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Overall Score: 77.35

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Missouri S&T was one of the first tech schools west of the Mississippi River, and today it's considered among the top technological research universities in the country. It is located in the small town of Rolla, Missouri, and surrounded by beautiful Ozark scenery. While best known for its engineering programs, S&T (as it is called by most students) also offers degrees in the sciences, liberal arts, humanities and business. The variety clearly benefits students, who go on to earn early career salaries of a bit above $80,000, on average. Its about 5,500 undergrads and 870 graduate students can participate in more than 200 student organizations and an assortment of varsity and intramural sports. The Miners compete in the Great Lakes Valley Conference of the NCAA Division II. A cornerstone of S&T student life is its many design teams, made up of over 1,300 students, who collaborate with industry professionals to build everything from dirt bikes to robots to remote-controlled aircrafts. The biggest school tradition each year is S&T's famous St. Patrick's Day celebration, in which students, faculty and local residents get together and literally paint the town green.

Costs

Est. full price 2022-2023
$24,600
% of students who get any grants
84%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$14,200
Average price for low-income students
$7,360

Admissions

Acceptance rate
81%
Median SAT/ACT score
1330/26
SAT/ACT required?
No
Undergraduate enrollment
6,400

Financial Aid

% of students with need who get grants
91%
% of need met
80%
% of students who get merit grants
31%
Average merit grant
$8,800

Student Success

Graduation rate
65%
Average time to a degree
4.8 years
Median student debt
$23,750
Early career earnings
$80,290
% earning more than a high school grad
84%

Notes: Students who get merit grants are full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants. Graduation rate measures degree completion within six years for both transfer students and first-time students. Early career earnings are the median earnings for both graduates and non-completers, 10 years after they first enrolled.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson’s, Money/Witlytic calculations.

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