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University of Missouri - Columbia Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is University of Missouri - Columbia Ranked?

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2023 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 1,353 badges in the 2023 rankings.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Mizzou as #152 out of 2,241 colleges and universities in the country on its 2023 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Mizzou held the #211 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Mizzou also holds the #4 spot on the Best Colleges in Missouri ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Mizzou?

Acceptance Rate

University of Missouri - Columbia has an acceptance rate of 82%, which makes it somewhat selective. Make sure it's not the only school you apply to, even if it's your school of choice. Whether you get in or not will largely depend on how you compare to other applicants.

Average Test Scores

About 9% 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 560 and 660. Math scores were between 550 and 660.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Missouri - Columbia  ( 560 to 660 )

SAT Math Scores for University of Missouri - Columbia  ( 550 to 660 )
Mizzou received ACT scores from 91% 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

The student to faculty ratio at University of Missouri - Columbia is about average at 18 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

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 73%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  73 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of Missouri - Columbia

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 89% 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  89 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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University of Missouri - Columbia Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 23,383 undergraduates at Mizzou with 21,344 being full-time and 2,039 being part-time.

How Much Does University of Missouri - Columbia Cost?

The overall average net price of Mizzou is $16,559. 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 +
$11,005 $11,386 $13,715 $19,956 $22,791

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

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Mizzou, approximately 42% of students took out student loans averaging $8,188 a year. That adds up to $32,752 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Mizzou is 2.5%. 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 $56,986 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. That's great news for Mizzou students since it is 34% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 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 situated 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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Contact details for Mizzou are given below.

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

University of Missouri - Columbia Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 99 majors graduated from University of Missouri - Columbia. Of these students, 5,114 received undergraduate degrees and 2,002 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 676 $50,323
Health Sciences & Services 478 $34,419
Journalism 428 $37,418
General Psychology 229 $29,782
Communication & Media Studies 221 $35,358
Nursing 221 $60,951
General Biology 195 $24,544
Teacher Education Grade Specific 157 $33,520
Mechanical Engineering 145 $66,571
Computer Information Systems 143 $62,420

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 learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2019-2020, 27,138 students took at least one online class at University of Missouri - Columbia. This is an increase from the 9,722 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 27,138 6,763
2018-2019 9,722 3,258
2017-2018 9,322 2,915
2016-2017 8,380 2,451
2015-2016 8,576 2,251

Learn more about online learning at University of Missouri - Columbia.

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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.


More about our data sources and methodologies.