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.

MU is one of only six public universities that houses a law school, medical school, and a veterinary medicine school all on the same campus. In Missouri, MU is the designated land-grant university (along with Lincoln University), the largest public research institution, and the only university that is both a member of the Association of American Universities and designated as a “Doctoral/Research Extensive” university by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Only 34 universities in the nation have both such designations. The University of Missouri Research Reactor Center is located in the MU Research Park and is the largest university research reactor in the U.S.

As Missouri’s flagship university, MU has 20 schools and colleges and more than 280 degree programs — including 40 online options — to help students reach their career and personal goals.

MU is highly ranked in quality and value by U.S. News & World Report, The Fiske Guide to Colleges, Barron’s Best Buys in College Education and numerous other college guides.

MU’s Campus Writing Program and learning communities were listed in U.S. News & World Report’s 2009 “America’s Best Colleges” issue as excellent programs leading to student success.

The National Science Foundation has recognized MU as one of the top 10 universities in the country for successfully integrating research into undergraduate education.

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Mizzou through a Student’s Eyes - Tour around Mizzou with a beautiful photo set of Hai Nguyen - a Vietnamese Tigers.

(Photos credits to Hai T. Nguyen)