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 four-campus University of Missouri System—a land-grant university and Missouri's only public research and doctoral-level institution—is to discover, disseminate, preserve and apply knowledge. The university facilitates lifelong-learning by its students and 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, 22 agricultural research stations and a vast network of Small Business & Technology Development Centers and MU Extension offices across the state.


There are more than 73,000 students enrolled in the four-campus University of Missouri System—representing approximately 45 percent of all undergraduate students enrolled in the state?s public four-year institutions, approximately 64 percent of the state?s graduate students and the overwhelming majority of professional school students.


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


With more than 28,000 faculty and staff, the University of Missouri System is among Missouri's largest employers. Last year, UM employees and retirees residing in the state paid $46.4 million in Missouri state taxes.


About 230,000 university alumni live in the state, comprising about half of all University of Missouri alumni around the world.

Economic Development

In 2010 the university attracted $318 million in research, funded primarily from outside the state but spent within the state. In 2011, the university was issued 31 patents and filed 58 patent applications; created five startup companies based on UM technologies; and brought in $7.8 million in licensing income.