|University of Missouri Columbia Shuttles|
||If you are fortunate enough to be in a position to choose where you will go to school, a major factor that should be considered and is often overlooked is name recognition and alumni base.|
|About the University of Missouri Columbia
It’s true, alumni tend to stick with alumni and having a fellow alum as the hiring manager for a position you may be interested in could be a major advantage, all other things being equal. Another thing to consider is the region of the country you want to be in. Dollar for Dollar, the Midwestern section of the country offers the best college experience anywhere. One school satisfies both criteria nicely; The University of Missouri, Columbia or Mizzou.
University of Missouri, Columbia is one of the biggest, oldest, most recognizable and best colleges in the United States. An added bonus – the school is located smack dab (Midwestern term) in the middle of the country. It is a public research university in Columbia, Missouri and the main campus is only a couple minutes from the downtown area.
The school was founded in 1839 and is the oldest institutions of higher learning. Mizzou has one of the oldest journalism schools in the world and it invented the tradition of homecoming. With more than 35,000 students and 270,000 alumni, the school’s influence is felt throughout the country and around the world. The school is a member of the Southeast Athletic Conference and competes at the highest level of intercollegiate athletics. Last season, the football team won the eastern division of the SEC and played Alabama for the SEC championship. Notable alumni include Brad Pitt, John Hamm and George C. Scott.
About the Columbia Area
As a college town, Columbia is home to many pubs, pizza shops and fast food restaurants. It is also known for its hard hitting, aggressive journalism and progressive political views. The city is centrally located in the state and is approximately 120 miles from Kansas City and St. Louis. For those who are unfamiliar with the Midwest, the food is ridiculously good and the proportions are ridiculously large, particularly at a barbecue. It is not all beer, football and barbecue though, Columbia has a thriving art and museum scene too, if that is more to your liking.