What are University of Missouri - Columbia's admission requirements? While there are a lot of pieces that go into a college application, you should focus on only a few critical things:
- GPA requirements
- Testing requirements, including SAT and ACT requirements
- Application requirements
In this guide we'll cover what you need to get into University of Missouri - Columbia and build a strong application.
School location: Columbia, MO
If you want to get in, the first thing to look at is the acceptance rate. This tells you how competitive the school is and how serious their requirements are.
The acceptance rate at University of Missouri - Columbia is 77.8%. For every 100 applicants, 78 are admitted.
This means the school is
lightly selective. The school will have their expected requirements for GPA and SAT/ACT scores. If you meet their requirements, you're almost certain to get an offer of admission. But if you don't meet University of Missouri - Columbia's requirements, you'll be one of the unlucky few people who gets rejected.
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University of Missouri - Columbia GPA Requirements
Many schools specify a minimum GPA requirement, but this is often just the bare minimum to submit an application without immediately getting rejected.
The GPA requirement that really matters is the GPA you need for a real chance of getting in. For this, we look at the school's average GPA for its current students.
The average GPA at University of Missouri - Columbia is 3.52.
(Most schools use a weighted GPA out of 4.0, though some report an unweighted GPA.
This school did not officially report its average GPA, but we've estimated it here using data from over 1,000 schools.)
With a GPA of 3.52, University of Missouri - Columbia
requires you to be around average in your high school class. You'll need a mix of A's and B's, and very few C's. If you have a lower GPA, you can compensate with harder courses like AP or IB classes. This will help boost your weighted GPA and show your ability to take college classes.
If you're currently a junior or senior, your GPA is hard to change in time for college applications. If your GPA is at or below the school average of 3.52, you'll need a higher SAT or ACT score to compensate. This will help you compete effectively against other applicants who have higher GPAs than you.
SAT and ACT Requirements
Each school has different requirements for standardized testing. Most schools require the SAT or ACT, and many also require SAT subject tests.
You must take either the SAT or ACT to submit an application to University of Missouri - Columbia. More importantly, you need to do well to have a strong application.
University of Missouri - Columbia SAT Requirements
Many schools say they have no SAT score cutoff, but the truth is that there is a hidden SAT requirement. This is based on the school's average score.
The average SAT score composite at University of Missouri - Columbia is a 1190 on the 1600 SAT scale.
This score makes University of Missouri - Columbia Competitive for SAT test scores.
University of Missouri - Columbia SAT Score Analysis (New 1600 SAT)
The 25th percentile New SAT score is 1090, and the 75th percentile New SAT score is 1290. In other words, a 1090 on the New SAT places you below average, while a 1290 will move you up to above average.
Here's the breakdown of new SAT scores by section:
|Section||Average||25th Percentile||75th Percentile|
|Reading + Writing||600||560||640|
SAT Score Choice Policy
The Score Choice policy at your school is an important part of your testing strategy.
University of Missouri - Columbia ACT Requirements
Just like for the SAT, University of Missouri - Columbia likely doesn't have a hard ACT cutoff, but if you score too low, your application will get tossed in the trash.
The average ACT score at University of Missouri - Columbia is 26. This score makes University of Missouri - Columbia Moderately Competitive for ACT scores.
The 25th percentile ACT score is 23, and the 75th percentile ACT score is 29.
Even though University of Missouri - Columbia likely says they have no minimum ACT requirement, if you apply with a 23 or below, you'll have a harder time getting in, unless you have something else impressive in your application.
ACT Score Sending Policy
If you're taking the ACT as opposed to the SAT, you have a huge advantage in how you send scores, and this dramatically affects your testing strategy.
Here it is: when you send ACT scores to colleges, you have absolute control over which tests you send. You could take 10 tests, and only send your highest one. This is unlike the SAT, where many schools require you to send all your tests ever taken.
This means that you have more chances than you think to improve your ACT score. To try to aim for the school's ACT requirement of 23 and above, you should try to take the ACT as many times as you can. When you have the final score that you're happy with, you can then send only that score to all your schools.
ACT Superscore Policy
By and large, most colleges do not superscore the ACT. (Superscore means that the school takes your best section scores from all the test dates you submit, and then combines them into the best possible composite score). Thus, most schools will just take your highest ACT score from a single sitting.
We weren't able to find the school's exact ACT policy, which most likely means that it does not Superscore. Regardless, you can choose your single best ACT score to send in to University of Missouri - Columbia, so you should prep until you reach our recommended target ACT score of 23.
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SAT/ACT Writing Section Requirements
Both the SAT and ACT have an optional essay section.
University of Missouri - Columbia considers the SAT Essay/ACT Writing section optional and may not include it as part of their admissions consideration. You don't need to worry too much about Writing for this school, but other schools you're applying to may require it.
SAT Subject Test Requirements
Schools vary in their SAT subject test requirements. Typically, selective schools tend to require them, while most schools in the country do not.
We did not find information that University of Missouri - Columbia requires SAT subject tests, and so most likely it does not. At least 6 months before applying, you should still doublecheck just to make sure, so you have enough time to take the test.
We did more detailed research into this school and found the following information.
If your ACT composite score is 24 or higher, or your SAT Critical Reading and Math subscore total is 1090 or higher, and if you have completed MU's required core curriculum, you will be automatically admitted to Missouri. If you don't meet that threshold, there is also automatic admission based on your class rank and test scores or GPA and test scores. Full tables available at the source link.
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Chances of admission with these scores:
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Every school requires an application with the bare essentials - high school transcript and GPA, application form, and other core information. Many schools, as explained above, also require SAT and ACT scores, as well as letters of recommendation, application essays, and interviews. We'll cover the exact requirements of University of Missouri - Columbia here.
Application Requirements Overview
Essay or Personal Statement
Letters of Recommendation
Fee Waiver Available?
Specific high school curriculum required for freshmen
SAT or ACT
SAT Essay or ACT Writing
SAT Subject Tests
Scores Due in Office
Deadlines and Early Admissions
Admissions Office Information
We did more detailed research into this school's admissions process and found the following information:
There is also trial admission for students who don't meet the admission requirements, which is based on your performance in summer courses.
You will be admitted to the Honors College if you meet any one of the following three criteria:
Learn more about these requirements here.
- An ACT score of 31 (SAT 1360) AND either a top 15 percent class rank OR a high school core GPA of 3.58.
- An ACT score of 30 (SAT 1330) AND either a top 10 percent class rank OR a high school core GPA of 3.74.
- An ACT score of 29 (SAT 1290) AND either a top 5 percent class rank OR a high school core GPA of 3.91.
You will have to fill out a separate application for the Honors College, available here.
Some merit scholarships are awarded automatically, and others are based on an application, which you can learn about here. The scholarship deadline is December 15th, but you have to submit your regular application first. It's recommended you do that by December 1st so you will have time to complete and submit the scholarship application.
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