Jefferson City Area Colleges and Scholarships

Schools in and around Jefferson City

Lincoln University
Four or more years; Public; $12,810 average out-state tuition; $6,270 average in-state tuition
Merrell University of Beauty Arts and Science
Less than 2 years (below associate); Private for profit
Metro Business College-Jefferson City
At least 2 but less than 4 years; Private for profit; $11,250 average out-state tuition; $11,250 average in-state tuition
Nichols Career Center
At least 2 but less than 4 years; Public


Jefferson City is the capital of the U.S. state of Missouri and the 15th most populous city in the state. It is also the county seat of Cole County and the principal city of the Jefferson City Metropolitan Statistical Area. Most of the city is in Cole County, with a small northern section extending into Callaway County.

Jefferson City is named for Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States. Jefferson City currently holds, per Rand McNally, the title of America's "Most Beautiful Small Town."

Jefferson City is on the northern edge of the Ozark Plateau on the southern side of the Missouri River in a region known as Mid-Missouri. It is also at the western edge of one of the major wine-producing regions of the Midwest, the Missouri Rhineland. The city is dominated by the domed Capitol, which rises from a bluff overlooking the Missouri River to the north; Lewis and Clark passed the bluff on their historic expedition upriver before Europeans established any settlement there.

Often referred to as "Jeff," many of Jefferson City's primary employers fall within the service and manufacturing industries. Jefferson City is also home to Lincoln University, a public historically black land-grant university founded in 1866 by the 62nd Regiment of U.S. Colored Troops with additional support from the 65th Regiment of U.S. Colored Troops.

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