2017 Best Colleges in Missouri

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    Washington University in St. Louis

    • Saint Louis, MO
    • 1,323 reviews
    Freshman:WUSTL is a fantastic university! I first came here because of the prestigious pre-med program, comfy dorms, yummy food, beautiful campus, and great FA. I found all of those here to be true. My experience truly has been an excellent one. Although the academics are undoubtedly challenging, it is equally rewarding.
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    Junior:It's a demanding school. I have ADD and have found , through trial and error that I can manage getting involved in up to 2 campus organizations outside of classwork before my grades begin suffering as a result. It's not uncommon for people to attend 5 to 6 years before graduating with a bachelor's degree, because engineering school isn't easy. There's not much variety with regards to campus dining and dining is located in remote sections of the campus. Students receive university email notifications every so often, 1 or 2 a semester, of female students that are sexually molested on and sometimes off campus in the Rolla area. The professors in higher up degree related classes are great and truly care about students. The gen ed professors for classes like Chem, Calc, Physics, etc range between awesome and couldn't care less about you. It just depends on the instructor you get.
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    St. Louis College of Pharmacy

    • Saint Louis, MO
    • 133 reviews
    College Student:So far at STLCOP, there are good things and bad things like any other school. One of the bigger draw backs is that most people are focused on studies rather then making the most of college. Although, if you come to the school realizing that this is a pharmacy school and you are expected to study and do well to more on. Here you do not have to compete with other students for spots in the professional program so everyone is willing to help each other out if they need it with tutoring or study guides for exams and even getting jobs. So for me the benefits out weigh the drawbacks because even if I went to a different school I would not have done much else besides studying.
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    Rockhurst University

    • Kansas City, MO
    • 339 reviews
    Freshman:The overall experience is great! The professors really care about how you are doing in your classes and will help you with any questions that you have. It's also like a small community and everyone is very accepting. My first year here is the best, I wouldn't have chosen to go anywhere else!
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    Saint Louis University

    • Saint Louis, MO
    • 1,856 reviews
    Freshman:The Jesuit values shine through. Service and being for others is an important characteristic of the school that distinguishes it. Most students are inclusive of diversity and are tolerant and the professors, althiugh not as liberal or diverse, tend to be accepting as well. Academics are acceptable, being best for premed or nursing, business, and aviation. Physics is a small part and is limited, but what is offered is fair. Work load is not extremely demanding, but it's not the easiest either. As for extras, there are plenty of ways for students to be involved in clubs or competitions.
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    University of Missouri

    • Columbia, MO
    • 2,843 reviews
    Freshman:The University of Missouri is a "big" university that still manages to feel a bit small. I can be anywhere on campus within 20 minutes, even though my dorm is the farthest dorm away from everything. My favorite place to study in on the second floor of the student center next to the fireplace. It's quieter than the first floor is, but life is still going on below you, so it's not silent. The food in the dining halls is great and at any given point of the day there is almost always one dining hall open somewhere. Supposedly the food they serve in the places inside the student center is also good, but I haven't gotten a chance to try any of it yet. The Mizzou After Dark events are great, and there's at least one a month to go to. Another good thing are the weekly free movies on Wednesdays, and the $1 movies on the weekends; this semester's line up is great! It includes Doctor Strange, The Edge of Seventeen, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Moana, Hidden Figures, and La La Land.
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    Truman State University

    • Kirksville, MO
    • 914 reviews
    College Junior:Choosing Truman University is the best decision I have ever made were my education and future vision is concerned. The school is highly equipped with adequate and efficient tools and resources necessary for growth, learning and student success. The professors are interested in education and helping students achieve their goals, even when they are struggling. I would definitely pursue my student with this university as they have majors/programs that I am passionately interested in. The university also takes very god care of international students, offering on-going support and making students settle and be comfortable as much as possible!
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    University of Missouri - Kansas City

    • Kansas City, MO
    • 1,165 reviews
    Junior:I am a Junior in the University of Missouri-Kansas City's School of Nursing and Health Studies program. I appreciate the intimate class sizes and have had several dynamic, passionate professors throughout my courses thus far. The instructors are always willing and available to help explain areas that require extensive clarification. Supplemental instruction, something I benefit from, is offered for several courses and they have concrete plans to expand this program. The School of Nursing and Health Studies is affordable, competitive, and hold high expectations for their students. An area that could use some improvement is organization. For example, there is a deadline for clinical requirements and they were not addressed until mid semester this year. Another area of weakness could be communication between faculty and staff. There was a change in the plan of study that a professor let me know about and my academic advisor wasn't aware of the change until I brought it to her attention.
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    Northwest Missouri State University

