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University of Missouri-Columbia: Narrative Description


Columbia, MO 65211
Tel: (573)882-2121
Admissions: (573)882-7786
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State-supported, university, coed. Part of University of Missouri System. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1839. Setting: 1,358-acre small town campus. Endowment: $403 million. Research spending 2003-04: $162.9 million. Total enrollment: 28,257. Faculty: 1,364 (1,255 full-time, 109 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 18:1. 11,197 applied, 89% were admitted. 28% from top 10% of their high school class, 60% from top quarter, 88% from top half. 31 National Merit Scholars. Full-time: 20,723 students, 51% women, 49% men. Part-time: 1,414 students, 53% women, 47% men. Students come from 52 states and territories, 85 other countries, 14% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 6% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 5% 25 or older, 39% live on campus, 6% transferred in. Retention: 84% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; communications/communication technologies; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Mid-Missouri Associated Colleges and Universities, National Student Exchange. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Naval, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, specific high school curriculum, SAT or ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $35. State resident tuition: $6276 full-time, $209.20 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $15,723 full-time, $524.10 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $824 full-time, $31.60 per credit hour part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and program. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and program. College room and board: $6220. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 442 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 20% of eligible men and 25% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Students Association, Residence Hall Association, Honors International Organization. Major annual events: Homecoming, Student Activities Mart, Journalism Week. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 9,207 college housing spaces available; 8,210 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Ellis Library plus 11 others with 3.2 million books, 6.9 million microform titles, 15,808 serials, 22,705 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $14.2 million. 1,615 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

The University rests in the heart of Columbia, a growing city of more than 76,000. Cited for its excellent educational opportunities and quality of life, Columbia has ranked among the top most livable cities in the United States for more than a decade, according to Money Magazine. Columbia combines the benefits of a large city - a wide selection of lodging, dining, shopping, cultural and sporting opportunities - with the friendly atmosphere and convenience of a small town. All forms of public transportation are available. Situated midway between St. Louis and Kansas City (each about two hours away), Columbia also is within a two-hour drive for the Lake of the Ozarks recreation area, which provides opportunities for many outdoor sports.

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