Not every Mizzou building is this sciencey, and our students aren’t always so impeccably groomed. But Mizzou does offer scads of chances to learn in super-cool labs. We have an Undergraduate Research Program, and if you get involved with it, you can work as a lab assistant or even study things like salamander limb regeneration and plant defense compounds. If that’s your thing. This is an unusual offering for undergraduates. We also have tons of hands-on learning options outside the sciences — like a real NBC-affiliate TV station and a professional ad agency.
No, we are not the most diverse university in the world. But at Mizzou you can meet people from every county in the state, every state in the nation and 110 countries in the world. More than 5,200 Mizzou students here identify as non-white. More than 3,000 come from outside the U.S. More than 1,000 register with the Disability Center every year. We have multicultural centers and resources to support all students. We have huge celebrations of black culture, Indian culture, Chinese culture and LGBTQ culture. We even have a Canadian Studies program. We also have a new orientation program, Citizenship@Mizzou, to introduce Mizzou values and immerse new Tigers in the multifaceted community. A huge part of higher education is learning from people who are different from you. We try to help make that happen.
Cliché No. 5: Super-famous alumni.
Nine-time Grammy winner Sheryl Crow, BS Ed ’84.
Alumni with cool jobs.
We love Jon Hamm and Sheryl Crow. Love them. They come back to Missouri to visit their parents. They’re huge Mizzou supporters. They’re super nice. But you probably won’t meet them on campus, and your career is unlikely to follow the same trajectory. Know who you can meet? Astronaut Linda Godwin. She was the second woman to earn a PhD in physics at Mizzou and the fourth woman to walk in space. Now she teaches astronomy here. Barry Odom earned two degrees at Mizzou, and now he’s our head football coach. You’ll see him at all the games. You’ll also meet new and long-time alumni who love Mizzou so much that they who devote their time to networking with students and contributing to campus. Lots of them have great jobs, at places like The New York Times and Boeing.
Cliché No. 6: Ridiculous facilities.
Just one of three pools in MizzouRec.
You’re all, “Oh, sure. This is photo of your campus and not a fancy resort.” But it’s totally legit. This is our actual student rec center — for all students, not just student athletes (we have cool facilities for them too). MizzouRec is a place where you can work out, hang out, float around or even sit in a leather chair and study while surrounded by faux palm trees. It’s pretty nice.
Cliche No. 7: Hashtags.
Yes, it’s a hashtag, but it isn’t just a hashtag.
We won’t make you use our hashtags. We’re not your creepy uncle trying to be down with the lingo. Yes, we want you to use them, in a show of genuine enthusiasm, but we won’t push it. We probably will, however, insist that you get on board with the M-I-Z, Z-O-U chant. A chant is like an in-person, vocal hashtag from back in the day. Ours has been a big call-and-response tradition since the 1970s. But it also works as a hashtag. Like, you post #MIZ! And someone responds with #ZOU! It’s fun. (Watch this recent video of Jon Hamm Z-O-Uing with a fellow Tiger; it’s pretty great.)
Cliche No. 8: Dream/life/future slogans.
College admissions slogan word cloud.
Lots of universities are telling you to follow your dreams, create your future, reinvent your life, etc., etc. These are all actual things you can do with higher education. And you know what? It’s hard to condense infinite educational possibilities into, like, four words, so yeah, there might be some repetition in your pile of college brochures. Someone even made a poem from college taglines. Our own MIZ-YOU campaign’s focus on personalized/individualized education is not revolutionary. But we back it up. You can tailor your education to your own interests. You can choose from 300+ degree programs or make up your own. You can join any of our 700 student organizations. That’s real. It’s a real-life dreamy future all about you.
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