Missouri is dedicated to higher education. In the state’s Blueprint for Higher Education, Missouri vows to become a top ten state for investment research, rank among the ten most affordable states for a degree or certificate, and increase the number of working-age adults who hold postsecondary credentials to 60 percent, all by 2025. This guide presents various lists and rankings of the most affordable schools, popular areas to attend college and resources to help students interested in earning a degree in Missouri. Read on to learn more about Missouri colleges and universities.

Missouri College Leaderboard: 2017 Rankings

Missouri Missouri

Let’s be honest: it is very easy to become overwhelmed by the vast number of Missouri colleges available to aspiring students. To help make things easier, we have ranked Missouri colleges based on a variety of important characteristics, such as cost of attendance, availability of financial aid, and graduation rates. Students can use these rankings list as the basis of their college search.

Rank School Name Score Tuition Fees Alumni Earnings Student/Teacher Ratio Gift Financial AidGraduation Rate Acceptance Rate # Online Programs # Total Programs Placement Services Credit for Experience
1
State Fair Community College
99.84
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$29,200
17:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
14%
21% N/A 17 50 Yes Yes
2
Crowder College
99.76
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$26,500
15:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
18%
22% N/A 10 54 Yes Yes
3
Jefferson College
99.18
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$28,900
19:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
12%
24% N/A 3 51 Yes Yes
4
East Central College
98.86
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$26,700
19:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
6%
17% N/A 0 51 Yes Yes
5
State Technical College of Missouri
98.79
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$36,400
12:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
5%
59% N/A 0 42 Yes No
6
North Central Missouri College
98.56
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$27,700
19:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
21%
30% N/A 20 41 No Yes
7
Moberly Area Community College
98.22
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$27,800
21:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
7%
19% N/A 4 45 Yes Yes
8
Ozarks Technical Community College
98.16
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$27,500
23:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
4%
20% N/A 13 71 Yes Yes
9
Mineral Area College
98.08
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$25,800
23:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
15%
27% N/A 1 56 Yes Yes
10
Three Rivers Community College
97.88
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$26,400
24:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
17%
17% N/A 18 58 Yes No
11
Missouri State University – West Plains
97.39
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$25,400
22:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
29%
27% N/A 0 18 Yes No
12
St Charles Community College
97.30
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$32,000
24:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
4%
19% N/A 0 33 Yes No
13
Lake Career and Technical Center
96.43
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
N/A
7:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
N/A
93% N/A 0 9 Yes No
14
Texas County Technical College
86.00
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
N/A
12:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
N/A
76% N/A 0 7 Yes No
Rank School Name Score Tuition Fees Alumni Earnings Student/Teacher Ratio Gift Financial AidGraduation Rate Acceptance Rate # Online Programs # Total Programs Placement Services Credit for Experience
1
Washington University in St Louis
99.77
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$62,300
8:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
51%
94% 17% 0 170 Yes No
2
Saint Louis University
98.92
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$55,200
12:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
88%
70% 61% 4 119 Yes No
3
Maryville University of Saint Louis
98.78
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$44,500
13:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
97%
70% 72% 4 79 Yes Yes
4
William Jewell College
98.11
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$40,300
10:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
100%
69% 63% 0 51 Yes No
5
Rockhurst University
98.08
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$47,600
12:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
100%
69% 77% 0 37 Yes No
6
Truman State University
97.59
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$42,700
17:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
98%
74% 74% 0 53 Yes No
7
Westminster College
97.25
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$41,500
14:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
97%
70% 66% 0 57 Yes No
8
Webster University
97.10
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$39,400
13:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
94%
64% 72% 23 115 Yes Yes
9
University of Missouri-Columbia
97.02
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$46,000
20:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
62%
71% 78% 15 153 Yes No
10
Missouri University of Science and Technology
96.48
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$65,500
18:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
81%
65% 86% 15 57 Yes No
11
Park University
96.34
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$43,900
12:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
80%
41% 67% 9 71 Yes Yes
12
University of Missouri-Kansas City
95.71
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$43,100
14:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
75%
44% 64% 2 95 Yes Yes
13
Northwest Missouri State University
95.68
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$38,900
24:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
93%
52% 77% 6 98 Yes No
14
Lindenwood University
95.53
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$39,700
13:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
94%
41% 53% 10 117 Yes Yes
15
William Woods University
95.21
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$34,200
10:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
100%
49% 76% 6 37 Yes Yes
16
Avila University
95.11
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$41,600
12:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
98%
43% 52% 2 51 No Yes
17
University of Missouri-St Louis
94.98
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$40,400
17:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
88%
47% 76% 0 74 Yes No
18
Fontbonne University
94.66
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$40,200
11:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
94%
34% 91% 4 54 Yes Yes
19
Missouri State University-Springfield
93.94
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$37,200
20:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
51%
55% 85% 20 154 Yes No
20
University of Central Missouri
93.61
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$36,600
18:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
60%
49% 78% 19 142 Yes Yes
21
Hannibal-LaGrange University
93.46
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$33,900
12:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
84%
51% 61% 4 35 Yes Yes
22
Culver-Stockton College
93.15
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$36,100
15:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
100%
50% 58% 3 33 Yes No
23
Southwest Baptist University
93.01
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$32,800
15:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
94%
54% 62% 1 66 Yes No
24
Central Methodist University-College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
92.92
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$33,400
14:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
100%
50% 61% 0 43 No No
25
College of the Ozarks
92.83
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$31,700
15:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
79%
62% 8% 0 71 Yes No
26
Evangel University
92.75
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$34,000
14:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
88%
46% 65% 2 58 Yes Yes
27
Stephens College
92.70
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$30,700
9:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
99%
56% 54% 4 28 No No
28
Southeast Missouri State University
92.69
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$36,000
22:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
76%
46% 85% 10 102 Yes No
29
Kansas City Art Institute
92.02
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$25,800
9:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
99%
59% 60% 0 14 No Yes
30
Columbia College
91.31
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$37,600
34:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
24%
42% N/A 26 44 Yes Yes
31
Missouri Western State University
90.88
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$32,400
17:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
60%
30% N/A 1 59 Yes Yes
32
Missouri Valley College
90.86
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$33,400
16:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
99%
25% 44% 1 36 Yes No
33
Missouri Baptist University
90.21
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$33,100
20:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
99%
38% 60% 7 58 Yes Yes
34
Calvary University
90.15
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$30,600
7:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
78%
44% 100% 1 17 No Yes
35
Drury University
89.90
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$32,200
19:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
76%
48% 74% 8 77 Yes No
36
Missouri Southern State University
89.52
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$32,800
18:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
51%
33% 96% 11 45 Yes Yes
37
Harris-Stowe State University
88.68
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$27,900
13:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
20%
8% N/A 0 15 Yes No
38
Lincoln University
87.58
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$30,300
17:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
41%
24% N/A 2 50 No Yes
39
Baptist Bible College
86.64
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$29,500
14:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
70%
29% N/A 1 13 No No
40
Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
86.00
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
N/A
17:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
12%
44% 76% 2 10 Yes Yes

