7 Most Popular Colleges in Missouri

Students love these popular schools in The Show Me State.

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The College of Education at University of Missouri, St. Louis is consistently ranked 1st in the state.

Missouri has a lot of great attractions — the Gateway Arch, the Ozarks, the Anheuser-Busch Brewery, excellent barbecue — but the colleges and universities in this state also attract a lot of students. Explore the best programs and tuition rates at the most popular Missouri colleges.

7. Washington University in St Louis

Type of College: Private university

Enrollment: 7,239

Cost: $43,705

Best Programs: Social sciences and engineering — 30 percent of students are enrolled in one of these programs.

Fun Fact: Washington University is currently ranked 14th in the nation in the U.S. News and World Report college rankings.

6. Saint Louis University

Type of College: Private university

Enrollment: 8,670

Cost: $35,246

Best Programs: Nursing and biology — 16 percent of students are enrolled in one of these programs.

Fun Fact: Saint Louis University has an unusual mascot — the Billiken — which is a smiling, gnome-like figure though to be a good-luck charm.

5. University of Central Missouri

Type of College: Public university

Enrollment: 9,466

Cost: $7,147 (in-state), $13,435 (out-of-state)

Best Program: Twenty-one percent of students are enrolled in the education program at the University of Central Missouri.

Fun Fact: The University of Central Missouri has been recognized as a leading institution for professional technology in the state.

4. University of Missouri, Kansas City

Type of College: Public university

Enrollment: 10,134

Cost: $9,220 (in-state), $21,754 (out-of-state)

Best Programs: Health professions, business, management, marketing and related support services — 27 percent of students are enrolled in one of these programs.

Fun Fact: Only 10 percent of students at University of Missouri, Kansas City live in on-campus housing.

3. University of Missouri, St Louis

Type of College: Public university

Enrollment: 13,159

Cost: $9,314 (in-state), $22,883 (out-of-state)

Best Programs: Nineteen percent of students are enrolled in the business/commerce program.

Fun Fact: The College of Education at University of Missouri, St. Louis is consistently ranked 1st in the state.

2. Missouri State University

Type of College: Public university

Enrollment: 17,187

Cost: $6,792 (in-state), $13,138 (out-of-state)

Best Programs: Business, management, marketing and related support services — 33 percent of students are enrolled in one of these programs.

Fun Fact: In addition to the main campus in Springfield, Missouri State University also has campuses in West Plains, Mo., Mountain Grove, Mo. and Dalian, China.

1. University of Missouri

Type of College: Public university

Enrollment: 26,024

Cost: $9,257 (in-state), $23,366 (out-of-state)

Best Programs: Business, management, marketing and related support services — 18 percent of students are enrolled in one of these programs.

Fun Fact: Greek life is big at the University of Missouri — 20 percent of men are in a fraternity and 26 percent of women are in a sorority at Mizzou.

Quick Facts

  • The University of Missouri and Washington University are two of the oldest colleges in the state — both were founded in 1913.
  • Because it is so highly ranked, Washington University is extremely difficult to get into. Only 16.5 percent of students who apply are accepted each year.
  • Missouri’s many scholarship and grant opportunities can be found online.

Stats source: CollegeStats and U.S. News and World Report.

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