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Rankings and Recognition

Getting it Right

Many students who are considering a college or university often look for guidance at some of the nationally known publications, both online and in print, that either rank institutions or recognize them on the basis of certain characteristics. Some organizations also provide special recognition to institutions that are "getting it right" in terms of the education students are provided. Here are just a few examples of recognition the University of Central Missouri has earned:

 

U.S. News & World Report named the University of Central Missouri to its regional list of Best Public Colleges and Universities in its 2022 Best Colleges Guidebook. U.S. News & World Report ranked UCM as:

  • #16 in its Midwest regional spot as a Top Public School - 2022
  • #31 among the Best Colleges for Veterans - 2022
  • #60 among Best Value Schools - 2022
  • #110 among the Top Performers on Social Mobility, a category based on success in helping economically disadvantage students to finish college - 2022
  • #189 in Best Speech-Language Pathology Masters Programs - 2022
  • #206-#273 for Best Part-time MBA - 2022
  • #388 for Best Bachelor of Science in Nursing - 2022
  • #83 for Best Online MBA Programs - 2021
  • #48 for Best Online MBA Programs for Veterans - 2021
  • #132-#173 for Best Online Masters in Nursing Programs - 2021


The Princeton Review 
named UCM a 2022 Best College in the Midwestern Region. UCM has earned this designation consecutively since 2004. The publication noted that a "top-notch education comes with a very low price tag" at the University of Central Missouri. Institutions are primarily recognized for their excellent academic programs, with selections based on data from each institution, school visits, and opinions of independent and high school-based college advisers whose recommendations are invited.

 

Forbes has named UCM as one of the 2021 America's Top Colleges. According to Forbes, they "ranked colleges and universities in the U.S. based on the return on investment and outcomes they delivered for their students. Schools placed well if their students graduated on time, secured high salaries and low debt, and went on to have successful careers." 


VIQTORY named UCM as a Military Friendly® Bronze School for 2021-2022. Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey. Over 1,200 schools participated in the 2021-2022 survey with around 750 schools earning the designation.

 

Colleges of Distinction has recognized UCM as one of the 2021-2022 Best Colleges for You.  According to Colleges of Distinction, they hand pick colleges that are "well equipped to provide a personalized education catered to students' interests" using four distinctions - student engagement, teaching, community and outcomes.

 

UCM has been recognized by a variety of entities for excellence in different areas. College Factual named UCM as a Top College for Veterans (top 5%) and a Top Education for Veterans (Top 10%). Other excellence recognitions include:

  • Top Adult Degree Programs by Abound - 2021
  • Top Grad School Programs by Abound - 2021
  • Best Online Colleges and Universities by Intelligent - 2021
  • Best Colleges by Salary Score in Missouri by GradReports - 2021
  • Best 25 Non Profit Colleges and Non Profit Online Colleges by Best Value Schools - 2021
  • Best College for the Money Without Aid (top 15%) by College Factual - 2021
  • Best College for Non-Traditional Students (top 15%) by College Factual - 2021
  • Missouri's Most Affordable Colleges & Universities 2021 by Academic Influence - 2021
  • Missouri’s Best Public Colleges & Universities of 2021 by Academic Influence - 2021
  • Missouri’s Best Liberal Arts Colleges of 2021 by Academic Influence - 2021
  • Missouri’s Best Colleges & Universities of 2021 by Academic Influence - 2021
  • Best College for International Value (top 5%) by College Factual - 2021
  • Best College for International Value - India (top 1%) by College Factual - 2021
  • Best College for International Value - Japan (top 5%) by College Factual - 2021
  • Best College for International Value - Kenya (top 5%) by College Factual - 2021
  • Best College for International Value - Nepal (top 5%) by College Factual - 2021
  • Best College for International Value - Nigeria (top 5%) by College Factual - 2021
  • Best College for International Value - Pakistan (top 5%) by College Factual - 2021
  • Best College for International Value - Saudi Arabia (top 5%) by College Factual - 2021
  • Best College for International Value - Thailand (top 5%) by College Factual - 2021
  • Best College for International Value - United Arab Emirates (top 5%) by College Factual - 2021
  • Best College for International Value - United Kingdom (top 5%) by College Factual - 2021
  • Best College for International Value - Canada (top 10%) by College Factual - 2021
  • Best College for International Value - China (top 10%) by College Factual - 2021
  • Best College for International Value - Malaysia (top 10%) by College Factual - 2021
  • Best College for International Value - South Korea (top 10%) by College Factual - 2021
  • Best College for International Value - Taiwan (top 10%) by College Factual - 2021
  • Best College for International Value - Bangladesh (top 15%) by College Factual - 2021

While UCM is consistently recognized for its overall high academic quality, many programs are ranked regionally and nationally. For example, Fortune named UCM's online MBA program in their list of 100 Best Online MBA programs. The following are some of UCM's program-specific rankings from 2021.

