Location: Columbia, Missouri
Funding: Public University
Size: 26,965 undergraduates
Percent Women: 52%
Tuition (one year): $10,286 for Missouri residents; $24,312 for Non-Missouri residents
Most Popular Majors: Business, Management, Marketing and Related Support Services; Communication, Journalism and Related Programs; Health Professions and Related Programs; Engingeering; Social Sciences
Greek Life: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 81.5%
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit: http://admissions.missouri.edu/
Why Choose MIzzou?
"I chose Mizzou because I had to stay in state, and Mizzou had the reputable program that I intended on majoring in. I also chose it because of its distance from my hometown; far enough to feel away, yet close enough that I could go home if I wanted to."
"I chose Mizzou because of the community. Right when I stepped foot on campus, I knew I was home. The faculty and students alike are passionate about their school. There is no other campus that can even compare to the incredible people and atmosphere of Mizzou"
“Mizzou is an amazing place to be. Every day I walk through campus I can’t help but admire how lucky I am to be here. I chose Mizzou because of its stellar journalism program, the opportunities to gain experience for my future career, the beautiful campus, and the undeniable school spirit!”
"I started looking at Mizzou because I heard it has one of the best journalism school in the world (as a student know I found it to be 100% accurate.) I am from Atlanta Georgia though and was hesitant to move all the way to Missouri. Once I took a tour however, I feel in love. The campus is so beautiful and the building are all newly renovated. So many students were wearing Mizzou gear while I walked around the campus, I could tell school spirit was a big deal."
"Mizzou wasn’t really on the top of my list but once I toured the school I loved it. The campus was beautiful and I felt like here, I could go to a larger school and still feel like a person and not a number. It was also nice to hear that there were a lot of students from Texas, my home state, that went there as well. I also really enjoyed how much the community invests in the school."
"I applied to about 4 or 5 other colleges but I always knew in the back of my I would choose Mizzou. I am an indecisive person, so I never voiced my decision until February but no one was surprised. I am from St. Louis, so Mizzou was affordable for my family. It’s weird, but the thing I loved on my tour was that people were dressed up, down, and somewhere in between. I loved the calm and casual feeing Mizzou provided, I felt like I would fit in."
"I chose Mizzou because of the excellent journalism program. The second I stepped on the campus, I knew that it was the campus for me. Not only because the journalism program has been ranked #1 in the last few years, but because of the feeling I had when I walked around the campus. The beautiful campus took my breath away before I began attending Mizzou, but until the day, 3 years later, the beauty of the campus still shocks me on a daily basis."
"At first, I was drawn in by the reputation of the journalism program here at Mizzou. As soon as I toured the campus, everything just clicked into place. The traditions and beauty of the university solidified my desire to be a part of Mizzou."
"I love the school pride and the way both students and alumni have great respect for the traditions. One of my favorite parts about of being a student here is going to the football games. The atmosphere is electric, and the fans feed off of each other’s excitement."
"My favorite thing about Mizzou is the opportunities that you are given. There is literally no excuse for not finding a hobby, new friends, your future career, future wife/husband (ok maybe a little room here), or a club to make a difference in. I don’t know how you can avoid it. Mizzou is not a school for you to go to and be lazy and only go to class. I love that even with homework and classes i have plenty of time to stay super involved. Some of Mizzou’s traditions are going to home football games and tailgating, and of course riding the tiger at some point. If you don’t know what Homecoming is you shouldn’t go to Mizzou. It is the most well-known campus event and i honestly think every single student is involved in some shape or form."
“My favorite parts about being a Mizzou student are the memories I know I’m going to make (and already have made). I love choosing among thousands of different classes each semester, I love walking through campus to downtown Columbia at night. It’s such a great, friendly atmosphere. I love checking out the True/False Film Festival each year, participating in the annual Dance Marathon, and working at the amazing school newspaper!”
"I love the seven mizzou traditions: Kiss the 50 yard line at Faurot Field, Jump in the fountains, Streak the quad, ride the tiger, yell I love mizzou in speakers circle, scale Jesse Hall, and find the tunnels on campus. I only done 5 so far, but those have been some of my favorite memories."
