Academics

Location
Columbia, MO
Undergrads
25,178
Tuition (in-state)
$23,366 ($9,257)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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2 College Sophomore

Academics: Being a journalism major at Mizzou is tough, but it will be well worth it in the end. People know that journalism students are intense and work really hard. We have to.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I have had fantastic professors who truly care about my success in school.

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5 College Student

Academics: The Journalism school is very competitive but I feel like I'm learning the skills I'll need to thrive in the professional world.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Academics: I'm a very academically-focused person so I love to study and work hard. Mizzou allows me to do that and offers tons of support.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Academics: I hope for the Architectural Studies to be accredited.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 18th
    Best Course Variety
  • 62nd
    Best Online Course Options
  • 100th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 139th
    Most Flexible Curriculums
  • 315th
    Most Manageable Workloads

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Alex Kojadinovic
Hometown
Saint Louis, Missouri
Major
English
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Study, study, study! Mizzou's reputation is that of a party school, but the academics side is very difficult. The workload varies by professor, but be prepared to study long hours and spend lots of time on homework. For the most part, the professors are knowledgeable and helpful. Professors have designated office hours, but they will make exceptions for students who cannot attend them. They are always willing to talk to students about grades and classes. The workload can sometimes be overwhelming, but one thing to remember is to keep a cool head about it and take one thing at a time.

The weakness of the academics is that there are classes that hold almost 300 students. This makes it a little impersonal, but professors are really good about talking to students one on one if need be. Advisers are useful tools during students' four years at school. They are very helpful when it comes to finding classes and working out the perfect schedule. With a little information about you, they can suggest classes that you might want to take. At the end of every semester, students need to make an appointment to see an adviser, so that they can get their schedules for the following semester all worked out.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
20:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
1,380
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
957
Total FT Faculty
3,130
Faculty with Terminal Degree
93%
Average Faculty Salary
$77,314
Full-Time Retention Rate
84%
Part-Time Retention Rate
60%
Graduation Rate
71%
Programs/Majors Offered
112
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 47%
  • 20 to 49 students: 38%
  • 50 or more students: 15%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): Yes
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources
  • College of Arts and Science
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Human Environmental Sciences
  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • School of Health Professions
  • School of Journalism
  • School of Law
  • School of Medicine
  • Sinclair School of Nursing
  • Trulaske College of Business
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business/Commerce, General: 5%
  • Curriculum and Instruction: 3%
  • Journalism: 4%
  • Psychology: 2%
Graduation Requirements
  • Capstone
  • English (including composition)
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social Science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cooperative education program
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • External degree program
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
Online Courses
Online courses are great if you are a diligent student and will do your work. Mizzou offers a lot of different classes through their Center for Distance and Independent Study.
Best Places to Study
  • Bookstore
  • Francis Quadrangle
  • Memorial Student Union
Tips to Succeed
  • Be nice to people-this isn't high school anymore. Being friendly and courteous to your peers could pay off when you're homeless and need a job reference.
  • Don't take any hits of acid-or any hard drugs that you've never heard of before.
  • Exercise. Exercising keeps your mind focused and your body healthy.
  • Get lots of sleep before an exam-if you have an exam planned, make sure you don't drink 10 shots of J├Ągermeister the night before. You will most likely not score well.
  • Study in the library-your dorm room can be incredibly distracting. Ellis Library is peaceful, quiet, and the perfect place to cram for your next exam.
Did You Know?
  • The first graduates of Mizzou were cousins Robert L. Todd and Robert B. Todd. The Missouri legislature didn't authorize the University to hand out diplomas at the time of their graduation in 1843, so they didn't receive them until 1845.
  • Legend has it that if you talk between the Chinese lion statues at the entrance of Francis Quadrangle, you will fail your next exam.
  • On the Sunday before finals each semester, the faculty and staff serve drowsy students a midnight breakfast.
  • Pickard Hall, located on the Francis Quadrangle, has a large assortment of plaster casts of famous statues. While the building is rarely visited by students (some estimate the total attendance at around 80 a day), it is used to teach art history students.
  • Sanborn Field is one of the nation's oldest continuing research projects. The field that studies erosion and crop development has been cultivated continuously since 1888.
  • The School of Journalism is consistently ranked as one of the best in the country.
  • The School of Journalism was the first institution created for the study of journalism. It was founded by Walter Williams in 1908.

Student Polls

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 17 responses

  • 27% Sheryl Crow - rock musician
  • 21% Jon Hamm - actor
  • 15% Samuel M. Walton - founder of Wal-Mart
  • 10% Brad Pitt
  • 6% Elizabeth Vargas - ABC News anchor/correspondent
  • 4% Tom Berenger - actor
  • 2% Jonathan Murray - co-creator, "The Real World"
  • 2% George C. Scott - actor
  • 2% Kate Capshaw - actress
  • 2% Chris Cooper - actor
  • 2% John Anderson - ESPN SportsCenter anchor
  • 2% Brad Pitt- even though he isn't graduated
  • 2% John Anderson- ESPN Sportscenter Lead Anchor
  • 2% Micheal Sam
  • 0% Neal E. Boyd - "America's Got Talent" 2008 winner
  • 0% Richard Matheson - author/screenwriter
  • 0% David Koechner - comedic actor

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 88 responses

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  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 93 responses

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Excellent
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

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