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We Are Advancing Missouri

Advancing Mo: Every person. Every day.


From health to education—from the arts to agriculture—and everything in between, the University of Missouri System has a unique and important statewide role in Advancing Missouri. Explore the difference the University of Missouri makes in each of Missouri's 114 counties by selecting a county from the adjacent map.

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Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Missouri, as a land-grant university and Missouri’s only public research and doctoral-level institution, is to discover, disseminate, preserve, and apply knowledge. The university promotes learning by its students and lifelong learning by Missouri’s citizens, fosters innovation to support economic development, and advances the health, cultural, and social interests of the people of Missouri, the nation, and the world.


The University of Missouri System is comprised of four campuses (in Columbia, Kansas City, Rolla and St. Louis), a health care enterprise, 10 research parks and incubators, 19 agricultural research stations and a vast network of Small Business & Technology Development Centers and MU Extension offices across the state.


There are more than 75,000 students enrolled in the four-campus University of Missouri System. UM enrolled 50 percent of first-time undergraduate students enrolled in the state’s four-year public institutions and awarded 54 percent of the 28,798 bachelor's or higher degrees awarded by Missouri's four-year public institutions in 2011.


Nearly 8,000 top-quality faculty and researchers work on the campuses of the University of Missouri System.


With more than 31,000 employees, the University of Missouri System was Missouri's 2nd largest employer in 2011. UM employees and retirees residing in the state paid $47.8 million in Missouri state taxes.


More than 234,000 university alumni live in the state, comprising about half of all University of Missouri System alumni around the world.

Economic Development

In fiscal year 2012, the university attracted $312 million in grants and contracts—funded primarily from outside the state but spent within the state—and had $325.5 million in research expenditures. In addition, the university was issued 34 patents and filed 69 new patent applications; created 8 startup companies based on UM technologies; and generated $6.76 million in licensing income.