"Painting the ‘M’ at the football stadium is one of the best Mizzou traditions. It is a great way to get involved and meet other freshmen students. I loved doing it when I was a freshman, and I will definitely never forget it."
"Homecoming is always hands down the most eventful. I also love going to Fall Fest and step shows throughout the years. My favorite thing about Mizzou is that there is always something to do, regardless if it’s partying or a playful event on campus. I really love the variouls choices."
"The worst part about Mizzou is the gouging cost of books and they know they are robbing us blind but don’t care, the lack of direction with majors/classes and what counts for what class, and finally the dining situation. It shouldn't appeal only to freshman to have a dining plan, but if you are a upperclassman and eat at dining halls you are super weird and clickers are useless, parking leaves much to be desired, and teachers don’t have to accommodate your learning style."
"My biggest complaint would be the Meal Plan/EZ Charge/Student Charge set up. As a freshman, I had a meal plan, which only works at certain locations on campus. You can also pay for an additional “EZ charge” which works at vending machines, mizzou markets, and restaurants around campus. I wish they would combine the two to make it easier for students. I had so many meals leftover at the end of the semester because I would go to places that EZ charged to eat and pay cash, and then I felt like I wasted a lot of money unnecessarily."
"Books are outrageously expensive. In what world is it acceptable to pay over $400 for two books?"
"Parking can be both difficult and expensive. Mizzou has been expanding their student population adding more dorms, apartments, etc., and not really adding parking. The campus, dorms, dining halls, etc. can feel very crowded at times as well. Books can also be pricey but I’ve learned over the years that if you plan ahead with your schedule and look up alternative places to purchase books, you can save a lot of money."
"I would say the price rises is one of the institution’s biggest issues; the increase in my tuition should not have increased as much as it did in only four years. There is not enough parking. I also don’t feel Mizzou or the city of Columbia accommodates students of color nearly as well as they should."
"Parking tickets. I have never paid so much money for anything in my life. Sprinting from my class to my car that’s parked downtown is NOT something I wish to do at 10 a.m. on a snowy Monday morning."
New Collegiette on Campus
"The first year, surround yourself with positive people. This can make or break your entire college experience, even if those people aren’t with you throughout the four years you’re enrolled at Mizzou."
"First year is great if you like people great, if not you don’t have to deal with them because there are so many more people out there you will meet. Living in dorms should be mandatory because its like the initiation of college. Orientation was completely useless and long and hot and I think still mandatory. I only got to know upperclassman through Greek Life, I am sure otherwise i would only have known other freshman."
"My first year at Mizzou was full of everything! It’s a roller coaster of emotions and experiences, but it really did fly by fast. Typically freshmen live in the dorms, but Mizzou has reached a point where they keep raising enrollment so there’s not room for everyone to experience living in the dorms their first year. Mizzou’s orientation is called Summer Welcome. It’s where the student and their parent/parents come to campus for 2 days, and get divided up into groups based off where they’re living so that they have the opportunity to meet other students. They do many other activities like registering for classes and seeing a skit about what Mizzou is like. Anyone can schedule a college campus to mizzou. Our Tour Team is fantastic!"
"It might not be the easiest to get to know upperclassmen because of the living situation, and the classes that students are enrolled in. However, when I was a freshmen I met a good amount of upperclassmen through my sorority. Overall, though I would say that most freshmen tend to stick together. Mizzou has many special traditions for first year students including Tiger Walk, where all of the freshmen gather on the quad and walk through the columns, painting the Rock “M” at Memorial Stadium."
“Being a first year student at Mizzou is so exciting! First, you participate in summer orientation, where you are split up into groups by which dorm you’re assigned to, and you get to do great activities to get to know a lot of people! The first weekend, all Mizzou freshmen get to ‘run through the columns.’ It’s a great Mizzou tradition that I’ll always remember! Living in the dorms allows you to meet a lot of people (maybe even your best friends!) and to get a typical dorm experience!”
"Being a freshman at Mizzou is a great experience. It’s easy to make friends with other freshmen, mostly because you will be in many large classes with them. I would suggest getting involved in a club or organization to meet more, and older, students. It’s a great way to get involved and meet people with similar interests!"
