Students Say

At the University of Central Missouri, a top-notch education comes with a very low price tag. “With small class sizes, a tradition of excellence, and affordable tuition, UCM is an excellent choice for those who are looking for the most bang for their buck,” says a satisfied senior. The school offers over 150 undergraduate degree programs and, as at any larger school, student experiences vary by major department. However, most undergraduates are delighted with their decision to attend UCM, noting the surprisingly open and “friendly” demeanor of the school’s faculty and staff.

Overview

Applicants
3,631
Acceptance Rate
84%
Average HS GPA
3.29

GPA Breakdown

22%
Over 3.75
19%
3.50 - 3.74
16%
3.25 - 3.49
15%
3.00 - 3.24
18%
2.50 - 2.99
9%
2.00 - 2.49
1%
1.00 - 1.99

Test Scores

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
20 - 24

Deadlines


Regular
August 18

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating

Overall

Students Say

At the University of Central Missouri, a top-notch education comes with a very low price tag. “With small class sizes, a tradition of excellence, and affordable tuition, UCM is an excellent choice for those who are looking for the most bang for their buck,” says a satisfied senior. The school offers over 150 undergraduate degree programs and, as at any larger school, student experiences vary by major department. However, most undergraduates are delighted with their decision to attend UCM, noting the surprisingly open and “friendly” demeanor of the school’s faculty and staff. You won’t feel like a number at UCM, where professors “know your name, are accessible outside the classroom, and want you to learn something of value in their classes.” The school, which until recently was known as Central Missouri State University, is undergoing a bit of “restructuring” with a new president at the helm. Many students appreciate the changes, but hope the school will also consider building new classrooms and residence facilities. A junior laments, “The residence halls on campus have furnishings from the 50s, 60s, and 70s, which is extremely sad.” At the same time, everyone loves the school’s small, pretty campus, where you can “easily walk anywhere you need to go.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
19:1
Total Faculty
596
with Terminal Degree

328
Men
268
Women
44
Minority

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
23%
Graduate in 5 years
44%
Graduate in 6 years
50%

Majors

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Actuarial Science
  • Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Construction Management
  • Finance, General
  • Financial Planning and Services
  • Hospitality Administration/Management, General
  • Hotel/Motel Administration/Management
  • Management Information Systems and Services, Other
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Tourism and Travel Services Management

  • Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services

  • Printing Management

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science
  • Data Processing and Data Processing Technology/Technician

  • Education

  • Agricultural Teacher Education
  • Art Teacher Education
  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Business Teacher Education
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Education, General
  • Education, Other
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals with Hearing Impairments Including Deafness
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals with Mental Retardation
  • Educational/Instructional Media Design
  • Elementary and Middle School Administration/Principalship
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education
  • French Language Teacher Education
  • Higher Education/Higher Education Administration
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Physics Teacher Education
  • Reading Teacher Education
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Secondary School Administration/Principalship
  • Social Studies Teacher Education
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education
  • Special Education and Teaching, General
  • Speech Teacher Education
  • Superintendency and Educational System Administration
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other
  • Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor
  • Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education

  • Engineering Technologies/Technicians

  • Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering Technology/Technician
  • Architectural Engineering Technology/Technician
  • Automotive Engineering Technology/Technician
  • CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician
  • Construction Engineering Technology/Technician
  • Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician
  • Engineering Technology, General
  • Engineering/Industrial Management
  • Hazardous Materials Management and Waste Technology/Technician
  • Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology/Technician (ACH/ACR/ACHR/HRAC/HVAC/AC Technology)
  • Industrial Safety Technology/Technician
  • Industrial Technology/Technician
  • Manufacturing Technology/Technician
  • Mechanical Engineering Related Technologies/Technicians, Other
  • Occupational Safety and Health Technology/Technician
  • Quality Control and Safety Technologies/Technicians, Other

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • Creative Writing
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Speech and Rhetorical Studies

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

  • Apparel and Textiles, General
  • Apparel and Textiles, Other
  • Child Development
  • Consumer Economics
  • Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General
  • Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services, Other

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
  • Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Dietetics/Dietitian (RD)
  • Family Practice Nurse/Nurse Practitioner
  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
  • Nursing, Other
  • Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)
  • Pre-Dentistry Studies
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
  • Pre-Pharmacy Studies
  • Pre-Veterinary Studies
  • Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other
  • Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist

  • History

  • History, General

  • Legal Professions and Studies

  • Advanced Legal Research/Studies, General (LL.M., M.C.L., M.L.I., M.S.L., J.S.D./S.J.D.)