Search & Compare Colleges in Missouri

Missouri is home to many great colleges and universities, but that can make it tough to find the perfect fit. From financial considerations to learning styles and everything in between, sometimes students just need to look at very individual factors. The following tool allows students to compare schools side by side by reviewing the criteria that matters to them, like tuition, school type and acceptance rate.

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College Outreach Programs in Missouri

For many individuals, going to college is the most significant event they will have faced up to that point in their young lives. From studying hard in high school to figuring how to pay for college, just getting there takes a lot of effort. Once there, other considerations take center stage, including which major to explore. To assist Missouri students, the state has created several resources; here are some of the best.

Multi-State Collaborative on Military Credit

The MCMC is an alliance of 13 states that developed a plan to make the transition from military life to college life as easy and seamless as possible. There is special emphasis placed on allowing veterans to transfer what they have learned in their military service to their college curriculum. Continuing efforts are underway to make it easier for veterans to obtain a degree, certificate, diploma or other credentials and training so that they may more easily enter the civilian workforce. The MCMC is a very new program, so keep in mind that the rules are not yet set in stone.

Missouri Connections

This free online resource provides students and parents with information to make plans for life after high school. Whether attending college or entering the workforce, students can take part in exercises to help them figure out what they want to do or study, and depending on the student’s plans, find ways to pay for college or professional training. Parents will also find Missouri Connections useful in figuring out ways to support their child’s education or professional plans, both financially and academically.

