University of Missouri System

The Partnership

The University of Missouri System (UM System) is a powerful engine for education, outreach, and research. With four diverse universities, a robust research footprint, two growing academic medical centers, and a statewide extension program, the UM System contributes significantly to the state and local economies in all regions of the Show Me State.

With more than 75,000 students enrolled, the UM System educates approximately half of all undergraduate students enrolled in Missouri’s public four-year institutions and more than 60 percent of Missouri’s graduate students enrolled at public institutions.

The Action

The UM System retained Tripp Umbach to measure the economic value generated by the UM System operations and expenditures throughout the state of Missouri in FY21. The impact analysis measured effects throughout the state and each of its four universities – in Columbia, Kansas City, Rolla, and St. Louis – as well as MU Extension, academic medicine, research, athletics, and alumni.

The Outcome

Tripp Umbach concluded that the UM System generated more than $6.5 billion in economic impact for the state of Missouri. This total represents the direct impact of spending in the state ($2.5 billion) and the indirect and induced spending that occurs as a result of UM’s presence ($4 billion).

Bolstering the economy on various levels, analysis found that for every dollar received by the UM System from Missouri taxpayers, $15.49 is generated by the system’s operations and programs in the state’s economy. The UM System also supported 69,253 jobs in Missouri. These jobs, both full-time and part-time, include not only direct employment by the system but indirect and induced jobs. With 298,669 alumni living in Missouri, Tripp Umbach estimated the total economic impact to the Missouri economy associated with in-state alumni spending at $52.5 billion.

The UM System plays an essential role in generating economic expansion, employment growth, and increasing local tax revenue in communities throughout Missouri.

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Julie Chmiel

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