See Our Statewide Reach

What does it mean to advance a state?

bullet  Across the University of Missouri System’s four campuses and health care enterprise, it means educating nearly half of all undergraduates at public four-year institutions in the state as well as the majority of graduate students and professional school students.

bullet  It means preparing Missourians to become active, involved and responsible citizens.

bullet  It means serving our state through quality health care, University Extension and volunteerism.

bullet  It means creating and investing in a culture of innovation and providing infrastructure to spur new jobs, entrepreneurial behavior and economic growth.

bullet  In short, Advancing Missouri is central to the mission of the University of Missouri System.

Please hover over any of the tabs below to learn how the UM System provides teaching, research, service and economic development to the state of Missouri.


Outstanding education is the hallmark of the UM System’s teaching mission to discover, disseminate, preserve and apply knowledge.

arrow  Our four campuses are home to: the world’s first journalism school; one of the world’s top entrepreneurial programs; Popular Science’s No. 1 college lab; and the nation’s largest and most diverse biology conservation program.*

arrow  Since 2001, our annual enrollment has grown by more than 20,500 students—to more than 77,300 students total—the equivalent of adding another campus.

arrow  Our rigorous entrance standards mean we’re educating some of the top students in the state. The 2014 freshman class at our four campuses boasts an average ACT score of 26, compared to a national average of 21.

arrow  Our flagship campus is one of only 34 public universities in the U.S. with membership in the esteemed Association of American Universities.

arrow  Diverse academic areas of study include 125 Ph.D. programs across our four campuses.

* MU’s Missouri School of Journalism, UMKC’s Henry W. Bloch School of Management; Missouri S&T’s Experimental Mine; UMSL’s Whitney R. Harris World Ecology Center



No other organization in this state—public or private—advances Missourians' health in as many ways as the UM System.

arrow  We have the state’s broadest range of health education opportunities, from occupational therapy to optometry; from pharmacy to dentistry; and from nuclear medicine to public health.

arrow  Our vast network of hospitals, clinics and affiliates provides care to people in every Missouri county. Additionally, the Missouri Telehealth Network connects patients in rural and remote areas with expert care through video conferencing technologies.

arrow  More Missouri doctors receive their medical degree from our medical schools than any other university, and our nursing alumni are in every county across the state.

arrow  Our medical research centers and clinical partners provide patients with access to clinical trials, highly specialized care, free health screenings, community clinics and mobile health care units.

arrow  We provided $63 million in uncompensated and charity care in 2014.



The UM System provides a tremendous return on investment to the state by supporting job creation, business consulting and taking faculty innovations to the market.

arrow  Our network of 10 research parks and incubators, and dozens of small business and technology development centers, provides infrastructure to grow new companies.

arrow  We are investing in moving faculty innovations to the marketplace. Last year, the university was issued 53 U.S. patients and filed 83 new U.S. patent applications; created four startup businesses based on UM innovations; and generated $10.8 million in licensing income.

arrow  With almost 32,000 employees in the state, the UM System was the second largest employer in the state in 2013.

arrow  We are a key player in the Midwest’s “Bio-Innovation Belt” of plant and animal sciences research and expertise.

arrow  Faculty, staff and students contribute to the state’s vibrant arts culture, which makes our state a great place to live and work.


Researchers on our four campuses focus on collaborative, cutting-edge research to solve complex problems.

arrow  The UM System performs 96% of all of the research conducted by public universities in Missouri. 

arrow  Our campuses have dozens of research centers and institutes, including those that focus on the life sciences, ocular diseases, public policy and materials engineering.

arrow  The University of Missouri’s four campuses are among the top 30 percent of universities when it comes to licensing revenue generated from research-developed intellectual property, according to a national survey that appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education.*

arrow  We’re the only university system in the country to have three National Institutes of Health centers in comparative medicine.

arrow  The Columbia campus has the most powerful nuclear research reactor on a university campus in America. It is also the nation’s No. 1 producer of radioisotopes for biomedical and medical applications.

*Based on a 2011 report from the Association of University Technology Managers