For an engineering and science based school that has a quirky, unique personality but solid academic programs, the Missouri University of Science and Technology fits the bill.
The Missouri University of Science and Technology, or Missouri S&T, as it’s commonly known, has its roots in mining, having been originally established as the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy in 1870. Like many mining schools, the university evolved into an engineering-focused school and this and other hard science majors are what the school is known for today.
The school is renowned for its hard science programs, and the potential of its graduates to move into high profile work after college. Missouri S&T alumni have made great contributions to science, and being an alumni of the school gives students a connection with scientists working in a wide range of cutting edge programs throughout the U.S.
The university offers about 65 degree paths and offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. Engineering is by far the most popular field of study, with three quarters of Missouri S&T students majoring in an engineering related field. Far behind engineering is the second most popular major at the school, computer science. Other major programs include programs in social science, the arts and business.
With a faculty to student ratio of 15 to 1, students at Missouri S&T can count on lots of individual instruction from teachers.
Missouri S&T has some very impressive rankings by educational publications.
Forbes Magazine ranked Missouri S&T as the number one campus in the Midwest for students seeking a lucrative career. A poll of U.S. guidance counselors ranked the university the No. 12 public school in the country, and the No. 45 school among public and private colleges and universities. Popular Science give the school high marks for its laboratory facilities. U.S. News and World Report ranks the school in its top 100 engineering schools.
The university recently opened the Kummer Design Center, a $2.75 million, 23,000 sq. ft. new home for the university’s design teams. In recent years, design teams from the university have placed highly in solar house design, aero vehicle design and other engineering competitions.
There are many research opportunities on campus, and 60 percent of Missouri S&T students graduate with research experience. The university recently won a $1 million grant to develop high energy lithium batteries.
The Missouri University of Science and Technology is accredited by the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges. The NCA accredits schools in Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. The NCA also accredits schools in the Navajo nation. More than 1,000 colleges are accredited by the NCA.