Missouri Public Colleges and Universities

Public Colleges in Missouri

Missouri Public Colleges and Universities- University of Missouri in Columbia:  Ellis Library

Although their values are simple, the people of Missouri are not. More exactly, they are a varied and open-minded group of folks who combine Southern hospitality with Northern wit, and Midwestern charm. Missouri itself, known for barbecue, beer and professional sports, is a good place to be for the college years and beyond. There are numerous Missouri public colleges and universities throughout this large state, but most of them are nestled in Jefferson City and St. Louis; both of which have adequate action to keep even the most discriminating city slicker entertained.

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A concentration of colleges and universities can be found in Missouri's three major cities, Saint Louis, Springfield and Kansas City. The state system of higher education serves more than 450,000 students through 13 public four-year universities, 14 public two-year colleges, one public two-year technical college, 26 independent colleges and universities and more than 150 proprietary and private career schools.

The higher education system is coordinated by the Missouri Department of Higher Education, who primary responsibilities are statewide planning for higher education (including independent institutions,) evaluation of student and institutional performance, development of specialization among institutions, unified budget request, administration of a state-wide postsecondary technical education program, guidelines, approval of new degree programs offered by public colleges and universities, administration of the Proprietary School Certification Program, and policy setting for and administration of student financial assistance programs.

The University of Missouri System is a state university system providing centralized administration for four universities, a health care system, an extension program, five research and technology parks, and a publishing press.

The University of Missouri School System currently operates four universities:

  • University of Missouri, Columbia
  • University of Missouri - Kansas City
  • Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla
  • University of Missouri - St. Louis

Public Universities not part of the University of Missouri School System are:

  • Missouri State University, Joplin
  • University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg
  • Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau
  • Harris-Stowe State University St. Louis
  • Lincoln University Jefferson City
  • Missouri Southern State University
  • Missouri Western State University St. Joseph
  • Northwest Missouri State University Maryville
  • Truman State University Kirksville

Of the public colleges and universities in Missouri, the most popular is the University of Missouri Columbia. University of Missouri St Louis is the most expensive public school in Missouri

The University of Missouri in Columbia is the flagship institution of the University of Missouri System.

Missouri offers the prospective student seeking an online college degree a bunch of options to choose from. The selection of online colleges and distance learning programs are phenomenal. Missouri ranks 34th out of the 50 states in percentage of people with a bachelor's degree. Start your academic career now!

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