University of Central Missouri

University of Central Missouri Enrollment and Financial Aid Info

Located in Warrensburg, Missouri, The University of Central Missouri is a 4-year public university that offers a bachelor's degree, post baccalaureate certificate, master's degree, and post-master's certificate. Read about the pros and cons of the school, plus ranking, tuition and admission information.

Is The University of Central Missouri the School For You?

Warrensburg, MO, is home to the University of Central Missouri, with its main campus located southeast of Kansas City. Classes are also offered off-campus in satellite locations around the area to help working students fit school into their schedules. The university began in 1871 as a college. There are 150 programs of study for the university's 11,000+ students. UCM offers all levels of degree programs, including bachelor's and master's as well as certificate, cooperative, doctorate and education specialist degrees. There are 37 graduate programs, ten pre-professional areas and 27 teacher certification disciplines available.


  • Room and board cost is $2,221 lower than the national average
  • Graduation rate is 10 percentage points higher than the national average
  • Offers teacher certification, study abroad, weekend-evening college, ROTC, and remedial services


  • Student-faculty ratio is one point higher than the national average
  • Total cost for in-state students is $719 higher than the national average for 4-year college.

Ranking and School Analysis

The University of Central Missouri's estimated expenses for room and board were $7,094, according to NCES in 2011-2012. U.S. News and World Report reported that the national average for estimated room and board expenses were $9,315 for the 2012-2013 school year. If you are looking for a school that is above average when it comes to graduating its students, the university has a graduation rate of 50%. Central Missouri offers services such as academic and career counseling services, remedial services, ROTC, study abroad, and distance learning opportunities for you to take advantage of on campus.

NCES listed the 2011-2012 student-faculty ratio as 17:1, which is a bit higher than the national average of 16:1. The total estimated cost to attend the University of Central Missouri in 2011-2012 was $18,579 for in-state students and $26,684 for out-of-state students. The College Board listed the national average for estimated total cost as $17,860 for in-state students and $30,911 for out-of-state students. So looking at the cost to attend the university, you can see it's affordable and below the national average.

The colleges that make up the university are the College of Science and Technology, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Harmon College of Business Administration, College of Education, Honors College, College of Health and Human Services. The most popular program for bachelor's and master's degree recipients during 2010-2011 was education, according to NCES.

Getting In & Financial Aid at The University of Central Missouri

You may apply for admission to the university online. Once the application and the associated $30 fee are submitted, ACT or SAT scores should be sent to the University of Central Missouri. Official high school transcripts and some proof of the date of graduation should be sent from the high school to the Admissions Office for review.

You have many financial aid options, including grants, loans, scholarships and employment opportunities. According to Central Missouri, close to 80% of its students are offered aid, adding up to more than $70 million every year in assistance from numerous sources. Over $7 million in scholarships are available to students with demonstrated academic success at the university. Numerous grant programs, such as the Missouri Grant, Gear Up Funds and the Stateline Grant Program, are an option for undergraduate students.

If you are interested in attending Central Missouri, you have a great chance at being admitted. In Fall 2011, the admission rate was 80%, according to NCES. Of those who were admitted, 48% actually enrolled. There were 4,410 applicants who applied for admission in that timeframe.

Application and Tuition Info
Regular Application Deadline (2013) Rolling admissions***
Financial Aid Application Deadline (2013) March 1***
'Admission Notification Date (2013)
August 18***
Application Fee (2013) $30*
Acceptance Rate (2011) 80%*
'Tuition & Fees (2012)
$7,785 for in-state students, $13,890 for out-of-state students*
Average Financial Aid Package (2011) $7,657 for grant or scholarship aid, $6,958 for student loans*
Percent of Students with Need Met (2011) 81%****
Average Student Debt at Graduation (2011) $23,323****
Student Loan Default Rate (2009) 7%*

Life at The University of Central Missouri

If you are looking to have fun in the big city, Kansas City, Missouri, is only 50 short miles away. The student population comes from 44 states, as well as 57 countries. So you will come in contact with a diverse student body from all over the world. All 13 of the residences halls are within a six minute walk from classroom and recreational buildings.

There are more than 255 student organizations, 22 Greek organizations, nine club sports, and 58 intramural sports available for you to participate in at UCM. If you enjoy bowling, there is a bowling alley available as well. The university's athletic programs are known as the Mules for the men and the Jennies for the women. They compete in Division II of the NCAA and are members of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association.

Student Life Info
Campus Setting Rural town*
Student Population (2012) 11,637 (9,466 undergraduate)*
Male-to-Female Student Ratio (2011) 45% to 55%*
% of Full Time Students (2011) 85%*
% of In-state Students (2011) 90%*
% of International Students (2011) 2%*
Retention Rate (YEAR) 73%*
Campus Housing Available Yes*
% of Students Living on Campus 33%***
Number of Libraries 1**
Extracurricular Activities More than 255 student organizations**

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **University of Central Missouri, ***College Board, ****U.S. News and World Report.

Contact Information

  • Address: WDE 1400, Warrensburg, MO 64093
  • Phone Number: 660-543-4111