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5 College Freshman

Academics: I like that my program is a combined masters and bachelor's program

5 College Freshman

Academics: All my professors are knowledgeable and helpful. They are relevant and resourceful

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: I would say that there is definitely a great source of academics at the University, but there are always some professors that are exceptions to the rule. There are definitely some professors who just don't seem to understand the course-load each and every class has to offer on top of other activities. I literally need to do things other than classwork to keep my sanity, but it seems like no professor truly understands that and treats them as excuses.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: I recently just changed my major but before all of the classes I was taking were very informative and interesting.

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4 College Junior

Academics: The professors are very nice, they work with you to solve any problem you might have. From my experience the courses with the high numbers tend to have less work outside of the classroom, but more in the classroom. The only downside is walking to the psychology buildings on cold or rainy days.

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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 37 responses

  • 24% Sheryl Crow - rock musician
  • 16% Samuel M. Walton - founder of Wal-Mart
  • 14% Jon Hamm - actor
  • 8% Elizabeth Vargas - ABC News anchor/correspondent
  • 7% Kate Capshaw - actress
  • 5% Brad Pitt
  • 3% Jonathan Murray - co-creator, "The Real World"
  • 3% Richard Matheson - author/screenwriter
  • 3% George C. Scott - actor
  • 3% Tom Berenger - actor
  • 3% Chris Cooper - actor
  • 2% Neal E. Boyd - "America's Got Talent" 2008 winner
  • 1% David Koechner - comedic actor
  • 1% John Anderson - ESPN SportsCenter anchor
  • 1% Brad Pitt- even though he isn't graduated
  • 1% John Anderson- ESPN Sportscenter Lead Anchor
  • 1% Micheal Sam
  • 1% Brad Pitt- actor
  • 1% John Anderson- ESPN
  • 1% Brad Pitt- actor

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 91 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 96 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 21 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 20 responses

  • 25% This was my dream school.
  • 60% This was one of my top choices.
  • 15% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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