The University of Missouri was founded in 1839 as the first public university west of the Mississippi River. Enrolling more than 30,000 students—collectively representing every Missouri county, all fifty states, and 120 countries—Mizzou is one of the nation’s premier public universities.
Owing to its exceptional teaching, research, and scholarship, MU is one of only sixty-two public and private U.S. and Canadian universities holding membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities.
Mizzou has more than 300 different degree programs, through eighteen colleges and schools, including the first honors college in the US, the world’s first school of journalism, and is one of only four public universities nationwide with a medical school, a research reactor, veterinary medicine college, and a law school on the same campus. Graduate programs, professional schools, and the discovery of new knowledge through research add unparalleled value to an MU degree.
The university’s nationally prominent faculty bring their discoveries into the classroom, publish more than 1,600 books and scholarly articles each year, and spend over $300 million annually on research.
Mizzou students benefit from hands-on learning, ranking in the top ten universities for undergraduate research and artistry experiences, while also contributing 250,000 hours of community service annually, and taking advantage of a large collection of study abroad programs.
Supporters worldwide invest in MU by making private gifts for scholarships, academic programs, facilities, and life-changing research. Thousands of alumni and supporters participated in the university’s now-accomplished $1.3 billion Mizzou: Our Time to Lead campaign to endow resources for our students’ and MU’s future. Mizzou is one of only thirty schools in the US with a billion+ in endowment support.
A campus renaissance is underway, with new residence halls, renovated academic buildings, a brand new, innovative medicine and health research facility (linking medicine, engineering, and business) and our ongoing commitment to our status as a campus-wide botanic garden and environmental stewards. MU’s 1,262-acre main campus features many university buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places, nearby research farms, an award-winning recreational center, and three hospitals.
University of Missouri Stamps Scholars
The University of Missouri enrolled its first Scholars in 2017. Today, we enroll twenty students in our program, annually, and are the campus’ most engaged and engaging academic program.
Stamps Scholars at the University of Missouri receive an extensive set of benefits: full tuition (in-state or out-of-state), fees, standard room and board, and books.
All Stamps Scholars are members of the prestigious Honors College, and receive, in addition to their scholarship funding, $16,000 over four years to support educational enrichment activities—research, artistry, study abroad, professional conferences, and more.
Stamps Scholars take part in unique co-curricular and extra-curricular programs. These include a guaranteed research placement for at least the first two years, special symposiums, guest speakers, semester trips to centers of research and artistry, study away programs, professional and leadership development workshops, and residential programming. Scholars are required to live on campus and must, for their first three years, live in the Honors Residential Learning Community.
Scholars are assigned a special mentor and advisor and will also work closely with Honors College faculty. As members of the Honors College, all Stamps Scholars enjoy priority registration, the Honors Learning Community, and an additional academic advisor.
Selection Process for the MU Stamps Scholars
Any interested student (recent high school graduate) with a 32 ACT or higher and at least a 3.5 core GPA is invited to apply for the Stamps Scholars program.
Applicants must submit additional essays, a resume, and a detailed explanation of their academic career. After an initial review, we will narrow our applicants don to our top 100 candidates, who will then be asked to submit answers to interview questions via a virtual, asynchronous platform, which is used to choose the top twenty-eight semi-finalists.
Semi-finalists are invited to campus for an interview weekend in February (COVID conditions may alter these plans), where they will be treated to a full campus and Honors College experience, as well as sit for an extended one-hour interview, meet with students and faculty, and participate in several academic and social events.
Those selected as our final recipients are required to participate in a final and deciding synchronous interview with a member of the Stamps Scholars team, before being officially offered a Stamps Scholars spot.
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