Skip to main content
Skip to navigation

Fast facts

History

Founded in 1839, MU was the first public university west of the Mississippi River and the first public university in the Louisiana Purchase territory.

Location

Columbia, Mo., population 108,500. Columbia is a college town located halfway between St. Louis and Kansas City, about a two-hour drive from each.

Student enrollment (fall 2012)

  • Total: 34,748
  • Undergraduate: 26,996
  • Graduate and professional: 7,752
  • International: 2,135
  • Minority: In fall 2012, Mizzou enrolled the most diverse freshman class to date. Black student enrollment rose 8 percent from the 2011 class and Hispanic enrollment was up 11.4 percent.
  • States represented: 50
  • Countries represented: more than 100

Faculty

  • Faculty and instructors: 2,121
  • International scholars among faculty: 323
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 20:1

Academics

  • Average ACT score: 25.7
  • Average Honors College ACT score: 30.7
  • Degree programs: more than 280 (or design your own!)
  • Schools and colleges: 19
  • Freshman Interest Group options: more than 100

Campus

  • 1,262 acres with 350 buildings in the heart of Columbia
  • 23 residence halls
  • 18 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places
  • 19,437 acres in spots throughout the state
  • MU campus is a designated botanic garden

Fun

  • 20 varsity teams that compete in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) in NCAA Division I-A sports
  • 40-plus club sports and rec sports
  • 800-plus student organizations

Pride Points

  • Learn more about all the things we take pride in at Mizzou.