    • Maryville, MO
    • 959 reviews
    Freshman:I am currently attending Northwest Missouri State University and I enjoy being here. The faculty and staff are all very nice, the professors are helpful and very knowledgeable in their fields, and the students are helpful and fun to be around. The classes are challenging but I enjoy going to them, my animal sciences classes the most. The food could be improved, but it is easy to make smart eating choices while in the cafeteria. I love the library. It is very roomy and has a Starbucks coffee shop in the heart of it which makes everything better! Overall, I do enjoy attending NWMSU and would recommend anyone to come to school here in Maryville.
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    Evangel University

    • Springfield, MO
    • 849 reviews
    Junior:I am currently a Junior at Evangel and would not change one thing about it. I love how personable the professors are and how willing they are to go the extra mile to connect with the students on a personal, academic, and spiritual level. It is so important to me that I have adults in my life that are going to challenge me to be a better, well-rounded person. I am being challenged academically and am excelling in all that I am doing. I wouldn't change one thing about Evangel University and encourage everyone to come here!
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    College of the Ozarks

    • Point Lookout, MO
    • 302 reviews
    College Junior:College of the Ozarks is a wonderful school! I am able to get a Bachelor's Degree by working for it. Otherwise, I would have had to go to a Junior College. My professors truly care. The work load we have at our school is an adequate amount, but we still have plenty of time for our studies. Working at both C of O and my off campus job makes me aim to have efficient time management. Our supervisors here are great as well. They demonstrate Christ-like character, and our professors do as well. I know for a fact that if I needed any kind of help at my school I would have several people lending their hand to me. That is the best feeling to have at a college.
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    Westminster College - Missouri

    • Fulton, MO
    • 215 reviews
    College Sophomore:My overall experience at Westminster College has been wonderful. It is a campus full of historical significance. I feel that the college and all who are staffed at Westminster truly make the walls of the campus feel like home. I always feel challenged by the curriculum and intrigued by what may come next. I feel as though it has reinforced my love of learning and never fails to have a way of intriguing me. The amount of pride expressed by every individual upon the campus, professors, students, and staff alike, is remarkable. I could not be more impressed with the availablitly and willingness to help I receive from my professors. They truly value each student and that student's success as if they were their own child. I could not be more happy with my choice to attend Westminster College. It is always a great day to be a Blue Jay!
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    Drury University

    • Springfield, MO
    • 562 reviews
    Freshman:I have nearly completed my first semester at Drury and I couldn't be happier! Since I'm from California, it's obvious that Missouri is quite a ways from home. Despite the near 1,800 mile difference, I feel much at home here in Springfield. The professors and advisors are wonderful, real genuine people that want nothing more than to help you succeed in life.
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    William Jewell College

    • Liberty, MO
    • 317 reviews
    Freshman:William Jewell College is a great school that is extremely underrated. The academics are comparable to some of the best schools in the nation, the professors are amazing, the connections are really valuable, the facilities are wonderful, and the campus is beautiful. My only complaints are that the hours of the places to get food are inconvenient at times and more students should get involved and try to have fun student life on campus.
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    Maryville University

    • Saint Louis, MO
    • 466 reviews
    Senior:I cannot begin to tell you how amazing my experience at Maryville has been. I used to go to a public state school and mine personally was not helpful nor did the professors care because there were so many of us. At Maryville, professors truly want to see us succeed. My advisor is extremely helpful. I am a senior going into my last semester and I have a job lined up. The alumni connections Maryville has are unmatched. Everyone is so friendly here as well! Parking is FREE. I love this school.
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    University of Missouri - St. Louis

    • Saint Louis, MO
    • 871 reviews
    Sophomore:The Music Education Program is great! I have progressed in my musical training & also has wonderful opportunities to work with current high school students. It has been quite rewarding! UMSL has so much to offer for learning & experience.
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    Missouri State University

