MU rises among national public universities and best value rankings for second consecutive year

Mizzou jumped 13 spots in best value rankings, remaining No. 1 value among public national universities in neighboring states.

Sept. 13, 2021
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The University of Missouri has the No. 12 best ranked value among all other public universities within the U.S.

The University of Missouri continues to rise in national rankings and is making its mark as a university that gives students a good bang for their buck. In this year’s U.S. News and World Report rankings, MU continued a positive trend moving 13 spots to No. 72 in best value of national universities. Among public national universities, MU ranked No. 12 as a best value and No. 1 among public national universities in neighboring states (Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kentucky and Tennessee.)

Other rankings also were positive as MU moved up two spots to 58 among national public universities and improved to 122 among all universities, continuing its upward trend for the second year in a row.

“MU is on a bold, transformative trajectory, and these new rankings demonstrate the hard work of our faculty and staff to create the best possible environment for learning and research discoveries,” said Mun Choi, president of the university. “We are not resting; we continue to aggressively push forward and improve so that we can ensure our students will be competitive in the global workforce.”

A veteran is honored at the University of Missouri Veterans Day wreath laying ceremony at Memorial Union on Nov. 11, 2019. Mizzou is currently ranked the 73rd most veteran friendly campus in the country, a 13 rank improvement from last year.

Mizzou was also lauded for its veteran friendly campus, moving up 13 spots to No. 73. Two years ago, MU was ranked No. 99 in this category.

“Those who have served our country deserve to have a campus that is welcoming and understands the sacrifices they have made,” said Robert Ross, director of the MU Veterans Center who is a veteran himself. “Many faculty and staff know the challenges associated with transitioning from military service to civilian life and being a college student. We take pride in serving our student veterans and ensuring they know the resources that are available to them on campus.”

To achieve these improved rankings, MU faculty and staff have been working to address areas important to students and parents over the last several months. Only 50% of students who graduate from Mizzou have debt, and those who do incur debt saw their federal student debt load decrease this past year to an average of $21,275.

“When graduates and their families don’t have a heavy burden of debt, it significantly increases their ability to solidify their financial footing quickly and sets them up for success,” said Latha Ramchand, provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs. “We take a lot of pride in our ability to keep tuition and fees low, while preparing our students to be successful in their chosen field. We have seen increases in our retention, graduate and job placements rates, but these are more impactful when the debt burden is reduced as well.”

Last year, the 6-year graduation rate improved to 73%, and the retention rate increased to 89%.

Avs vs the Blues – Game 2

Get your tickets now and join your fellow Mizzou Alumni to watch the St. Louis Blues take on the Colorado Avalanche in Denver for the last time this season.  We have discounted tickets held in both the lower and upper sections, starting as low as $41, and $5 from each ticket will go to the Rocky Mountain Tigers Scholarship Endowment.

We will have a Pre-Game Alumni Event at Club Level of Ball Arena (more details to come).

For more information, contact Mizzou Alumna, Madeline Wolf, with the Avs at madeline.wolf@teamkse or 303.405.1147.

Calling all Tigers to show their spirit with Black and Gold Fridays

MU calls all Tiger fans across the state and world to show their Mizzou pride

A new semester means campus is brimming with Tiger spirit. Now, it’s time to see the whole state and world roar.

The University of Missouri is working to stripe the state black and gold as a part of Black & Gold Fridays. The Mizzou community has been donning the school’s colors on Fridays for years, anticipating game days for 20 sports and more than 550 student athletes. Now, Tiger fans across the state and globe can join in the fun and show some Tiger pride in their corner of Missouri.

Participating is easy. Just put on some black and gold and share the look on social media using #StripeTheState and #MIZ (bonus points for pets)! The new tradition begins Friday, Sept. 3, just in time for College Colors Day.

“We know that Tiger Nation is represented in every corner of our state, across the nation and even to the far reaches of the globe,” MU Athletics Director Desiree Reed-Francois said. “There is something special in coming together every Friday as Tigers everywhere show our collective pride in our state, in our university and in our Mizzou athletic teams. We have great momentum, and when our supporters proudly wear Black & Gold each Friday, there will be no doubt in the strength of Mizzou.”