  • Library Science

  • Library Science/Librarianship

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Gerontology
  • International/Global Studies
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies, Other

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Counseling Psychology
  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Public Administration
  • Social Work

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Corrections
  • Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other
  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
  • Fire Protection and Safety Technology/Technician
  • Fire Protection, Other
  • Forensic Science and Technology
  • Securities Services Administration/Management
  • Security and Loss Prevention Services
  • Security and Protective Services, Other

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Anthropology, Other
  • Economics, General
  • Geography
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Social Sciences, Other
  • Sociology

  • Transportation and Materials Moving

  • Aviation/Airway Management and Operations

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Commercial and Advertising Art
  • Commercial Photography
  • Design and Applied Arts, Other
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Interior Design
  • Music, General
  • Music, Other
  • Photography
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General


Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Prominent Alumni


Dale Carnegie
Pioneer of self-development and author

David Halen
Concert Master, St. Louis Symphony

James Evans
Chemist;inventor of Cheerio's cereal

Dr. Kent King
Mo Commissioner of Education

Carry Nation
Temperance Leader

Academic Rating

Career overview


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
23%
Graduate in 5 years
44%
Graduate in 6 years
50%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$3,183

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$3,200

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,084

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$13,184

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
67%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$3,183

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
No

Direct Lender
Yes

Financial Aid Rating

Overall

Students Say

At University of Central Missouri, most students hail “from a farm or rural town” in the region; however, you’ll also meet students “from a variety of different countries, states, and cities.” “Typical UCM students are friendly, hard-working warm-hearted people from surprisingly diverse backgrounds (for a Midwestern school),” and most hail from “working-class or middle-class families.” Within that framework, however, you’ll find “everything from the classic punk rockers to the kids who wear cowboy boots and hats to class.” UCM’s Office of Diversity continues to focus on promoting multiculturalism on campus, and “there are a lot of international students.” In addition, “there is a large population of non-traditional students and the school goes out of its way to make sure those students have access to all the necessary resources.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
8,970
Out of State
7%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
53

Demographics

56% female
44% male
7% are out of state
80% are full time
20% are part time

Overview

Students Say

UCM makes its home in the little town of Warrensburg, Missouri, situated only 30 minutes from Kansas City. When it comes to recreation, students admit that this small city “doesn’t really offer anything outside of drinking” and partying is a patently popular pursuit. Until recently, students flocked to the many bars and clubs on Pine Street. Today, “Pine Street is pretty much off-limits to underage students,” thanks to a local crackdown on teenage drinking. While some students continue to party on campus, many others like to “watch movies or play games in our dorms, go to the student union bowling alley, or go to the movie theater for fun.” Whether you play intramurals, join a fraternity or sorority, or just hang out in the residence halls, life at UCM is “very laid back and you get to meet a lot of people that you can become friends with quickly.” In fact, many students say their favorite pastime is the simple pleasure of each other’s company. A sophomore relates, “I feel more connected to the people in my dorm and in my classes because we talk, face-to-face, every day. No use for phones and Facebook.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
30%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
86%

Campus Environment
Rural

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Frat Sorority
International Student
Other

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
150
Number of Honor Societies
24

Number of Social Sororities
10
Number of Religious Organizations
14

10% join a fraternity
9% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division II

Men's Sports (Mules)
9 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Bowling
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Soccer
Track Field Outdoor
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Jennies)
7 Sports

Basketball
Bowling
Cross Country
Soccer
Softball
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups: A.B.C., International Students Organization, Multi-Culture Student Organizantion, Community Engagement Office

Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Missouri at Columbia

Sustainability


Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
202

Average Number of PC's per Lab
8

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
No

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple, Dell

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Angie Wohldmann
Asst. Director for New Student Programs

Address
Office of Admissions
Ward Edwards Building 1400
Warrensburg, MO 64093

Phone
660-543-4290

Email
campusvisit@ucmo.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Union Commons
Library
Pertle Springs
Multi-purpose building

Most Popular Places Off Campus
downtown establishments
Community Center
Knob Noster State Park
University 8 Cinemas

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
M - F
9 - 3
660-543-4290

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 9 - 3
Average Length: Varies

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
campusvisit@ucmo.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available

Arrangements

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Old Drum Transportation,Taxis, Greyhound and Kansas City International Airport

Driving Instructions to Campus
50 miles southeast of Kansas City Missouri at the intersection of US highway 50 and MO highway 13

Local Accommodations
Comfort Inn, Holdiday Inn Express, University Conference Center, Days Inn, Super 8 Motel