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You will find below a comprehensive set of information for prospective students including a general introductions to the University of Missouri-Columbia, application process, life in Columbia, sharing from students and alumni, and other questions.

Be sure to check out some related links on the right side that might be helpful for you. Also, don't forget to take a look at how the current students are doing, as well as academic and career support services on campus.

Good luck and see you soon at Mizzou!

Introduction to the University of Missouri-Columbia

The Iconic Columns of MU

The University of Missouri was founded in 1839 in Columbia, MO., as the first public university west of the Mississippi River and the first university in Thomas Jefferson’s Louisiana Purchase territory.

Located in Columbia, Missouri (one of America’s best college towns), Mizzou is an exceptional place, a university where you’ll find more majors, more talented and dedicated teachers and more top-notch facilities — all of which add up to more opportunities to explore, grow and succeed. (Read more)

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Francis Quadrangle

At Mizzou, you’ll benefit from a nationally respected academic power, a diverse learning community and a campus offering unparalleled opportunities inside and outside the classroom. You’ll be joining students from small towns and big cities in Missouri, every state in the United States and 98 countries. And you’ll be studying what you love — including graduate degrees, we offer more than 280 degree programs — at a university uniquely dedicated to your success. (Read more)

For VIED/VEF/Fulbright Scholars

2014 VEF Annual Conference, hosted by MU

Mizzou waives application fees for you. And do you know that MU is one of the five U.S. universities that the Vietnam Ministry of Education encourages VIED fellows to apply? (Read more)

Living in Columbia, MO

Downtown Columbia

Columbia, population 91,000, is located in central Missouri, midway between St. Louis (to the East) and Kansas City (to the West). Columbia is consistently ranked in the national media as one of the country's best places to live because of its excellent schools, abundant parks and recreational opportunities, affordable cost-of-living, low crime rate, and lively arts and entertainment scene.

Columbia has been called the quintessential college town by U.S. News and World Report, and Money magazine, Men’s Journal and MSN.com have all called it one of America’s best places to live. Columbia’s cost of living consistently rates as more affordable than the national average. (Read more)

Frequently-Asked Questions (FAQs)

Here are some common questions we have received. Unable to find your concerns? (Contact us) (Read more)

Want to hear some thoughts from the insiders?

In this section, you can find links to sections where our alumni and current students share their thoughts on the education at MU, integration and some tips, as well as life after graduation. Enjoy and we hope it gives you more confidence to choose Mizzou as the destination for your further education!