The University of Missouri-Columbia (MU) was founded in 1839 as the first public university west of the Mississippi River. It is both a major public land-grant institution with a statewide mandate to serve the citizens of Missouri, and the state s largest public research university, overseeing upwards of $389 million in research expenditures each year (62% growth in the last decade), the majority of which comes from federal funding agencies such as the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, the National Institutes of Health, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Its economic impact across the state is significant; MU creates jobs, attracts and fosters an entrepreneurial culture through programs supported by the Kauffman Foundation and others, and its students and faculty generate dozens of patents, invention disclosures, and new technology licenses each year that help to encourage innovation across the state.
MU is the largest and most programmatically diverse of the University of Missouri System s four campuses. Its over 30,000 students work towards completion of over 300 degree and certificate programs enabled by its more than 4,300 full time faculty members and amazing employees. It is home to 11 major research centers and the world s first journalism school. Its designation as a land-grant university allows it unparalleled access and public service state-wide to support the citizens of Missouri. It engages in collaborative activities with industrial, educational, and agricultural partners across Missouri and abroad through its schools and colleges, MU Health Care, its network of Agricultural Research Centers, and its statewide MU Extension program which each year provides outreach to over two million Missourians.