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UCM Recognized by Abound as Institution for Graduate Program Excellence

By Alex Wilson, August 31, 2021


WARRENSBURG, MO – A testament to the University of Central Missouri’s efforts to meet the needs of students who want to advance their higher education, UCM is receiving “Abound 2021 Top Grad Programs” recognition. Abound is a directory-based website dedicated to highlighting higher education institutions that strive to not only provide an enriching education but also ensure that the very same enrichment is as accessible to students as possible.

Abound takes a different approach to college review than many other organizations that provide information about higher education institutions for degree-seeking adults. It does not rank colleges and universities by number, but includes those that meet their criteria in an exclusive database for users to browse.

According to Abound, the institutions they work with are nationally recognized for program excellence, with courses available on campus, online or both.
The methodology behind Abounds’ curation includes examining an institution’s viability for the Top Grad Programs list by organizing the needs of graduate students in four different areas. These areas include accessibility, affordability, acceleration and advancement. After an initial vetting process, Abound measures the strengths of each university through data obtained from the National Center for Education Statistics, the United States Department of Education’s College Scorecard, and The Center for Measuring University Performance.

UCM’s placement on the Abound list further solidifies the institution as a top university for graduate studies. Graduate programs at UCM have also been recognized by other academic review organizations this year. “Fortune Education,” an adjunct publication of “Fortune” magazine, for example, recently recognized UCM for its cutting-edge Online MBA program.

Recognition for graduate programs is in addition to a number of undergraduate programs, both online and in-person, that have been recognized by academic review institutions such as, Best Colleges Online, Top RN to BSN, Affordable Schools, and more.

For more information about the University of Central Missouri, visit Inquiring students also may contact the admissions office via email at



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