The history of MU is one of private philanthropy. In 1839, more than 900 Boone County citizens pooled their resources to establish the University of Missouri. To this day, that same spirit of generosity thrives among the Mizzou family. Thousands of people give to MU each year because of the passion and pride they feel for the university.
Comprising 180 staff members with a presence across the United States and around the world, Mizzou Advancement announced the $1.3 billion Mizzou: Our Time to Lead campaign in October 2015.
The University of Missouri
The University of Missouri is the oldest public university west of the Mississippi River and the first state university in Thomas Jefferson's Louisiana Purchase territory. MU provides all the benefits of two universities in one: It is a major land-grant institution with a statewide mission of service to citizens and it also is Missouri's largest public research university. Considered one of the nation's top-tier institutions, Mizzou is one of only 34 public universities, and the only public institution in Missouri, to be selected for membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities.