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University of Central Missouri
University of Central Missouri seal
Motto "Education For Service"
Established 1871
Type State university
Endowment $21.9 million[1]
President Aaron Podolefsky
Staff 439
Students 11,191[2]
Undergraduates 8,970
Postgraduates 2,041
Location Warrensburg, Missouri, USA
Campus 1,561 acres
Athletics NCAA II
Colors Cardinal and Black
Nickname Mules/Jennies
Mascot Mo the Mule
Website www.ucmo.edu

The University of Central Missouri (formerly Central Missouri State University) is a four-year public institution in Warrensburg, Missouri.

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History

The University was founded in 1871 as State Normal School, District #2 and became known as Warrensburg Teachers College. The name was changed to Central Missouri State Teachers College in 1919, Central Missouri State College in 1946, and Central Missouri State University in 1971. In 1965, the institution established a graduate school. In 2005, Missouri Governor Matt Blunt signed into law a provision authorizing Central Missouri State University to change its name, if so desired, to the University of Central Missouri. The University's name was changed to the University of Central Missouri on September 20, 2006. There are 105 majors at UCM, seven of which are accredited programs in the school of technology and home of the only accredited graduate degree in technology in the United States.[citation needed] Job placement at UCM is 94% after graduation and the average class size is 23.[citation needed] The university has about 255 student organizations, including a speech and debate team. There are also over 58 intramural sports to compete in, free movie nights on campus, and a bowling alley in the union. Freshman students are required to live in one of the 17 residence halls their first year with other freshman students, which eases the adjustment from high school to college. Students can also choose to live in SHIPs (Special Housing Interest Programs), which place students with the same program of study together in the residence halls. UCM has three off campus locations in St. Louis, Lee's Summit, and Springfield, all in Missouri, and also provides online courses.

Colleges

College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences The College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences contains the intellectual soul of the university. Students take courses that develop critical-thinking, writing and speaking skills. Departments include: Art, Communication, English and Philosophy, Geography, History and Anthropology, Modern Languages, Music, Political Science, Psychology, and Theatre

Harmon College of Business Administration The Harmon College's accreditation by AACSB International puts them in the nation’s upper echelon of business colleges.[citation needed] U.S. News & World Report has cited UCM’s MBA program in America’s Best Graduate Schools. Departments include: Computer Information Systems, Economics and Finance, Management and Business Communication, and Marketing and Business Law, as well as the School of Accountancy.

College of Education Central Missouri’s College of Education prepares students to become teachers. Faculty members helped write national guidelines for teaching pre-engineering to K-12 students.[citation needed] Nearly 10,000 UCM graduates teach in Missouri schools.[citation needed] Departments include: Career and Technology Education, Curriculum and Instruction, and Educational Leadership and Human Development.

College of Health and Human Services A new College at Central Missouri, the College of Health and Human Services includes programs that have existed at UCM for a long time. Departments include: Communication Disorders, Criminal Justice, Health and human Performance, Nursing, Safety Sciences, and Sociology and Social Work.

College of Science and Technology Combining scientific theory and applied technology, UCM’s College of Science and Technology has a unique focus that sets the university apart from other comprehensive institutions. The college’s goal is to prepare students to compete as leaders in the rapidly changing global marketplace and to provide a high-quality technical work force for the future. Departments include: Agriculture, Aviation, Biochemistry, Chemistry and Physics, Biology and Earth Science, Fashion, Mathematics and Computer Science, and Military Science and Leadership

The Honors College If students have an ACT score of 25 or above and a high school GPA of 3.5, they are eligible to enroll in The Honors College. Honors College students benefit from early enrollment, personal advising with the dean, and one-on-one research with professors.

Greek life

The University of Central Missouri is home to 22 Greek organizations; recruitment takes place in both the Spring and Fall semesters. Eleven percent of UCM students are involved in Greek life. Sororities and fraternities contribute not only to enriching campus life at UCM, but also help improve their community by raising over $20,000 for philanthropic organizations and participating in over 15,000 hours of community service. On average, students involved in Greek organizations have a higher GPA than the overall student average.[citation needed] A Greek program known as GAMMA ( Greeks Advocating Mature Management of Alcohol) is a program that promotes alcohol awareness and assisted the Student Government Association with bringing the Night Rider bus to campus. Night Rider provides a free ride for students to and from campus to ensure that students have safe transportation.

GIMPS

The University of Central Missouri continues to hold an important role in the Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search. The GIMPS project at UCM is a university-wide effort managed by Dr. Curtis Cooper and Dr. Steven Boone. Central's team (curtisc) is currently the No. 1 contributor to that project ([1]), and is the only team that has discovered two Mersenne primes, M43 230402457 - 1 ([2]) with 9,152,052 digits and M44 232582657 - 1 ([3]) with 9,808,358 digits.

Athletics

Central Missouri's athletic teams compete in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association, or MIAA. The athletic division includes basketball, baseball, women's bowling, American football, golf, women's soccer, softball, cross-country, track, volleyball, and wrestling.
UCM's athletic teams are called Mules (men) and Jennies (women). UCM has a living mascot named Mancow, and another named Mo the Mule.

Basketball games are played in the UCM Multipurpose Building. Built in 1976, The Multi, as it is known to students and alumni, has a capacity of 8,500 for basketball games. Football games are played on Vernon Kennedy Field at Audrey J. Walton Stadium. The stadium was erected in 1928 and underwent a major face-lift in 1995. The stadium officially holds 10,000 people, but crowds often approach 12,000. University of Central Missouri's campus also includes 18-hole Keth Memorial Golf Course. Keth Memorial is complete with a fully-equipped pro shop. It is also the home facility for Mules golf, as well as Mules and Jennies cross country.

Media

The University of Central Missouri produces a weekly newspaper called The Muleskinner. Even though the paper is overseen by a faculty advisor, the newspaper is entirely student operated. While the majority of participants are journalism majors, The Muleskinner will accept articles from students of any major. The university also houses and runs an NPR affiliate, KTBG, at 90.9 FM ("The Bridge"), which features the NPR newsmagazines, with music consisting mostly of album-oriented, adult alternative rock along with a blues show and World Cafe. The university also operates a PBS affiliate: KMOS-TV.

Notable faculty

Notable alumni

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