The University of Missouri (also, Mizzou, or MU) is a public, land-grant research university in Columbia, Missouri. It was founded in 1839 as the first public institution of higher education west of the Mississippi River. As the state’s largest university, it enrolled 30,870 students in 2017,offering over 300 degree programs in 20 academic colleges. It is the flagship campus of the University of Missouri System, which also has campuses in Kansas City, Rolla, and St. Louis.
MU is one of the nation’s top research institutions and one of the 34 public universities that are members of the Association of American Universities. There are more than 300,000 MU alumni living worldwide with over one half residing in Missouri. The university was ranked 103rd among national universities in the 2016 U.S. News & World Report rankings.