Colleges & Technical Schools

University of Missouri

Founded in 1839, the University of Missouri was the first land grant university west of the Mississippi River.

Other firsts for the university include the world’s first School of Journalism, founded in 1908; Missouri’s first College of Veterinary Medicine, founded in 1946; the first engineering program west of the Mississippi, founded in 1849, and the nation’s first College of Education at a public university, founded in 1868.

Also known as MU and Mizzou, the school is a major land-grant institution and is the state’s largest public research university, conducting millions of dollars in federal research each year. It is one of only 34 public universities (and the only in Missouri) selected for membership in the Association of American Universities. Mizzou offers more than 300 degree programs and is among only five institutions in the country with law, medicine, veterinary medicine and a nuclear research center — the most powerful university research reactor in the country — on one campus. The campus itself is designated a botanic garden, with more than 42,000 plants and trees, and serves as an outdoor laboratory for 10 academic programs. MU also operates a Museum of Art and Archaeology and Museum of Anthropology, both of which are open to the public.

Mizzou has 18 schools and colleges offering 307 degree programs — 85 of them available online.

The university has been nationally recognized by the National Science Foundation as one of the top 10 universities in the country for undergraduate research opportunities. Other accolades include being designated “Research University/Very High” and “Community Engaged” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching; accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission; named a veteran-friendly school by G.I. Jobs, U.S. News and World Report and other national media; the university, the Trulaske College of Business and the College of Education’s graduate program are all listed in the top 50 by the U.S. News and World Report; the Journalism School is consistently a top ranked program by organizations and publications such as the NewsPro-Radio Television Digital News Association, USA Today and College Magazine and the Energy Star CHP Award from the Environmental Protection Agency for significant pollution reduction and energy efficiency.

The University of Missouri is a Division I member of the NCAA and joined the Southeastern Conference in 2012. Since making the switch, the athletic department budget has grown to more than $90 million. The Tigers compete in 18 sports and have achieved notable success in everything from gymnastics and wrestling to football and basketball.

Columbia College

A private, not-for-profit institution that serves about 3,200 students in Columbia with day and evening undergraduate and graduate programs and more than 30,000 students through extended campuses and online. Scott Dalrymple is the president.

Originally founded in 1851 as Christian Female College, the school was the first women’s college west of the Mississippi River to be chartered by a state legislature.

Today, Columbia College is a four-year, coeducational liberal arts and sciences college that prides itself on its faculty, quality educational programs and small class sizes.

The school offers 10 associate degree programs, 59 bachelor’s degree programs and four master’s degree programs in Columbia and at 36 extended campuses in 13 states and Cuba, as well as an online program.

Columbia College has accumulated a number of accolades, including being named to U.S. News and World Report’s list of best online programs for its bachelor’s degree offerings, criminal justice, education and MBA programs and as a “best buy” by for affordability and for its business, criminal justice, MBA and psychology and human services programs. It was named a “college of distinction” by Student Horizons Inc. and was recognized with a “most affordable” award and as the most popular online school in Missouri by Online U.

Columbia College also has received recognition for its service and educational support for veterans. The school made Military Times’ lists of “Best for Vets: Colleges” and “Best for Vets: Business Schools”, was named a top school for military and veteran education by Military Advanced Education and was named to the Military Friendly

Schools list.

Columbia College is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and of the American Midwest Conference. The Cougars compete in 13 sports, including baseball, softball and men’s and women’s basketball, soccer and track and field. The school has earned national titles in volleyball and men’s basketball.

Stephens College

Stephens College has been educating women for more than 180 years.

Founded in 1833 as Columbia Female Academy, Stephens is the second-oldest women’s college in the country and prides itself on its emphasis on leadership.

The school offers 21 undergraduate degree programs and seven graduate and continuing education programs — including the master in strategic leadership and health information administration programs, which are both 100 percent online.

Stephens is also home to the TRYPS Institute — a children and youth theater program — and the Children’s School — a lab school embedded within the teacher education program that educates children from preschool through fifth grade.

Pride points for Stephens include being the only private college in Mid-Missouri to be included in the Princeton Review’s Best 378 colleges; its theater program is rated 11th in the nation by The Princeton Review; its fashion program is ranked 13th in the world by Business of Fashion, London and rated first for long-term investment; consistently ranked among the top regional colleges in the Midwest by U.S. News and World Report; and its master’s program in strategic leadership is ranked No. 2 in the country for quality and affordability by

Stephens is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and is a member of the American Midwest Conference. The Stars compete in eight sports, including basketball, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball and others.

William Woods University

601 Business Loop 70 W.

The coeducational, professions-oriented institution serves more than 1,000 students at its Fulton campus and at a campus in the Parkade Center on the Business Loop

in Columbia.

Central Methodist University

1400 Forum Blvd. or 601 Business Loop 70 W., Suite 216

The private, four-year university was founded in 1854 and educates more than 5,000 students in Fayette, and about 700 students work on their bachelor’s degrees on the Columbia campus. CMU has two Columbia campuses; one in the Forum Shopping Center and another in the Parkade Center in partnership with Moberly Area Community College.

Bryan University

3215 Lemone Industrial Blvd.

A private institution that offers focused, career-based training for students with campuses in Missouri, Arkansas and Kansas. The Columbia campus has been in operation since 2010 and serves about 100 students.

Moberly Area Community College

601 Business Loop 70 W., Suite 216

The two-year college provides day and evening classes to about 5,000 students. The school is based in Moberly but has satellite locations, including a Columbia campus in the Parkade Center on the Business Loop.