  • 25 Best Online Master’s in Actuarial Science for 2021 by Best Masters Programs - 2021
  • Best Online BCBA Masters Degree Programs by Intelligent - 2021
  • Best Value College for Business, Management & Marketing (top 15%) by College Factual - 2021
  • Best Value College for Business Administration and Management  (top 15%) by College Factual - 2021
  • Best Online Bachelor’s in Business Administration by Academic Influence - 2021
  • Best Online MBA Programs by Fortune - 2021
  • Best Online MBA Programs by U.S. News and World Report - 2021
  • Best Online MBA Programs for Veterans by U.S. News and World Report - 2021
  • Best Online Child Development Degree Programs by Intelligent - 2021
  • Best Online Masters in Coaching Degree Programs by Intelligent - 2021
  • Best Value College for Communication & Journalism (top 10%) by College Factual - 2021
  • Best Online Masters In Communication Degree Programs by Intelligent - 2021
  • Best Bachelor's Degrees in Computer Networking - Study.com - 2021
  • Best Bachelor's Degrees in Cybersecurity - Study.com - 2021
  • Best in Missouri Offering Cloud Computing Programs by Plexuss Global - 2021
  • Best in Missouri Offering Network & System Administration Program by Plexuss Global - 2021
  • Best Value College for Computer & Information Sciences (top 15%) by College Factual - 2021
  • Most Popular College for Computer & Information Sciences (top 15%) by College Factual - 2021
  • The Best Computer Science Degrees by Learn.org - 2021
  • Best Online Masters In Criminal Justice Degree Programs by Intelligent - 2021
  • Most Popular Online College for Criminal Justice & Corrections for Non-Traditional Students (top 15%) by College Factual - 2021
  • Top Ranked College for Criminal Justice & Corrections for Veterans (top 15%) by College Factual - 2021
  • Best Value College for Criminal Justice & Corrections (Top 15%) by College Factual - 2021
  • Most Popular College for Criminal Justice & Corrections (Top 10%) by College Factual - 2021
  • Best Value College for Design and Applied Arts (Top 15%) by College Factual - 2021
  • Most Popular College for Design and Applied Arts (Top 15%) by College Factual - 2021
  • Most Popular in Drafting & Design Engineering Technology (top 5%) by College Factual - 2021
  • Best in Missouri Offering Design & Applied Arts by Plexuss Global - 2021
  • Best Value in Education (top 10%) by College Factual - 2021
  • Most Popular in Education (top 5%) by College Factual - 2021 
  • Most Focused in Education (top 10%) by College Factual - 2021
  • Best College for Education for Non-Traditional Students (top 10%) by College Factual - 2021
  • Best Online Masters in Secondary Education Degree Programs by Intelligent - 2021
  • Best Online Masters in Online Teaching Degree Programs by Intelligent - 2021
  • Top 50 Masters in Elementary Education Degree Programs (Most Flexible Admissions) by Intelligent - 2021
  • Best Online Masters in Elementary Education Degree Programs by Intelligent - 2021
  • Best Online Masters in Educational Technology Degree Programs by Intelligent - 2021
  • Best Online Masters in K-12 Education Degree Programs by Intelligent - 2021
  • Best Online Emergency Management Degree Programs by Intelligent - 2021
  • Best College for Engineering Technologies for Non-Traditional Students (top 15%) by College Factual - 2021
  • Best Value in Engineering Technologies (top 10%) by College Factual - 2021
  • Most Popular in Engineering Technologies (top 5%) by College Factual - 2021
  • Top Ranked College for Engineering Technologies for Veterans (top 15%) by College Factual - 2021
  • Best Online Masters in Gerontology Degree Programs by Intelligent - 2021
  • Most Popular in Human Development and Family Studies (top 15%) by College Factual - 2021
  • Best Value in Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting (top 5%) by College Factual - 2021
  • Most Popular in Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting (top 10%) by College Factual - 2021
  • Top Ranked College for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting for Veterans (top 10%) by College Factual - 2021
  • #1 in Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Missouri by College Factual - 2021
  • Most Popular Online College for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting for Non-Traditional Students (top 10%) by College Factual - 2021
  • Best Online Bachelor's in Law Enforcement by Learn.org - 2021
  • Best Online Masters In Library Science Degree Programs by Intelligent - 2021
  • Most Affordable Master's in Library Sciences Online by EduRef.net - 2021
  • Most Affordable Online Marketing Degrees by EduRef.net - 2021
  • Best Online Bachelor’s in Marketing and Advertising by Academic Influence - 2021
  • Best Online Masters in Nursing Programs by US News & World Report - 2021
  • Top Online Nursing Program by The Princeton Review - 2021
  • Top Online RN-to-BSN Programs by Learn.org - 2021
  • Most Affordable Online RN to BSN Programs 2021 by Best Colleges - 2021
  • Best Online RN to BSN Programs in Missouri by RegisteredNursing.org - 2021
  • Best Online RN to BSN Programs in Missouri - RNtoMSN.org - 2021
  • Most Affordable Online RN to BSN Programs in Missouri - RNtoMSN.org - 2021
  • Fastest Online RN to BSN Programs in Missouri - RNtoMSN.org - 2021
  • Best Online RN To BSN Degree Programs by Intelligent - 2021
  • Best Online Nurse Practitioner Degree Programs by Intelligent - 2021
  • Best Online Nutrition Degree Programs by Intelligent - 2021
  • Best Online Masters in Physical Education with the Highest Return on Investment by OnlineU - 2021
  • Best Bachelor's Degrees in Security Management - Study.com - 2021
  • Best Speech-Language Pathology Master's Programs by US News & World Report - 2021
  • Top 50 Sports Management Degree Programs by Intelligent - 2021
  • Best Online Master's in Sports Management by Academic Influence - 2021
  • Best Online Sports Management Degree Programs by Intelligent - 2021
  • Most Popular College for Visual and Performing Arts (Top 15%) by College Factual - 2021

Contact

University of Central Missouri
P. O. Box 800
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Tel: (660) 543-4111

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