Show Me to College

This is a statewide program holds events across the state of Missouri at “FAFSA Frenzy” sites. The purpose is to promote financial aid resources to prospective college students and their families. At these FAFSA Frenzy sites, parents and students can learn more about the financial aid process and other ways to pay for college in Missouri. Also attending these events will be teachers, counselors and other financial professionals to help promote access to Missouri’s higher education options.

Cost of College in Missouri

College can be expensive, so finding which school provides the most learning for your education buck is very important. It is important to remember that tuition doesn’t tell the whole story. Another major factor is financial aid, such as how much is available and how easily students can obtain it. The following charts display this information for Missouri schools so that the actual cost of college can be more easily calculated and compared against other states in the nation.

Average Missouri Tuition & Fees at 4-Year Public Colleges

Source: CollegeBoard

% of Missouri Students Receiving Financial Aid

Source: IPEDS

Average Financial Aid Award for Missouri Students

Source: IPEDS

* Institutional aid represents grant and scholarship funds directly awarded by a postsecondary institution.

* Financial aid data represents 4-year public and private nonprofit schools only.

Missouri’s Most Affordable Colleges

The following section represents the six most affordable colleges in Missouri. To create this list, we looked at tuition rates, then factored in the average financial aid award for enrolled students. The resulting values provide a more accurate idea of what a college in Missouri will cost. Then we went a step further and included national average numbers to put Missouri college costs in a larger context.

Average
Annual Net
Price

Cost for students awarded federal financial aid, after school and government aid is deducted. At public colleges, only applies to in-state students.

Missouri College Net Price vs. National Average
MISSOURI $17,155 Average
Annual Net Price
$18,073

Source: College Scorecard
Note: Rankings/data represent 4-year public and private nonprofit schools only.

Best Missouri Colleges for Maximizing Earnings Potential

For colleges in Missouri, one selling point that often goes overlooked is what its alumni are making several years after graduating. One way to figure out if going to a particular school is worth it or not is to evaluate the earning potential of its graduates. These numbers represent how much alumni were making ten years after enrollment.

Annual
Median Earnings
10 Years
After Entering
College

Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.

Missouri Alumni Salaries vs. National Average
MISSOURI $43,035 Annual Median Earnings
10 Years After Entering College
$42,759

Source: College Scorecard
Note: Rankings/data represent 4-year public and private nonprofit schools only.

Colleges in Missouri With Least Student Loan Debt

College debt can be a huge burden to students, especially when that debt means putting big life milestones on hold. Therefore, almost as important as how much graduates can expect to earn is how much graduates have in student debt when they finish school. The following ranking presents the colleges in Missouri where students graduate with the least amount of debt.

Median
Federal Student
Loan Debt After
Graduation

Only for undergraduates who completed college; does not include Parent-PLUS loans.

Missouri College Grad Debt Vs. National Average
MISSOURI $22,074 Median Federal Student
Loan Debt After Graduation
$23,145

Source: College Scorecard
Note: Rankings/data represent 4-year public and private nonprofit schools only.

Missouri Cost of Living: College Expenses Beyond Tuition

Understanding the tuition rate and probable financial aid award is just part of the equation when calculating the actual cost of a particular school. Tuition may be low and financial awards generous, but if the cost of living is high, a “cheap” school may end up being one of the more expensive options. To help students make a more informed decision, we have examined the cost of living in various areas of the state.

area composite index housing groceries utilities transportation health care misc.
Statewide Average 91% 79% 97% 97% 93% 95% 95%
Columbia 96% 88% 96% 107% 90% 102% 101%
Jefferson City 91% 77% 95% 100% 91% 100% 98%
Joplin 87% 70% 90% 118% 92% 91% 88%
Springfield 89% 76% 100% 76% 96% 102% 96%
St. Joseph 94% 89% 95% 97% 97% 88% 97%

Source: The Council for Community and Economic Research

Accreditation for Missouri Colleges

Accreditation has often been a prime consideration for students attending online schools, in order to avoid diploma mills and make sure their degree will mean something. But remember that confirming a school’s accreditation is always important, whether they offer classes online or not. Accreditation ensures that a school meets certain minimum education requirements and that students will graduate with a competitive level of knowledge.

