University of Missouri  Sees Record-Breaking Application Numbers, Makes New $5 Million Investment in Student Success

Outstanding rankings in academics and sports and a boost in marketing initiatives to high school seniors could all be factors in Missouri’s largest university attracting nearly 3,000 more high school applicants compared to 2023. 

As of January, the University of Missouri (Mizzou) received 22,365 applications from high school seniors, beating the previous record of 22,220 applicants set in the fall of 2015, according to the Columbia Missourian

In 2023, Mizzou was ranked the 7th Best Value among flagship universities by U.S. News & World Report and the 13th-best public college for future leaders by Time Magazine. Midwest Living gave the campus a shout-out as a top five Midwest College Campuses That Are Actually Great to Visit recalling, “The whole campus reflects its design as a botanical garden, with 18 gardens including a butterfly garden and lily garden.”

Mizzou also celebrated an outstanding 2023 football season, resulting in five CBS and ESPN broadcasts, a top 10 ranking, and a Cotton Bowl victory over Ohio State. 

Doubling down on its commitment to student success, the University announced through its MizzouForward initiative, it will invest an additional $5 million supporting 75 new student success projects including a diagnostic medical ultrasound laboratory, flight simulator training equipment, and a new tool that will match students seeking research opportunities with faculty needing assistance. 

As one of the world’s leading research institutions, Mizzou announced plans to build a new $24.8 million plant bioscience laboratory at its Columbia, Missouri campus in 2020 and set a record of more than $462 million in research expenditures in fiscal 2023, marking its 10th consecutive year of increases.

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