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University of Missouri Columbia

University of Missouri Columbia

The University of Missouri Columbia was founded in 1839 as the first public university west of the Mississippi River and the first state university in Thomas Jefferson's Louisiana Purchase territory. MU provides all the benefits of two universities in one — it's a major land-grant institution and Missouri's largest public research university.

Considered one of the nation's top-tier institutions, University of Missouri Columbia has a reputation of excellence in teaching and research, and is the flagship campus of the four-campus University of Missouri System. It is one of only 34 public universities, and the only public institution in Missouri, to be selected for membership in the Association of American Universities.

University of Missouri Columbia offers more than 300 degree programs and is designated as comprehensive doctoral with medical/veterinary by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

University of Missouri Columbia is recognized nationally and receives top rankings for its programs in many areas, including journalism, dispute resolution, family and community medicine, campus writing program and Freshman Interest Groups. As one of only six public universities in the country with medicine, veterinary medicine and law all on one campus, MU provides Missouri with an educated work force of doctors, veterinarians and lawyers.

University of Missouri Columbia has a diverse enrollment with 29,000 students from every county in Missouri, every state in the nation and 100 countries.The favorite classroom for the best and brightest, Mizzou attracts more valedictorians, Curators Scholars and twice as many of the state’s Bright Flight Scholars than any other college or university in Missouri. Nearly one-third of freshmen come from the top 10 percent of their high school classes.

Designated as a botanic garden, University of Missouri Columbia’s 1,358-acre main campus features more than 5,000 trees and 650 varieties of plants. A number of University buildings also are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


University of Missouri Columbia

65211 Columbia, MO


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