Since its humble beginnings as the State Normal School No. 2 in 1871, the University of Central Missouri has remained consistent in its mission – transforming students into lifelong learners who use their education to serve their communities. The heritage of UCM and the value of its meaningful degrees has and will continue to be passed from generation to generation. See current Mission and Vision here.

Opening its doors in a rented building with only 30 students, UCM is now home to nearly 10,000 students that represent 43 states and 32 countries. In 2021, we celebrate the historic milestone of our sesquicentennial.

As we look back on the past 150 years of tradition and innovation, we also look to the future with the same passion and hard-working spirit as those who came before. Help us celebrate our legacy and follow the sesquicentennial story at #UCM150!



Main building before the fire (1915)

Photo Album

Take a stroll through 150 years of UCM history in the photo album.


Photo Album

Students in front of the Pertile Springs sign

Mule Quiz

Test your knowledge of UCM by taking the interactive Mule Quiz.


Mule Quiz

Students at an outdoor event


Find upcoming events and happenings related to the 150th anniversary here.


Events Page

A timeline of UCM history from 1871 to 2020




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