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Top Colleges in Missouri

Written by Gabriel Jimenez-Ekman

Gabriel Jimenez-Ekman is a content editor and writer at Scholarships360. He has managed communications and written content for a diverse array of organizations, including a farmer’s market, a concert venue, a student farm, an environmental NGO, and a PR agency. Gabriel graduated from Kenyon College with a degree in sociology.

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Updated: May 7th, 2024

Whether you prefer the bustling urban environment of Kansas City and St. Louis, or the more tranquil atmosphere of colleges in rural areas like Springfield or Warrensburg, there is a Missouri college out there for you. With world-famous schools like Mizzou and WashU and strong educational grants like Bright Flight, Missouri has something for everyone. Check out our list of Missouri colleges below.

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Washington University in St Louis

Saint Louis, MO • Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

Saint Louis, MO

Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

13% acceptance rate
7,713 undergraduate students
93% graduation rate
$27,595 average per year after aid
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Missouri University of Science and Technology

Rolla, MO • Public, Town

Rolla, MO

Public, Town

85% acceptance rate
5,668 undergraduate students
63% graduation rate
$12,682 average per year after aid
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Truman State University

Kirksville, MO • Public, Town

Kirksville, MO

Public, Town

61% acceptance rate
3,318 undergraduate students
72% graduation rate
$11,216 average per year after aid
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Saint Louis University

Saint Louis, MO • Private, Non-Profit, City

Saint Louis, MO

Private, Non-Profit, City

70% acceptance rate
7,277 undergraduate students
80% graduation rate
$27,544 average per year after aid
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University of Missouri-Columbia

Columbia, MO • Public, City

Columbia, MO

Public, City

77% acceptance rate
23,092 undergraduate students
73% graduation rate
$17,899 average per year after aid
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Rockhurst University

Kansas City, MO • Private, Non-Profit, City

Kansas City, MO

Private, Non-Profit, City

67% acceptance rate
1,921 undergraduate students
74% graduation rate
$20,942 average per year after aid
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Ranken Technical College

Saint Louis, MO • Private, Non-Profit, City

Saint Louis, MO

Private, Non-Profit, City

--% acceptance rate
1,820 undergraduate students
65% graduation rate
$13,989 average per year after aid
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Maryville University of Saint Louis

Saint Louis, MO • Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

Saint Louis, MO

Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

92% acceptance rate
5,627 undergraduate students
73% graduation rate
$24,450 average per year after aid
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College of the Ozarks

Point Lookout, MO • Private, Non-Profit, Town

Point Lookout, MO

Private, Non-Profit, Town

21% acceptance rate
1,468 undergraduate students
63% graduation rate
$7,202 average per year after aid
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University of Missouri-St Louis

Saint Louis, MO • Public, Suburb

Saint Louis, MO

Public, Suburb

57% acceptance rate
5,718 undergraduate students
58% graduation rate
$11,462 average per year after aid
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University of Missouri-Kansas City

Kansas City, MO • Public, City

Kansas City, MO

Public, City

76% acceptance rate
6,762 undergraduate students
57% graduation rate
$13,296 average per year after aid
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Cottey College

Nevada, MO • Private, Non-Profit, Town

Nevada, MO

Private, Non-Profit, Town

61% acceptance rate
303 undergraduate students
67% graduation rate
$16,490 average per year after aid
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Ozark Christian College

Joplin, MO • Private, Non-Profit, City

Joplin, MO

Private, Non-Profit, City

98% acceptance rate
555 undergraduate students
66% graduation rate
$17,771 average per year after aid
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Fontbonne University

Saint Louis, MO • Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

Saint Louis, MO

Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

78% acceptance rate
656 undergraduate students
61% graduation rate
$18,111 average per year after aid
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Missouri State University-Springfield

Springfield, MO • Public, City

Springfield, MO

Public, City

94% acceptance rate
14,210 undergraduate students
59% graduation rate
$16,625 average per year after aid
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Southeast Missouri State University

Cape Girardeau, MO • Public, City

Cape Girardeau, MO

Public, City

79% acceptance rate
7,306 undergraduate students
54% graduation rate
$13,321 average per year after aid
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Northwest Missouri State University

Maryville, MO • Public, Town

Maryville, MO

Public, Town

86% acceptance rate
4,760 undergraduate students
52% graduation rate
$13,398 average per year after aid
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University of Central Missouri

Warrensburg, MO • Public, Town

Warrensburg, MO

Public, Town

76% acceptance rate
6,407 undergraduate students
53% graduation rate
$13,953 average per year after aid
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Drury University

Springfield, MO • Private, Non-Profit, City

Springfield, MO

Private, Non-Profit, City

65% acceptance rate
1,340 undergraduate students
60% graduation rate
$18,582 average per year after aid
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Webster University

Saint Louis, MO • Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

Saint Louis, MO

Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

59% acceptance rate
2,327 undergraduate students
57% graduation rate
$23,953 average per year after aid
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We sort colleges on our lists according to their Scholarships360 Top Colleges Index Score. This score is calculated using up-to-date information taken directly from the College Scorecard. Additional information is sourced from the colleges themselves, as well as other publicly available information. If you see an error, feel free to contact us.

State grants in Missouri

Access Missouri:

The Access Missouri financial assistance program helps Missouri students who demonstrate financial need pay their tuition. In order to be eligible, students need to attend a participating institution. Some of the approved schools include universities, technical colleges, and community colleges. 

A+ Scholarship:

For those Missouri students attending certain high schools designated as “A+ schools,” they may be able to win funding for two years of community college or technical college through the A+ Scholarship Program. This is a merit scholarship based on grades, attendance, and tutoring/mentoring. 

Advanced Placement Incentive Grant:

If you are a Missouri student who scored well on your advanced placement (AP) exams in a math or science course, such as Biology, Chemistry, or Statistics, you may be eligible to win money with the Advanced Placement Incentive Grant. In order to be eligible for the one-time grant, students must have scored a three or higher on at least two exams.

Missouri tuition reciprocity agreements 

Missouri is a part of the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC). This organization comes from legislation that made it so 12 midwestern states can work together to provide tuition discounts. Most of these discounts come in the form of providing out-of-state students the opportunity to pay in-state tuition. 

Here are the states in the MHEC:

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Frequently asked questions about colleges in Missouri

What is the hardest college in Missouri to get into?

  The college with the lowest acceptance rate in Missouri is Washington University in St Louis, with only 13% of students being accepted. Though this is a somewhat lower acceptance rate, if this school seems like the right fit for you, it never hurts to apply!

Does Missouri have tuition reciprocity?

Yes! Missouri is a part of the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC), which means if you are a student looking to study out-of-state, you may have the opportunity to study in one of the MHEC’s partner states at a discounted tuition rate.
 

Why should I study in Missouri?

 Beyond the educational opportunities from Missouri’s many universities, studying in Missouri gives you the opportunity to explore cities like St. Louis and Kansas City. Compared to other states in the country, the cost of living is relatively lower, plus tuition reciprocity makes it so that you may be able to receive discounts even as an out-of-state student. If you’re a fan of mountains, the Ozark Mountains are a popular destination for Missouri residents. 
 

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