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state university system of Missouri, U.S., comprising four coeducational campuses as well as an outreach and extension program. It is a land-grant university and one of the largest academic and research institutions in the United States-with some 550 degree programs, a total enrollment of some 60,000 students, and a large annual research budget. The main campus at Columbia provides comprehensive undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs and is divided into 17 schools and colleges. There are more than 90 graduate degree programs available. The Columbia campus has libraries containing more than 2.6 million volumes; among its research facilities is the University of Missouri-Columbia Research Reactor Center