For an engineering and science based school that has a quirky, unique personality but solid academic programs, the Missouri University of Science and Technology fits the bill.
The Missouri University of Science and Technology, or Missouri S&T, as it’s commonly known, has its roots in mining, having been originally established as the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy in 1870. Like many mining schools, the university evolved into an engineering-focused school and this and other hard science majors are what the school is known for today.
The school is renowned for its hard science programs, and the potential of its graduates to move into high profile work after college. Missouri S&T alumni have made great contributions to science, and being an alumni of the school gives students a connection with scientists working in a wide range of cutting edge programs throughout the U.S.
The university offers about 65 degree paths and offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. Engineering is by far the most popular field of study, with three quarters of Missouri S&T students majoring in an engineering related field. Far behind engineering is the second most popular major at the school, computer science. Other major programs include programs in social science, the arts and business.
With a faculty to student ratio of 15 to 1, students at Missouri S&T can count on lots of individual instruction from teachers.
Missouri S&T has some very impressive rankings by educational publications.
Forbes Magazine ranked Missouri S&T as the number one campus in the Midwest for students seeking a lucrative career. A poll of U.S. guidance counselors ranked the university the No. 12 public school in the country, and the No. 45 school among public and private colleges and universities. Popular Science give the school high marks for its laboratory facilities. U.S. News and World Report ranks the school in its top 100 engineering schools.
The university recently opened the Kummer Design Center, a $2.75 million, 23,000 sq. ft. new home for the university’s design teams. In recent years, design teams from the university have placed highly in solar house design, aero vehicle design and other engineering competitions.
There are many research opportunities on campus, and 60 percent of Missouri S&T students graduate with research experience. The university recently won a $1 million grant to develop high energy lithium batteries.
The Missouri University of Science and Technology is accredited by the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges. The NCA accredits schools in Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. The NCA also accredits schools in the Navajo nation. More than 1,000 colleges are accredited by the NCA.
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The Missouri University of Science and Technology has a selective admissions policy that screens students prior to admission.
Prospective students should take the standard college preparatory courses to qualify for admission. Students applying to the university should submit SAT or ACT scores and their high school transcripts. Recommendations and evidence of participation in civic groups are also encouraged to be submitted. The school will combine these factors and the student’s high school class rank into a score. For students with a score of 120 or higher, admission is virtually guaranteed. For students with scores of 100 to 120, admission may be granted, but these students will receive additional academic support from the school. For students who score less than 100, admission will likely be granted only after some remediation at a community college.
The majority of students at the university had a high school GPA of 3.5 or higher. The average SAT score falls between 1160 and 1370. Average ACT scores fall between 26 and 31.
Some programs in the college may have additional pre-requisuites or requirements.
About 91 percent of students who apply are admitted.
Students should submit applications no later than Dec. for fall semester admission.
As of May 2011, the university charges a $45 application fee.
Students applying to the Missouri University of Science and Technology are eligible for federal grants and student loans. There are also a number of grants and scholarships offered by the state of Missouri, the college and other organizations that students may be eligible for. Each year, the the Missouri University of Science and Technology awards millions in scholarships and financial aid.
For example, incoming freshment who are residents of Missouri can win a $4,500 scholarship if their high school GPA is higher than 3.75, they’re in the upper 10 percent of their class and they score higher than a 1370 on the SAT or 30 or higher on the ACT. There’s also a version of the scholarship available for non-Missouri residents that awards more money as out-of-state tuition is higher.
The Missouri Miner’s scholarship is awarded to outstanding students who have an ACT score of 24 or higher or an SAT score of 1090 or higher, are in the top 20 percent of their graduating high school class and who have a 3.5 GPA.
These are just some of the scholarships available at Missouri S&T . Academic performance is not the sole criteria for all scholarships, some take many other factors into consideration, including ethnicity, career path, etc.
Students are urged to apply for scholarship aid early, as many scholarships are first come, first served.
The college’s office of financial aid also stands ready to help students find other grants and scholarships they may be eligible for. The school’s website, has a helpful list of scholarships that students can use to see which awards they may be eligible for.
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Missouri University of Science and Technology isn’t all male, but you could be excused for thinking that. About 78 percent of the student body is male, an anomaly among universities, most of which have majority femal populations.
The university is located in Rolla, Missouri on a rural campus. While Rolla may not have a bustling nightlife, there are a variety of on campus activities students can take advantage of for recreation and leisure.
The university has more than 200 student organizations, including academic and civic groups, as well as special interest organizations.
The university has a large Greek contingent, with about a quarter of students being involved in a fraternity or sorority. There are five sororities and 22 fraternities on campus.
The university offers a variety of intramural sports, including Ultimate Frisbee, lacrosse, rugby, trap, skeet and roller hockey, etc.
The student newspaper is The Missouri Miner and the school has two radio stations.
At Missouri S&T, students must live in campus-approved housing, typically one of the school’s three residence hall complexes, for the first two years of their studies. Thomas Jefferson Hall features double rooms in both the north and south towers, with a study, TV lounge, and a kitchenette on each floor. The Quadrangle Complex boasts air-conditioned single, double, or triple rooms. There is a study lounge and a television lounge in each building of the complex.
The Residential College Complex has suite-style rooms with private or semi-private baths. All students living in this complex must participate in one of seven learning communities.
The university has a top-notch student recreation center with amenities such as basketball courts, aerobics space, a three lane track, and various other athletic courts.
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The Missouri University of Science and Technology isn’t all work and no play. There are a variety of ahtletic teams talented students can join. The school is a NCAA Division II school and a member of the Great Lakes Valley Conference and Great Lakes Football Conference and New South Intercollegiate Swimming Conference.
The university offers men’s baseball, basketball, football, cross country, soccer, swimming and track and field; and women’s basketball, soccer, track and field, volleyball, cross country and softball.
Missouri S&T teams have enjoyed enviable success in athletic endeavors of late.
The men’s football team won the Great Lakes Football Conference title in 2008. The team has a total of nine conference championships.
The men’s soccer team won the Great Lakes Valley Conference Championship in 2010 and made their first appearance in the NCAA Division II tournament.
The women’s basketball team made it to the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional tournament as a sixth seed in 2010-11.
Missouri S&T teams are nicknamed the Miners. School colors are dark green, silver and gold.
.St. Patrick’s Day is huge at the university. Each year students wear green sweatshirts and participate in traditional St. Paddy’s Day events, such as drinking green beer.
One amusing St. Patrick’s Day tradition at the college is the killing of rubber snakes by the school’s fraternities.
Students also participate in competitions on St. Patrick’s Day, such as a joke telling competition called Follies and a Gonzo and Games event featuring outlandish games.
The St. Patrick’s Day events are capped off by an annual parade on Pine Street.
The university also is known for some unusual architecture on campus, such as a recreation of Stonehenge and replicas of Egyptian architecture.
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The university has a number of notable alumni, including former Sprint CEO Gary Forsee, former Fed Ex president Ted Weiss and Joseph D. Rupp, president of Olin Corporation.
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