If you're graduating high school within the next year or so, chances are you're probably looking for a college campus to call your own. Well, you can do all the searching online if you like but the way to really see if you like a school is to do a campus visit in person. Missouri, though largely rural and halfway between both bustling coasts, offers great deals and excellent education at some of the highest ranking schools in the country for education and value.
Washington University - St. Louis
- 14,210 enrolled - Ranked 15th for national universities, Wash U has a wonderful reputation for excellent education. The private university was founded in 1853 and covers a beautiful 169 acres of historic and modern buildings, lush greens and a thriving Greek system. Though the college's tuition is not the cheapest, you're paying for one of the top colleges in the nation with graduate options in several excellent programs for social work, business, medicine, and engineering and applied sciences to name a few.
University of Missouri - Columbia
- 27654 (undergrad) - Set on a sprawling campus of 1,262 acres, MU is a bustling, vibrant campus for passionate people. Students at MU enjoy beautiful grounds with over 40,000 plants, as well as a Museum of Art and Archaeology, not to mention close proximity to downtown Columbia and a thriving restaurant and entertainment scene. There is a wide variety of majors, 280 to be exact, with 70 majors available online. There are also wonderful graduate programs to be explored for those looking into a career in law, medicine, business, and education.
Truman State University - Kirksville
- 5,910 enrolled - Among the top ten for regional schools in the Midwest, Truman State excells in value. The university is recognized as one of the most fairly priced in the country, an excellent value for the education received. Set in a rural town in Northeast Missouri, Truman is little over an hour from the University of Missouri campus in Columbia and four hours from St. Louis. The Kirksville campus, however, is delightfully lovely with a walkable campus, gorgeous gardens, and an incredible Student Union Building and activities board. This beautiful small campus is the perfect size to tour in an afternoon and explore the possibilities.
St. Louis University - St. Louis
- 8,564 (undergrad) - Back to St. Louis, this self-named university has its roots in history, having been established in 1818 before Missouri was even officially declared a state. Though it is a Catholic, Jesuit school, St. Louis University is open to students of all faiths and practices so long as they are looking for a good education. Aside from the many religion-based extracurricular activities and retreats, students may enjoy over 150 organizations and more than 20 fraternities and sororities. The university also has a sister campus in Madrid, Spain, where many students choose to study for semesters or even years abroad.
Westminster College - Fulton
- 944 enrolled - Westminster is a very small, private school with a lot of potential. On the steps of this historic college, Winston Churchill gave his famous "Iron Curtain" speech in 1946, giving the small town of Fulton international attention. Other famous individuals including Ronald Reagan, Mikhail Gorbachev, Harry S. Truman, Gerald Ford, and many others gave historic speeches to follow Churchill as well, making this campus a unique history lesson. Today, students can enjoy a thriving student activities program including a Greek system, over 50 clubs and organizations, and also the National Churchill Museum on campus.
College of the Ozarks - Point Lookout
- 1,433 enrolled - Ranked fourth for regional colleges in the Midwest, College of the Ozarks (or C of O) is a Christian college on Lake Taneycomo in the southwestern part of the state. The rolling green hills and abundance of outdoor activities does not detract from the excellent educational value available at C of O. In fact, 90 percent of students looking to enroll in C of O must first show financial need though once they're accepted, students work on campus to pay off their tuition. They must perform jobs through the many student programs at places like the museum or the student clinic to pay their way. Beyond work, C of O puts on several activities just for fun throughout the year including a Mud Fest and tug-o-war, dances, and more!