    • Springfield, MO
    • 1,751 reviews
    Freshman:Overall Missouri State University is a wonderful university. There is a student organization for everyone! Getting involved is easy too. Also, there are lots of events on campus every week, that more times than not, are free. Sporting events are super fun! The education you receive here at Missouri State University is a great one. The professors truly care about you and your education.
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    University of Central Missouri

    • Warrensburg, MO
    • 1,033 reviews
    College Sophomore:As an interior design student, the art department is amazing. I have learned so much already in only three semesters and cannot wait for the rest of my college years. All of the art/interior design professors truly care about each individual student and his or her success, which I do not believe is available at every college. They are relatable, knowledgeable, and great people. I know I chose the right school. As stressful as it is to get all the projects done, tests prepared for, and other classes taken care of, I would not trade it for a thing, as I know that it is all just building up to my future success. When I first visited the campus as a high school senior, there was a different vibe at UCM than at other colleges that I had visited. There was a more welcoming, inviting, enthusiastic atmosphere that really impressed me, along with the fact that both the art department and the interior design program are nationally accredited.
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    Webster University

    • Saint Louis, MO
    • 916 reviews
    Sophomore:The New Student Orientation from the Department of First Year Experience is a great program and greatly helps students to become acclimated to being in college. The advising process needs greatly revamped! While I am on trac with my degree, I do struggle getting accurate help and information on the next step in my plan of study.
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    Fontbonne University

    • St. Louis, MO
    • 207 reviews
    Junior:I love Fontbonne University! It's a small campus which makes getting around to classes super easy. It also means that everyone knows everyone else, and everyone on campus, staff, faculty, and students are friendly! The buildings are nice and classrooms are comfortable. Fontbonne recently added a new parking lot which helped a lot. Fontbonne also offers a lot of activities and fun events. The only thing I would change is the cost of parking passes. FBU is a private University so tuition is crazy expensive and so are parking passes. I feel like since we already pay a ton in tuition, parking passes should be cheaper, if not free! But overall I'm proud to be a Griffin!
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    Central Methodist University

    • Fayette, MO
    • 256 reviews
    Sophomore:Central Methodist University is located in a small town called Fayette Missouri. The campus is beautiful especially during spring and summer. Each professor is dedicated to the ultimate success of the students, and do whatever possible to make sure that these students understand what they need to do to reach for that success. Although the school is located in a small town, the school holds fun activities such as taking people who sign up to the movies, baseball game, etc. or even ice cream socials and more that keep the people attending CMU involved and always meeting new people. The dorms are nice and provide everything you need to add on to the college experience. The majority of the school are athletes, and the stands are always packed and active when we are supporting each other in hopes of a win for the Eagles! I've enjoyed the students, professor, coaches, and the environment and I'm sure that you will too!
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    William Woods University

    • Fulton, MO
    • 374 reviews
    College Sophomore:My overall experience at William Woods University has been spectacular so far! It's best known for its equestrian programs, but no one bats an eye if you're not involved with horses either. It's very friendly and diverse (I feel like there is a representative of every type of person here, and we all mesh together just fine), and since William Woods is such a small college, the professors have more time to form enriching relationships with students, and no one feels swamped by an overwhelming student population. If I had to do everything all over again I would return to William Woods every time.
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    Avila University

    • Kansas City, MO
    • 374 reviews
    Freshman:Avila is a very great place to be! There's people here from all over the world. It is a smaller university, though. This is beneficial because it gives you more undecided attention and help with or from your instructors, counselors, and mentors. It's also beneficial because it is a way of getting to know your peers better. Also, Avila is a great athlete school so if you're interested in any sport and would like to receive scholarships, it's a perfect fit! Like I stated before, there's people from all over the world here, and most are athletes!
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    Southeast Missouri State University

    • Cape Girardeau, MO
    • 862 reviews
    Freshman:Southeast is a great place to learn. The instructors and all staff are very professional and courteous. The services, such as Learning Assistance Programs, including tutoring, College Success Seminar, Educational Access Programs, Management and Student success are so accomodating. All students are given every opportunity to take advantage of the programs available designed to foster a learning and earning a degree. I absolutely love it!
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    Stephens College

    • Columbia, MO
    • 350 reviews
    Freshman:This school is one of the most amazing communities for strong young women like myself. Everyone there is helpful and understanding. Each professor is personable and easy to talk to. The class sizes makes the college feel more like a small family than a school. All the staff there are welcoming and helpful in anyway they can be. Plus, students can have their dogs on campus.
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