Important Facts


Founded in 1839, the University of Missouri was established in Columbia as the first public university west of the Mississippi River and the first 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, in which students with shared academic interests live in the same residence hall and 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, including the six Ionic Columns adorning Francis Quadrangle, the Memorial Union Tower honoring fallen soldiers and the MU Student Center completed in 2010.
  • 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 more than 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.


With more than 317,000 living alumni, Mizzou’s influence spans the globe. Notable graduates include Grammy Award-winning musician Sheryl Crow, Academy Award-winning actor Chris Cooper, Emmy Award-winning actor Jon Hamm, Peabody Award-winning journalist Jim Lehrer and Cy Young Award-winning pitcher Max Scherzer. Mizzou alumni succeed after graduation: 90.4 percent of MU graduates find successful career outcomes including employment, continued education and military service.

University of Missouri Board of Curators

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

University of Missouri System Administration

Mun Y. Choi, President UM System
Gary R. Allen, Vice President Information Technology and Chief Information Officer
Marsha Fisher, Chief Human Resources Officer
Mark McIntosh, UM Vice President and MU Vice Chancellor for Research, Graduate Studies and Economic Development
Kevin McDonald, UM System Chief Diversity Officer and MU Vice Chancellor for Inclusion, Diversity and Equity
Jeri Doty, Interim Executive Director of Strategic Communications and Marketing
Ryan Rapp, Vice President for Finance, Human Resources 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
Marty Oetting, Interim Chief of Staff
Mark McIntosh, UM Vice President and MU Vice Chancellor for Research, Graduate Studies and Economic Development
Tom Hiles, Vice Chancellor of University Advancement
Kevin McDonald, UM System Chief Diversity Officer and MU Vice Chancellor for Inclusion, Diversity and Equity
Rhonda Gibler, Vice Chancellor for Finance and Chief Financial Officer
Gary Ward, Vice Chancellor for Operations and Student Affairs
Jeni Hart, Associate Vice Chancellor for Graduate Studies and Associate Vice Provost for Advanced Studies
Patty Haberberger, Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services
Todd McCubbin, Associate Vice Chancellor of Alumni Relations and Executive Director, Mizzou Alumni Association
Jeri Doty, Interim Executive Director of Strategic Communications and Marketing
Andy Hayes, Interim Assistant Vice Chancellor for Civil Rights and Title IX
Jim Spain, Interim Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Vacant, Associate Provost
Jim Spain, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies and E Learning
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
Roxanne McDaniel, Interim Dean, Sinclair School of Nursing
Carolyn Henry, Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine
Ann Riley, Acting Director, University Libraries
Clark Peters, Chair, Faculty Council
Christine Kintner, Chair, Staff Advisory Council
Julia Wopata, President, Missouri Students Association
Alek Willsey, President, Graduate Professional Council
Bruce McKinney, President, Mizzou Alumni Association