"All I would say, is be yourself. College is a whole new social game, so try to be someone you’re. Be comfortable in you skin. Of course, get involved but do it intelligently. Find a few organizations you really love and stick with them, and by the time you graduate you could be in a leadership position in the organization. There are many opportunities for leaders on campus so this would be a very good thing."
All About Academics
"Gen Eds are easy to fill and everyone agrees on the best/easiest ones. I went to the library once… Others live there. People study anywhere, whether its an appropriate/normal location or not. I mean anywhere. Bathrooms, dining halls, basements, outdoors next to fountains, downtown, at their house, in the library, in their car…"
"The workload from classes really depends on the types of classes that one is taking , and the credit hours that they’re enrolled in. Every student gets an advisor in the college that their major is in. They’re supposed to meet with their advisor at least once a semester to seek advice for classes, career choices, etc. Some students take advantage of this, and some students don’t ever see their advisors. Class registration is based off the number of credit hours that the student has completed. Registering, particularly for underclassmen, can be incredibly stressful because they are the last students to register. Usually by the time that they’re trying to enroll, half of the classes or times that they initially selected are usually full. I personally would have to plan out 3 possible schedules in case I didn’t get into my first choices. It wasn’t until I was registering for classes for the beginning of my senior year that I got all of my first choices. It’s pretty easy to fulfill gen ed requirements."
"I utilized the knowledge of my sorority sisters and MU’s grade distribution to select the classes that were the easiest and most likely to help boost my GPA. I was really fortunate that I selected all of my classes so that I never had to take any summer or online classes."
"Some people basically live in the library, some never step foot inside of it, and some people only use it for research, midterms, and finals studying. Personally, I can’t study at the library because I would people watch and get distracted from my studies. I prefer to study in my room, and sometimes I study at my sorority house."
"As a direct admit journalism major, I started with a journalism advisor but most start with a general education advisor. Get close with your advisor. The better they know you, the more helpful they are. I find that studying in different locations helps me get work done. Ellis Library is very popular, and so is the student center and Memorial Union. I would just recommend getting out of your dorm room."
"Advising is also slightly different per major, but the advising staff try to help guide students decisions. That does not mean that you should not be prepared when visiting an advisor. You need to have a general idea of what schedule you need and which classes would best fit your interests. Advisors are there to help answer questions, not make your scheduling decisions for you. Advisors do spend a bit more time with freshmen to explain how signing up for classes works, as well as proactively helping them plan their first semester of courses. I would suggest learning how to navigate MyZou, a tool for MU students, quickly because that is where you take care of payments and registering for classes."
"I would reccommend staying in a dorm where people with the same major live; I did that freshman year and as senior, I still talk to some of the people from my dorm freshman year. I would never say the journalism is extremely hard, but it is extremely intensive. The work they ask you can be done if you have the heart and skill for your emphasis but the time frames and amounts they ask of you is what makes it difficult. It is very real work-life experience. In the Missouri School of Journailsm, they preach “learn by doing.” You have to be ready to be around competitive excellent students. You must be confident in your work."
Learn From the Best
"I love going to office hours to talk to professors, some people are terrified of their professors. I love Professor Lyman from the Anthropology department and I loved Professor Milescu in Molecular Biology. Also Professor Keller does lots of cool experiments in Chemistry."
"I’ve had a few professors that I really liked. Michael Barnes, whose mythology class I took for a gen ed requirement was great at telling the stories of the Gods in ways that you were sure to remember. Dr. Jim Spain teaches in the Animal Science department and is also the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies. It was the first writing intensive course that I had to take, and was pretty stressful at times, but Dr. Spain was great at helping his students in any way possible. He is one of the few that actually care about how well his students do, and genuinely wants them to succeed. He also would make fun of kU on a regular basis, and who doesn’t like that!"
“I took a really interesting class on intimate relationships and marriage. The professor was entertaining and I learned a lot of interesting things!”
