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Best Colleges & Universities in Missouri
Top Consensus Ranked Schools 2018

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To identify the Best Colleges in Missouri for 2018 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

WA SL
75.5
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
69
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
82
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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1

Cottey College

cottey college
75.5
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
71
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
80
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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3

College of the Ozarks

Ozarks
67.6
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
67.7
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
67.5
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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4

Truman State University

truman
67.4
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
61.5
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
73.2
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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5

Rockhurst University

Rockhurst University
64.4
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
57
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
71.8
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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6

University of Missouri-Columbia

University of Missouri Columbia
63.4
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
51.2
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
75.6
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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7

Saint Louis University

Saint Louis University
63.1
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
55
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
71.2
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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8

Northwest Missouri State University

Northwest Missouri State University
62.6
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
49.5
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
75.6
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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9

Central Methodist University-College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Central Methodist University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
62.3
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
54
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
70.5
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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10

William Woods University

william wood
61.3
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
48.5
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
74
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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11

Webster University

Webster University
61.1
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
50.7
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
71.5
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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12

Evangel University

Evangel University
60.9
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
46
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
75.8
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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13

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Missouri University Science technology
60.3
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
49
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
71.6
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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13

William Jewell College

William Jewell College
60.3
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
49.5
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
71
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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13

Westminster College (MO)

Westminster College mo
60.3
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
41.5
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
79
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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16

Southeast Missouri State University

Southeast Missouri State
60.2
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
48
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
72.3
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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17

Stephens College

stephens college
59.4
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
48
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
70.8
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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18

Culver-Stockton College

Culver Stockton College
57.4
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
48.5
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
66.3
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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19

Maryville University of Saint Louis

Maryville University Saint Louis
57.3
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
40
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
74.5
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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20

Missouri State University-Springfield

MSU Springfield
56.9
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
41.3
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
72.4
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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21

University of Missouri-St Louis

University of Missouri St Louis
53.7
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
38
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
69.3
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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22

University of Missouri-Kansas City

UMKC
53.5
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
41.2
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
65.8
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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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.