2017 Best Colleges in Missouri

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    Washington University in St. Louis

    • Saint Louis, MO
    • 1,322 reviews
    College Sophomore:I love everything about Wash U. The location is amazing, STL has so much to offer. Everyone around is so driven, smart, and kind. The campus, dorms, and food are great. The classes are awesome with exceptional teachers. It can get stressful, but it is so worth it.
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    College Sophomore:You get to network with so many people that will be valuable to you when you are looking for a job. This school is excellent and well-known for it's engineering programs and companies place value on that. The math and science-oriented classes are more difficult than at other schools.
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    St. Louis College of Pharmacy

    • Saint Louis, MO
    • 133 reviews
    College Freshman:Academics are taken very seriously at STLCOP. Everyone is in the accelerated program for Pharmacy. Going to a school with everyone with the same major makes it convenient.
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    Rockhurst University

    • Kansas City, MO
    • 338 reviews
    College Sophomore:I absolutely love Rockhurst! It's an excellent school with a great reputation. The school helps one develop a strong work ethic. I have enjoyed getting involved in it's community and giving back to the public at the same time. The student activities are abundant and the opportunities to make more friends are endless. The only thing i would do over is finding more scholarships prior to enrolling because unfortunately the tuition went up making it a financial strain on my family.
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    Saint Louis University

    • Saint Louis, MO
    • 1,852 reviews
    College Sophomore:I'm not deeply involved in student life. I live off campus now to save money and volunteer at hospitals not associated with the school because they have minimum requirements, but I love the campus and many of the teachers and staff! The staff is always willing to help you, they push you to not only know the answers but to understand and apply the concepts as well, and the school tries to give you a great well rounded education throughout your undergrad.
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    University of Missouri

    • Columbia, MO
    • 2,838 reviews
    College Junior:I'm absolutely in love with the University of Missouri! A couple weeks before leaving for college I was second guessing my choice and thinking that I should go somewhere closer to home but decided to stick with it and ending up falling in love. The distance doesn't bother me at all because I have made the absolute best friends and I have such a great support system I would consider family down here. I switched my major recently and love it! The teachers are fantastic and really care about teaching and making sure you understand what they're teaching.
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    Truman State University

    • Kirksville, MO
    • 910 reviews
    College Sophomore:I enjoy attending Truman. I'm challenged and I have made great friends. I've enjoyed learning all the aspects of my major and I know I'm being prepared for my future career.
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    University of Missouri - Kansas City

    • Kansas City, MO
    • 1,164 reviews
    College Sophomore:While the school itself is not one of the greats academically, I have had an amazing time at school so far. Most of my classes have been interesting and fun, if not a little too easy or not structured well. My experiences are what made my first year at university so great. I have a great, steady set of friends from church, many of whom go to UMKC as well. We hang out during the week, on campus and off, and have bible studies and other things at school. I've met so many interesting people from being here at UMKC. It also gave me the opportunity to work at my first "real" jobs (ones that I had to interview for, and weren't at my grandmother's diner). UMKC may not be an elite school, but I am happy with it.
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    Northwest Missouri State University

    • Maryville, MO
    • 958 reviews
    College Senior:I love that the professors are so willing to help the students. I have never had a teacher who was not willing to meet with me outside of office hours when it fit my schedule better to do so. Most will hold review sessions in the evenings, or even on the weekends. The school is not extremely expensive, but you get a really good education. The campus is beautiful and there is a lot to be apart of. Class sizes (for most) are about 30 students, but even when you are in a lecture hall, the professors are extremely accommodating.
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    Evangel University

    • Springfield, MO
    • 849 reviews
    College Sophomore:Art is great. There isn't a lot of art majors at school; it's close knit. The workload is a lot more than a math class. It is more physical since we have an art project or several to work on on-top of regular classes. The facilities are wonderful, as well as the opportunities.
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    College of the Ozarks

    • Point Lookout, MO
    • 301 reviews
    College Freshman:I love my school because of the student life on campus. We do all sorts of fun stuff like Mudfest, Sadie Hawkins and others that you wouldn't find at other schools.
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    Westminster College - Missouri

    • Fulton, MO
    • 216 reviews
    College Freshman:I would not change anything! This school is the best fit for me! I am glad that this is the only school I applied to, and everyone is friendly which makes everything better!
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    Drury University

    • Springfield, MO
    • 562 reviews
    College Sophomore:The professors are all really great, with very few exceptions. At least the ones who aren't that great are only not great at teaching certain types of learners; they are passionate and knowledgeable about their subject. They always know what they're talking about, it's just sometimes they aren't that great at communicating it. Those are very rare cases. Generally, my learning is exceptional. The curriculum makes sense from a liberal arts standpoint. Recently (fall 2015) they just changed the requirements for G-tags, and eliminated them, so we only need the Drury Foundations and core requirements. This makes it easier for a student to complete their required/gen eds. The registration process for classes is fair for each grade level, which seniors prioritized first then down from there. The workload is very reasonable for most majors, but intensive for architecture and science (biochem, biopsychology, pre-med). This is expected though, as they are intense majors. Students can form study groups on their own, but sometimes subject departments host a study group for that area. Drury is renowned for its business school. We also have a great 5 year architecture program where students can earn a masters of architecture (M.Arch).
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    William Jewell College

