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U.S. News and World Report ranks Missouri universities

U.S. News and World Report released their 2018 Best Colleges list, ranking 311 universities. (File)

U.S. News and World Report released its 2018 Best Colleges list, ranking top universities based on its expansive methodology that combines factors such as costs and academics-- among other data.

Out of 311 schools, see where Missouri schools ranked.

#18- Washington University in St. Louis
St. Louis, MO

The private institution was founded in 1853 and ranked high in part for its teacher to student ratio, academics and financial aid also contributing it to its Best Value Schools ranking at 22, also determined by U.S. News and World Report.

One of the most notable recognitions mentioned by U.S. News is that Wash U is home to one of the most distinguished university collections in the country. The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum on campus includes works from Pablo Picasso and Jackson Pollock. Wash U’s Barnes-Jewish Hospital is also one of the top-ranked hospitals in the country.

Actor Peter Sarsgaard graduated from the university, as did former FBI Director William H. Webster.

Wash U also shares the 18th spot with the University of Notre Dame.

#94- Saint Louis University
St. Louis, MO

The Jesuit school open to students of any faith is a private institution that was founded in 1818. Its mascot, the Billiken is an unusual mascot – a smiling, gnome-like figure that is a considered to be a good-luck charm.

SLU is a leading research university at the undergraduate and graduate level. Graduate students can also enroll in law school or medical school on campus. Beyond Missouri, the university has a campus in Madrid, Spain where students can attend for a semester or a full year.

Notable alumni include Enrique Bolanos, former president of Nicaragua, and August Busch IV, former president and CEO of Anheuser-Busch Inc.

Being a top 100 national institution, SLU shares its rank with Drexel University and Yeshiva University.

#120-University of Missouri
Columbia, MO

The University of Missouri is a top public research university, home to a Tier 1 Law School.

Founded in 1839, Mizzou is the state’s largest and most comprehensive university, according to the U.S. News report. This SEC school is one of the only six universities nationwide that can claim a medical school vet school and law school on the same campus.

Notable Mizzou alumni are actor Jon Hamm, singer Sheryl Crow and U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill. Playwright Tennessee Williams, who won the Pulitzer Prize for "A Street Car Named Desire," attended but did not graduate.

Mizzou ties with The Catholic University of America, DePaul University and Duquesne University.

#165- Maryville University of St. Louis
St. Louis, MO

The private institution was founded in 1872 and is consistently ranked as a top private school by Forbes and Kiplingers, according to U.S. News. In 2013 and 2014, Maryville was named the No. 1 Overperforming University in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

The university shares its rank with Immaculata University and Missouri University of Science and Technology

#165-Missouri University of Science & Technology
Rolla, MO

Missouri University of Science and Technology is a public institution founded in 1870 and has more of a rural setting.

From the name alone on can tell that the university focuses on many sciences, technology, engineering and math degrees. There is a wide variety of engineering majors for undergrads to choose from, including the less common petroleum engineering and engineering management tracks. However, undergrads can also opt to study humanities or several liberal arts disciplines.

Notable alumni of the university include Joe Ballard, former commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and several NASA astronauts.

This school shares its rank with Immaculata University and fellow Missouri school Maryville University.

#216-University of Missouri—Kansas City
Kansas City, MO

The final Missouri school ranked on the list is the University of Missouri-- Kansas City.

UMKC is a fairly new public institution founded in 1929, that ranks as 122 in U.S. News and World Reports Top Public Institutions list. The school became part of the University of Missouri System in 1963.

Home of the Kangaroos, a fun and proud fact is that Walt Disney himself drew a cartoon of the Kasey Kangaroo mascot.

UMKC is the only university in western Missouri offering graduate and professional study at the highest academic level, providing instruction, research and service for continuous state and regional progress.

Although he never graduated, former President Harry Truman attended the UMKC law school for two years and later received the school's first honorary degree. Today, he is the namesake of the university's Harry S Truman Center for Governmental Affairs.

UMKC shares its rank with six other schools: Florida International University, Louisiana Tech University, South Dakota State University, Southern Illinois University—Carbondale, University of Alabama—Huntsville and Utah State University.

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