Founded in 1839, the University of Missouri in Columbia is a member of the Association of American Universities, a group of 61 U.S. public and private institutions. Known as Mizzou among students and alumni, the school has more than 600 active clubs and organizations. Students can major in more than 280 disciplines, and nearly 75 of these degree programs can be completed online. More than 24,000 undergraduates attend Mizzou, along with 8,000 graduate students. Sports also play a prominent role at the school, which competes in the NCAA Division Big 12 Conference. The campus also boasts a collection of more than 40,000 plants; students live in a unique botanical garden. Columbia is home to annual events such as the Roots ”n Blues ”n BBQ music festival and Art in the Park, a large creative works showcase. It is ranked 90 among universities across the nation in U.S. News & World Report‘s 2012 edition of Best Colleges. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching also classifies Mizzou among American universities that provide the most educational opportunities and the highest level of instruction to students.
The University of Missouri is one of only six public universities nationwide that has schools of medicine, veterinary medicine, and law all on one campus. Mizzou offers 285 degree programs through 19 colleges. A public research university, it also offers students opportunities to conduct research projects led by faculty members as early as their freshman year. Undergraduate program offerings include degrees in creative writing, engineering, and business. Home to the world’s first journalism school, it also has highly ranked graduate programs in education, medicine, and law. Mizzou’s study abroad program consists of 4,000 programs in more than 60 countries.
Online degrees are offered in areas such as architectural studies, public health, and journalism. Students also have various delivery formats to choose from, from self-paced courses that allow students to enroll on any day, to semester-based courses that start and end on specific dates. Students can take anywhere from six weeks to nine months to complete self-paced courses, whereas semester-based courses let students chart their progress with classmates. Online degree offerings encompass everything from certificates to doctoral degrees, including educational specialist degrees.
Since 1913, the University of Missouri has been accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Several programs have also received specialized accreditation from agencies such as the Committee on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association and Council on Education for Public Health.
Interested students should request their high school and/or college transcripts and standardized test scores be sent directly to the University of Missouri’s Office of Admissions. Applicants must have an ACT composite score of 24 or higher or a combined SAT critical reading and math score of 1090 or higher. The admissions office will consider the GPA and class rank of students who do not meet these requirements. Students who are interested in applying to the Honors College should consider the specific requirements of this program. All prospective students should submit the completed application along with the $50 non-refundable application fee. While Mizzou has a rolling application deadline, scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due May 1. Its acceptance rate is 83.6%.
University of Missouri
Office of Admissions
105 Jesse Hall
Columbia, MO 65211
(573) 882-7786 or (800) 225-6075