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UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI
The University of Missouri was founded in 1839
in Columbia as the first public university west of
the Mississippi River. Today, with an enrollment
of more than 30,000 students, 13,000 full-time employees
and 317,000 alumni, Mizzou is an important investment
for the state and nation.
MU students represent every Missouri county, all 50
states and 100 countries. Based on quality of teaching,
research and scholarship, MU is one of only 60 public
and private U.S. universities invited to membership in
the prestigious Association of American Universities.
AAU membership helps Mizzou attract external funding
and recruit top faculty and students.
The state’s largest and most comprehensive university, Mizzou
has more than 300 degree programs – including more than 90 online
options – through 19 colleges and schools and is one of only
six public universities nationwide that can claim a medical school,
veterinary medicine college and a law school on the same campus.
The university’s nationally prominent faculty bring discoveries
into the classroom, publish more than 1,600 books and scholarly
articles each year and spend $248 million annually on scientific
research; they account for about 70 percent of the research dollars
flowing to the state’s public universities.
Mizzou students graduate, on average, in 4.2 years. More than 40
percent of the record 9,150 degrees awarded last year
were in science, technology, engineering, mathematics
and health fields. Among Missouri public universities,
MU grants 27 percent of bachelor’s degrees, 23 percent
of master’s degrees and 62 percent of doctoral degrees.
Graduate programs, professional schools and the discovery
of new knowledge through research add unparalleled
value to an MU degree. Students benefit from
hands-on learning while contributing over 250,000
hours of community service annually, participating in
undergraduate research and taking advantage of Missouri’s
largest study abroad program.
Designated a botanic garden, MU’s 1,262-acre main campus features
more than 42,000 plants and trees in numerous thematic and
special collection settings. Many university buildings are listed on
the National Register of Historic Places.
Citizens across the state connect with Mizzou by participating in
extension programs in every county, visiting MU Health Care specialists,
competing in state competitions in MU facilities and cheering
on the Missouri Tigers at athletic events. A member of the Southeastern
Conference, Mizzou’s NCAA Division I athletic program has
20 sports, many ranked in the top 25 nationally.