Accredited colleges and universities have had their educational programs and faculty evaluated by an outside agency. Those agencies ensure that the school provides a high-quality education to its students, so to have your degree recognized by employers, it’s critical to attend an accredited institution. Below you’ll find information on higher education in the state and helpful resources on online colleges in Missouri.
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The following agencies accredit schools in Missouri. Keep in mind that these agencies offer institution-wide accreditation, but do not offer program-specific accreditation. To find more information on particular programs, use our subject pages.
- North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission (NCAHLC)
- Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)
- Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET)
- Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools ACICS)
- Council on Occupational Education (COE)
- Distance Education and Training Council (DETC)
- Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS)
Higher Education Links
For more information about higher education in Missouri, as well as information regarding educational legislation and policy, see the Department of Education and associated agencies. You can also use the links below to find general information on the state’s schools.
Picking a school can be a daunting task, especially when considering the sheer number of accredited colleges there are in the state. Our database below can help with narrowing down your options for your specific area. In addition, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most notable accredited online and campus-based schools in the state to help you begin your school search.
Missouri offers a range of choices in public universities, from broad research institutions to schools targeting more specific careers. Learn about a few important institutions below.
University of Missouri– Columbia
Missouri’s largest public university educated 34,704 students during the 2013-2014 school year. The University of Missouri, or Mizzou, is ranked within the top 100 national universities by U.S. News. The school offers students 280 majors, including online options, and 600 different student clubs and organizations. In addition, it has more unconventional perks, such as an on-campus botanical garden. Notable alumni include Richard Kinder, the CEO of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners.
Missouri University of Science and Technology
The Missouri University of Science and Technology may lack Mizzou’s size, but it makes up for it with outstanding technological programs. The school offers 15 different undergraduate engineering programs. Alumni include several NASA astronauts such as Janet Kavandi and Sandra Magnus, as well as Joe Ballard, the former commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Missouri State University
With 20,629 students enrolled for the fall of 2013, Missouri State University has a wide range of bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Undergraduates can choose from almost 100 different majors. For agricultural students, the nearby Journagan Ranch provides hands-on experience. Students also enjoy excellent college advising, since staff members at the school’s advising center participate in the Master Advisor Training Program. Notable alumni include Bob Holden, a former governor of Missouri.
Missouri is home to an impressive number of private schools, several of which rank highly in national ratings. Explore a few of the best schools below.
Webster University, the largest private school in the state, enrolled 18,456 students for the fall of 2013. Originally an all-women’s college, Webster started admitting men in 1962. Though the school directs many of its programs to graduate students, it offers undergraduates both a variety of majors as well as opportunities to study abroad through its global campus network. Undergraduates may also enjoy lauded programs in International Business and Global Journalism.
Washington University in St. Louis
Ranked at No. 57 on Forbes’ list of the nation’s best schools, Washington University in St. Louis enrolled 13,952 students for the 2013-2014 school year. Several of its graduate schools are nationally recognized for excellence, including the George Warren Brown School of Social Work. Wash U boasts 23 Nobel Prize winners among its past and present faculty, highlighting the tradition of academic rigor at the school. In addition, writer and poet T.S. Eliot is a former faculty member.
College of the Ozarks
A much smaller school, the College of the Ozarks enrolled just 1,372 students during the fall of 2013. Among midwestern universities, U.S. News puts the school at No. 10. The college provides a slightly different undergraduate experience by requiring its students to spend 15 hours per week working on campus, which helps to offset the cost of tuition. Students also have the opportunity, through the Patriotic Education Travel Program, to visit international battle sites of historic significance, adding an experiential element to their education.