literature – General B

Family & Consumer Sciences
Clothing/Apparel/Textile Studies B
Family Resource Management Studies B
Foods/Nutrition Studies B
Housing Studies B
Human Development/Family Studies B
Human Nutrition B

Foreign Language & Literature
Classics B
East Asian B
French B
German B
Linguistics B
Russian B
South Asian B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences
Diagnostic Medical Sonography B
Health Services Administration B
Medical Dietetics B
Medical Radiologic Technology B
Nuclear Medical Technology B
Nursing (RN) B
Premedicine B
Prepharmacy B
Preveterinary Medicine B
Radiologic Technology/Medical Imaging B
Respiratory Therapy B
Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology B

History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences
General Studies B

Mathematics – General B
Statistics B

Military Techonologies
Military Technologies B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Behavioral Sciences B
Nutrition Sciences B
Peace/Conflict Resolution Studies B

Natural Resources & Conservation
Fishing/Fisheries B
Forestry – General B
Wildlife/Wilderness Management B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness
Exercise Sciences B
Parks, Recreation & Fitness – General B

Philosophy & Religion
Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences
Atmospheric Sciences B
Chemistry B
Geology B
Physics B

Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services
Social Work B

Social Sciences
Anthropology B
Archaeology B
Economics B
Geography B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:
    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor's degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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