University of Missouri-St Louis


The University of Missouri-St Louis, or UMSL, is one of the 4 institutions that comprises the University of Missouri System, also known as the UM System. The University was founded in 1963 and is the latest addition to the UM System. The University of Missouri-St Louis is currently the institution with the largest enrollment in the St. Louis district. As of 2010, this university enrolled 16,548 students. The institution’s campus is situated on the Bellerive Country Club’s former grounds in St Louis County. Other facilities are situated at Marillac College’s former site.

The University of Missouri-St Louis’ bachelor’s, master’s and graduate school programs are offered through the following:

  • The College of Business Administration
  • The College of Education
  • The College of Arts & Sciences
  • The College of Fine Arts & Communication
  • The College of Optometry
  • The College of Nursing
  • Students can also enroll in the “Pre-professional” program, which is a joint engineering course with another prestigious institution of higher learning, Washington University in St. Louis.

    Students who want to keep their day jobs and still acquire quality education can take advantage of the evening programs offered by UMSL.

    University of Missouri-St Louis is home of one of the best optometry institutions in the country and it offers students the opportunity to earn a doctorate degree. Note: Only seventeen (17) optometry institutions are available in the whole of North America (and that includes Puerto Rico). Pierre Laclede Honors College University is the Missouri-St Louis honors program.

    USML also has a dual-enrollment agreement with Kuwait’s Gulf University for Science & Technology.


    The UMSL business school is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). University of Missouri-St Louis is the only institution in the St. Louis district to be accredited by ACCSB in accounting.

    Facilities on Campus

    UMSL campus also includes 2 stops on MetroLink, the regional light tail system in St. Louis. The campus also has modern academic buildings, a performing arts center, a student center, parking structures; the school’s residential accommodations have been built over the past decade as part of the institution’s improvement projects.

    UMSL has 3 well equipped libraries: The Ward E. Barnes Library houses the resources of relevance to students in UMSL’s education, optometry and nursing program, the Thomas Jefferson Library which is the University’s main library and last (but certainly not least) the St. Louis Mercantile Library, founded in 1846 and is the university’s oldest library – as a matter of fact, it is the oldest library in Mississippi!

    Please Note:University of Missouri-St Louis is most times confused with SLU (Saint Louis University), but these two institutions are not related in any way. University of Missouri-St Louis is a public university, while the Saint Louis University is a private Jesuit institution.


    University of Missouri-St Louis’ terminal Master’s program in Philosophy is listed in the Philosophical Gourmet Report as one of the top ten nationwide. The Philosophical Gourmet Report is extensively cited as a basic source in rating Philosophy graduate programs and is published twice each year.

    In 2009, U.S. News and World Reports’ America’s Best Graduate Schools rates UMSL’s doctoral degree program in Criminology and Criminal Justice the 4th position in the United States.

    In 2007 University of Missouri-St Louis’ Information Systems business faculty was rated 3rd in the United States in productivity.

    Academic Analytics has rated UMSL’s counsellor education faculty in the top 10.

    Academic Analytics’ Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index rated University of Missouri-St Louis 5th in group of universities that have below fifteen (15) doctoral programs.

    In 2010, U.S. News and World Report rated UMSL’s International Business Undergraduate program 15th for the year (2010). That will be the seventh (7th) time the program will be rated in the top 20.

    The Journal of Communication rated UMSL’s Communication Program 5th nationwide for faculty productivity.

    Academic Analytics rated UMSL’s evolutionary biology faculty – by productivity – in the top 20.

    Most Popular Fields of Study


    Information Summary

    Ranks 13th in Missouri and 579th overall. See the entire top 2,000 colleges and universities list
    Overall Score (about) 85.6
    Total Cost On-Campus Attendance $24,894
    Admission Success rate N/A
    ACT / SAT 75%ile scores 27 / 1230
    Student Ratio Students-to-Faculty 16 : 1
    Retention (full-time / part-time) 76% / 8%
    Enrollment Total (all students) 16,441


    UMSL’s Office of Enrollment Services informs, recruits and admits qualified, diverse student population including conventional, unconventional, multi-cultural students as well as students who are talented academically. The Office of Enrollment Services upholds UMSL’s dedication to providing top quality, affordable learning to its students who are within and across the city and the Missouri State.

    Students who wish to apply for undergraduate admission into the University of Missouri-St Louis will need to do the following:

  • Fill out and submit an Undergraduate Application form – applicants can apply online at UMSL’s website.
  • Submit a non refundable application fee – International students will be required to pay a higher application charge
  • Send Admission Test Score (SAT or ACT) to UMSL’s Admissions’ Office.
  • Present a high school transcript to UMSL’s Admissions Office (this will include class rank and indicating successful completion of required high school units)
  • Applicants with High School Equivalency

    Applicants who seek to be admitted on basis of passing the GED (General Educational Development) exam with at least 2500 score – this is for GED exams taken after Jan 1st, 2002; 250 is the minimum score that is required for GED exams taken before Jan 1st, 2002.

