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About Us / University of Missouri, Columbia History: Founded in 1839 as the first public university west of the Mississippi River, the University of Missouri in Columbia is a member of the most prestigious group of 61 U.S. public and private institutions: the Association of American Universities. Today MU is a $2 billion enterprise with more than 34,000 students and 260,000 alumni worldwide. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifies MU among American universities that provide the most educational opportunities and the highest level of instruction. MU offers more than 300 degree programs through 19 colleges and schools and has the largest research operation of any public university in Missouri. In fact, the National Science Foundation has recognized Mizzou as one of the top 10 universities in the country for integrating research into undergraduate education; MU offers undergraduate research to some students as early as their freshman year.