Why Hire a Mizzou Tiger?
In fall 2010 MU welcomed a record 32,415 students representing every county in Missouri, every state in the nation and more than 115 countries. The freshman class of 6,089 students is the largest and most ethnically and geographically diverse since Mizzou was founded in 1839.
- The 2010 freshman class boasts an average ACT score of 25.7, compared with the national average of 21.1 and the state average of 21.6. Twenty-five percent of MU freshmen come from the top 10 percent of their high school classes.
- Mizzou has almost twice as many Bright Flight Scholars - students who score in the top three percent of all Missouri students taking the ACT or SAT - as any other college in the state.
- MU's six-year graduation rate of 69.3 percent sets a new record and is one of the highest in the state.
- The National Science Foundation has recognized MU as one of the top ten universities in the country for successfully integrating research into undergraduate education.
- MU sends more students to study overseas than any other college or university in Missouri. Currently, MU offers more than 400 study abroad programs in 55 countries. Last year, Currently, 1,100 MU students participated in the program.
- Each year, more than 3,300 MU students serve over 140,000 hours with Columbia community agencies while earning academic credit.
- MU graduate students perform many of the hands-on aspects of research and go on to top level work throughout society. Missou's 7,514 graduate and professional students make up 23% of the university's enrollment.
As Missouri’s flagship university, MU has 19 schools and colleges and 311 degree and certificate programs to help students reach their career and personal goals. MU is one of only six public universities in the country with medicine, veterinary medicine and law all on one campus, providing Missouri with an educated work force of doctors, veterinarians and lawyers.
MU faculty, students, and alumni have worked together to identify 5 competitive assets that set MU apart from other universities. These intiatives, collectively called the Mizzou Advantage, include:
- Food for the Future
- Media of the Future
- One Health, One Medicine: The Convergence of Human and Animal Health
- Sustainable Energy
- Understanding and Managing Disruptive and Transformational Technologies
These intiatives not only increase MU's visibility and status in higher education, but they create jobs and improve the quality of life for Missourians.
The University of Missouri was founded in 1839 in Columbia, Missouri, as the first public university west of the Mississippi River. MU provides all the benefits of two universities in one — it's a major land-grant institution and Missouri's largest public research university.
It is one of only 35 public universities, and the only public institution in Missouri, to be selected for membership in the Association of American Universities and designated as comprehensive doctoral with medical/veterinary by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.