Schools can be accredited at either the school or program level, or both. Most schools in Missouri are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, an independent corporation that accredits schools in Missouri and 18 other states in the North Central Region. Other organizations offer accreditation at the program level. These accreditations ensure the program is on a par with other programs in the field. Here are a few examples:

Popular College Cities in Missouri

Columbia

Columbia is a quintessential college town, with the University of Missouri being the single biggest claim to fame. In fact, Columbia ranks 11th in USA Today's list of 25 best small college towns. Even for those not pursuing higher education, Columbia stills ranks as an amazing place to live - thestreet.com ranked Columbia as the 3rd best college town to live in. But there's more to Columbia than just the school. Things to do include visiting a museum or art gallery, enjoying the county fair or going on a microbrewery taste adventure.

College Name School Type Annual Net Price Annual Median Earnings
10 Years After College

Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.

ColumbiaUniversity of Missouri Public $16,940 $46,000
The University of Missouri was the first university west of the Mississippi River when it was established in 1839. Over 300 degrees and certificates are available, with over 80 degrees offered online. Programs include academic areas such as law, engineering (the school boasts the most powerful university nuclear research reactor), medicine, journalism and music. Providing so many learning options comes as no surprise given Mizzou's enrollment size of over 35,000 students.
ColumbiaColumbia College Private for-profit $3,459 N/A
Established in 1851, Columbia College focuses on providing a high quality liberal arts and science curriculum. As a private school, emphasis is placed on small class sizes and high-quality, intensive learning experiences. The main campus is in Columbia and supports about 3,000 students, but there are dozens of campuses located all over the United States. Columbia College offers a total of 10 associate degrees, 59 bachelor's degrees and four master's degrees, of which 29 degrees are offered online.
ColumbiaStephens College Private not-for-profit $23,175 $30,700
An all women's school consisting of about 65
Springfield

Springfield was incorporated in 1838 and serves as an ideal college town, given the many schools that call the city home. Each year approximately 50,000 students choose to attend a college or university in Springfield. Besides being a great college town, Springfield hosts a variety of activities, such as museums, wineries, great shopping, theatres and salons. The area is widely known for its availability of outdoor activities, especially in the Ozarks.

College Name School Type Annual Net Price Annual Median Earnings
10 Years After College

Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.

SpringfieldDrury University Private not-for-profit $23,726 $32,200
Drury University is a private liberal arts college founded in 1873. The Springfield Campus sits on about 90 acres and educates 3,600 students. As a private school, the student-to-faculty ratio is an ideal 10:1, with an average class size of 18 students. Academic offerings include 46 majors and 39 minors.
SpringfieldOzarks Technical Community College Public $8,091 $27,500
Founded in 1990, OTCC provides a wide range of course offerings in both degree and non-degree tracks. Academic offerings include criminal justice, chemistry, business, teaching, computer science and fire science technology. In addition to associate degrees, the curriculum at Ozarks Technical Community College is particularly suited for providing practical job skills and preparing students to transfer to a four-year college or university.
SpringfieldMissouri State University Public $14,817 $37,200
MSU is comprised of four campuses, with its flagship campus located in Springfield. With over 24,000 students, Missouri State University is the second largest university in the state. There are six academic colleges, one graduate college and the school of agriculture. MSU's g

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Missouri College Student Resources

The state of Missouri has several online resources available to help college students. The following list is specific to Missouri and covers numerous key topics, from paying for college to learning about higher education options and workforce initiatives.

Jobs.mo.gov

This government resources website aids those searching for a job, as well as Missouri employers looking to hire.

Missouri Department of Higher Education

The Department of Higher Education oversees state efforts to maintain and improve the college and university system in Missouri.

Missouri Scholarship and Loan Foundation

This is a nonprofit organization that helps make higher education more accessible to students by providing scholarships and low-cost loans.

MOHELA

MOHELA is Missouri’s higher education loan authority. In addition to servicing many of the student loans for Missouri students, MOHELA also provides information to help manage student debt by lowering and streamlining payments.

MOST

This is Missouri’s 529 college savings plan. With the plan, students, parents and other individuals can save for college through certain investment vehicles that have special tax benefits.

St. Louis Graduates

Organizations in this program work together to make college more accessible to students, especially in the St. Louis region.