10 Best Colleges For Jobs In Missouri For 2019

By Chris Kolmar
Oct. 9, 2019

Find a Job You Really Want In

One of the biggest things that incoming college freshmen consider when they’re thinking about what school to attend is the likelihood that a school will improve their job prospects.

Jobs are hard to come by nowadays, after all, and the everyday expenses of living in a country like America aren’t cheap.

Compared to a lot of other states, Missouri has some unique advantages as far as attending college here goes. There are impressive research universities, quality state schools, and the ability to study majors that will prepare you well for the job market.

All that made us curious — with so many good colleges to attend in MO, which ones, in particular, were most likely to help their graduates land a job? Using data from IPEDS as well as College Scorecard as a baseline, we created this list of some of the best colleges for jobs in Missouri.

The full list can be found further down, but first, here’s a look at the top ten best colleges for jobs in Missouri:

  1. Culver-Stockton College
  2. Truman State University
  3. Saint Louis University
  4. University of Missouri-Columbia
  5. William Jewell College
  6. Northwest Missouri State University
  7. Missouri University of Science and Technology
  8. Missouri Valley College
  9. Rockhurst University
  10. Barnes-Jewish College Goldfarb School of Nursing

If you go to one of these schools, chances are, you’re not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.

But for the rest of you — keep reading and we’ll get to just why these schools have some of the best programs the state of Missouri has to offer.

How We Determined The Best Schools In Missouri For Jobs

Using the College Scorecard Data, we searched for the college in each state with the highest listed job placement ratings, looking specifically at employment levels at year 10 after students have graduated.

We limited the analysis to the 45 public and non-profit, four year institutions colleges in Missouri that offer at least a bachelors degree.

Then, we ranked each college from best to worst on the percentage of graduates with jobs. For the purposes of readability, each school’s rating was then rounded down to the last two decimal places.

The school with the highest percentage of grads with jobs, Culver-Stockton College, earned the distinction of being the ‘Best College For Jobs in Missouri.’

Best Colleges For Getting A Job In Missouri

Rank College Employed
1 Culver-Stockton College 94.39%
2 Truman State University 94.3%
3 Saint Louis University 93.65%
4 University of Missouri-Columbia 93.31%
5 William Jewell College 92.54%
6 Northwest Missouri State University 92.37%
7 Missouri University of Science and Technology 91.99%
8 Missouri Valley College 91.97%
9 Rockhurst University 91.76%
10 Barnes-Jewish College Goldfarb School of Nursing 91.63%
11 Ranken Technical College 91.59%
12 Central Methodist University-College of Graduate and Extended Studies 91.47%
13 Central Methodist University-College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 91.47%
14 Washington University in St Louis 91.45%
15 Lindenwood University 91.25%
16 Maryville University of Saint Louis 91.2%
17 Stephens College 90.66%
18 Missouri State University-Springfield 90.48%
19 Avila University 90.14%
20 Fontbonne University 90.11%
21 William Woods University 89.68%
22 University of Central Missouri 89.5%
23 Missouri Western State University 89.48%
24 Southeast Missouri State University 88.96%
25 University of Missouri-St Louis 88.76%
26 Missouri Baptist University 88.66%
27 University of Missouri-Kansas City 88.52%
28 Webster University 88.51%
29 Lincoln University 88.49%
30 College of the Ozarks 87.88%
31 Evangel University 87.78%
32 Park University 86.94%
33 Cox College 86.73%
34 Hannibal-LaGrange University 85.98%
35 Columbia College 85.88%
36 Logan University 85.8%
37 Southwest Baptist University 85.64%
38 Kansas City Art Institute 84.77%
39 Missouri Southern State University 84.54%
40 Ozark Christian College 84.4%
41 Harris-Stowe State University 83.54%
42 Drury University 83.42%
43 Central Christian College of the Bible 82.42%
44 Baptist Bible College 81.34%
45 Calvary University 80.85%

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Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar is a co-founder of Zippia and the editor-in-chief of the Zippia career advice blog. He has hired over 50 people in his career, been hired five times, and wants to help you land your next job. His research has been featured on the New York Times, Thrillist, VOX, The Atlantic, and a host of local news. More recently, he's been quoted on USA Today, BusinessInsider, and CNBC.

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