    • Liberty, MO
    • 316 reviews
    College Freshman:I think that being a music major is tiring, but it is what I want to do. There are plenty of music professors on campus. Being that we only have about 1,100 students, it is easier to get one on one attention if you are struggling. There is always a challenge.
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    Maryville University

    • Saint Louis, MO
    • 462 reviews
    College Freshman:Maryville is a really wonderful academic school. It is growing, expanding, and developing into a more well-rounded university. We are adding new buildings and new athletic teams. This school is a great place for students to meet new people, get involved with campus life, and also get involved with the community. Maryville emphasizes service work and cancels classes for a day so students can go out in the surrounding area and do service work for those in need. If students are looking for a medium sized university that is constantly evolving and growing to become better and stay ahead of the game, Maryville is definitely a contender in their college search.

    My experience at Maryville has been both incredible and sometimes awful. Maryville has helped me grow as a person and given me opportunities that I wouldn't have been able to have had elsewhere. I have made incredible friends who I can't see myself without. I have become ingrained in the university and taken on roles that I never saw myself in.

    I would choose Maryville again, not only for their freshman direct entry physical therapy program, but for the "homey" feel and welcoming atmosphere that is apparent as soon as one steps foot on campus. Maryville was a good fit for me. It's an isolated campus which is nice sometimes when I want to feel like I'm not in the middle of a big city, but it's close enough to all the action that it's not hard to find something to do.

    Maryville does have its drawbacks. The campus is small, and as we grow, I'm a little leery as to how the size will impact what we need to do to expand. It's also sometimes unfortunate that the campus is so isolated. We are landlocked by highways and unable to walk to a grocery store or gas station without getting in a vehicle. I wish that we would be able to walk to nearby restaurants or grocery stores for ease and convenience. The speed bumps around the campus are also a major downer.
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    University of Missouri - St. Louis

    • Saint Louis, MO
    • 870 reviews
    College Sophomore:The class sizes for gen ed classes can get very big. My gen ed classes were about 200 students and then went to about 50 in my more specific gen ed classes. Professors try to be as accommodating and helpful as possible.
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    Missouri State University

    • Springfield, MO
    • 1,748 reviews
    College Senior:I really enjoy Missorui State University. Overall I have had amazing professors who engage with students and really care about helping their students learn the material. I am business major so I especially like MSU because it has one of the top 10 Business Programs in the U.S.
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    University of Central Missouri

    • Warrensburg, MO
    • 1,033 reviews
    Recent Alumnus:I transferred from SFCC without graduating for the same reason I'm leaving UCM, there's no good program to fit someone who has varied interests. If you have a good solid idea of what you want to do it's a great school.
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    Webster University

    • Saint Louis, MO
    • 912 reviews
    College Senior:The classes are small. Professors know what they are teaching. Lots of international campuses, which provide an opportunity to visit various countries at the end of hybrid courses.
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    Fontbonne University

    • St. Louis, MO
    • 206 reviews
    College Senior:I love the psychology program there. The professors are wonderfully nice and understanding! They make things straightforward and it's just a great major.
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    Central Methodist University

    • Fayette, MO
    • 255 reviews
    College Sophomore:The professor for my field of study are pretty great. They work with you to make sure you succeed. I have had an excellent time with professors at CMU, they truly care to see their students succeed.
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    William Woods University

    • Fulton, MO
    • 373 reviews
    College Junior:The school is a very prestigious school that I do not believe deserves such. The way this school is run truly screws over most of the students. the food is terrible and they do not allow you to not pay for a meal plan. Most buildings are unsafe to live in due to mold. And the Teachers can be very hit and miss. I have had very good memories but none of truly influenced by the school but rather the actions I take and the people I surround myself with.
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    Avila University

    • Kansas City, MO
    • 373 reviews
    College Junior:It's been fine. Not entirely the best experience, but it has certainly been better than high school or elementary school. I have experienced any bullying and I certainly doing better in all of my classes than I did in my earlier school years. It bugs me though about the lack of regular courses for my degree. The school is primarily set up for Education and Nursing majors.
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    Southeast Missouri State University

    • Cape Girardeau, MO
    • 861 reviews
    College Junior:I visited the campus a few days ago and I like it a lot. I feel as though it is a good fit for me. Also I am in need for more financial aid in order to attend the school f my choice
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    Stephens College

    • Columbia, MO
    • 350 reviews
    College Junior:I absolutely love the pet program at this school, and it initially was my deciding factor. However, once I got there, I liked it even more. The students and faculty are all so friendly, and you will be on a first name basis with 95% of them within your first year, or even semester. The dorm life isn't bad, and if you're in community style, maids will come in every day. The security is fantastic, for any worried parents out there. They go above and beyond, and will even come change a flat tire.

    The only negative thing I have to say about Stephens, is that your academic program is really going to depend on your major. Some programs are much stronger than others, so make sure you do your research on that.
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