    In addition to the aforementioned, applicants will also be required to present the following:

  • A completed undergraduate application form
  • Submission of non refundable application fee – International students will be required to pay a higher application charge
  • SAT Composite score with a minimum of 1090 or ACT Composite score with a minimum of 24
  • The applicant will be required to present his or her a high school transcript when they have presented their SAT/ACT scores.
  • University of Missouri-St Louis also welcomes home schooled applicants. In order to get more information on application requirements for home schooled applicants, prospective applicants should check UMSL’s website.


    University Building :: University of Missouri-St Louis
    Campus :: University of Missouri-St Louis

    Financial Aid

    University of Missouri-St Louis offers financial aid opportunities that will help its students pay for the cost of getting top quality education. Financial aid at UMSL is offered in the form of gift-aid, recipients of this aid will do have to pay back the funds that have been disbursed to them. Examples of gift-aid are grants and scholarships. Financial assistance can also be offered as self-help aid, this type of aid is simply funds that to be earned or paid back. Examples of self-help aid are federal work study programs and student loans.

    Types of financial aid offered at UMSL include: FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), Works Study Program, Loans, Scholarships and Grants.

    Student Financial Aid Details

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    University of Missouri-St Louis offers quality campus housing: Oak Hall, Bellrive Hall, LaGras Hall, Villa Proper Hall, Villa Hall and Seton Hall. UMSL also offers additional campus housing: The Mansion Hills and the independently operated University Meadows Apartments – gated apartment-style housing.

    The University of Missouri-St Louis SGA (Student Government Association) is a student-run organization, founded to offer the students a voice when dealing with the management of UMSL.

    Greek Life

    There are 6 fraternities and sororities on the University of Missouri-St Louis campus. The Fraternities on campus are Sigma Tau Gamma, Pi Kappa Alpha, Pi Kappa Alpha. The Sororities on campus are: Zeta Tau Alpha, Delta Zeta and Alpha Xi Delta.

    There are also a couple of city-wide fraternities that recruit from University of Missouri-St Louis: Mu Tau Rho is a sorority for mothers and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia is a music fraternity.

    UMSL Student Media

    “The Current” is the student newspaper at UMSL. It is a tabloid that publishes 6,000 issues every week. This newspaper has even won the “Best-in-State” award for three consecutive years (2007, 2008 and 2009) from the Missouri Collegiate Media Association.

    UMSL also hosts a radio station known as “The U” 101.9 FM. With studios situated at the Millennium Student Center’s second floor, the Oak Hall Residence houses the radio station’s satellite studio.

    UMSL Nickname & Mascot

    The University of Missouri-St Louis board of curators authorized a change of nickname from “Rivermen” to the “Tritons” in May 2007. The Rivermen was first used in the 1960s.

    Student Enrollment Demographics

    Student Graduation Demographics


    University of Missouri-St Louis offers 11 Division II sport teams that range from basket ball, soccer to softball and golf.


  • Timothy P. Green – State of Missouri politician (House & Senate)
  • Clint Zweifel – State of Missouri Treasurer
  • Therese Sander – Missouri State Politician
  • Marty Hendin – Former VP of Community relations for St Louis Cardinals
  • Joan Kelly Horn – Former US Congresswoman
  • Phyllis Smith – TV and film actor
  • Daniel Isom – St. Louis City’s Chief of Police
  • Karen Marie Shelton – Internet and Telephony tycoon
  • Richard Lindner – AT&T’s Chief Financial Officer & Senior Executive VP
  • Vincent Schoemehl – City of St. Louis’ Mayor from 1981 to 1993
  • Additional School Information

    University of Missouri-St Louis campus is separated into two parts, it has a North and a South campus. Students can visit UMSL by simply using the St Louis MetroLink light rail system – the St Louis MetroLink has 2 stations on UMSL campus: UMSL North & UMSL South.

    A couple of main buildings at the University of Missouri-St Louis are: Center for Transportation Studies, Touhill Performing Arts Center, Thomas Jefferson Library, Clark Hall, the Mercantile Library, Residential Life & Housing, CCB/SSB, Lucas Hall, Millenium Students Center and University Meadows Apartments. On the south side of UMSL Campus is the Ward E. Barnes Library which serves the College of Optometry and the College of Education.

    UMSL welcomes students with disabilities and prepares them to be the best they can be by providing them with world-class learning tools/equipments and instructors.


    • Jennifer Hatton. ”Prevailing Over Life’s Challenges ‘gives me the advantage’ Says UMSL Student”. UMSL Newsroom. April 7, 2011.
    • University of Missouri-St Louis website ”About UMSL”. 2011.
    • Cedric Williams. ”Triton Men, Women Pick Up Thrilling Wins at Maryville”. The Current. February 22, 2011.

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