The Honors College at the University of Missouri seeks to provide our students with a spirit of intellectual adventure, innovation, planning for success, ensuring progress, and leadership. To do that we help develop–through academic, community engagement, and a living-learning community–the mindsets required in undertaking those processes through innovative, high-impact experiences.


  • To create an innovative and dynamic curriculum for honors students which encourages in-depth study in traditional fields of learning as well as other kinds of intellectual inquiry, including interdisciplinarity, experiential learning, and public scholarship.
  • To foster student engagement in scholarship through research and artistry opportunities, study abroad, service-learning, and other experiences that expand learning beyond the classroom.
  • To encourage and support close interaction between exceptional students and faculty dedicated to undergraduate education.
  • To serve as a meeting ground for people across the campus and community in order to promote intellectual engagement, academic excellence, and civic leadership.

From prospective students to alumni, we seek to build and sustain these lasting values and goals through our smaller and more rigorous setting within the larger and vast resources of one of the U.S.’s exceptional, AAU-member universities.


Our vision is the creation of a close-knit, world-class community of scholars in which motivated, high-ability students are nurtured and challenged by exceptional faculty to develop their intellectual curiosity. Graduates of the college become leaders in the acquisition and application of new knowledge and skills, using their talents and expertise to improve the world around them through lives of meaningful work, community engagement, and lifelong learning.

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