The University of Missouri - Columbia is located midway between Kansas City and St. Louis and has a current enrollment of approximately 32,000 students. The city of Columbia ( pop. 125,000) is known as an ideal college town, combining small-town comforts, community spirit and low cost of living with big-city culture, activities and resources. Home to nationally renowned public schools and other colleges and educational centers, Columbia is known for its vibrant and eclectic restaurants and entertainment venues and hosts more than a dozen annual cultural festivals. The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is home to 20 sports and employs approximately 240 full-time and 450 part-time individuals. The University of Missouri seeks a diverse work force and is an equal access, equal opportunity, affirmative action, pro disabled and veteran employer that is fully committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff.