Top Universities in Missouri

By | April 20, 2019

For those interested in studying in Missouri, we have a very useful list. We selected the best Missouri institutions for prospective students. Please know that rankings are based on academic research, alumni reviews, graduation rates, as well as assessment from peer colleges. On the page, you will find major admissions stats such as acceptance rate, tuition fees, average SAT scores for each ranked college or university.

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Rankings Schools
1 Washington University in St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)
Tuition: $43,705
Total enrollment: 13,908
Fall 2011 acceptance rate: 16.5%
Average freshman retention rate: 97%
6-year graduation rate: 93%
Classes with under 20 students: 67.9%
SAT/ACT 25th-75th percentile: 32-34
2 St. Louis University (St. Louis, MO)
Tuition: $35,246
Total enrollment: 14,073
Fall 2011 acceptance rate: 61.3%
Average freshman retention rate: 85%
6-year graduation rate: 71%
Classes with under 20 students: 53.8%
SAT/ACT 25th-75th percentile: 25-30
3 University of Missouri: Columbia (Columbia, MO)
Tuition: in-state: $9,257, out-of-state: $23,366
Total enrollment: 33,805
Fall 2011 acceptance rate: 82.3%
Average freshman retention rate: 85%
6-year graduation rate: 69%
Classes with under 20 students: 44.7%
SAT/ACT 25th-75th percentile: 23-28
4 Missouri University of Science and Technology (Rolla, MO)
Tuition: in-state: $9,350, out-of-state: $23,666
Total enrollment: 7,522
Fall 2011 acceptance rate: 89.8%
Average freshman retention rate: 86%
6-year graduation rate: 67%
Classes with under 20 students: 40.3%
SAT/ACT 25th-75th percentile: 25-31
5 Maryville University of Saint Louis (St Louis, MO)
Tuition: $23,746
Total enrollment: 3,846
Fall 2011 acceptance rate: 67.4%
Average freshman retention rate: 82%
6-year graduation rate: 68%
Classes with under 20 students: 67.0%
SAT/ACT 25th-75th percentile: 23-27
6 University of Missouri: Kansas City (Kansas City, MO)
Tuition: in-state: $9,220, out-of-state: $21,754
Total enrollment: 15,492
Fall 2011 acceptance rate: 69.3%
Average freshman retention rate: 75%
6-year graduation rate: 44%
Classes with under 20 students: 55.0%
SAT/ACT 25th-75th percentile: 20-27
7 University of Missouri: St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)
Tuition: in-state: $9,314, out-of-state: $22,883
Total enrollment: 16,817
Fall 2011 acceptance rate: 69.1%
Average freshman retention rate: 73%
6-year graduation rate: 51%
Classes with under 20 students: 44.8%
SAT/ACT 25th-75th percentile: 21-26


Top Universities in Missouri

Recent History of St. Louis, Missouri

Nevertheless, in 1867, the construction of the bridge began under the direction of the author of his project, James Eads. During the construction of the bridge, Eads used a number of innovations, in particular the cantilever construction scheme and the manufacture of metal structures from alloy steel. In 1874, the St. Louis Bridge (named “Eads Bridge” after its creator) was completed, making it the longest arched bridge in the world at the time. It is interesting that for the purpose of “testing” an elephant was first led across the bridge (it was believed that the instinct would not allow the animal to reach unreliable structures) and only then fourteen locomotives drove over it.

In the last decades of the “centuries of steam”, St. Louis has become the largest industrial, transportation and cultural center of the region. At the plants and factories of the city, beer was brewed and flour was ground, paints were made and bricks were fired, tobacco was processed and cattle were slaughtered, clothes and shoes were sewn. In the eighties of the XIX century, the population of the city exceeded 450,000 people (and in 1900 – about 575,000 people), St. Louis at that time was the fourth largest city ​​in the United States (after New York, Chicago and Philadelphia). In 1892, the city built the ten-story Wainwright Building, which is considered one of the world’s first skyscrapers. Two years later, in 1894, the first passengers were accepted by the then largest railway station in the world, Union Station.

On May 27, 1896, St. Louis was badly damaged by another blow of the elements: a strong tornado passed through the city, about one hundred and forty people died, more than a thousand were injured, about eight thousand buildings were destroyed.

In 1899, St. Louis was chosen to host the 1904 World’s Fair, commemorating the centenary of the United States Purchase of French Louisiana. The Fourth City had a history of holding large exhibitions, since the fifties of the XIX century, agricultural fairs were held annually in St. Louis, but an event of this magnitude was planned for the first time.

For the exhibition, a land plot of about five square kilometers was allocated, on which more than one and a half thousand structures were built. Most of them were originally created as temporary, but some, the most prominent, have survived to this day. Among them, in particular, the “Palace of Arts”, which today houses the St. Louis Art Museum; “University Hall”, part of the Washington University building complex in St. Louis; known as the “Apotheosis of St. Louis” sculpture of King Louis IX of France, in whose honor the city was named, standing near the main entrance to the exhibition and subsequently for decades (before the construction of the famous arch “Gateway to the West”) was the “main” symbol of the city.

The St. Louis World’s Fair opened on April 30 and was open to visitors until December 1, 1904. Sixty-two states and forty-two (of the forty-five that existed at that time) American states presented their expositions on it (except for the USA itself) . The exhibition was visited by almost twenty million people.

One of the events of the World Exhibition was the third Summer Olympic Games that took place from July 1 to November 23. 651 athletes (including six women) from twelve countries participated in competitions in sixteen sports. At that time, the Olympics were not yet as popular and world-famous events as they are today, and the Games in St. Louis were just one of the many entertainment events of the exhibition.