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What's so great about the University of Missouri?

What's so great about the University of Missouri?

We'll give you a few good reasons why!



1. MU Has Top Students

Our university is the No. 1 college choice for Missouri high school seniors. The 2008 freshman class boasts an ACT average of 25.5, compared with the national average of 21.2.


Nearly one-third of freshmen come from the top 10 percent of their high school classes.


%{font-family:helvetica; font-size:19px; color:#990099}2. We offer once-in-a-lifetime opportunities!%
60 of our Journalism students were among a group of 300 students from around the world to serve as Olympic News Service interns during the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China.


3. MU Offers an Excellent Education
MU is highly ranked in quality and value by U.S. News & World Report and The Fiske Guide to Colleges. The National Science Foundation has recognized MU as one of the top 10 universities in the country for successfully integrating research into undergraduate education.


4. MU Provides a Rich Learning Environment
The campus has 18 buildings registered on the "National Register of Historic Places". We also have 600-year-old Chinese stone lions, Thomas Jefferson's original tombstone and the Joy of Discovery, a 4-storey sculpture in our Life Sciences Center.


5. We have incredible resources
Our libraries more than 3 million volumes, almost 7 million microforms, 1.6 million government documents and more than 33,000 journal subscriptions.
MU also ranks No. 2 among all institutions in the Association of American Universities in growth of federal research funding from 1995 to 2005.


%{font-family:helvetica; font-size:19px; color:#990099}6. Columbia, Missouri, is one of the best places in America to Live%
National magazines and newspaper consistently list Columbia, Mo., among the top cities in America to live in. We have an excellent quality of life - including factors such as housing, student test scores, air quality and commute time.

In 2006, Forbes listed Columbia as one of the “Best Small Metro for Business and Careers,” the seventh year in a row Columbia has ranked in the top 60. In 2007, Forbes listed Columbia as one of the top 20 American cities to educate children.


7. MU Is an Economic Engine
The For All We Call Mizzou campaign is close to reaching the university's $1 billion goal. We will celebrate meeting the goal in spring 2009.


Since 2000, MU faculty and staff have launched 30 start-up companies, taking their research from the lab to the market. MU filed 45 U.S. patent applications in 2007.


%{font-family:helvetica; font-size:19px; color:#990099}8. MU Is a Nationally Competitive, Global University%
MU is one of only six public universities in the country with medicine, veterinary medicine, law, engineering and agriculture all on one campus.


We send more students to study overseas than any other college or university in Missouri. Currently, MU offers more than 400 study-abroad programs in 60 countries.


9. We are innovators!
More than 1,000 faculty life scientists at MU are working to improve human and animal health, food and the environment. We are one of only 15 sites in the United States where the National Cancer Institute provides funding for clinical trials on animals.


10. MU Is a Green Campus!
Campus space has grown significantly since 1990, but our energy use has gone down by 12% per square foot because of our conversation efforts. We have decreased energy costs by $4.3 million annually. Our carbon dioxide emissions have been reduced by 104,000 tons.




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