Companies like Boeing, Brewer Science, Monsanto, Sprint, MasterCard, Procter & Gamble, GKN Aerospace, State Farm, Edward Jones, Emerson Electric, Leggett & Platt, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Pf izer and hundreds of others demand a high caliber work force. And that's where Missouri shines. At any given time, over 400,000 students are enrolled in Missouri's public and private colleges and universities. Many of them are pursuing degrees in science and engineering. With nearly 200 college campuses across the state, students from Missouri and around the world can find the perfect mix of programs and affordability.
The University of Missouri, as the state's land grant institution, is by far the largest with over 64,000 students spread across four campuses. Founded in 1839, "Mizzou" as it's affectionately called, was the first public university west of the Mississippi. Today, MU offers 265 degree programs, including medicine, veterinary medicine and law all on the main campus in Columbia.
Among the private colleges and universities, Washington University in St. Louis stands out with its #12 U.S. News & World Report ranking among national universities. The Washington University medical school is ranked third in the country. With just over 11,000 full-time students, Washington University is among the most selective in the country. This past year, 1,338 freshmen were chosen out of 22,428 applicants. Since the Nobel Prize's inception, Washington University has produced 23 recipients.
The University of Missouri and Washington University are only two of dozens of public and private four year and two year institutions in Missouri. It would be hard to find any location in the state that is more than a half hour from a postsecondary educational institution. And the State of Missouri is making sure those institutions - at least the publicly funded ones - remain state-of-the-art. The Lewis and Clark Discovery Initiative, passed in 2007, is providing millions of dollars for state university capital projects over the next several years.
Missouri's mixed economy has weathered the nation's recent economic storms with remarkable resilience. The state's diversity and central location position Missouri for growth in the new economy. As the nation emerges from its economic migraine, Missouri's mix of strong companies, robust educational assets, low costs and genuine, real people provide just the right ingredients for a dose of real opportunity.For more information:
The Missouri Partnership
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St. Louis, Missouri 63105