Missouri is a state in the Midwestern United States of America. Missouri is named after the Missouri River, whose name stems from a local indigenous people who relied on the river. The famous Oregon Trail, and the trail for the historical mail service the Pony Express both began in Missouri. In more recent years, Missouri’s balanced political makeup have long made Missouri a “bellwether state” because its political climate often indicates that of the entire nation, and in the past Missouri’s votes in the presidential election have been indicative of the final outcome. The 33rd President of the United States, Harry S. Truman, also was born in Missouri. Dozens of excellent rural and urban universities are available for those looking to attend college in the great state of Missouri.

University of Missouri

The University of Missouri is a public university, the flagship campus of the University of Missouri system, located in Columbia, Missouri. Affectionately referred to as just “Mizzou,” the University of Missouri’s 1,200-acre main campus is adorned with more than 5,000 trees and several hundred varieties of plants. As Missouri’s largest public University, and only one of 34 in the nation included in the Association of American Universities, Mizzou has the best options for undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the state. More than 280 different degree choices are available, including more than 50 online programs.  Mizzou’s 33,000+ students hail from all over the nation, and from 115 countries worldwide. Students at Mizzou study in top-ranking programs in journalism, and community medicine. Mizzou is also one of only a handful of institutions in the nation with law, medicine, and veterinary medicine programs all situated on one main campus. With the only I-A division athletic program in the state, Mizzou students compete in tons of sports. Mizzou also has the largest library collection in Missouri. If you’re ready to apply, head over to missouri.edu

University of Missouri St. Louis

The University of Missouri at St. Louis, or just UMSL, is a public research university and part of the University of Missouri system, located in St. Louis, Missouri. UMSL enrolls more than 16,000 diverse students each year. UMSL students study to attain bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees in a wide variety of majors and minors, including 37 master’s degree programs, and 15 different doctorate programs. Students at UMSL are part of outstanding degree programs, including nationally-ranked programs in optometry, International Business, and ecology. 23 Fulbright Scholars are UMSL alumni, and many faculty members have won various national grants and scholarships. UMSL is one of only a few colleges in Missouri to have its campus nationally recognized as “Community Engaged.” This school has a lot to offer, so check it out by going to umsl.edu

University of Missouri Kansas City

The University of Missouri at Kansas City is a public research university located in Kansas City, Missouri. UMKC students number more than 14,000 on its main campus, and over 15,000 including its distance-learning programs. UMKC has produced Missouri mayors, judges, city council members, House Representatives, and Senators. UMKC has more than law and politics, though; its various schools of study, including a graduate school, offer more than 50 degree programs. The UMKC Roos (as in Kangaroo), participate in a number of intercollegiate sports, including men’s and women’s basketball, golf, tennis, and soccer.  If you’re ready to find out more about the student life at UMKC, visit umkc.edu

Missouri State University

Missouri State University, also called MSU and Mo State, is a public university located in Springfield, Missouri. MSU has smaller campuses located in Mountain Grove and West Plains, Missouri, as well as in Dalian, China. The school’s official enrollment totals about 22,000 each year. MSU has a variety of study-away, and service-learning courses for the adventurous student seeking unique hands-on learning. MSU also has the largest internship program in Missouri, so students can get the real world experience they need to land a great job in the future. In the classroom, MSU has an average student to faculty ratio of about 19:1. MSU competes in NCAA Division I athletics, and has made it to championships 47 times since they started at Division I in 1983. MSU’s mission is centered around public affairs, reflected by the school’s Citizen Scholar statue that stands proudly through snow and sun on MSU’s main campus. Look into MSU by going to missouristate.edu

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