Past, present and future Tigers can connect online and share their stories about what makes Mizzou special to them. Whether it’s the world-renowned journalism program or the long-held homecoming traditions, there’s a host of attributes of Mizzou that are worth celebrating.

What’s more, being a land-grant institution means the research done on Mizzou’s campus has real-world impacts in communities across the state.

“Here at Mizzou, we thrive off of the sense of community and excellence that comes with being a Tiger,” said Mun Choi, University of Missouri president. “Wearing black and gold statewide reminds us all of that shared bond. No matter our backgrounds, we belong to a legacy of strong and competitive athletics, cutting-edge research and statewide service.”

The Mizzou community is not isolated to just a campus or a single city. That’s why Black & Gold Fridays will allow Tiger fans, no matter where they live, to contribute to the championship culture that is being built at Mizzou.

Need to stock up on Mizzou spirit wear? No problem! The Mizzou Store, located at the MU Student Center, will offer 25% off purchases on Black & Gold Fridays that precede home football games. Because who doesn’t need a new pair of tiger ears?

MU Enrollment Numbers Increase For New School Year

MU welcomed back more students for the 2021-2022 school year with an overall enrollment of 31,121 — an increase of about 1% compared to last year. Despite the pandemic, first day preliminary numbers also showed increases of 1% in enrolled undergraduate students and 1.27% in transfer students.

“I’m thrilled to welcome back our returning and new Tigers to campus, and I’m so proud of the resilience demonstrated by our students and their families over the last 18 months,” said University of Missouri President Mun Choi in a news release.

Although overall enrollment increased, freshman enrollment fell by 4,871 students, a drop of over 9% compared to last year’s freshman enrollment of 5,380 students.

However, MU Spokesperson Christian Basi noted the growth of enrollment in other specific groups. Although minority enrollment stayed even, there was a 4% increase in students who belong to more than one race. There was also an increase of 3% in professional students who belong to the schools of veterinary medicine, law and medicine.

Basi credited the increase of overall enrollment to three factors: a higher retention rate among all levels, an increase in transfer students and an increase in professional students.

“It definitely demonstrates to us that students are staying at Mizzou, and we are pulling in new students who want to go to Mizzou, and they are being successful when they are here,” said Basi.

While returning to more in-person classes this year, MU is requiring masks indoors on campus for unvaccinated individuals and strongly recommending it for those who are vaccinated as well. Regardless of vaccination status, masks are required in classrooms and in work and meeting spaces, and social distancing is highly encouraged.

“Despite the challenges of the pandemic, our enrollment numbers show students still recognize the quality education and superior experience offered here,” said Kim Humphrey, vice provost for Enrollment Management. “Students and families alike understand the value of a degree from MU.”

The average ACT score among freshman at MU also increased to 27, exceeding the averages of Missouri (20.8) and national (20.7) scores.

Official enrollment numbers are to be released in approximately four and a half weeks.

MIZ-Zoom with Mike Kelly

Join us for on evening with The Voice of the Tigers, Mike Kelly, moderated by Mizzou alumnus and CBS4 Sports Anchor, Michael Spencer!

This is a free event with a suggested donation of $10 to the Rocky Mountain Tigers Scholarship Endowment.

Mizzou Alumni Association members who attend will be entered to win an awesome Mizzou themed prize.  Not an MAA member?  Join today to be entered into the drawing.

Log-on details will be sent to registrants prior to the event.

2021 SEC Picnic


Are you excited for Mizzou Football this fall?  Come join the Rocky Mountain Tigers at the annual SEC Picnic and help us kick off football season.  We will be back at Creekside Park in Glendale.

The deadline to purchase tickets was August 15.  If you missed the deadline, we have a few extra tickets available.  Please email us at or click the button below.

Tickets include full BBQ lunch from award-winning and Mizzou alum-founded GQue Barbeque, complimentary beer from Blue Moon (until supplies run out) and Mizzou stadium cup.  Plus, many fun activities with our fellow SEC Alumni, including kickball and flip-cup tournaments, and a piñata for kids.

Please feel free to bring lawn chairs, blankets, park games, drinks or anything else you want for a picnic or tailgate.

Absolutely NO dogs or glass allowed. 

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