Best colleges in Missouri

The Tale of Two Metros

Show the Show-Me State what you’ve got

With major metros (and colleges) in Kansas City, St. Louis, Springfield, Independence, and Columbia, Missouri supports major industries in aerospace, transportation, and manufacturing & processing.* With Monsanto, one of the largest gene companies in America, based on St. Louis, Missouri has a growing science and biotechnology industry rapidly creating new jobs across the state. Thirteen public universities call Missouri home, along with almost 40 private 4-year schools and 13 community colleges. The public university system supports 4 universities, 5 research and technology parks, and a healthcare system.*Attention agriculture majors, Missouri’s agriculture contributes beef, soybeans, pork, corn and more to the national supply.* And with all attractions, tourism has become another growing industry in Missouri, with countless travelers visiting St. Louis, Kansas City, Hannibal, Branson and other destinations each year. Missouri is the only state to have two Federal Reserve banks that employ state and federal financial employees, so a business degree would serve you well.

Missouri—a state split between plains, mountains and waterways—is a state of great topographic and geographic variety. Tap into your outdoorsman at Table Rock Lake. Grab at drink at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery. Cheer on the MLB Cardinals, or find some thrills at one of the many amusement parks. So whether you call it the “Gateway to the West” or the “Home of the Blues,” now is the time to just call it home.

*Wikipedia, “Missouri”, “List of colleges and universities in Missouri”, “Missouri Points of Interest”

Best Four Year Universities in Missouri

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Washington University in St Louis offers 294 degree programs. It's a large, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 4,946 students graduated with students earning 2,138 Master's degrees, 1,803 Bachelor's degrees, 786 Doctoral degrees, 206 Certificates, and 13 Associate's degrees.

Saint Louis University
Saint Louis, MO

Saint Louis University offers 279 degree programs. It's a large, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 3,332 students graduated with students earning 1,684 Bachelor's degrees, 962 Master's degrees, 595 Doctoral degrees, 89 Certificates, and 2 Associate's degrees.

Truman State University
Kirksville, MO

Truman State University offers 58 degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, four-year university in a remote town. In 2019, 1,282 students graduated with students earning 1,115 Bachelor's degrees, and 167 Master's degrees.

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College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO

College of the Ozarks offers 76 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a faraway town. In 2019, 310 students graduated with students earning 310 Bachelor's degrees.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy offers 9 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 402 students graduated with students earning 241 Doctoral degrees, and 161 Bachelor's degrees.

Rockhurst University
Kansas City, MO

Rockhurst University offers 62 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 758 students graduated with students earning 398 Bachelor's degrees, 292 Master's degrees, 46 Doctoral degrees, and 22 Certificates.

William Jewell College offers 54 degree programs. It's a very small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 246 students graduated with students earning 246 Bachelor's degrees.

Cottey College
Nevada, MO

Cottey College offers 18 degree programs. It's a very small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a remote town. In 2019, 109 students graduated with students earning 56 Associate's degrees, and 53 Bachelor's degrees.

Kansas City Art Institute
Kansas City, MO

Kansas City Art Institute offers 13 degree programs. It's a very small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 133 students graduated with students earning 133 Bachelor's degrees.

Drury University
Springfield, MO

Drury University offers 90 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 355 students graduated with students earning 264 Bachelor's degrees, 89 Master's degrees, and 2 Certificates.

Best Community Colleges in Missouri

Midwest Institute
Fenton, MO

Midwest Institute offers 10 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a large suburb. In 2019, 152 students graduated with students earning 102 Certificates, and 50 Associate's degrees.

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State Technical College of Missouri offers 43 degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a faraway rural area. In 2019, 586 students graduated with students earning 450 Associate's degrees, and 136 Certificates.

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Bolivar Technical College offers 5 degree programs. It's a very small, private not-for-profit, two-year college in a faraway town. In 2019, 84 students graduated with students earning 53 Certificates, and 31 Associate's degrees.

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American Trade School
Saint Ann, MO

American Trade School offers 5 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a large suburb. In 2019, 64 students graduated with students earning 61 Certificates, and 3 Associate's degrees.

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Texas County Technical College offers 2 degree programs. It's a very small, private not-for-profit, two-year college in a remote rural area. In 2019, 42 students graduated with students earning 25 Associate's degrees, and 17 Certificates.

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WellSpring School of Allied Health-Kansas City offers 6 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a large city. In 2019, 127 students graduated with students earning 103 Certificates, and 24 Associate's degrees.

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Pinnacle Career Institute-South Kansas City offers 24 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a large city. In 2019, 135 students graduated with students earning 132 Certificates, and 3 Associate's degrees.

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St Louis College of Health Careers-St Louis offers 9 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a large city. In 2019, 174 students graduated with students earning 149 Certificates, and 25 Associate's degrees.

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Crowder College
Neosho, MO

Crowder College offers 81 degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a faraway town. In 2019, 1,289 students graduated with students earning 689 Associate's degrees, and 600 Certificates.

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North Central Missouri College offers 52 degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a remote town. In 2019, 384 students graduated with students earning 272 Associate's degrees, and 112 Certificates.

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List of all colleges in Missouri

School Average Tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
Washington University in St Louis Logo Washington University in St Louis Saint Louis, MO
5/5
16 : 1 16,191
Saint Louis University Logo Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO
5/5
18 : 1 12,799
Hillyard Technical Center Logo Hillyard Technical Center Saint Joseph, MO     70
Truman State University Logo Truman State University Kirksville, MO
3/5
18 : 1 5,231
College of the Ozarks Logo College of the Ozarks Point Lookout, MO
4/5
16 : 1 1,546
St. Louis College of Pharmacy Logo St. Louis College of Pharmacy Saint Louis, MO
5/5
15 : 1 1,037
Rockhurst University Logo Rockhurst University Kansas City, MO
5/5
23 : 1 2,990
William Jewell College Logo William Jewell College Liberty, MO
5/5
11 : 1 739
Cottey College Logo Cottey College Nevada, MO
4/5
6 : 1 256
Kansas City Art Institute Logo Kansas City Art Institute Kansas City, MO
5/5
12 : 1 699
Drury University Logo Drury University Springfield, MO
5/5
16 : 1 1,743
University of Missouri-Columbia Logo University of Missouri-Columbia Columbia, MO
3/5
24 : 1 30,014
Missouri University of Science and Technology Logo Missouri University of Science and Technology Rolla, MO
3/5
22 : 1 8,088
Midwest Institute Logo Midwest Institute Fenton, MO   45 : 1 269
Webster University Logo Webster University Saint Louis, MO
5/5
50 : 1 9,860
Avila University Logo Avila University Kansas City, MO
4/5
23 : 1 1,526
Rolla Technical Institute/Center Logo Rolla Technical Institute/Center Rolla, MO     108
Maryville University of Saint Louis Logo Maryville University of Saint Louis Saint Louis, MO
5/5
60 : 1 10,013
Clinton Technical School Logo Clinton Technical School Clinton, MO     17
William Woods University Logo William Woods University Fulton, MO
5/5
34 : 1 2,153

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