2022 best colleges in Missouri best-colleges

As the first public university established west of the Mississippi River, the University of Missouri, also known as Mizzou, now stands as the largest university in the state. With a quarter or more of the student population participating in Greek life, students will find a range of parties and social activities to enjoy. Lincoln University, an HBCU, partners with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund to provide financial and professional development support to qualified students. Missouri is also home to one of the oldest pharmacy schools in the nation – the University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis.

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Net cost: The median annual cost of all students that receive any aid. This does not refer to the “sticker price”, the price listed by the college.

Earnings: The median earnings of all bachelor-level students 10 years after enrollment. This includes both students that do and do not graduate, across all majors.

Payback: The amount of time in years it takes to pay off the median net cost by the median earnings. For this calculation, the median earning of high school graduates (in the school’s home state) are deducted from the median earnings.

Degree premium: The difference between the school’s median earnings and the median earnings for all schools in the same state. This is called “Vs. state average” in school profiles below.

Ranking: The payback rate is divided by the degree premium (set as a percentage), the lower the number the higher the rank. (i.e. payback=1, degree premium 20% higher than state school median: 1/120% = .883.

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#1 in Missouri

University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis

Saint Louis, Missouri

Admission rate: 79%

Grad rate: 83%

Net cost: $27,282

Payback: 1.4 Years

Earnings: $121,576

Vs. state average: + $74,256

Economic score: 0.56

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#2 in Missouri

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Rolla, Missouri

Admission rate: 82%

Grad rate: 68%

Net cost: $14,262

Payback: 1.3 Years

Earnings: $80,289

Vs. state average: + $32,969

Economic score: 0.74

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#3 in Missouri

Washington University in St Louis

Saint Louis, Missouri

Admission rate: 17%

Grad rate: 94%

Net cost: $26,869

Payback: 1.9 Years

Earnings: $82,732

Vs. state average: + $35,412

Economic score: 1.08

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#4 in Missouri

University of Missouri-St Louis

Saint Louis, Missouri

Admission rate: 58%

Grad rate: 59%

Net cost: $9,435

Payback: 1.8 Years

Earnings: $48,360

Vs. state average: + $1,040

Economic score: 1.78

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#5 in Missouri

University of Missouri-Columbia

Columbia, Missouri

Admission rate: 82%

Grad rate: 69%

Net cost: $16,001

Payback: 2.2 Years

Earnings: $56,986

Vs. state average: + $9,666

Economic score: 1.80

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#6 in Missouri

Truman State University

Kirksville, Missouri

Admission rate: 73%

Grad rate: 70%

Net cost: $12,462

Payback: 2.0 Years

Earnings: $50,719

Vs. state average: + $3,399

Economic score: 1.87

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#7 in Missouri

Saint Louis University

Saint Louis, Missouri

Admission rate: 56%

Grad rate: 68%

Net cost: $28,188

Payback: 2.8 Years

Earnings: $65,934

Vs. state average: + $18,614

Economic score: 2.01

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#8 in Missouri

University of Missouri-Kansas City

Kansas City, Missouri

Admission rate: 64%

Grad rate: 53%

Net cost: $14,643

Payback: 2.5 Years

Earnings: $52,279

Vs. state average: + $4,959

Economic score: 2.23

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#9 in Missouri

Rockhurst University

Kansas City, Missouri

Admission rate: 73%

Grad rate: 75%

Net cost: $21,116

Payback: 3.1 Years

Earnings: $58,922

Vs. state average: + $11,602

Economic score: 2.51

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#10 in Missouri

Logan University

Chesterfield, Missouri

Admission rate: 85%

Grad rate: 51%

Net cost: $13,518

Payback: 2.7 Years

Earnings: $49,932

Vs. state average: + $2,612

Economic score: 2.57

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#11 in Missouri

Northwest Missouri State University

Maryville, Missouri

Admission rate: 81%

Grad rate: 50%

Net cost: $12,354

Payback: 2.9 Years

Earnings: $43,505

Vs. state average: - $3,815

Economic score: 3.13

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#12 in Missouri

Avila University

Kansas City, Missouri

Admission rate: 42%

Grad rate: 56%

Net cost: $17,048

Payback: 3.2 Years

Earnings: $48,029

Vs. state average: + $709

Economic score: 3.19

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#13 in Missouri

Lindenwood University

Saint Charles, Missouri

Admission rate: 93%

Grad rate: 54%

Net cost: $17,491

Payback: 3.4 Years

Earnings: $47,009

Vs. state average: - $311

Economic score: 3.39

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#14 in Missouri

University of Central Missouri

Warrensburg, Missouri

Admission rate: 64%

Grad rate: 54%

Net cost: $13,677

Payback: 3.2 Years

Earnings: $43,755

Vs. state average: - $3,565

Economic score: 3.49

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#15 in Missouri

Missouri State University-Springfield

Springfield, Missouri

Admission rate: 87%

Grad rate: 57%

Net cost: $16,725

Payback: 3.7 Years

Earnings: $45,589

Vs. state average: - $1,731

Economic score: 3.87

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#16 in Missouri

Fontbonne University

Saint Louis, Missouri

Admission rate: 86%

Grad rate: 62%

Net cost: $15,961

Payback: 3.9 Years

Earnings: $45,217

Vs. state average: - $2,103

Economic score: 4.11

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#17 in Missouri

College of the Ozarks

Point Lookout, Missouri

Admission rate: 15%

Grad rate: 69%

Net cost: $11,349

Payback: 3.4 Years

Earnings: $38,780

Vs. state average: - $8,540

Economic score: 4.17

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#18 in Missouri

Webster University

Saint Louis, Missouri

Admission rate: 54%

Grad rate: 65%

Net cost: $22,768

Payback: 4.3 Years

Earnings: $47,663

Vs. state average: + $343

Economic score: 4.26

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#19 in Missouri

William Jewell College

Liberty, Missouri

Admission rate: 37%

Grad rate: 64%

Net cost: $27,316

Payback: 4.9 Years

Earnings: $52,861

Vs. state average: + $5,541

Economic score: 4.40

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#20 in Missouri

Maryville University of Saint Louis

Saint Louis, Missouri

Admission rate: 95%

Grad rate: 55%

Net cost: $29,064

Payback: 5.1 Years

Earnings: $53,466

Vs. state average: + $6,146

Economic score: 4.53

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