"Dr. Ann Marie Foley teaches Service Learning and I had her for multicultural literature. The first day of class she told us that if we needed to be taken to the hospital, she would take us. If we needed any help, she would be there. She really cares about her students and is great. She is one of the main reasons I decided to stay in the Honors program. I highly recommend having her as a teacher."
“My favorite professor at Mizzou is Michael Barnes from the Classical Humanities department. His Classical Mythology class is tons of fun and is something that I highly recommend to any incoming student. He finds a way to make even some of the boring topics really entertaining.”
"All of the business classes are great! They are challening, but I feel like you learn a ton."
Interests and Involvement
"Most clubs are via involvement fairs, popularity, and word of mouth. Most popular is Tour Team, ASB, MSA, and royalty. I have enjoyed so much by being involved, learning new things, being a leader, making a true difference, and helping others to find their passion."
"Greek life is huge at this University. There are dozens and dozens of houses on this campus, and it is how I made majority of my friends. I couldn't imagine not being involved in Greek life because it teaches you so much about friendship, leadership and philanthropy."
"A lot of people participate in extracurricular activities in clubs. I participate in Greek Life, my sorority’s flag football team, and Mizzou Horse Farm Volunteers. Clubs are a great way to not just build your resume, but to make new friends that you’ll have for the rest of your college career. People find out about clubs through the involvement fair and emails sent out by the college that they’re in. It’s really easy to start a club; all you need is 10 people and to fill out some paperwork."
"There are a lot of clubs and organizations at Mizzou. As simplistic as it seems, search for “Mizzou clubs/organizations” and look through the options to see what best fits you! Don’t forget to make sure that you are looking at the right MU campus. There are also emails sent to students about upcoming events and club activities, as well as an involvement fair to help students find a starting point."
"There is an involvement fair every semester, and one at freshman orientation. Some of the most prestigious things to get involved in is Summer Welcome, Tour Team, and Outreach. These are all clubs where you represent the university to others and its a huge honor. I have enjoyed being involved in HerCampus! I also like to go to some of the Women’s Center presentations. They are always really interesting."
"We have a lot of fun organizations on this campus like Cupcake Club!"
"Mizzou has a lot of well known sports teams. The most popular are football and men’s basketball, but we also have wrestling, baseball, tennis, women’s basketball, gymnastics, soccer, and more. It’s very popular to attend sporting events. It seems like there are multiple per week! The wrestling and gymnastic teams even combine sometimes to put on an event they call Beauty and the Beast. Mizzou also offers many club and intramural sports. We have club teams like hockey, rugby, etc, and intramurals like soccer, flag football, basketball, wheelchair basketball, etc. Many students participate in sports, and they also usually have multiple leagues per sport like men, women, greek, and co-ed leagues."
“Mizzou has great team spirit! We have a great men’s football and basketball team. Some of my best memories of college happened during the sporting events. It is definitely something that everyone should participate in. You won’t regret it!”
“Mizzou is a great school for avid sports fans. I love going to the football games, and literally everyone goes. There are club sports and we a state-of-the-art recreational center. I dont know if its a seperate culture all together, but all the athletes live together in the same dorm, so if you live there you’ll get prety tight with them, athlete or not."
"Mizzou has a great fanbase for its sports teams! Our football and basketball teams have a huge student cheering section. The stadium is always packed in the fall, and the arena is full in the spring. All of our sports teams get great recognition across campus for their achievements. As Mizzou students, we are very proud to stand behind our sports teams."
"Mizzou is known for football and basketball. All our sports do well but don’t get as much recognition. Its popular to attend only the popular teams like football and basketball. There are TONS of club sports, even sports that don’t really exist. I don’t play sports but i bet lots of people participate."
"The football games are amazing and people tailgate all day which really creates a great environment. I wish there was a football game every saturday!"
"It is incredibly fun and exciting to participate in the fan section of Mizzou sports. Even if you’re not a huge sports fan, there is always an event on campus you can attend to socialize while the game takes place."
"Mizzou sports are without a doubt one of the best parts of this school. This year, our football team was the SEC’s underdog, and we ended up blowing most teams out of the water. The season was awesome, ending with a bowl game victory! Although football games are my favorite, I also love Mizzou’s basketball and volleyball games. Go tigers!"
