Top Missouri Colleges

12 of the Top Colleges and Universities in Missouri

Missouri's options for higher education are remarkably diverse.  From a large public university like the University of Missouri to a small Christian work college like College of the Ozarks, Missouri has schools to match a wide range of student personalities and interests. The 12 top Missouri colleges listed below vary greatly in size and mission, so I have simply listed them alphabetically rather than force them into any sort of artificial ranking. That said, Washington University is the most selective and prestigious institution on the list. The schools were chosen based on factors such as academic reputation, curricular innovations, first-year retention rates, six-year graduation rates, selectivity, financial aid and student engagement.

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College of the Ozarks
College of the Ozarks. KellyK / Flickr
  • Location: Point Lookout, Missouri
  • Enrollment: 1,441 (all undergraduate)
  • Type of Institution: Private, Christian liberal arts work college
  • Distinctions: full-time students do not pay tuition; "stone-cold sober" reputation; 14 to 1 student / faculty ratio; students often work to cover educational costs; 1,000-acre campus
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the College of the Ozarks profile

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Maryville University
Maryville University. Photo credit: Jay Fram
  • Location: St. Louis, Missouri
  • Enrollment: 6,414 (2,795 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: Small private university
  • Distinctions: 13 to 1 student / faculty ratio; 130-acre campus with woods, lakes and hiking trails; challenging curriculum; membership in the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Valley Conference; good financial aid
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the Maryville University profile

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Missouri University of Science and Technology
Missouri University of Science and Technology. Adavidb / Wikimedia Commons
  • Location: Rolla, Missouri
  • Enrollment: 8,886 (6,839 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: Public university with science and technology focus
  • Distinctions: first technological institution west of the Mississippi; many outdoor opportunities in the Ozarks; 19 to 1 student / faculty ratio; membership in the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Valley Conference
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the Missouri University of Science and Technology profile

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Rockhurst University
Rockhurst University. Shaverc / Wikimedia Commons
  • Location: Kansas City, Missouri
  • Enrollment: 2,825 (2,077 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: Private Jesuit univeristy
  • Distinctions: 12 to 1 student / faculty ratio; average class size of 24; membership in the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Valley Conference; emphasis on service as well as academics
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the Rockhurst University profile

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Saint Louis University Cupples House
Saint Louis University Cupples House. Matthew Black / Flickr
  • Location: St. Louis, Missouri
  • Enrollment: 17,047 (12,401 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: Private Jesuit university
  • Distinctions: 11 to 1 student / faculty ratio; average class size of 23; membership in the NCAA Division I Atlantic 10 Conference; highly ranked Jesuit university; second oldest Jesuit university in the country; students come from all 50 states and 90 countries; chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for strengths in the liberal arts and sciences
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the Saint Louis University profile

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Stephens College
Stephens College. Photo Courtesy of Stephens College
  • Location: Columbia, Missouri
  • Enrollment: 901 (716 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: Private women's liberal arts college
  • Distinctions: second oldest women's college in the country; 10 to 1 student / faculty ratio; average class size of 13; notable programs in the performing arts, health, and business; good financial aid
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the Stephens College profile

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Truman State University
Truman State University. Vu Nguyen / Flickr
  • Location: Kirksville, Missouri
  • Enrollment: 6,208 (5,853 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: Public liberal arts college
  • Distinctions: excellent value; 16 to 1 student / faculty ratio; average class size of 24; 250 student organizations; strong Greek system; chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for strengths in the liberal arts and sciences; membership in the NCAA Division II Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletic Association; no cost to apply
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the Truman State University profile

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Jesse Hall at the University of Missouri
Jesse Hall at the University of Missouri. bk1bennett / Flickr
  • Location: Columbia, Missouri
  • Enrollment: 35,424 (27,791 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: Public research university
  • Distinctions: chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for strengths in the liberal arts and sciences; largest university in Missouri; membership in the Association of American Universities for strong research programs; active Greek system; membership in the NCAA Division I SEC Conference
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the University of Missouri profile

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Washington University in St. Louis
Washington University in St. Louis. 黄若云 / Flickr
  • Location: St. Louis, Missouri
  • Enrollment: 14,688 (7,504 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: Private research university
  • Distinctions: most selective and prestigious university in Missouri; chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for strengths in the liberal arts and sciences; membership in the Association of American Universities for strong research programs; high retention and graduation rates; residential college system
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the Washington University profile

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Webster University
Webster University. Matthew Black / Flickr
  • Location: St. Louis, Missouri
  • Enrollment: 15,256 (3,260 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: Private university
  • Distinctions: 13 to 1 student / faculty ratio; average class size of 11; students from 50 states and 129 countries; strong international presence
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the Webster University profile

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Westminster College in Missouri
Westminster College in Missouri. The History Faculty / Flickr
  • Location: Fulton, Missouri
  • Enrollment: 951 (all undergraduate)
  • Type of Institution: Private liberal arts college
  • Distinctions: 14 to 1 student / faculty ratio; students from 26 states and 61 countries; excellent value; location of Winston Churchill's "Iron Curtain" speech
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the Westminster College profile

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William Jewell College Gano Chapel
William Jewell College Gano Chapel. Patrick Hoesley / Flickr
  • Location: Liberty, Missouri
  • Enrollment: 1,063 (1,053 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: Private liberal arts college
  • Distinctions:  10 to 1 student / faculty ratio; popular nursing and business programs; good financial aid; membership in the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Valley Conference (starting in 2011)
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the William Jewell College profile

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Midwest Region
Midwest Region.

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