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Best Colleges & Universities in Missouri
Top Consensus Ranked Schools 2019

Consensus Ranked Missouri 2019

To identify the Best Colleges in Missouri for 2019 we averaged the latest results from the most respected college ranking systems with thousands of real student review scores from around the web to produce a unique College Consensus rating for each school. You won’t find a more comprehensive ranking of the top colleges and universities in Missouri anywhere. Read more about our rankings methodology and sources at our about page.

1

Washington University in St Louis
Saint Louis, MO

WA SL
81.4
College Consensus
80.5
Publisher Consensus
82.3
Student Consensus
Accessed June, 2019

2

Cottey College
Nevada, MO

cottey college
77.2
College Consensus
70.6
Publisher Consensus
83.8
Student Consensus
Accessed June, 2019

3

College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO

Ozarks
72.8
College Consensus
77.6
Publisher Consensus
67.9
Student Consensus
Accessed June, 2019

4

Truman State University
Kirksville, MO

truman
67.4
College Consensus
61.9
Publisher Consensus
72.9
Student Consensus
Accessed June, 2019

5

Saint Louis University
Saint Louis, MO

Saint Louis University
65.2
College Consensus
58.8
Publisher Consensus
71.6
Student Consensus
Accessed June, 2019

6

Rockhurst University
Kansas City, MO

Rockhurst University
65.2
College Consensus
58.7
Publisher Consensus
71.7
Student Consensus
Accessed June, 2019

7

University of Missouri-Columbia
Columbia, MO

University of Missouri Columbia
63.5
College Consensus
50.6
Publisher Consensus
76.3
Student Consensus
Accessed June, 2019

8

Webster University
Saint Louis, MO

Webster University
63.4
College Consensus
55.3
Publisher Consensus
71.5
Student Consensus
Accessed June, 2019

9

Missouri University of Science and Technology
Rolla, MO

Missouri University Science technology
62.2
College Consensus
52.5
Publisher Consensus
71.9
Student Consensus
Accessed June, 2019

10

William Jewell College
Liberty, MO

William Jewell College
62.1
College Consensus
52.7
Publisher Consensus
71.5
Student Consensus
Accessed June, 2019

11

Central Methodist University-College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Fayette, MO

Central Methodist University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
61.7
College Consensus
52.4
Publisher Consensus
70.9
Student Consensus
Accessed June, 2019

12

Drury University
Springfield, MO

drury campus
61.2
College Consensus
45.9
Publisher Consensus
76.4
Student Consensus
Accessed June, 2019

13

Evangel University
Springfield, MO

Evangel University
60.1
College Consensus
44.9
Publisher Consensus
75.3
Student Consensus
Accessed June, 2019

14

Stephens College
Columbia, MO

stephens college
59.5
College Consensus
48.4
Publisher Consensus
70.7
Student Consensus
Accessed June, 2019

15

University of Missouri-Kansas City
Kansas City, MO

UMKC
59.3
College Consensus
53
Publisher Consensus
65.7
Student Consensus
Accessed June, 2019

16

Culver-Stockton College
Canton, MO

Culver Stockton College
59.2
College Consensus
51.3
Publisher Consensus
67.1
Student Consensus
Accessed June, 2019

17

Northwest Missouri State University
Maryville, MO

Northwest Missouri State University
59
College Consensus
42.4
Publisher Consensus
75.6
Student Consensus
Accessed June, 2019

18

Maryville University of Saint Louis
Saint Louis, MO

Maryville University Saint Louis
58.2
College Consensus
41.8
Publisher Consensus
74.6
Student Consensus
Accessed June, 2019

19

Missouri Baptist University
Saint Louis, MO

missouri baptist
57.8
College Consensus
40.3
Publisher Consensus
75.4
Student Consensus
Accessed June, 2019

20

William Woods University
Fulton, MO

william wood
57.8
College Consensus
43
Publisher Consensus
72.5
Student Consensus
Accessed June, 2019

21

Southeast Missouri State University
Cape Girardeau, MO

Southeast Missouri State
56.6
College Consensus
41
Publisher Consensus
72.3
Student Consensus
Accessed June, 2019

22

Lindenwood University
Saint Charles, MO

lindenwood university
56.5
College Consensus
48.2
Publisher Consensus
64.9
Student Consensus
Accessed June, 2019

23

Missouri State University-Springfield
Springfield, MO

MSU Springfield
56.1
College Consensus
39.9
Publisher Consensus
72.2
Student Consensus
Accessed June, 2019

24

Southwest Baptist University
Bolivar, MO

southwest baptist university
55.1
College Consensus
37.8
Publisher Consensus
72.4
Student Consensus
Accessed June, 2019

25

University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO

university central missouri
55.1
College Consensus
37.9
Publisher Consensus
72.2
Student Consensus
Accessed June, 2019

When Americans pushed the frontier beyond the Mississippi River and into the West – following Horace Greeley’s advice to “Go west, young man” (if he ever actually said it) – Missouri was the door. Pioneers passed through Missouri on their way to California, to Arizona, to Oregon and Washington, and left their culture along the way, while workers and travellers up and down the Mississippi created a bold and transformative stew of influences to build the unique Missouri character.

Slow to trust – it’s not called the “Show Me” State for nothing – but fearless and experimental, Missourians find what works, fix what doesn’t, and make their lives better, and that spirit is cemented in the state’s higher education. Concentrating on the professional and research needs of the state, from medicine to law to STEM to business, Missouri’s best colleges are tuned in to the 21st century and all that Missouri can become. Missouri was America’s Gateway to the West, but Missouri’s top colleges and universities are Missouri’s gateway to the future.

What it Means to be the Best Colleges in Missouri

The best colleges and universities in Missouri make the most of Missouri’s opportunities, from agriculture and engineering to business, education, and government. The University of Missouri has been preparing Missouri’s leaders and scholars longer than any other public university in the West, and Mizzou is one of the prime centers of Missouri life. It’s a model university, one of the best national research universities, and plays a multitude of roles: it’s one of the nation’s best green colleges, a clear indication of the university’s commitment to Missouri’s future. Mizzou also does student life right: it has one of the nation’s best campus rec centers, and one of the best college waterparks in the world.

Missouri is a big state, and a strong network of some of the best public universities in the nation, including Northwest Missouri State, Southeast Missouri State, and Missouri State University, provides affordable and quality career and professional education. Missouri’s state colleges rank among the most affordable colleges in the US, and many of them are counted as some of the best regional universities in the Midwest. These universities, along with Missouri’s other public research university, Missouri S&T, make sure that the people of Missouri are ready for work in the 21st century.

A host of top-notch liberal arts colleges, like Cottey College (one of the best women’s colleges in America), College of the Ozarks, and William Jewell College, keep Missouri’s most accomplished young people steeped in the western tradition. College of the Ozarks, in particular, is one of the most acclaimed schools of its kind: a renowned tuition-free college (as one of the last work colleges in the US), a top-ranked Christian college, and one of College Consensus’ top Underrated Colleges Doing Great Things. With so many great regional institutions, Christian colleges, and liberal arts leaders, Missouri is well equipped to provide future generations of well-educated, ethical, and innovative leaders.

The Best Colleges and Missouri’s Future of Leadership

In recent years, Missouri has seen some economic losses, as some highly-trained workers have been drawn to other Midwestern states. Many leaders in Missouri have pointed to education reform as the key to Missouri’s future, from the primary to the post-secondary level, and there are clear signs that Missouri is ready to build on their long history of higher education. With their investments in technology, professional education, and service, the best colleges in Missouri are are determined that the Show Me State show the world what Missouri can do.