University of Missouri-Columbia

Columbia, MO 65211
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The University of Missouri-Columbia (MU) is a public institution in Columbia, Missouri, serving nearly 16,000 students each year. It was founded in 1839 and is the flagship campus of the University of Missouri System, which includes five campuses throughout the state. MU is one of the top research institutions in the country. The campus is south of downtown Columbia on 1,262 acres of land and includes 23 residence halls. Areas of the campus are part of the historic district. MU is the largest university in the state and operates 11 schools and 7 colleges offering over 300 programs. 

The MU Sinclair School of Nursing offers multiple nursing programs. There are eight nursing programs available at the school, including three BSN options. Students may apply to the BSN, accelerated BSN, or RN to BSN program to earn their bachelor’s degree in nursing. Other options include an MSN program, along with DNP, BSN to DNP, PhD, and BSN to PhD programs. All programs are currently accredited by the CCNE. Students can develop their nursing skills with training at the academic health sciences center and through partnerships with surrounding healthcare facilities. The clinical work begins during the final two years of the traditional BSN program. 

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleMidsize City
Number of Students30,844
Student to Faculty Ratio18:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate87%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 16 187
Master's degree 0 11
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship 2 55
Postbaccalaureate certificate 0 1
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 94%

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Institutional Accreditations
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
01/01/1913 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
04/21/2001 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
04/21/2001 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT1120 to 1350
ACT23 to 29
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Recommended
Secondary school rank Recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $55
Graduates $65

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$282/credit
In State Students$282/credit
Out of State Students$839/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$360/credit
In State Students$360/credit
Out of State Students$986/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $12,690 $12,690 $37,755
ADN 70 $19,740 $19,740 $58,730
BSN 125 $35,250 $35,250 $104,875
FNP 50 $18,000 $18,000 $49,300
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 83% of University of Missouri-Columbia's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 19% $4,168
Other Federal Grant 8% $2,353
State Grant & Scholarships 29% $2,570
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 65% $7,219
Federal Student Loans 43% $5,677
Private Loans 6% $15,525


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$13,234
$30,001 to $48,000$14,032
$48,001 to $75,000$16,745
$75,001 to $110,000$20,200
Over $110,000$23,074

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Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Non-resident alien
Two or more races
Race/ethnicity unknown
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Missouri state board of nursing.
University of Missouri-Columbia
105 Jesse Hall
Columbia, MO 65211

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