Some unique, nationally recognized programs allow MU students to customize their learning. Among those are the campus writing program and MU’s many learning communities. Freshman Interest Groups, or FIGs, introduce new students to life at a big university by forming connections. Students in FIGs live in the same residence hall and attend classes together. The model program has produced higher retention rates (88.2 percent) and graduation rates (73.7 percent). After students discover their interests, they move into specialized programs:
Undergraduate research: The National Science Foundation named MU one of the nation’s top 10 universities for undergraduate research opportunities. Endowments such as the Ann Crowe Essig Undergraduate Research Mentorship endowment, provide stipends for student researchers.
Service learning attracts nearly 3,000 MU undergraduates each year. While helping the community, participants build leadership skills and acquire an understanding of need.
Studying abroad expands a student's vision. One in five graduating seniors has gained knowledge of foreign cultures through study abroad. Your gifts help students who might not otherwise afford this life-changing experience.
Stretching from Wall Street to Beijing, Mizzou’s programs become accessible to all students through private gifts.