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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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