"We are Mizzou! M-I-Z!"
"Women are just as powerful as men on this campus. Women's sports are amazing, in fact, sometimes even better than men!"
"Wearing what you want and participating in the clubs you choose are freedoms all women have on campus at Mizzou. I feel no different being a woman on campus and have never once felt unaccepted because I am a woman. I think we have many resources and incredible clubs to join, it’s just a matter of what your interest areas are and pursuing those interest areas no matter what they are!"
"Women have multiple resources on campus. Other than the exceptional PHA community, these resource include a women's center as well as multiple clubs geared towards women."
"There is a women center that offers support and hosts events at least once a week. The gender ratio is even on campus. I only ever feel outnumbered by guys in business school classes or in the engineering school."
"Mizzou has a very active Women’s Center and Women’s Empowerment Center. There are events and activities held that are well-promoted on campus. Oftentimes, students that work at these centers come and talk to classes or organizations about what their organization stands for and is trying to accomplish."
"Girls wear everything from shorts and a tshirt, to dresses to class. They basically just wear whatever they’re comfortable in and what makes them happy."
"There are a lot of resources for women on our campus. There is an actual women’s center and a lot of clubs that women are prominent in. There even is a women and gender study major, which is a great option."
Food & Drink
"There are at least 6 dining halls on campus. Food was good from what i remember freshman year. Kitchen access is easy but I would never keep that stuff in my small dorm room. People don’t say no to Hotbox or Shakespeare's pizza. Anything you could ever want is pretty much in walking distance, except nicer chain restaurants."
"I love that the university is basically connected to downtown. You can walk to a ton of great restaurants, like the well known burger place, Booche's."
"There are a lot dining halls on campus and the food is pretty good. If you don’t like what one is serving then you have plenty of options to go elsewhere. My favorite place to eat on campus was Plaza, but that’s also partially because it was the closest to my dorm. People don’t usually go to the dining hall all 4 years unless they live in the dorm, because meal plans are expensive. However, you can usually find upperclassmen asking to be “swiped in” for dinner at their favorite dining hall because they do end up missing it. The dorms have kitchen units in the basements, but you have to supply all of your own ingredients and cooking utensils. People get really excited for Plaza pasta, Dobbs breakfast, Rollins pizza and late night, and Baja. There are some food places at the student center, and plenty of restaurants just north of campus in downtown Columbia within walking distance."
"I thought Plaza was by far the best dining hall, but each one has something different to offer so it depends on what you like. I feel like only freshman go to the dining halls, and its like a social hangout for freshman so I would definitely advise getting a meal plan. Once you’re not living in the dorms however it doesn’t make sense to have a meal plan. there is a kitchen is every residence hall, sometimes even one on every floor. Favorite food on campus: Dobbs breakfast, Plaza pasta performance, and smoothies at Baja Grill. There is a subway on campus and restaurant lining the edge of campus."
"There are a few emporiums across campus that allow you to use your meal plan to stock up on food. It’s important to know that dining halls accept meal plans and E.Z. charge. There are several places in the Student Center, such as Mort’s, that also accept E.Z. charge. Thankfully, if you’re hungry for something different, downtown is just a few minutes walking distance!"
"Downtown has some awesome places to go. There are tons of bars, the Blue Note has concerts and there is even a cool place to watch movies!"
"People either go out and party, or do movie night. II would say everyone drinks, but everyone varies on how many times a month they go out. Drug use is very behind the scenes fortunately. You hear about it, but I have never seen it at Mizzou. I think most people are up to making friends but must have a buddy with you."
"Some people go out and party, some stay in and watch movies/hang out with friends, and some stay in and do homework. Usually the freshmen and sophomores go to fraternity parties, and upperclassmen go to the bars. It’s college, so there are people that choose to drink, but I know people that never have, or waited until they were 21 to do so; It’s whatever they personally feel comfortable doing. Some people choose to go out on weekdays, but I seldomly do because I don’t skip class and usually have early morning classes."
