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If you’re getting ready to go to college at the University of Missouri-Columbia, you’ll be attending a large, public university. You’ll be joined by around 30,000 other students on the large campus. The student-to-faculty ratio is 17 to 1, which is a bit high but not excessive for such a large institution.

Overview of University of Missouri-Columbia (Mizzou)

Once you’ve gotten settled into your dorm, you should take the opportunity to go into Columbia. It’s a beautiful city, full of greenery. Find a few places to go to when you want some downtime. A park or one of the attractions in or around the city. Shelter Gardens is a good spot to go just to relax and leave your classes behind for a few hours.

If you took and passed your AP exams you can ask that they be applied to your university credits, giving you a boost over your classmates. If you live near Columbia, you also have the option to take college classes while you’re in high school, earning you dual credits that can shorten the length of time required to finish your degree.

General Information

School Type Public
Campus Setting City: Midsize
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 17:1
Graduation Rate 71%
Year Founded 1839

Student Enrollment

Total Students30,014


Undergraduate Student

Male 10,617
Female 11,972

Graduate Student

Male 3,490
Female 3,935

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Mizzou Acceptance Rate and Admissions


Male 8,396
Female 11,619


Male 6,717
Female 9,411

Acceptance Rate81%

Male 80%
Female 81%

Enrollment 5,512

Male 2,539
Female 2,973
Application Fee $55
High School GPA Recommended
High School Rank Recommended
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Required
Recommendations NA
Formal demonstration of competencies Recommended
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline March 1
Common Application Accepted Yes

Mizzou Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

You and your parents may discuss the cost of college before you decide which one you will attend. The total price covers everything: tuition (in- or out-of-state), books, supplies, room & board, and other various charges. At the University of Missouri – Columbia, this adds up to around $27,200.

However, most students don’t have to pay every penny. Instead, you can apply for financial aid to cover some of the cost. Once this is applied, what remains is the average net price. If we look at what the net price usually ends up being for families with different incomes, it breaks down in the following way. Families earning between $30,001 and $48,000 pay around $11,595. Families who earn between $48,001 and $75,000 pay around $13,145. Families who earn between $75,001 and $110,000 pay around $19,595. Families earning more than $110,001 pay around $22,868.

About 89% of freshmen students receive financial aid. Slightly fewer, 79%, receive an average of $11,567 in grants or scholarships and 77% of students receive about $8,802 in institutional grants and scholarships.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $15,850
Average Total Aid $11,457
Students Receiving Financial Aid 89%
Room & Board $10,508

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $10,477
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $28,348
  • Books and Supplies - $1,260
  • Room & Board - $10,508
  • Other - $4,952


If, as a freshman, you decide you’re going to continue attending the University of Missouri at Columbia, you become part of an important statistic. This is the retention rate, which can let future students know whether or not previous classes got everything they needed while at school: good classes, accessible professors, a pleasant campus and student culture. UM-Columbia’s retention rate is 88%, higher than average and definitely indicating that most students who attend their freshmen year think it’s worth their while to return for their sophomore year.

The 4-year graduation rate is 48%, though the 6-year graduation rate is much higher at 71%. Some students stay in school for a year or two more because they are attending part-time or because they require extra time to complete more complex degrees. Even so, the 6-year rate is above the national average.

If you need to maintain a job while you go to school or you realize that two of your class times conflict with each other, what do you do? Check into whether you can take one of those classes as an evening class; these are offered on campus. Or you can earn that credit through an online (distance learning) option.

The five most popular degrees offered are business, management, marketing and related services; health professions and related programs; communication, journalism, and related programs; engineering; and biological and biomedical sciences.

Student Population Total

Student Population 30,014

Evening Classes : Yes
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Business Majors 1,030 Total Graduates / 16%
Business/Commerce, General 741 Graduates
Accounting 160 Graduates
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management 129 Graduates
Health Professions and Related Programs 992 Total Graduates / 16%
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General 624 Graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 204 Graduates
Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions, Other 74 Graduates
Athletic Training/Trainer 24 Graduates
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 712 Total Graduates / 11%
Journalism 533 Graduates
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 179 Graduates
All Engineering Majors 554 Total Graduates / 9%
Mechanical Engineering 200 Graduates
Civil Engineering, General 82 Graduates
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 74 Graduates
Chemical Engineering 57 Graduates
All Biological & Biomedical Majors 324 Total Graduates / 5%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 278 Graduates
Biochemistry 46 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 43%

Outcome & Salary

After graduation, you can find a job and begin earning a salary. Early-career salaries for UM-Columbia graduates looks pretty good, sitting at an average of $53,800. Their mid-career salaries average $104,900.

The average 4-year cost of education for the university is $63,400. This number is important because it can help you figure out what your return on investment (ROI) will be. As a graduate from this school, your 10-year salary earnings potential will average around $649,710 and your 20-year salary earnings potential could be as high as $1,698,710. Once cost of education has been subtracted from 10- and 20-year earnings, a graduates 10-year projected ROI is $586,310 and their 20-year projected ROI is $1,635,310.

In contrast, high school graduates earn a national average salary of $38,792. Their 10-year projected income is $387,920 and their 20-year projected income is $775,840.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $53,800
College Grads Average Salary $64,971
College Grads Mid Career Salary $104,900
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $649,710
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,698,710
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $63,400
10 Year Projected ROI $586,310
20 Year Projected ROI $1,635,310
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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