Best colleges in St. Louis

The Gateway to Your Education

No longer a stop, but a Destination

Known as the "Gateway City", St. Louis is the perfect place to start and finish your education. With 6 universities and 25 colleges and institutions, there's a school for everything: business, cosmetology, nursing, cooking, you name it. and once you have your degree, St. Louis is the perfect place to use it. Ranked 2 1st for the highest Gross Metropolitan Product in 2011, St. Louis is one of the highest producers in the country. But they're not just making money, they're making jobs. With 9 Fortune 500 companies and a giant health care sector, St. Louis has job opportunities for everyone after graduation.

Perhaps it's the rare combination of beach access or hip downtown life, but students in Charleston experience superior education with lots to do off campus. Take a tour aboard the USS Yorktown, notorious for its paranormal occurrences, or relax on the shore of one of 5 Charleston-area beach towns. Embrace local sports pride watching a Charleston Battery soccer match or a RiverDogs baseball game. Take time to appreciate the American spirit, brought on by the internationally-renowned military school, The Citadel. Regardless of who you are, Charleston welcomes students with diverse aspirations, ready to have a memorable, impactful college experience.

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Best Four Year Universities in St. Louis

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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.

Principia College
Elsah, IL

Principia College offers 34 degree programs. It's a very small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a outlying rural area. In 2019, 97 students graduated with students earning 97 Bachelor's degrees.

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Webster University
Saint Louis, MO

Webster University offers 323 degree programs. It's a medium sized, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 4,320 students graduated with students earning 3,179 Master's degrees, 697 Bachelor's degrees, 433 Certificates, and 11 Doctoral degrees.

McKendree University
Lebanon, IL

McKendree University offers 89 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 667 students graduated with students earning 468 Bachelor's degrees, 171 Master's degrees, 25 Doctoral degrees, and 3 Associate's degrees.

Maryville University of Saint Louis offers 153 degree programs. It's a large, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 2,354 students graduated with students earning 1,379 Master's degrees, 606 Bachelor's degrees, 202 Certificates, and 167 Doctoral degrees.

Greenville University
Greenville, IL

Greenville University offers 68 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a faraway town. In 2019, 329 students graduated with students earning 261 Bachelor's degrees, and 68 Master's degrees.

Fontbonne University
Saint Louis, MO

Fontbonne University offers 70 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 432 students graduated with students earning 234 Bachelor's degrees, 194 Master's degrees, and 4 Certificates.

Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville offers 126 degree programs. It's a large, public, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 3,385 students graduated with students earning 2,545 Bachelor's degrees, 605 Master's degrees, 209 Doctoral degrees, and 26 Certificates.

Stevens-The Institute of Business & Arts offers 11 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 48 students graduated with students earning 31 Bachelor's degrees, and 17 Associate's degrees.

Missouri Baptist University
Saint Louis, MO

Missouri Baptist University offers 109 degree programs. It's a medium sized, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 770 students graduated with students earning 464 Bachelor's degrees, 244 Master's degrees, 31 Certificates, 23 Doctoral degrees, and 8 Associate's degrees.

Best Community Colleges in St. Louis

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.

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.

Lewis and Clark Community College offers 114 degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, two-year college in a small suburb. In 2019, 1,147 students graduated with students earning 662 Associate's degrees, and 485 Certificates.

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.

East Central College offers 48 degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a outlying rural area. In 2019, 521 students graduated with students earning 462 Associate's degrees, and 59 Certificates.

Southwestern Illinois College offers 110 degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, two-year college in a large suburb. In 2019, 2,145 students graduated with students earning 1,084 Certificates, and 1,061 Associate's degrees.

Jefferson College
Hillsboro, MO

Jefferson College offers 50 degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a outlying rural area. In 2019, 833 students graduated with students earning 691 Associate's degrees, and 142 Certificates.

St Charles Community College offers 58 degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, two-year college in a large suburb. In 2019, 896 students graduated with students earning 822 Associate's degrees, and 74 Certificates.

Saint Louis Community College offers 96 degree programs. It's a large, public, two-year college in a large suburb. In 2019, 2,506 students graduated with students earning 1,997 Associate's degrees, and 509 Certificates.

List of all colleges in St. Louis

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
Principia College Logo Principia College Elsah, IL
5/5
6 : 1 407
Midwest Institute Logo Midwest Institute Fenton, MO   45 : 1 269
Webster University Logo Webster University Saint Louis, MO
5/5
50 : 1 9,860
McKendree University Logo McKendree University Lebanon, IL
5/5
25 : 1 2,292
Maryville University of Saint Louis Logo Maryville University of Saint Louis Saint Louis, MO
5/5
60 : 1 10,013
Applied Technology Services Logo Applied Technology Services Sunset Hills, MO     143
Greenville University Logo Greenville University Greenville, IL
5/5
17 : 1 1,092
Fontbonne University Logo Fontbonne University Saint Louis, MO
5/5
19 : 1 1,199
Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Logo Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Edwardsville, IL
3/5
21 : 1 13,061
Stevens-The Institute of Business & Arts Logo Stevens-The Institute of Business & Arts Saint Louis, MO
3/5
41 : 1 122
American Trade School Logo American Trade School Saint Ann, MO   19 : 1 115
Missouri Baptist University Logo Missouri Baptist University Saint Louis, MO
5/5
79 : 1 5,309
Saint Louis Christian College Logo Saint Louis Christian College Florissant, MO
3/5
16 : 1 79
Chamberlain University-Missouri Logo Chamberlain University-Missouri St. Louis, MO
4/5
37 : 1 523
Evolve Beauty Academy Logo Evolve Beauty Academy Washing, MO     24
Lutheran School of Nursing Logo Lutheran School of Nursing Saint Louis, MO
3/5
  164
Lindenwood University Logo Lindenwood University Saint Charles, MO
4/5
33 : 1 8,392
Four Rivers Career Center Logo Four Rivers Career Center Washington, MO
4/5
  35
Grabber School of Hair Design Logo Grabber School of Hair Design St. Louis, MO     188