- Students involved in the Food for the Future initiative will capitalize on MU’s strengths in plant and animal sciences; food safety and biosecurity; local food systems; food and health research; and food-related interests in the arts, humanities and social sciences
- By drawing upon strengths from a wide array of academic and professional areas, including MU’s Reynolds Journalism Institute, the Media of the Future initiative offers students opportunities to solve real problems in novel ways.
- Linking expertise from medical and veterinary medicine fields, as well as public health, the One Health/One Medicine initiative offers students a chance to work on the cutting edge of research at the convergence of human and animal health.
- With faculty from 40 departments teaching courses related to the environment and sustainability, and the Sustain Mizzou student group coordinating sustainability projects, the Sustainable Energy initiative offers students opportunities to learn about and develop new green technologies from biofuels to nuclear power.
New programs will draw upon existing educational strengths:
- Mizzou is the No. 1 college choice for Missouri high school seniors and 25 percent of MU freshmen come from the top 10 percent of their high school classes. The National Science Foundation has recognized MU as one of the top 10 universities in the country for successfully integrating research into undergraduate education.
- Mizzou is home to one of the oldest Honors Colleges in the country, offering the atmosphere of a small private college at a major research university.
- MU is one of only six public universities in the country with medicine, veterinary medicine, law, engineering, and agriculture on one campus.
- The collection of the MU Libraries is the largest in the state.
- MU offers more than 100 Freshman Interest Groups, in which students with shared academic interests live in the same residence halls and attend classes together. These learning communities are national models for providing a strong academic and social foundation and improving retention and graduation rates.
- MU sends more students to study overseas than any other college or university in Missouri, offering more than 400 study abroad programs in 55 countries.
- MU online programs reach adult learners in every state and many international locations, totaling 7,067 enrollments and 970 courses.
- Mizzou’s Graduate School has roughly 7,500 graduate and professional students who are engaged in hands-on research and go on to top-level jobs.
- MU’s Campus Writing Program and learning communities were listed in U.S. News & World Report’s 2009 “America’s Best Colleges” issue as excellent programs leading to student success.