Sep 21, 2017


Often referred to as the ‘Show Me State’, Missouri is located in the Midwestern region of the United States and lies close to the center of the country. The state shares borders with Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska. It has a population of 6,044,171, according to 2013 U.S. Census Bureau estimates. Jefferson City is the state capital, while Kansas City is the largest city. Other major cities include St. Louis, Springfield, Independence and Columbia.

MissouriManufacturing is Missouri’s leading economic sector, followed by tourism and services. Major industries include aerospace, transportation equipment, food processing, chemicals, printing/publishing, electrical equipment, light manufacturing, and beer. Missouri leads the country in the production of lead. The state is home to ten Fortune 500 listed companies (2014 rankings). This includes companies like Express Scripts, Emerson Electric, Monsanto, Reinsurance Group of America, and Centene.

The Missouri State Board of Education oversees all public education in the state of Missouri, while the Department of Higher Education has oversight of the University of Missouri System, which is Missouri's statewide public university system. The system includes the University of Missouri, which is nationally ranked among the top 100 universities in the country, according to U.S. News.

Top Reasons to Study in Missouri

  • Employment Prospects: Missouri’s status as a leader in the production of automobiles, planes, barges, railroad cars, and trucks makes it an attractive destination for students looking to study automotive engineering and logistics. Missouri also has a sizeable tourism industry, which provides more the 280,000 jobs and generates nearly $11 billion in tourism-related spending annually.
  • Cost of Living:Missouri's cost of living is lower than the U.S. average.

Featured Colleges and Universities

Below are some of the popular colleges in the state. You can also use our college finder search tool  to find the right college for you based on your preferred area of study.

For a full list of accredited colleges and universities in Missouri, contact the Missouri Department of Higher Education.


College Popular Majors Type of Institution Enrollment
Northwest Missouri State University Business,Physical Sciences,Social Sciences Public >10,000 Request Info
Washington University in St. Louis Biology,Business,Education Private >10,000 Request Info

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