Columbia, MO
Tuition (in-state)
$23,366 ($9,257)
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5 College Junior

Facilities: The student center is outstanding! There are plenty of study spaces up stairs, places to grab a bite, plenty of tables (if you can make it there before 11:30) Plus, the Shack is a great place to catch up with friends while watching the game.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The campus is very warming there is a little construction going on as of right now but other then that everything is kept up to par.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Overall, I absolutely love my school. The biggest drawback is the cost (combined with the lack of decent scholarships - unless you're a minority or extremely lower class). Otherwise, I love how MIZZOU is one big family to me and I always miss Columbia anytime I'm away.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Life on campus couldn't really get any better. Awesome libraries with amazing hours, always something going on, great school pride, amazing rec center, and overall a close-knit community

4 College Junior

Facilities: Excitements an always something fun to do.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 2nd
    Best Student Centers
  • 13th
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 72nd
    Best Library
  • 397th
    Greenest Campuses
  • 451st
    Best Performance Venues

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Alex Kojadinovic
Saint Louis, Missouri
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The University is continuously making changes and updating campus facilities and grounds. Mizzou has one of the best college recreation centers in the country. It is very well maintained. The rec center includes a track, various workout equipment, a rock climbing wall, a hot tub, a sauna, and two pools—all of which are in great working condition. The campus maintenance team keeps the grounds clean, replants trees and plants, and makes sure that the greenery is top-notch during springtime.  

There are many different libraries around campus, including Ellis Library, Journalism Library, and Health Sciences Library, to name a few. Ellis Library may be old, but it contains a lot of different materials. If a student can't find a book he or she needs, the interlibrary loan system allows Ellis to receive that book from a different library. There are many areas, quiet and non-quiet, around the library at which students can study. One good thing about Mizzou's campus is that there is always something going on. Different clubs will host events throughout the year. Mizzou has more than 600 clubs, so students can always find something to do. Students are informed of events through email, postings around campus, and on the events page on the University's website.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
1,372 acres
Student Centers
  • Memorial Student Union
  • MU Student Center
  • The University Bookstore
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Ellis Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Lowry Mall
  • Memorial Student Union
  • Speakers Circle
  • Stankowski Field
  • Student recreation center
  • The University Bookstore
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • Bookmark Café in Ellis Library
  • Infusion café in the bookstore
  • Starbucks in Memorial Student Union
Movie Theater on Campus
"Green" Initiatives
Mizzou has a Climate Action Plan dedicated to achieving carbon neutrality. The University has a greenhouse gas inventory and also has projections for reducing greenhouse gases from the University power plant.
School Slang
  • The Berg: The Heidelberg, a famous and wonderful eatery on Ninth Street
  • Brady: Brady Commons
  • The Columbia Missourian: A newspaper created primarily by students of the journalism school
  • The Columns: The freestanding columns in front of Jesse Hall
  • CoMo: A combination of Columbia, Missouri
  • Equitas: A conservative newsletter passed out three or four times a semester
  • I-70: The highway that runs into and out of Columbia
  • Ice Cream: World famous ice cream sold near Sanbron Field. Vanilla ice cream with Oreo cookies swirled around.
  • IFC: Intrafraternity Council, the governing body that oversees the Greek system
  • KCOU: This campus radio station specializes in strange, quasi-alternative music.
  • The Maneater: One of the student newspapers at MU
  • Mizzou: What many students call the University of Missouri
  • Mizzou-Rah!: The phrase everybody cheers during a sporting event. "Missourah" is another, less refined way, to pronounce "Missouri."
  • MSA: Missouri Students Association
  • Residence Halls: Dormitories
  • RHA: Residence Halls Association
  • SPA: Students for Progressive Action
  • STRIPES: Supportive Tigers Riding in Pursuit of Ensuring Safety is a service that drives intoxicated students back to their dorms in order to prevent drunk driving.
  • The Union: Memorial Student Union
  • Vox Magazine: The well-designed entertainment supplement to the Columbia Missourian, also made by students from the journalism school
  • Beetle Bailey: Sit next to Beetle Bailey near the Reynolds Alumni Center.
  • Speakers Circle: Speak passionately on something you care about at Speakers Circle at the entrance of Brady Commons.
  • Swim in Brady Fountain: Swim in Brady Fountain at least once before you graduate.
  • Walk through the Columns: Walk through the Columns when entering the school freshman year. When you graduate, you will walk through the Columns again-backwards. This is supposed to represent your entrance into the world.
Favorite Things To Do
Students like to visit the Conservation Auditorium, Hearnes Center, the student recreation complex, Memorial Student Union, Rhynsburger Theatre, or the Mizzou Arena. Walk around campus and enjoy the scenery; visit the various coffee shops around campus; take a run at the rec center during cold weather; hang out at the bookstore and do homework; toss a football around on the quad; play sand volleyball or just hang around Speakers Circle.
Student Organizations Web Site
Student Newspaper
Columbia Missourian
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
Mizzou provides a variety of clubs for everyone's interests, and if there isn't something that catches your eye, then you can start your own club. The student organizations' website is getinvolved.missouri.edu, and it holds all of the information about current clubs and organizations at Mizzou and how you can get involved.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: Yes
Army ROTC: Yes
Did You Know?
There are more than 600 registered student organizations at Mizzou.

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 88 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 11 responses

  • 30% Student Center
  • 22% Memorial Student Union
  • 19% Student recreation center
  • 7% The University Bookstore
  • 7% Speakers Circle
  • 4% Stankowski Field
  • 4% Fine Arts Building
  • 4% Baptist Student Union
  • 4% Vida Coffee Company
  • 0% Lowry Mall

What are the best on-campus student jobs?    Based on 6 responses

  • 36% Recreation center
  • 18% Desk assistant
  • 9% Hospital
  • 9% Tutor
  • 9% Research Assistant
  • 9% Alumni Center
  • 9% Tour Team
  • 0% Secretary

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 9 responses

  • 25% Walk through the Columns
  • 25% Homecoming
  • 25% Riding the Tiger
  • 8% Speakers Circle
  • 8% International Pride Day
  • 4% Swim in Brady Fountain
  • 4% Beetle Bailey

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 10 responses

  • 31% Study in the Quad
  • 23% Party
  • 15% Being in a sorority
  • 15% Meet new people
  • 8% Go to the BSU
  • 8% Walk Downtown

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 105 responses

  • 0% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 6% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 19% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 75% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 98 responses

  • 1% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 3% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 42% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 54% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

What is the most interesting urban legend about campus?    Based on 6 responses

  • 100% The underground tunnels



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