Why CAFNR?

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Located in the heart of the Midwest, the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources is unique; a surprising collection of academic programs merging personalized teaching and advanced research with global impact. We began as an agriculture school at a land-grant institution, and that heritage has fostered incredible growth. Today we’re an educational leader ensuring sustainability for generations to follow. CAFNR is changing the way the world thinks about agriculture, food and natural resources, not as commodities, but as the core components of society that impact what we eat, where we live and how we’ll face tomorrow.

We take preparing our students for life-after-graduation seriously, growing our students through not only outstanding academics, but also leadership opportunities in a variety of clubs and organizations; on-the-job training in laboratories, in student-run businesses and on internships; and professional development seminars and workshops on topics ranging from resume writing to networking to financial planning.

We invite you, as an employer partner, to work with us!

Evidence of Excellence

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Research

  • The University of Missouri has identified competitive assets that set MU apart from other universities, underlying four dynamic initiatives: Food for the Future; One Health/One Medicine; Media of the Future; and Sustainable Energy. Collectively, these initiatives are called Mizzou Advantage. The College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources is proud to conduct research in these categories.
  • Undergraduates here are involved in research projects that would be the envy of graduate programs at other institutions.
  • The College is ranked among the top 15 programs in the world for animal and plant science research (Times Higher Education, Spring 2010).

Teaching & Advising

  • CAFNR’s excellent teachers and advisors, really know their students, and care about their students’ futures. This gives you the opportunity to build relationships with faculty who value employer partnerships.

Student Opportunities

  • Real-world experiences. The College has its own student-run florist, bed and breakfast, café, ice cream shop and meat market. Discovering a new view of your chosen field and the world. CAFNR offers tailored study abroad programs in nearly 15 countries. Students can study animal science in Australia or hospitality management in Italy. Students have rebuilt damaged coral reefs in Thailand and established relationships with agricultural professionals in the European Union.
  • Discovering a new view of your chosen field and the world. Building leadership skills in 50 CAFNR-specific clubs and organizations as well as 700+ campus-wide opportunities. Our students consistently win trophies at judging competitions, represent us at national and regional events, and change the campus and larger communities through their leadership. Mizzou students are recognized for their service and leadership, hosting annually the largest campus blood drive and the oldest Homecoming celebration in the nation.
  • Building leadership skills in 50 CAFNR-specific clubs and organizations as well as 700+ campus-wide opportunities. Mizzou students are recognized for their service and leadership, hosting annually the largest campus blood drive and the oldest Homecoming celebration in the nation.

Personal Connections

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It’s about partnerships! The willingness of our faculty and student groups to collaborate with industry is unparalleled, and we make it easy. How easy?

Post positions, review resumes. HireMizzouTigers.com allows you to post full-time and internship opportunities, browse student and alumni resumes to find qualified candidates, track your on-campus interview schedule and register for events such as CAFNR career days. Increase student interest prior to your campus visit by contacting students who meet your qualifications.

Career fairs. CAFNR Career Services plans fairs for students in specific fields, including hospitality management and life sciences. These specialized events guarantee a successful partnering of students and employers. Register at HireMizzouTigers.com to receive evites to future career fairs. Upcoming career days are viewable at hiremizzoutigers.com/career-fairs/

Interviews and information sessions. Contact us at least one month in advance to plan a visit. We recommend visiting between mid-September and mid-November, or mid-February to mid-March. These meetings can be one-on-one interviews or information sessions for groups. We will advertise your visit, allowing time for students to sign up.

Presentations. Reach a large number of our students with your message by visiting campus as a guest speaker. If you are interested, please contact us. Based on your field and message, we will recommend clubs and organizations that are the best fit and coordinate your visits with faculty and student leaders. If there are faculty or staff you would like to meet outside of the classroom, we are happy to help with these meetings, too.

Sharing expertise. The executive-in-residence and professor-for-a-day programs bring experts directly into the classroom, through visits and speaking opportunities. Please contact us if you or one of your executives is interested in one of these unique opportunities.

CAFNR by the numbers

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  • 3,066 undergraduate and 500+ graduate students
  • Average ACT score of 26 (84th percentile)
  • Retention and graduation rates exceed national average; first-year retention rate is 89% and graduation rate, 75%
  • 6% of CAFNR students ranked first in their high school class
  • Students choose from 40+ CAFNR clubs and organizations and more than 700 campus wide
  • CAFNR students are goal oriented: 90% work in a field directly related to their degree program after graduation
  • CAFNR Quick Facts as of 10/2016