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Best Missouri colleges list contains some standards, several surprises

Best Missouri colleges list contains some standards, several surprises

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It comes as no surprise that Washington University in St. Louis has been ranked again as No. 1 in Missouri when it comes to colleges and universities.

But a new look from personal finance website WalletHub shows a few other findings that may surprise some readers — like the fact that the state's standard-bearer, the University of Missouri-Columbia, failed to make the top 10:

• Webster University came in as No. 2 on the list. While many might have guessed St. Louis University for the runner-up spot, it clocked in at No. 5.

• The No. 3 slot went to College of the Ozarks, in Point Lookout.

• Popular STL-student choice Truman State University in Kirksville came in at No. 4.

Those five were followed by (Nos. 6-10): Missouri University of Science & Technology in Rolla; Cottey College in Nevada (hometown of film director John Huston); William Jewell College in Liberty; the University of Missouri-Kansas City; and William Woods University in Fulton.

The rankings were reached by looking at student selectivity; cost/financing; faculty resources; campus safety; campus experience; educational outcomes; and employment outcomes.

One of the teachers taking part in the study was Beth Winfrey Shindel, an education professor at St. Louis University.

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