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:
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.