"Greek life is big at Mizzou, it dominated my freshman year experience, but thats not true for everyone. There are also lots of great bars downtown, but hardly any freshman ever go there, mostly because they are under 21. I have found that most people are open to making new friends and meeting people is half the incentive to go out. Weekends are definitely the busiest night of the week, but there is always something happening if you want to go out on a weekday. It can be difficult to get around at night, however there is a safe ride program that picks up students to drive them home Thurs.- Sat."
Freshmen and sophomores tend to go to fraternity parties, where upper-class students spend more time at house parties or bars. Alcohol is prominent during these parties, but there are many people at these parties that don’t drink. If you don’t want to go to a party, there are several other activities to do in Columbia. Sometimes people just relax, watch a movie, go bowling, etc"
"Dorms were great, clean, big enough, easy access to everything, friendly. Tons of options for what best suits you, but they go fast. I was randomly assigned a roommate. Dorms are safe if you are not dumb about leaving your door unlocked. Freshman dorms are on every part of campus. I think everyone has to live in a dorm freshman year unless you are from Columbia. Everyone lives off campus once you are an upperclassman."
"I loved the dorm that I lived in as a freshman. I chose to live on a floor with people that had the same major as me. You can either pick a roommate and sign up for a room together or have a random roommate, both of which have their pros and cons. The dorms are pretty safe. The newer ones have key cards and lock automatically, but the older ones have just a deadbolt lock. Usually if there’s a security issue within a dorm it’s because people weren’t following all of the safety precautions that they could’ve, like locking their door while in their room or not, or not leaving it propped open. Most upperclassmen live off campus because they’re ready to have their own space, especially their own bathroom!"
" To this day I’m still good friends with a lot of the people that lives on my floor. I think that’s what really makes or breaks whether or not people enjoy their experience in the dorm. My floor was like a family, we had 2 girl wings, and 1 boy wing. My advice for dorm life would be to hang out in your floor’s lobby as much as you can and meet as many people on your floor as possible. We all basically lived in our lobby and that’s how we all became such great friends. We would be out there late studying together, watching TV, or just hanging out."
"The dorms are great freshman year. I had an amazing residence hall experience in which I loved my roommate and become really close with everyone on my floor. There is off campus housing and Fraternity/Sorority housing. You can pick your roommate. If you follow safety protocol the dorms are safe, but if you leave your dorm unlocked people do get stolen from or assaulted. The dorms are located all over campus, I would try to live in one close to your classes. You are never required to live in the dorm but mostly only freshman live in the dorms. Its a really fun social environment, especially if you are in a FIG (freshman interest group) which means people on your floor will also be in your classes."
"Living in a dorm is the way to go for your freshman year. Getting a random roommate is always tricky, but it has the possibility of working out wonderfully! I signed up for a random roommate my freshman year and she is now one of my best friends. The dorms do have safety features, but it is important to be paying attention no matter where you are on campus. Sometimes people wait outside of the locked dorm doors and come in after someone with a key swipes their card. It’s just smart to stay alert. You can choose your dorm location based on your major, or you can just choose which dorm you think you would prefer. The increasing number of freshman make getting a dorm room more difficult each year. Upperclassmen often don’t have a choice about living off-campus because of limited room availability. Mizzou can help you find somewhere to live off-campus if you don’t know where to start your search."
"Columbia has anything you could ever want. Love it. Columbia is a college town and really caters to students, especially downtown for food, shopping, and nightlife. Upperclassman often go off-campus to watch a game or go to a small house party, safer and less crazy than downtown. All my friends do internships in the summer, and a few do them during the semester."
"I like how our campus is right next to downtown, making it incredibly easy to walk to a restaurant or a store. If you live on, or near, campus there are several options for nightlife downtown. It’s always a fun experience to explore your nightlife options with friends."
"Flat Branch is the best restaurant in Columbia, by far! Just make sure to get there early because it is always packed. The pizza is definitely the best thing on the menu."
"Columbia is basically a city because of the University so the relations between the two are great. You can walk to downtown from campus so it is awesome when you live in a dorm because you really can explore. You don't need a car to get around by any means!"
"We have a ton of great frozen yogurt places... check them out!"
"The bar scene is huge in Columbia. You definitely won't get bored here. There is an app you can download to check out the specials that each one is having."
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