Check out MU's clubs, seminars, cultural events, English converstion groups and more.
Columbia, Mo., is known as an ideal college town, combining small-town comforts, community spirit and affordability with big-city culture, activities and resources. Our city of about 95,000 people is located midway between Missouri’s largest cities, St. Louis and Kansas City. Money magazine, Fortune magazine, U.S. News & World Report, Men's Journal, MSN.com and other news entities have named Columbia, Mo., one of the best places in the United States to live because of its high quality of life. The American Institute for Economic Research ranked Columbia among the nation's top 10 college towns.
Columbia attracts residents from all over the world, and Columbians value and celebrate our diverse population. The city is home to more than 100 places of worship, including a synagogue and an Islamic center, and counts many international grocery stores and restaurants among the local businesses.
Columbia’s historic downtown district is packed with entertainment options. For 25 years, The Blue Note has attracted top musicians of all genres, from rock to world beat. Ragtag Cinema shows independent and international films in an art-house setting. The 1938-constructed Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts, home to the Missouri Symphony Society, recently was restored to its original grandeur. Columbia’s local art community thrives, with galleries and venues including Orr Street Studios, PS:Gallery, Bluestem Missouri Crafts and the Columbia Art League.
Columbia boasts multiple city parks as well as Rock Bridge State Park and the city’s Activity and Recreation Center. Columbia is an increasingly bicycle-friendly community, with a city program to encourage cycling. The MKT Trail takes cyclers and hikers all through Columbia and links to the 225-mile Katy Trail that stretches across the state.
Columbia hosts more than a dozen annual festivals, including arts festivals, the Heritage Festival, the internationally acclaimed True/False Film Festival that attracts documentary filmmakers from throughout the world, and the New York Times-touted Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival, which draws top-name music acts and crowds of 100,000 people.
Columbia is home to nationally renowned public schools, including two top-ranked high schools. It also supports other institutes of higher education, including Columbia College, which is ranked among "America's Best Colleges" by U.S. News & World Report, and Stephens College, a women’s college known for its fashion, film and fine arts.
Published by the International Center, N52 Memorial Union, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211 | Phone: 573-882-6007 | Fax: 573-882-3223 | E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
© — Curators of the University of Missouri. DMCA and other copyright information. All rights reserved. An equal opportunity/ADA institution.