Important Facts


The University of Missouri was established in Columbia in 1839 as the first public university west of the Mississippi River, and the first public university in Thomas Jefferson’s Louisiana Purchase territory. In 1870 the University of Missouri was approved as a land-grant university under the Morrill Act of 1862. The original mission of land-grant institutions was to make higher education accessible to more people. Gradually that mission has expanded to include research, service and outreach; enabling the state’s citizens to benefit directly from the knowledge gained through university research.  As Missouri’s flagship university, MU continues its historic mission through its emphasis on excellence in teaching, research, service and economic development.


  • Students come from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. The diversity of backgrounds, opinions and lifestyles improves the overall quality of the student experience.
  • The university has more than 27,000 undergraduate students who choose courses from a broad range of academic disciplines.
  • The university also has more than 7,000 graduate and professional students enrolled in more than 90 different degree programs. The professional schools include more than 1,200 students in law, medicine and veterinary medicine.
  • MU is nationally recognized for its Freshman Interest Groups, where students with shared academic interests live in the same residence hall and often attend classes together. These communities provide a strong academic and social foundation for freshmen, as well as increased faculty involvement with students.

The Campus

  • The University of Missouri prides itself on respecting the past while embracing the future. The 1,262-acre Mizzou campus is a testament to that belief. From the six Ionic Columns that adorn Francis Quadrangle to the Memorial Union Tower that honors fallen soldiers to the MU Student Center completed in 2010, every piece of campus represents equally the heart and soul of what it means to be a Tiger.
  • The campus is also a living museum with hundreds of plant species from all over the world that make up the Mizzou Botanic Garden. The garden features over 42,000 plants and invites a stroll through more than 170 years of history as MU was transformed into the global university it is today. National magazines and newspapers consistently rank Columbia, among the top cities in the nation for its excellent quality of life.


There are more than 260,000 living alumni worldwide. Many continue to support the University through membership in the Mizzou Alumni Association.

University of Missouri Board of Curators

Darryl Chatman, St. Louis
Maurice Graham, Clayton
Jamie Farmer, Jefferson City
Jeff Layman, Springfiled
Phil Snowden, Kansas City
David Steelman, Rolla
John R. Phillips, Kansas City

University of Missouri System Administration

Mun Y. Choi, President UM System
Gary R. Allen, Vice President Information Systems and Chief Information Officer
E. Jill Pollock, Interim Vice President for Human Resources
Robert Schwartz, Interim Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Research and Economic Development
Leona Rubin, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Graduate Education
Stephen C. Knorr, Vice President for University Relations
Ryan Rapp, Interim Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer
Steve Graham, Senior Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
Stephen J. Owens, General Counsel
David Russell, Interim Chief of Staff

Leadership of the University of Missouri

Alexander Cartwright, Chancellor
Brian Millner, Interim Chief of Staff
Mark McIntosh, Interim Senior Vice Chancellor for Research, Graduate Studies and Economic Development
Tom Hiles, Vice Chancellor of University Advancement
Kevin McDonald, Vice Chancellor for Inclusion, Diversity and Equity
Rhonda Gibler, Vice Chancellor for Finance and Chief Financial Officer
Gary Ward, Vice Chancellor for Operations and Chief Operating Officer, Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Leona Rubin, Associate Vice Chancellor for Graduate Studies
Patty Haberberger, Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services
Todd McCubbin, Associate Vice Chancellor of Alumni Relations and Executive Director, Mizzou Alumni Association
Jennifer Hollingshead, Interim Vice Chancellor for Marketing and Communications
Ellen Eardley, Assistant Vice Provost/Title IX Administrator
Garnett Stokes, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Christine Holt, Associate Provost
Jim Spain, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies
Marshall Stewart, Vice Chancellor for Extension and Engagement
Pelema Morrice, Vice Provost of Enrollment Management
Jim Scott, Interim Vice Provost for International Programs
Jim Sterk, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics
Christopher R. Daubert, Vice Chancellor for Agriculture and Dean, College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
Pat Okker, Dean, College of Arts and Science
Ajay Vinzé,  Dean, Trulaske College of Business
Katherine Chval, Dean, College of Education
Elizabeth Loboa, Dean, College of Engineering
Kristofer Hagglund, Dean, School of Health Professions
Sandy Rikoon, Dean, College of Human Environmental Sciences
David Kurpius, Dean, School of Journalism
Lyrissa Lidsky, Dean, School of Law
Patrick Delafontaine, Dean, School of Medicine
Judith Fitzgerald Miller, Dean, Sinclair School of Nursing
Barton Wechsler, Dean, Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs
Neil Olson, Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine
Ann Riley, Acting Director, University Libraries
Ben Trachtenberg, Chair, Faculty Council
Christine Kintner, Chair, Staff Advisory Council
Nathan Willett, President, Missouri Students Association
Rachel Bauer, President, Graduate Professional Council
Ted D. Ayres, President, Mizzou Alumni Association