"The best thing is that there are always things to do, always people around. I love the large school after living in a small town!"
Founded in 1839 as the first public university west of the Mississippi River, the University of Missouri in Columbia is a member of the Association of American Universities, the nation's most prestigious group of 59 public and private institutions.
MU offers more than 300 degree programs through 19 colleges and schools and has the largest research operation of any public university in Missouri. In fact, Mizzou has 12 major undergraduate research programs and has been recognised by the National Science Foundation as one of the top 10 universities in the country for integrating research into undergraduate education. More than 30 percent of MU students come from another state or another country, and a strong international community thrives in Columbia.
Columbia, Missouri, has 108,500 residents who enjoy more than a dozen annual festivals; numerous parks and trails; and The District, a thriving downtown area adjacent to campus filled with great restaurants, shopping and galleries. National media consistently list Columbia at the pinnacle of U.S. cities for an excellent quality of life.
Location: Columbia, Missouri, USA
City Population: 108,500
University Population: 34,700
Climate: Columbia has a climate marked by sharp seasonal contrasts in temperature, falling between a humid continental and humid subtropical climate
Nearest Airport: Lambert-St Louis. International Airport
University website: www.missouri.edu/
Virtual Tour: admissions.missouri.edu/visit/virtual-tours.php
Why choose Missouri-Colombia?
- The campus of the University of Missouri is 1,262-acres just south of Downtown Columbia and is maintained as a botanical garden
- The UM System owns and operates KOMU-TV, a full-fledged commercial TV station and a working lab for journalism students
- Famous alumni include actors Jon Hamm and Brad Pitt and playwright Tennessee Williams