The University of Missouri-Columbia is the flagship campus of the University of Missouri System. The University is located midway between St. Louis and Kansas City in Columbia, a vibrant community consistently ranked as one of the best small cities for livability, in the U.S. The animal sciences division is one of the top departments in the university in terms of extramural funding, research productivity and student numbers. The graduate program is among the top-ranked in the nation, by the National Research Council. The division values diversity and welcomes members of all groups among faculty, staff and students.